College Sophomore 2013-12-10T07:23:13Z
I avoid the dining hall.
College Sophomore 2013-12-10T07:22:23Z
I don't drive so I don't have much of an opinion, but I know it is often difficult to find a spot.
College Sophomore 2013-12-10T07:21:13Z
I'm involved with some really great programs, such as the Bonner Service Leaders, which has made my experience amazing.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:39:07Z
So much alcohol is consumed, despite the no-tolerance policy, as the RAs don't really care. They say at the beginning of the year that if they don't see it, they don't care. Siena's also supposedly tobacco free, but that's definitely not the case.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:34:14Z
Men's basketball is what the athletic life of the campus revolves around. Fan support is amazing, and the environment of every game is amazing as a result of the community support. However, every other sport gets left in the background. There's no football team, so there's no tailgating, and some students are rather peeved.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:31:48Z
As a whole, Siena defines average. There are amazing people and there are jerks. There's not nothing to do, but not an excess. The only thing that would make me switch would be the quality of my program, instead choosing to go to a technological institution.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:28:28Z
For Computer Science, it's relatively easy. You walk through a few commonly used languages, do a couple of electives, take some math, and you get out of the foreign language requirement. However, the department is restricted to one floor of Roger Bacon, and has 3 labs and 2 classrooms, one lab is inaccessible to anyone other than the seniors. The rest is offices and a CS "lounge". On the whole though, internships are easy to get and faculty are always approachable.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:23:30Z
The computers are ancient and the few labs on campus are incessantly crowded, but the printing is free.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:22:12Z
It's upstate New York. Rain and snow are the order of the year. However, it still is amazing at any point in time, even if the trees are bare.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T15:21:18Z
Siena has a no-tolerance policy on underage alcohol use, which is amazing for non-drinkers. However, for people who aren't caught drinking or drunk but are in a room with those who are drinking, they will get a "in the presence of" citation. Everything else is about average.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T14:04:39Z
As a Franciscan school, while Siena is religiously Catholic, it is politically liberal. Most students are Democrats from a variety of religious backgrounds, and campus as a whole is typically accepting of all people.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T14:02:24Z
Guys & Girls:
In all honest, Siena defines average. Go to any college or university and look at the student body, and that's what Siena's like. Not a whole lot of really intelligent people, but everyone's approachable until you try to have a relationship. Most people, both male and female, have people from high school that they actually carry out a long term relationship with. The others? They either find someone to have a relationship with within the first week or, like me, they just don't try. Siena claims that many people find their significant other here, and I'd be inclined to agree, seeing some of said relationship.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:58:00Z
Siena isn't stingy with financial aid. Most students will get an academic scholarship, and there's a multiplicity of endowed scholarships, including 3 for women's rugby of all things. Work study is easy, and the FinAid officers are always approachable.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:56:14Z
There's a lot of fast food near Siena. The healthiest thing you're going to get is Subway. Everything else is chain fast food and a couple of local food places. However, there are options, even if they aren't healthy, and most everything is cheap.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:54:41Z
Most dorms on campus have been here for a very long time. As a result, they are cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and typically have cinder block walls. Once possible, students should attempt to get into Padua and "New" Hall, even though it is nigh impossible given the random nature of Siena's housing lottery. The RAs range from not caring at all about illicit activity to cracking down on every infraction; most fall in between, but your mileage may vary. Just note that during the first month, no matter the dorm you are in, there will be partying, and if you're a female, males will be on your floor practically every night.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:49:51Z
The only real option for off-campus housing are apartments ~10 minutes down the road, and they have no public transportation options that go to Siena directly.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:48:11Z
While student life unfortunately revolves around alcohol, there are plenty of people who are non-drinkers, and there's plenty for them to do. There are many major festivals, the main being Sienafest, a time late into the Spring semester, featuring semi-major musical artists and various other activities. Athletically, Siena's major sport is D-I Men's Basketball. The student supporters, known as the Dog Pound, are shuttled to every game, and the first 200 or so students sit on the floor level of the Times-Union Center in downtown Albany.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:48:11Z
Siena, while it won't break any records in any category, is good enough. Most buildings date back to the late 50s, the newest being Padua Residence Hall, the Morrell Science Center, and the unnamed "New" Residence Hall. Academically, Siena is pretty average. The only outstanding program on campus is their business program, and it seems that no matter the major, your academic adviser will suggest a business minor. The school also has the Standish Honors Program, which allows students to take more discussion based courses, with a service and thesis requirement for graduation. However, all teachers are passionate about their topics, even if they aren't necessarily the best at teaching it.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:36:26Z
Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars, but when all's said and done, almost 3/4 of the student body has a car. Parking is convenient, close to practically every building on campus. However, the campus is small enough that even the farthest walk is only ~10 minutes. Campus police are very good at enforcement, as there are general spaces, student spaces and faculty spaces, and they do enforce.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T13:32:35Z
While Siena may be in Loudonville, a hamlet in the town of Colonie, a suburb of Albany. It doesn't always feel that way. The immediate surroundings are, to put it plainly, residential. There is The Shoppes at Newton Plaza, a strip mall down the road, and a few restaurants, but on the whole, there is nothing to do on weekends, so most students remain on campus, many of them drinking. However, other than the occasional scuffle with the surrounding homeowners as a result of the townhouse parties, the community enjoys Siena students involvement. It is a peaceful town, and while you may be bored at times, it will at least be safe off-campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-20T21:26:13Z
Health & Safety:
Very safe. Public safety is everywhere.
College Freshman 2013-11-10T23:05:11Z
I don't have a car on campus but my friends do. The campus is so small you'll never walk more than 5 minutes to an academic building of a dorm from your car. Spots by dorm halls are rare but on the academic side of campus they're everywhere.
College Freshman 2013-11-10T23:02:49Z
I'm a Undeclared Business major so I'm in the school of business which gives some direction but not committed yet. Its a really nice option to be undecided but still in a school. The work is not hard but significantly more than high school.
College Freshman 2013-11-10T23:02:49Z
Very few majors offered but what is here is awesome. The teachers are super nice and really helpful, small class size, outside help for all topic is available. If you're not certain on your major I wouldn't suggest this school, if you change your mind theres almost no other options.
College Freshman 2013-11-10T22:56:22Z
Siena is D1 in sports so though few are offered (no football team) the ones that are, are really good. Though its annoying how revered the Baseball and Basketball team are while the Lacrosse team is seen as the scum of the school. This only applies to boys teams not girls.
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