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515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
p. 518-783-2300
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Siena College

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Introduction

In 1937, the Franciscan Friars, a faction of the Roman Catholic Church, founded Siena College in the state of New York. Its motto, “Developing leaders capable of extraordinary achievement,” is evidence of its commitment to the highest educational standards and the most stringent attention to detail in its faculty and educational structure.

The college accepts both men and women as students, and offers several options for bachelor’s degrees in the sciences and liberal arts. Many of its students take advantage of Siena College’s extensive business program. The college, named after Saint Bernandino of Siena, has an average yearly enrollment of around three thousand undergraduate students. Most of these students reside on campus in the many different residential halls that offer townhouse-style living as well as traditional dormitory living.

While most of the traditional dormitories are located in the heart of the Siena College campus, the student townhouses are located on the outskirts of the campus. Residents in the Colonie community, the city where Siena College is located, were at first vehemently opposed to the construction of these student houses so close to other residential areas of the community. The controversy prompted a legal battle that nevertheless resulted in the construction of the student properties.

Academics

Bachelor’s degree options are offered at Siena College in business, science, and the liberal arts. Students have a wide array of specific options within each of these educational subjects. One of the most popular bachelor’s degree subjects is within the school of business. Students can major in accounting, marketing, management, and business administration.

Students can also opt to complete a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts. History, American Studies, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology and several languages are taught at Siena College. Students who major in English are often encouraged to minor in either French or Spanish. Both of these foreign languages are taught at Siena College.

The school also offers many different minor options as well as career certification programs. While most of the students who attend Siena College are seeking bachelor’s degrees, there is a large population of the student body that is seeking only a minor or only a career certificate.

The certificate program in Education is available to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in either education or another liberal arts program. Students who enroll in this certification program will graduate with a license to teach in public schools in the state of New York. Many students also enroll in certification programs as a supplementation to a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree. Certification in Peace Studies, Accounting, Risk Management, and Computer Science are some of Siena College’s most popular career certification programs.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The admission process at Siena College requires students to fill out an application and submit a few other pieces of information. This application is then considered by an admissions board. Most students who apply to the college before the posted deadline for admissions will receive a response via e-mail or post within one week of applying.

Students who apply online receive two distinct advantages. First, they are not required to pay a processing fee after submitting their application. Students who submit their application in person on campus or mail or fax their application after printing it off of the school’s webpage may have to pay a small processing fee. Secondly, students who apply online have the option of submitting a graded high school paper in place of an original essay. The essay process is often a large deterrent for students applying to post-secondary schools. Sienna College recognizes this and allows students to submit a work that they have already completed for a high school assignment. The purpose of this document is to allow the admissions board to evaluate a student’s academic and English skills.

The application must also include a student’s standardized test scores. Students are encouraged to take the SAT when applying to Siena College; however, an ACT score is also perfectly acceptable. Students can save time by entering the Siena College code on their standardized tests. This ensures that the test results are sent directly to the college. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation from a school guidance counselor or administrator.

Financial Aid

Siena College is dedicating to helping its students find sufficient funding to pay for a college education. The easiest way to accomplish this is by visiting the Financial Aid office at Siena College. Here, students can fill out the FAFSA with assistance from qualified staff members. After the FAFSA is received and processed, students will receive information regarding the government assistance they may receive. Students are also provided with options regarding private sources of financial aid such as student loans and personal scholarships.

The Financial Aid office also offers a wealth of information for prospective students who need assistance paying for college tuition. Here, students can learn about techniques and tips to use when applying for scholarships. Students can also enroll for courses about debt management and financial peace. The Financial Aid office is determined to help students succeed both financially and academically.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2107th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in New York.

Students

The student body of Siena College is actively involved in a variety of events both on-campus and off-campus. Students at Siena College are encouraged to volunteer in the surrounding communities, and the student government organizes several volunteer opportunities for students each semester. The Best Buddies club exists to provide personal relationships to children and adults with developmental disabilities, and many of the students at Siena College volunteer in this program every year. Students at Siena College are also actively involved with Habitat for Humanity.

Students can also get involved in student government, the staff of the school newspaper, and a variety of other social and recreational clubs. The Dance Club and the Siena Equestrian Club are two examples of social clubs that allow students to express their own talents and interests.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Siena College Saints are a collection of nearly twenty varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division I conference. The men’s basketball team has gained notoriety over the years and has been in the division finals twice in the last decade. Students can also compete on varsity teams such as the women’s basketball team, baseball or softball, cross country, lacrosse, golf and soccer.

Bibliography

  • The New York Times Guide to College Selection. Chicago: Quadrangle, 1971. Print.
  • Siena College Official Athletic Site. 2010. Web. 22 May 2011. <http://sienasaints.cstv.com>.
  • Welcome to Siena College. 2011. Web. 22 May 2011. <http://www.siena.edu>.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in New York and 222nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 10 0.30
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,684 (10,684 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,900 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$70,744
Families2,970 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District3620

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 345th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,118 $31,118 $31,118
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $500 $500 $500
FT Graduate Tuition $30,451 $30,451 $30,451
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,015 $1,015 $1,015
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,265 $47,265 $47,265
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $43,229 $43,229 $43,229
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $34,885 $34,885 $34,885

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,295 $30,200 $29,295 $30,200 $29,295 $30,200
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,215 $1,250
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,434 $11,970
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,930 $2,032
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,344(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,235(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,020 $2,235

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,082 (3,550 male / 4,532 female)
Admitted 5,500 (2,391 male / 3,109 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 734 (353 male / 381 female)
FT Enrollment 734 (353 male / 381 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,207

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

344th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

381st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 77%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1220

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,554
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$7,365
Board Fee$5,130

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 26 22 38 26 1 717 10 856
Accounting 4 4 6 143 2 161
Actuarial Science 1 6 7
American/United States Studies/Civilization 7 7
Biochemistry 1 1 7 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 5 8 1 15
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 2 5 52 1 65
Chemistry, General 8 8
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 2 3
Community Organization and Advocacy 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 1 18 22
Ecology 1 11 14
Economics, General 3 1 2 2 22 30
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 2 1 50 1 59
Finance, General 14 1 5 2 41 63
French Language and Literature
History, General 1 4 32 38
International Business/Trade/Commerce 5 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 2 2 1 119 3 138
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 3 3
Mathematics, General 5 6
Philosophy 1 1
Physics, General 12 12
Political Science and Government, General 1 22 24
Pre-Law Studies 1 11 12
Psychology, General 2 4 1 70 2 79
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 3
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Work 2 1 19 22
Sociology 1 3 9 14
Spanish Language and Literature 1 8 9
Visual and Performing Arts, General 24 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 594th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,198 ($85,752 male / $78,015 female)
Number of FT Faculty 212 (120 male / 92 female)
Number of PT Faculty 335
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $7,464,721

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