Sounds like a Hall of Fame stat – and it is, for Siena College. It’s the record-breaking number of freshmen the College welcomed to campus this fall.

Siena just officially completed its annual student census, and it’s the largest freshman class in the College's 82-year history, up 96 students from last year. 

“The record results we achieved reflect the work of our entire community,” said Margaret E. Madden, Ph.D. interim president. “Everyone - our Board of Trustees, leadership, faculty, staff and students - came together and delivered a huge win for Siena as we diligently executed on our strategic plan, Tradition.Transformed.”

What went right? This was a major achievement for Siena given the serious challenges in the higher education marketplace today, according to Ned Jones, vice president for enrollment management.

“Siena has identified a path to success. We are proud to be among the few in our industry who have exceeded enrollment targets and revenue goals.”

Several bold strategic initiatives paid off, particularly the Siena College Guarantee and several new majors that proved so appealing to prospective students and their families:

  • 27 percent of freshmen are enrolled in four of the newest majors: customizable business, health studies, nursing, communications
  • The College now offers at least $52,000 in scholarships for any student who files a FAFSA, regardless of family income
  • Students will earn their degree in four years - or Siena will pay for the rest 
  • A customized career experience is offered for each undergraduate

“While excited about this win, we have more to do,” said Jones.  “This extraordinary community will continue to tirelessly work to meet the needs of today's students and prepare for the needs of tomorrow's students to deliver ‘The Education for a Lifetime.’”