Admissions: School of Arts & Sciences

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

The time-honored tradition of a liberal arts education provides women with more than specific career-related skills; it also develops an expansive world view.

Through the liberal arts, our students develop character, empathy, and wisdom. Our liberal arts program ensures that CNR graduates understand the past and are able to anticipate and adapt to the future.

The Liberal Arts Core Program

Our Liberal Arts Core Program, a requirement in the School of Arts & Sciences, exposes students to art, science, literature, language, philosophy, and religion.

Consisting of interdisciplinary and skills-oriented courses, the program develops students’ writing, mathematical, and analytical skills, preparing them for success in life and in their chosen career path.

All students take INS 110: The First Year Experience, a course that introduces the liberal arts and integrates educational, career, and personal goals. The course also covers campus life and academic requirements.

In addition, the Liberal Arts Core Program requires coursework in each of the following categories:

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophical Approaches
  • Social Analysts
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Scientific Inquiry

A capstone seminar, Viewpoints, taken in the junior or senior year, is designed to help students integrate their core learning experiences.

Academic Requirements

At The College of New Rochelle, we seek to enroll students that desire the benefits of a private school grounded in the Catholic tradition.

Each application is reviewed and judged on the merits of the individual. Successful applicants must demonstrate the intellectual and academic ability to succeed.

Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits may qualify for scholarship and grant opportunities.

2012-13 Admitted Student Profile

  • High school diploma or equivalent. The average high school GPA was 85 or 3.0. (Students from New York held the Regents diploma)
  • Strong high school academic program that included:
    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics
    • 3 units of science
    • 3 units of a foreign language
  • Standardized test scores that indicated the promise of success in a challenging undergraduate course of study. The average SAT was about 1000 (Math + Verbal).


Women are more engaged, learn more, and excel at women's colleges.

Over the past two decades, studies have shown that the benefits of single-sex colleges for women are profound.

It has long been accepted that their grades and test scores are higher, but that is only a small part of the overall benefit.

Women feel more confident at women’s colleges, and their confidence is reflected in higher outcomes and success.

Learn more from a National Survey of Student Engagement study

23 Degree Programs

  • Studio Art
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Women’s Studies

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Health Professions

Also Offered

  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Education Certification Program
  • Legal Studies Certificate Program
  • Community Action Certificate Program