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 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.