5 Things to Love About Upstate New York in the Winter

If there's one thing we love about living in the Northeast, it’s the four seasons.

And yes, that includes winter.

But we’re here to tell you those few months of colder days in the Capital Region aren’t only bearable, they're actually a TON of fun for college students.

Check out these five reasons why we love this time of year in Upstate New York:

How Students Become Better People at Siena

As you're deciding between where to apply or where to enroll, you're no doubt comparing facts like graduation rates, average salaries of recent alumni, examples of employers and so on.
But there's another factor we hope you'll also consider:
Do the colleges you're interested in produce not just successful professionals, but good people as well?

6 Things Every College Student Says BEFORE Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

For college students, that means a brief respite from studying to enjoy some family time, lots of food, and perhaps a Turkey Trot. (Or napping, that’s totally fine, too.)


Chances are, you already know the person in this month’s Siena alum Q&A.

You’ve probably seen her broadcasting the news on WNYT NewsChannel 13, or you definitely heard over the radio on “Chuck and Kelly” in the morning.

She’s the amazingly talented Kelly Lynch Wyland, a Siena grad from Clifton Park with a major in English—and the perfect example of how careers these days can take unexpected twists and turns, and how Saints are always prepared for exactly that.

What To Do If A College You Love Doesn't Have Your Major

Does this sound familiar? You're loving everything you're reading about a certain college: the location, the campus, the real-world learning opportunities, the student life

...and then, ugh, they don't offer the major I’m interested in?

When that happens—when you don't see your intended major listed at a college you're really interested in—repeat after us: DON’T

Five Reasons to Apply Early Action to College

Quick refresher on the types of college application deadlines you may come across in your college search: Regular Decision (April 1 at Siena), Early Decision (December 1 at Siena), and Early Action (October 15 here). So which one should you choose?

10 Movies Filmed in the Capital Region

In recent years, this area has received quite a bit of Hollywood attention with the amount of TV shows filmed in the Capital Region and throughout upstate NY.

But did ya know? Siena’s surroundings have long been attractive to movie producers—we’re talking way back to the 80s to today. And we love that. Because when it’s a little too chilly to hang outside or Saints just need to stop moving for a couple hours, students cluster together in the dorms and watch movie after movie like one big cozy family. (And sometimes, we get to be extras too.)

Download Our Free Financial Aid Guide

What’s the FAFSA? What does EFC mean? Is everyone guaranteed financial aid?

There’s a reason our financial aid team gets these questions (and lots more) every year from high school students and parents. Between the forms, the terms, the rules, the types of financial aid... the whole financial aid process can get pretty confusing!

Liberal arts is the way to go

As a college student today, you will likely be employed in a job that is yet to be created.

This astonishing news from data-collecting giants, such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the World Economic Forum, tells us that about 40% of current jobs will be a thing of the past. Ahead lies an evolving world of work, one where those equipped with lasting, transferable skills—the exact skills honed by a liberal arts education—hold a clear advantage. Here’s why, what to consider and what to know about the liberal arts as you research colleges.