Siena College

This article is about the college in Loudonville, New York, US. For other schools with similar names, see Siena College (disambiguation).
Siena College
Former names
St. Bernadine of Siena College
Motto The Education of a Lifetime
Motto in English
Developing Leaders Capable of Extraordinary Achievement
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1937
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic Church (Franciscan)
Endowment $139 million (2010).[1]
President Edward Coughlin
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 3,214[2]
Postgraduates 33
Location Loudonville, New York, U.S.
42°43′06″N 73°45′13″W / 42.71833°N 73.75361°W / 42.71833; -73.75361Coordinates: 42°43′06″N 73°45′13″W / 42.71833°N 73.75361°W / 42.71833; -73.75361
Campus Suburban, 174 acres [3]
Fight song When the Saints Go Marching In
Colors Green and Gold[4]
Athletics NCAA Division IMAAC
Nickname Saints
Mascot Bernie "Saint" Bernard (St. Bernard Dog)
Affiliations AFCU

Siena College is an independent Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Loudonville, Albany County, New York, United States.[5][6] Siena is a four-year, coeducational, independent college in the Franciscan tradition, founded by the Order of Friars Minor, in 1937. It has 3,000 full-time students and offers undergraduate degrees in business, liberal arts, and sciences.[3]

The college was named after Saint Bernardino of Siena, a 15th-century Italian Franciscan friar and preacher.[7] St. Bernardine of Siena Friary is located on campus.

The current president of the college is Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M, Ph.D.[8]


Front view of Siena Hall, one of the primary academic buildings



Development of Campus


Schools of College

Siena College students attend three schools within the college:

School of Business

AASCB International Accredited [11]



  • American Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Modern Languages and Classics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


The college is a suburban campus taking up 174 acres (70 ha) at the northern edge of Loudonville. The campus includes:

The main college building, housing classrooms and administrator and faculty offices. The cupola at the top is used as the symbol of the college, appearing on the college logo and most printed and web material.
Built in 1999, it has space for 400,000 volumes, seating for 700 readers, networking for 500 computer connections, 100 computer work stations, an audio-visual center, an archive and special collections suite, 11 group study rooms, 16 faculty carrels, and training laboratory and demonstration classrooms.
Houses the School of Science offices and classrooms as well as the Computer Science, Psychology, Mathematics, and Physics Departments.
Attached to Roger Bacon Hall and built in 2001, it houses the chemistry, biochemistry and biology departments.
Classrooms and faculty offices. Notable for the design: the first floor consist of two sections separated by an outdoor walkway, with the second floor bridging the two sections.
Home to the creative arts department, campus theatre and studio of Siena College Television.
Athletic offices and facilities.
Houses the post office, campus radio station, Student Affairs office, student government offices, and campus hangout Casey's

Student life

Student organizations

Students are involved in a number of wide, specific, academic related, recreational, leadership building, and diverse organizations and clubs or campus. There are currently 85 organizations on campus, each with their own campus, local, or national impact. Each organization has Executive Board positions which allows students to lead, develop, and set a plan of direction for their impact.

Leadership organizations

The Student Senate

The Siena College Student Senate serves as a liaison between faculty, administration, and students. It works to present and to interpret students’ attitudes, opinions, and rights to the teaching faculty and administration. The Senate is charged with the oversight of clubs and the distribution of the student activities fees. While Senate does not directly control college academic or social policies, it continues to work with a group of cooperative administrators to shape them in ways that will benefit the community.

Both the Senate and the administration keep what is best for the students as their top priority. The Student Senate has an Executive Board including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The rest of the Senate is Representatives, Hall and Town House Representatives, and Commuter Representatives. Student Senate is the governing body for all clubs and organizations on campus.

Student Events Board (SEB)

SEB sponsors traditional types of entertainment in the form of bands, comedians, and speakers, but also presents other non-traditional events designed for Siena such as coffeehouse acts, open mic nights, Winter Weekend, Siblings Weekend, Charity Week, big concerts, as well as SienaFest. SEB also oversees and regulates the sale and distribution of goods and services of campus clubs and organizations. The Board encourages the development of new areas of entertainment based upon student interest.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

The mission of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) is to act as a governing student body; to serve as the official liaison between the residential students at Siena College with Siena College staff and administration; to strive to make Siena’s residence halls and townhouses a desirable community; to be the official voice of Siena’s residential students; and to serve as a programming organization within residential communities.

Other organizations

A Cappella Club Financial Management Association Men's Rugby Club Running Club
American Sign Language Club Fitness Club Mentoring Program S.O.L.I.D. Step Team
Asian Student Assoc. (ASA) French Club Mock Trial SCEO (Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization)
Best Buddies Gaming Club Model UN SCMA (Siena College Marketing Association)
Biology Club Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Muslim Students Assoc. Service Sisterhood
B.L.S.U. Girl Scouts Club Operation Smile Siena For Life
Brazilian Club Habitat for Humanity Orthodox Christian Students Association Siena Students for Fair Trade
Bus Stop Club HeForShe Outing Club Social Work Club
Chaotick History Club Pendragon Spanish Club
Chemistry Bio-Chemistry Club Ice Hockey Philosophy Club Squash Club
Chess Club Inspire Club Physics & Astronomy Stage III
Chinese Students Association International Students Association Political Science Society Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
Colleges Against Cancer Irish Dance Team Pre-Dental Club Tennis Club
Computer Science Club Italian Club Pre-Law Society The Promethean
Cru Karate Club Project Haiti Thirst Project
Democrats Club L.U.N.A. Psychology Club Trailblazers
Economics Students Assoc. Mathematics Club Quidditch Club Ultimate Frisbee
English Society Medicus Christi READ for the Stars Women in Computing
Environmental Club Men's Club Baseball Red Cross Club Women's Club Rugby
Equestrian Club Men's Club Soccer Republican Club Women's Club Soccer
FeelGood Men's Club Volleyball Revival Writing Partnership


Main article: Siena Saints
Siena guard Ronald Moore dribbles toward the basket in a game against Loyola in January 2010.[13][14]

Siena offers 21 NCAA Division I sports, all of which participate in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).[15][16]

The college generally only competed against local schools in athletics until being elevated to the Division I level in 1976. At this time, Siena became a member of the ECAC, and later the North Atlantic Conference, a forerunner to the present day America East Conference. In 1990, the college moved to the MAAC where it has remained since. Siena has not always been known by its present moniker. Athletic teams were first known as the Golden Hurricanes and later as the Indians. In March 1989, the school adopted its current nickname, the Saints.

Many of Siena's athletic teams have experienced success at the Division I level. The college's most well known squad is the men's basketball team. The Saints have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Round of 32 in 1989, 2008 and 2009. Siena has also played in the postseason NIT five times, capturing third place in 1994. In 2014, Siena competed in their first College Basketball Invitational tournament and won the championship defeating Stony Brook, Penn State, Illinois State and Fresno State two games to one in the best-of-three championship series. The women's basketball teams has also had a recent run of success, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, and appearances in the 1999, 2002 and 2003 WNIT. They finished second in the 2015 WBI.

Another team with recent high achievement is men's baseball. The Saints advanced to the 1999 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and in 2005 saw pitcher John Lannan drafted by the Washington Nationals.[17] Lannan has since become a regular starter in Washington's rotation.[18] They also participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Finally, the men's lacrosse team has also improved significantly in recent years. The Saints qualified for their first MAAC tournament in 2007 and their first NCAA tournament in 2009. That season, the Saints secured an automatic berth in the tournament after winning their first MAAC championship during a ten-game winning streak.[19][20]

Siena Research Institute

Notable alumni

Siena College has approximately 28,000 living alumni worldwide, including former college president Fr. Kevin J. Mullen.

Notable honorary degree recipients


In the media

May 10, 2015: General Electric CEO and Chairman of the Board Jeffrey R. Immelt will give the commencement to the graduating Class of 2015.[22]

Future development plans

Over $50 million campaign to raise funds for the development of the college[23]


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  5. 'About Siena', Siena College website; "Siena is...located in Loudonville, New York, a suburban community just outside the state's capital."
  6. "Colonie town, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  7. Siena College Mission and History - Siena College website.
  8. "Fr. Kevin Mullen '75, O.F.M., Ph.D. Elected to Lead Holy Name Province and Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D. to Serve as Interim President". Siena College. Siena College. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  12. Marc Carey (1992-04-02). "Additional Dormitories for Siena". Times Union. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  13. "2009–2010 Siena Saints Yearbook". Siena College. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  14. McGuire, Mark (2010-01-22). "Streaking Siena". Times Union (Albany). Hearst Newspapers. p. B1. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  15. "FAQs for Athletics". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  16. "Siena Field Hockey Selected Ninth in NEC Preseason Poll". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  17. "Mission Statement". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  18. "John Lannan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  19. Saints Face-Off with Syracuse in NCAA Tournament, Siena College, May 8, 2009.
  20. Siena College Men's Lacrosse 2009 Quick Facts (PDF), Siena College, 2009.

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