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Siena College

Siena College, located in Loudonville, New York, is a premier Franciscan college. It is an independent, undergraduate, liberal-arts institution founded on the Franciscan values of diversity, optimism, respect, and service. The college greatly benefits from its neighborhood locality just north of Albany, which is a center of political and cultural activity, and a part of New York's vibrant Tech Valley. Siena College was founded in 1937 by seven Franciscan friars. Since its inception, the college has kept abreast of the latest technological and business developments, without forfeiting its Franciscan values. Siena College enrolls about 2,900 undergraduates in its three schools of Liberal Arts, Science, and Business. There are 25 majors, 10 minors and certificate programs, and professional courses in secondary education, pre-medical, and pre-law. The college is housed on a picturesque 164-acre campus. The centerpiece of the campus is Siena Hall, a gold-domed building that has come to symbolize the school. The hall currently contains electronically enhanced classrooms and the state-of-the-art Hickey Financial Technology Center. The technology center comprises the Guy Alonge Accounting Laboratory and the Will Raub Market Trading Room. The facility utilizes cutting-edge technologies and near real-time data to study the complexities of the financial world. Another addition to the college is the Morrell Science Center, which encompasses the chemistry department and most parts of the biology department. The 55,000-square-foot facility houses 10 teaching labs, 24 research labs, and three electronically enhanced classrooms. The college boasts the state-of-the art J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library, which houses an impressive array of books, journals, and periodicals. The Siena College Alumni Association Current Periodicals Area contains a good collection of 18th-, 19th-, and rare 20th-century journals. There is a special journals collection featuring nearly 750 volumes of hard-to-find journals. The intellectual character of Siena College is complemented by its cultural and recreational life. The campus hosts numerous multicultural programs, films, dances, concerts, journeys, and theater productions. Numerous guest speakers are invited to the campus. The college sponsors 18 Division I athletic programs, and its athletic department has advanced to the national level top-15 listing in two of the Division I National Graduation Rate Reports. The college maintains its Franciscan spirit of service and goodwill. The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy encourages volunteerism among the students, who get an opportunity to serve the poor.