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Siena College
Motto in English Developing Leaders Capable of Extraordinary Achievement
Established 1937
Type Private
Endowment $118 million (2008).[1]
President Rev. Kevin J. Mullen, OFM
Faculty 317
Staff 150
Undergraduates 3,305[2]
Postgraduates 153
Location Loudonville, New York, United States
Campus Suburban, 174 acres [3]
Postal Address 515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211 [3]
Colors Green and Gold         
Nickname Saints
Mascot Bernie "Saint" Bernard (St. Bernard Dog)
Affiliations Roman Catholic Church

Siena College is an independent Catholic Liberal Arts College in Loudonville, in the town of Colonie in Albany County, New York, United States.[4] Siena is a four-year, coeducational, independent college in the Franciscan tradition, founded by the Franciscan Friars in 1937. It has 3,000 full-time students and offers undergraduate degrees in business, liberal arts, and sciences.[3] Tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year total is $25,350 and standard room and board is $9,930.[5]

It was named after St. Bernardino of Siena, the illustrious 15th century Franciscan scholar and friar.[6]



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

  • J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library 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.
  • Morrell Science Center built in 2001, it houses the chemistry, biochemistry and biology departments.
  • Marcelle Athletic Complex
  • Sarazen Student Union houses the post office, campus radio station, Student Affairs office, student government offices, the Pepsi Cafe, O'Leary's Pub, Pandini's, and the Sub Connection.
  • There are seven residential living areas on campus: Cushing Village (4 or 6 person townhouses), Hennepin Hall (6 story traditional dorm building), Hines Hall (3 story traditional dorm building), MacClosky Square (6 or 8 or even 9 person townhouses), Padua Hall (traditional dorm building, newest hall on campus), Plassmann Hall, and Ryan Hall. The residence halls tend to be concentrated in the middle of campus and at the southern end while the townhouse residences are concentrated along the northern edge of campus off Fiddlers Lane and were at first controversial with the neighboring Newtonville community. When the first townhouses were proposed the Newtonville Homeowners Association unsuccessfully sued to block construction.[7] Subsequent construction has not been controversial thanks to the town board including the Newtonville Homeowners Association in the decision making process.[8]


Siena offers 18 NCAA Division I sports, 17 of which participate in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), with field hockey participating in the Northeast Conference (NEC).[9] [10]

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 know by its present moniker. Athletic teams were first known as the Golden Hurricanes and later as the Indians. In March of 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 five NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the second round in 1989, 2008, and 2009. Siena has also played in the postseason NIT five times, capturing third place in 1994. 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.

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. [11] Lannan has since become a regular starter in Washington's rotation.[12]

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.[13][14]

Notable alumni

Notable Siena alumni include:


  1. ^ "Higher Education: The endowment quandry". Business Review. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Siena College". New York State College Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "FAQs: The Facts About Siena : Siena College". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ 'About Siena', Siena College website; "Siena is...located in Loudonville, New York, a suburban community just outside the state's capital."
  5. ^ "Welcome to Siena College". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ Siena College Mission and History - Siena College website. "Since the beginning, the College was placed under the patronage of St. Bernardine of Siena, the illustrious 15th century Franciscan scholar. St. Bernardine is a fitting patron for he embodies the rich and deep intellectual tradition that the followers of St. Francis bring to education."
  7. ^ Marc Carey (1992-04-02). "Additional Dormitories for Siena". Times Union. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Planning Board Gives Environmental Backing for Siena Dorm Project". Times Union. 1992-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  9. ^ "FAQs for Athletics". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  10. ^ "Siena Field Hockey Selected Ninth in NEC Preseason Poll". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Mission Statement". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  12. ^ "John Lannan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  13. ^ Saints Face-Off with Syracuse in NCAA Tournament, Siena College, May 8, 2009.
  14. ^ Siena College Men's Lacrosse 2009 Quick Facts (PDF), Siena College, 2009.

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Coordinates: 42°43′06″N 73°45′13″W / 42.71833°N 73.75361°W / 42.71833; -73.75361



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