Siena College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Siena College

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Siena College is a private, Catholic liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 81%. Located in Loudonville, New York, two miles from the state capital of Albany, Siena College is highly student-centered with a 12-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Majors in business and social science are among the most popular for undergraduates at Siena. Outside of academics, students can join a range of clubs and activities, including recreational sports, performing arts groups, and academic clubs. In athletics, the Siena Saints compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Considering applying to Siena College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Siena College had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making Siena's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 7,728
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 13%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Siena College has a test-optional standardized testing policy for applicants who meet certain academic requirements. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 65% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 630
Math 540 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Siena College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Siena College scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 650, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 650. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1280 or higher is competitive for Siena College.

Requirements

Siena College does not require SAT scores for admission for some applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, Siena does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Siena participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

To be eligible for test-optional admissions, applicants must have completed Siena's coursework requirements (19 total academic units in math, English, science, history, and foreign language). Note that student-athletes and applicants to the Albany Medical College Program, Albany Law School 3+2 and 4+3 programs, and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program are required to submit standardized test scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Siena College has a test-optional standardized testing policy for applicants who meet certain academic requirements. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 14% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 28
Math 21 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Siena College's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Siena received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that Siena College does not require ACT scores for admission for some applicants For students who choose to submit scores, Siena does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Siena does not require the optional ACT writing section.

To be eligible for test-optional admissions, applicants must have completed Siena's coursework requirements (19 total academic units in math, English, science, history, and foreign language). Note that student-athletes and applicants to the Albany Medical College Program, Albany Law School 3+2 and 4+3 programs, and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program are required to submit standardized test scores.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Siena College's incoming freshmen class was 3.51, and over 58% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Siena College have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Siena College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Siena College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Siena College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Siena College, which accepts just over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, Siena also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong optional application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Siena College strongly recommends optional interviews for interested applicants as an opportunity to clearly demonstrate interest in the school. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Siena College's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages in the "B" range or better, combined SAT scores of about 1050 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 21 or better. Grades are much more important than standardized test scores due to Siena College's test-optional admissions policy.

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