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I'm currently attending Siena College as a freshmanQuite BrightAccounting
I'm currently attending Siena College as a freshman student- going to be a sophomore next year. There's a lot of good at Siena as well as a lot of bad. For starters public safety does a fantastic job at keeping the campus safe during the day as well as at night, and will do basically anything to make sure Siena students are safe. However, this can sometimes get annoying when kids on the weekend want to go out and have a good time, although they're just doing their job (and ultimately following the law). Faculty and staff are very friendly and approachable, and they will do whatever they can to assist you in anyway. Students are also very nice, however, they can be extremely cliquey which is really annoying. On the negative side of things, the food sucks. While most people in college gain the freshman 15, I think I've lost it. So if you're looking for a school with good food, you may want to reconsider. They do have the wrap shop here which is good, but they're expensive and its not apart of your meal plan, you use your "dining dollars" to buy food there. The bathrooms, at least in my hallway, are absolutely disgusting. I can't even say how many times I've gone into the bathroom and there were hairballs all over the shower stalls and the toilets are clogged and you know what is all over the toilet seats. But then again it depends on who is in your hallway and how clean they are. If you're planning on coming here to party, it's not your scene. It's a decent school nonetheless but as for fun wise- there's not a lot of it unless you're an upper-classman living in a town house. But there is a town down the road and a shuttle you can catch to go to the mall and walmart. I must say this is my experience- my roommate loves it here.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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Siena is basically equivalent to a 5th yearQuite BrightUndecided
Siena is basically equivalent to a 5th year of high school. The kids are very cliquey, the work is too easy and athletes are given special treatment by the faculty.Besides that, facilities are poor and food is absolutely disgusting. It is virtually impossible to eat a balanced proper diet when eating cafeteria food. I would highly recommend avoiding Siena at all costs.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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The Students:Quite BrightLanguage - French/Spanish/etc.
The Students:
In my opinion, Siena is a very friendly place. The people who go here are generally friendly, the type who, even if you don't know them, will smile and hold the door open for you.

As in every college, there's many types of people here. There's really down-to-earth people, and there's high-maintenance types. There's people from big cities, and small towns. The majority of people are from New York or the surrounding states, but there are people from all over.

The Classes:
If you've ever been to look at large colleges, you are accustomed to seeing huge lecture halls, which can hold hundreds of students. Well, that image is not even close to what Siena is. Classes generally have around 25 students. This way, you can actually get involved in the class, and not just sit there and be lectured at.

I find my classes to be worthwhile. As I said, it's not just a boring lecture. You actually get involved! In my intro to education class, for example, we're working in groups to create a lesson, and then teaching it to the class. You can't find that kind of thing at most schools.

The Faculty:
In my opinion, the majority of professors are warm and understanding. They want to help you succeed. While they're not about to be handing out A's if you don't try, they're there to help. They are willing to help you on their own time, even outside of their mandatory office hours. While there's a few tough teachers out there, there's tough teachers at every school.

The administration, on the other hand, is a bit of a pain. Public safety will treat you like you are still in high school, which I don't really appreciate. If you stay out of trouble, however, you won't have much of a problem with them.

The Campus:
The campus is located in a suburban area, but with easy access to Albany (Siena students get free bus rides). I like this. There's the benefits of the city, such as being able to go to nice restaurants and concerts, but the benefits of the suburbs, such as not living in an area that has a bail bonds on every corner. There's not much to walk to from the campus, but as I said, you get a free bus ride!

The campus is well-kept. There's plenty of grassy areas to play a sports game with your friends, or just lounge about between classes. There's plenty of foliage, which gets pretty in the fall time, and I think it's a pleasant area.

The dorms can use some updates, such as installing more drains in the bathroom showers, but overall, it's all right. The rooms are a bit small, nothing glamorous, but that's college for you.

Things to Do:

Siena isn't a party school. If you're looking for a place that is pretty lax about students partying, this isn't the place. Siena can be pretty strict about under-21 students drinking, especially freshmen.

That being said, some people party. Some people don't. Whatever you decide to do, you'll find people who do the same.

There's plenty of things to do, if partying isn't really your scene. There's a bunch of clubs and intramural sports. The student union hosts a variety of events throughout the year. You might be a bit bored some nights, but you'll find something to do on most of them.

If you've looked on Siena's webpage, you've probably noticed that it is a Franciscan Catholic school. Don't worry if you're not Catholic, though. You're not required to go to mass, or participate in any kind of religious activity. One of the required gen-ed courses is a religious one, but you can take something like "World Religions," or "Judaism," and not be involved in Catholicism at all.

And even though Siena is a religion-affiliated school,I think that all types of people are accepted here. I know plenty of people who are LGBT, or have piercings, or are just different from the rest of the crowd, and it's not as if they are treated badly by the school.

advice for people who decide to go to Siena:

Send your housing forms in early, so you don't get put in a forced triple.
As someone else said, college is what you make of it. If you get involved, and find your niche that way, you'll love it.

Enjoy college while it lasts!

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Innovation: A+, Social Life: B+
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