College students in Florida are usually described as studying in a vacation spot. But if you ask any student in the Northeast what it’s like to live and go to school up here, they’ll tell you they love their four seasons. How could you not?

Before winter arrives, and the snowbrush clearing starts, here are 5 you should try this fall in upstate New York.

five things our Saints love to do in the fall!


Go on Scenic Walks

Upstate New York has some of the prettiest fall sights and scenes. Even right on campus, the beautiful fall colors come to life. If you’re looking for an adventure — take a drive up to Thatcher Park and enjoy a nice walk to see the beautiful leaves change. 

Saints Serve

Saints love to give back to the local community, and fall is the perfect time to lend a helping hand. Through groups such as our Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, the Center for Academic Community Engagement, or the Sr. Thea Bowman Women's Center, you can jump in and get started this fall. 

Pumpkin Decorating

If you love being spooked, scared and a good jump, check out some of the many Halloween experiences the Capital Region has to offer. From haunted hayrides and mazes to truly terrifying houses of fright, you can find whatever level of scare you're looking for close to campus. If you aren't a fan of getting a fright — you don’t need to be a professional to master the art of pumpkin decorating. Our Saints carve, paint, and draw their masterpieces, which are displayed in dorms and townhouse stoops all over campus.

Cheering on our Fall Sports

Like we always say, Saints get in the game. Whether they’re on the field or in the stands—our students cheer each other on. Catching one of our fall sports teams in action is a must for our Saints. 

See for yourself!

The crinkling of fall foliage across our gorgeous campus in Loudonville, NY. The cheers booming from our athletic fields. The impromptu hangouts around the fire pit. Most of our students would agree: Siena is at its best this time of year. With classes and activities in full swing, it’s the perfect time to visit and see for yourself if you are meant to be a Saint.