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?

In the fall in particular, Upstate New York is a destination for those who want to marvel at fall foliage and enjoy fun autumnal activities. For Saints, this is part of life during the fall semester.

Here are six things our Saints love to do in the fall!


Go on Scenic Drives

Whether they’ve got a destination in mind, or are simply just along for the ride—fall brings out some of the most beautiful and picturesque sights of the year. Take a drive up to Thatcher State Park if you are looking to see for yourself how colorful Upstate New York can be. 

Apple Picking and Cider Donuts

Our area is sprawling with local farms that open themselves up to the public for apple picking. It not only gives us good exercise and a batch of fresh Fujis, hitting up farms gives us a good excuse to sample an upstate NY specialty: CIDER DONUTS. 

Hanging by the Paddock

Nothing says fall at Siena like spending a chilly night keeping warm by the fire at the Paddock outside of the Sarazen Student Union. Since it was built in 2016, the Paddock has become a popular nighttime hangout spot for Saints to study, chat, or grab a bite with friends. 

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. 

Pumpkin Decorating

You don’t need to be a professional to master the art of pumpkin decorating. Around here, almost every grocery store sells pumpkins in the fall (both real and fake!) Our Saints carve, paint, and draw their masterpieces, which are displayed in dorms and townhouse stoops all over campus. Are you making a Siena themed pumpkin this Halloween season? Make sure to post it and tag @SienaCollege!