FAQs

FAQs

You’re inquisitive. We like that. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please call our Admissions Office at 518-783-2423. We’re happy to help.

Test Optional

What does it mean to be a "test-optional" college?

For Siena, it means students may elect not to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying for Fall 2016 admission. Why? Like many other leading liberal arts colleges, Siena believes that standardized test scores aren't necessarily the best predictor of future academic success. We take a holistic approach to application review, giving you the opportunity to shine based on your broader academic and extracurricular accomplishments.

Will any students need to submit test scores when applying?

Yes, there are some special programs that do require test scores. Students applying to Siena's Albany Medical College Program, Albany Law School 4+3 Program, and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, as well as student-athletes, as required by NCAA initial eligibility guidelines, will need to submit their test scores when submitting their application.

How about transfer students?

Transfer students do not need to submit test scores when applying to Siena. Click here for a list of transfer application requirements.

Are there additional requirements if I don't submit my scores?

All students, and especially those who choose not to submit their test scores, are encouraged to schedule a personal interview and campus tour. Interviews provide the admissions team with insight not available through any other means. This is a crucial component of our holistic approach to application review.

If I don't submit my test scores, will my chance of receiving a merit scholarship be affected?

No. Merit is determined by other quantitative factors, including your grades, class rank and curriculum choices. We view these as longer-term, individually influenced indicators of academic success.

What if I want to submit my test scores?

If you feel that your test scores offer a positive reflection of who you are as a student, then you are welcome to submit your SAT and/or ACT results with your application. Please keep in mind these scores will be reviewed as a component of an overview of your broader profile.

Will I ever need to share my test scores?

Yes, if admitted and you elect to enroll at Siena College, you will need to submit test scores as part of your final transcripts ... but that is only after you've submitted the enrollment deposit. Remember, this is about you and not the tests you take.

Admissions and Financial Aid

What grades and test scores do I need in order to be accepted at Siena?

Siena believes that standardized test scores aren't necessarily the best predictor of future academic success. As a test-optional college, we take a holistic approach to application review, giving you the opportunity to shine based on your broader academic and extracurricular accomplishments. In our applicants, we look for a rigorous four-year high school curriculum and an 85+ average.

Although most students may elect not to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying for Fall 2016 admission, students applying to Siena's Albany Medical College Program, Albany Law School 4+3 Program, and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, as well as student-athletes, as required by NCAA initial eligibility guidelines, will need to submit their test scores when submitting their application.

Average SAT: 1160

Average ACT: 24

Click here for more information regarding our test-optional policy.

What is the application process?

The process is slightly different depending on whether you are a prospective first-year, transfer, veteran, international or ROTC student. Full details, including specific FAQs and links to applications, can be found on the Admissions page.

While interviews are not required, Siena strongly recommends them. We believe an interview with an admissions counselor and tour of campus with a student ambassador are the best ways to determine if Siena is a good fit for you.

How much does it cost to attend Siena?

Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $33,165 and room and board fees are $13,595.

On average, Siena’s tuition is 17% less than our top ten private competitors.

What are my financial aid options?

Financial aid can open the door to a private education. There are numerous types of aid available to Siena students, including:

89% of Siena students receive financial aid.

Where can I find financial aid applications?

At Siena, we keep it simple. The only financial aid application we require is the FAFSA. You can find it at www.fafsa.gov.

How can I arrange a campus tour and admissions interview?

Simple! Call 1-518-783-2423 or click here.

Interviews are available 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays.

Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Academic Options and Outcomes

What academic majors does Siena offer?

Siena offers 27 majors in our Schools of Business, Liberal Arts and Science. In combination with our 50 minors, we provide students with 1,200 unique program choices to match their personal interests and goals.

Does Siena have online degree programs?

No. Siena is focused on providing a personalized education afforded by small classes, close faculty interaction and numerous experiential opportunities. Our classes are only taught by faculty and our average class size is 21 – allowing students to develop deeper connections with their professors, coursework and each other.

What types of student services are available at Siena?

Siena strives to ensure its students are supported academically, spiritually and physically. We believe college is a place for learning and growth, and we provide the services needed to ensure our students’ success and wellbeing.

On-campus services include:

What are Siena’s placement statistics?

94% of recent graduates are employed or continuing their education. We attribute our student success to small classes, faculty/student interaction, experiential opportunities and strong, student support. Our Career Center is a working resource for both students and alumni.

Student Life

How many classes will I take as a freshman?

As a freshman, you will take five classes for a total of 15 credits. In your first year, there is only one required course. The First Year Seminar is a two-semester course designed to introduce you to the structure and pace of Siena’s academics. You will be encouraged to read, write and speak about the meaning of responsibility in today’s world. Activities both in and out of the classroom will deepen your experiences and expectations of the coursework ahead.

What types of residence halls do you offer?

Siena has six residence halls and two townhouse complexes. Freshmen are predominantly assigned to rooms in Hines, Ryan and Plassmann halls. Check out the Residence Hall page for residence descriptions and a 360-degree view of most room types.

Did you know that 81% of students live on campus? You’ll have plenty of company!

How is my roommate assigned to me?

Good question! Roommates are assigned in one of two ways:

  1. You can request a roommate.
  2. You will be assigned a roommate based on your responses to a compatibility quiz sent out by the Office of Residence Life.

For more information on residence halls, special living areas, housing dates and more, check out the Community Living page.

What do students do on and off campus?

That’s a BIG question because there is a lot to do on and off campus. Siena has more than 60 clubs and organizations on campus, reflecting our students’ varied interests, cultures, and aspirations. Held at the beginning of the fall semester, Club Fair introduces students to all the activities available and makes getting involved super easy.

Campus is always buzzing with events and activities. Every Saturday, “Late Night Sarazen” livens up the Sarazen Student Union with programs such as trivia night, bingo, scavenger hunt, and casino night. More? Siena’s Student Events Board brings awesome events to campus, like Winter Weekend, SienaFest, Charity Week, and open mic nights.

Like to play sports? Siena has MANY intramural and club sports to keep you in the game. Football, basketball, softball, handball … go ahead, pick a sport. As a college rooted in the Franciscan tradition of service for others, Community service is an integral component of the Siena experience. A volunteer service fair is hosted on campus every year to introduce students to volunteering opportunities.

Off-campus activities? Siena is only two miles from downtown Albany’s theatres, parks, shopping and restaurants. Like the great outdoors? We are a short drive away from skiing, swimming, hiking and boating in the Adirondacks or Hudson Valley.

More? Siena is only a few hours from Boston, New York City and Montreal.

Big question. Big answer.

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Get Involved

60+ Organizations and Clubs
Service & Advocacy
Student Events Board


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Be Active

18 NCAA Division I Athletic Programs
Club Sports & Intramurals
Fitness Classes


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Think Broadly

Undergraduate ResearchStudy Abroad
Internships
Service Learning


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Live Comfortably

6 Residence Halls/ 2 Townhouse Complexes
Numerous Dining Options
Laundry View