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Siena College

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Siena has a relatively small campus

Apr 09 2014Biology
Siena has a relatively small campus. There are under 4,000 undergrads here. But there is never a dull moment. The faculty here, especially in the school of science, are fantastic. They all do research outside of teaching, so they put a spin on their classes which is geared toward their area of expertise. Every teacher I have had here has been extremely flexible with their office hours, and provides materials and or review sessions to ensure you do the best you possibly can on their exams. That being said, they expect a lot out of you. The science classes tend to have strenuous exams and extensive lab work. There are always research opportunities for students in various areas. As far as social life, there is a whole section of campus, separated from the academic buildings and dorms, where all the upper classmen townhouses are. That is where all the partying happens. There are events that go on every Thursday by the student event board, dances, and movies playing in the lecture halls every weekend. There is virtually nothing to do off of campus without going 20 minutes south into Albany, unless you want to go shopping.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B

The Students:

Sep 11 2013Language - 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.

Religion:
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+

I'm currently a second semester senior at Siena

Feb 06 2013English
I'm currently a second semester senior at Siena. If it wasn't for the friends I made freshman year I probably would have transferred because my roommate and I did not get along. The academics are well handled, I felt challenged to actually think about what I was reading, not just memorizing it for tests. The teachers do care, they know how hard college can be and want to be there to help you. It is a small school and you do tend to recognize a lot of people by the end of the year, but that was fine with me so that is more of a personal choice.

A lot of the negative comments focus on how the students are arrogant and snobby. Though the athletes sometimes think they are all high and mighty, I have found that if you are simply nice then it's pretty easy to talk to people. Certainly not everyone you meet you will want to be friends with, but it's not that hard to talk to the students here. It is hard though, walking to class and seeing about 85% of the girls wearing Ugg boots and a North Face jacket.

It's also true that the majority of the school is from Long Island, so many of the students when to high school together.

There honestly is not much to do outside campus. There's diners, bars, and two movies theaters. The clubs are all gross and usually full of underage people. Albany is also scary, so people don't venture there much at night.

Last thing - Public Safety is a nuisance. They are on your back about everything and can write you up (if underage) if you are in the presence of a shot glass or solo cup even if you clearly have not been drinking. They like to break up house parties to look like they have some authority.Conclusion? Great professors that care about your education, but administration and public safety will try to get every penny out of you.

4th Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Surrounding City: C


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