Originally established as the College of St. Angela by the Order of the Ursulines in 1904, the College of New Rochelle (CNR) was the first Catholic women's college in the state of New York. Though three of the college's four schools are now co-educational, the primary School of Arts and Sciences remains women-only. In addition to its liberal arts program, students living in college housing and off campus housing have access to CNR's Graduate School, School of Nursing, and the School of New Resources for adult education. The tiny school boasts an impressive class-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
CNR's beautiful New Rochelle campus has been built around the historic Leland Castle, acquired in 1897 by school-founder Mother Irene Gill, which houses the Castle Gallery. Student housing on the main campus provides residents with direct access to the school's brand-new $28 million athletic and recreation facility, the Wellness Center, TV production studio in the Mooney Center, and Gill Library, stocked with about 200,000 unique volumes.
The suburb of New Rochelle is located only 16 miles north of New York City, providing students with easy access to the various social centers, commercial districts, and cultural destinations within the metropolitan area. Local attractions around New Rochelle, as a part of off campus living, also include the Thomas Paine Historical Site, the historic home-museum of the Revolutionary War pamphleteer and social activist, and the scenic Execution Rocks Lighthouse.
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