Siena College
Former names
St. Bernardine of Siena College (1937–1968)[1]
MottoThe Education for a Lifetime
TypePrivate college
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Franciscan)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$139 million (2010).[2]
PresidentCharles "Chuck" Seifert
Academic staff
Administrative staff

42°43′06″N 73°45′13″W / 42.71833°N 73.75361°W / 42.71833; -73.75361
CampusSuburban, 174 acres (70 ha) [4]
Fight song"When the Saints Go Marching In"
Colors    Green and gold[5]
Sporting affiliations
MascotBaloo "Saint" Bernard (St. Bernard Dog)

Siena College is a private Franciscan college in Loudonville, New York.[6][7] Siena was founded by the Order of Friars Minor in 1937. The college was named after Bernardino of Siena, a 15th-century Italian Franciscan friar and preacher.[8] St. Bernardine of Siena Friary is located on campus. The college has 3,000 full-time students and offers undergraduate degrees in business, liberal arts, and sciences.[4]


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

In the late 1930s, Thomas Plassmann, president of St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, sent seven Franciscan friars to New York's Capital Region to found another college.[9]

A new rugby pitch was opened in fall 2016 and a new bookstore opened in fall 2014. The Siena College Grotto opened in October 2014.[10] The college was listed as a census-designated place (Siena College CDP) in 2020.[11]


Siena College students attend three schools within the college:


The college is a suburban campus on 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 solar panels on the roof
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.[citation needed]

Leadership organizations

Student Senate

The Siena College Student Senate serves as a liaison between student and both faculty and administration. 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.[citation needed]

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

The Student Events Board (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.

Residence Hall Association

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.[citation needed]


Main article: Siena Saints

See also: Siena Saints men's basketball and Siena Saints women's basketball

Siena guard Ronald Moore dribbles toward the basket in a game against Loyola in January 2010.[14][15]

Siena offers 21 NCAA Division I sports, all of which participate in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).[16][17]

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.[18] Lannan has since become a regular starter in Washington's rotation.[19] They also participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I baseball tournament, after winning the MAAC Championship over Canisius.

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.[20][21]

Siena College Research Institute

Siena College Research Institute, an affiliate of Siena College, conducts expert and public opinion polls, focusing on New York State and the United States, on issues of public policy interest.

Campus demographics

Siena College is a census-designated place (CDP) with a population of 2,281.[22]

Siena College CDP, New York – Demographic Profile(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2020[23] % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,841 80.71%
Black or African American alone (NH) 99 4.34%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Asian alone (NH) 93 4.08%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 1 0.04%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 28 1.23%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 219 9.60%
Total 2,281 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Notable alumni

Main article: List of Siena College people

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Siena College has approximately 28,000 living alumni worldwide, including former college president Kevin J. Mullen. In the fields of journalism and literature, notable Siena graduates include William J. Kennedy, 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner; Erich Hartmann, international award-winning photojournalist and former president of Magnum Photos; David Hepp, award-winning journalist and creator of Inside Albany and Ed Henry, senior White House correspondent for Fox News. In the fields of law and government, notable Siena graduates include Francis Bergan, former presiding justice of the New York Court of Appeals; Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Constantine George Cholakis, former judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; George Deukmejian, 35th governor of California; former United States representatives from New York Jack Quinn and Gerald B. H. Solomon; and Henry F. Zwack, justice of the New York Supreme Court, Third Judicial District.

Notable faculty


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