Siena College has adopted a test-optional policy beginning with students enrolling in the fall of 2016. The result of considerable consultation and study, the decision embraces an emerging trend across the higher education landscape. More than 800 colleges and universities across the country are now test optional.

“This progressive stance will better align the College with its commitment to a student-centered education,” said Siena College President Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D. “I am confident that lessening our reliance on these test scores will allow Siena to enroll well-prepared students who will have a positive impact on the College and a promising future after they graduate.”

The Office of Admissions will evaluate a prospective student’s academic performance in each course, their high school grade point average, reported rank and strength of curriculum. In addition, students who elect not to submit standardized test scores will be encouraged, and in some cases required, to complete an interview with an admissions counselor. Based on a full review of a prospective student’s application and supporting credentials, the Office of Admissions may still request standardized test scores.

Students who elect to apply for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores must have successfully completed 19 academic units (English, history, mathematics, lab science and world languages) during high school. Each of Siena’s three Schools have specific courses that will be required as part of this initiative.

Preexisting agreements require students applying to certain programs to submit standardized test scores. Siena’s new policy will not change the existing requirements for these programs. The programs include the Siena College/Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine, Siena College/Albany Law School 4+3 Program, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and student-athletes as prescribed by NCAA initial eligibility guidelines.

“Siena’s approach to the admissions process is becoming more holistic and personalized,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Ned Jones. “I am confident that this method will attract a broader collection of high-achieving, qualified prospects and I look forward to meeting these future Saints during campus visits and admissions events.”

To learn more about Siena College’s new test-optional policy, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 1-888-AT-SIENA or emailing