Student Success and Academic Advising (SSAA)


Academic Advising is integral to the College’s mission as a learning community, as it emphasizes the dynamic advisor-student interaction. Advisors act as mentors and guides in partnerships designed to engage students in the intentional development of strategies with which to complete their educational goals through graduation.

Advising supports the liberal arts mission of the College through a healthy exchange of ideas outside the classroom, helping students make reasoned choices and informed judgments while assuming responsibility for meeting academic program requirements.

Both advisor and advisee strive to put the education of the student as the highest priority while being committed to the ideals of Franciscan, liberal arts and person-centered education.

Professional staff members in the SSAA Office in Siena Hall 215 are available to answer student, parent, faculty, and staff questions regarding academic advising, support, and policy issues.   Students - especially those new to the College or those who are experiencing academic difficulties - are welcome to stop by or to make an appointment to meet with a staff member for academic information and guidance.  SSAA staff supplement the work of faculty advisors and welcome advisors and students wishing “another set of eyes” on interpreting a student’s progress toward degree or determining what it would entail to change majors, for example, to contact SSAA.

Trained Peer Advisors are also available to answer quick questions of a non-confidential nature (e.g., how to drop a class) as well as to work with students on study skills.  Peer advisors can answers questions in person (SH 215) and by phone; in addition, they field questions directed to .

SSAA is open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on most days and our phone numer is 518-783-2341. Many academic questions can also be answered by reviewing information on our website.


Both individual and group tutoring are available at Siena. In addition, general skills tutoring is available M – Th from 4:00 -6:30 pm. For a specific subject, contact SSAA in Siena Hall 215 phone at 518-782-2341or email Semester schedules for group tutoring can be found on the Tutoring website.

Siena Student Advantage 

Some students benefit from working with a professional advisor who can help the student create an individualized study plan. This assistance is available within a classroom as well as working one-to-one and could include a review of study habits, time management skills building, reflecting on choice of major, etc. Contact SSAA in Siena Hall 215 phone at 518-782-2341 to schedule an appointment.

Faculty Advisors

All students are assigned a faculty member in their major as their primary advisor. Undeclared students are assigned a faculty member in their School - Science, Business or Liberal Arts. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisors at least once per semester. Most students meet with their advisor several times per semester.  Freshmen meet their faculty advisor during the first week of classes. If you are not sure who your advisor is, contact us at 518-783-2341, and we’ll let you know.