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The Admissions Committee seeks students who will benefit from the offerings at Siena College and develop their potential for extraordinary achievement. By reviewing a student's curriculum, grades, contribution to their community, standardized test scores and recommendations we are able to understand a student's ability to succeed at Siena College. Students who visit Siena during their college search are most successful because they better understand the benefit of a Siena College education.

First Year Applicants

To apply to Siena College, please choose one of the following applications:

Siena's Online Application offers the following benefits:

  • No application fee
  • Option to submit a graded paper in place of an essay

If you have decided to use the Common Application, you can still receive the same benefits as the Fast Forward Application by:

  • Selecting the "other" fee waiver option on the Common Application website in order to waive the application fee
  • Selecting Early Action as the preferred admissions plan in order to receive a decision in 7-10 business days from date of completion

Your application is considered complete once we have received the following:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores
  • Essay or graded paper
  • School counselor recommendation

Siena Test Codes
SAT: 2814
ACT: 2878

Please address any application materials you will be mailing to:

Office of Admissions
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, New York 12211

Application Deadline
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Transfer Applicants

Easy and Simple Admissions Process

Apply online with our free application and receive a decision within seven days of completion.

Meet with our transfer advisor and learn how your credits will transfer.

Our transfer orientation program welcomes you to our campus community, builds new friendships, and connects you to the resources that will ensure your success at Siena and beyond.

Transfer Deadlines

Spring Semester, apply by January 4
Summer Semester, apply by April 1
Fall Semester, apply by August 15

Decisions are made within 2-3 weeks of a completed application. All decisions are on a rolling basis.   To confirm a place in the class, full-time students must send $100 deposit, while part-time students must send a $50 deposit. Housing on campus will be awarded on a space available basis.  Please apply early if housing is essential to your confirmation at Siena.


Siena realizes each student is unique and has different needs. The Office of Admissions makes the transfer process easy to complete.

There are two ways to apply as a transfer student:
You can print the Transfer Application or Apply Online
Use the Common Application

In addition to the application, you must submit the following items:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities awarding you credit
  • Official, final high school transcript or Official Copy of a G.E.D*.
  • Official reports of all CLEP, or any AP exams
  • Siena College Transfer Recommendation Form

*Only needed if a student has graduated in the past ten years.

Once we receive all of the information, you will be mailed a decision within 2-3 weeks. Every admitted student will receive a tentative credit evaluation, along with a decision letter. If you would like a preliminary review of your credits, please call 1-888-AT-SIENA to schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor.

Once you are admitted and confirmed to attend Siena, the Office of Admissions sends your file to the appropriate School of Liberal ArtsBusiness  or Science.  The School Office will contact you about making your schedule for the next semester. If necessary, you will receive other documents related to your attendance at Siena.

The Admissions Committee reviews the college transcripts, high school record and recommendations. Siena takes into consideration an applicant's employment history, extracurricular activities, cultural interests, leadership skills, and personal qualities.

Transfer students are expected to have at least a 2.5 GPA at the college where they are currently enrolled. The Admissions Committee also requires transfer students to have at least three years of college preparatory mathematics (through algebra 2/trigonometry) before entering the College. For students wishing to enter the School of Science, pre-calculus is required. Students not satisfying the math requirement should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss course options.


M.S. in Accounting

How to Apply

The Master of Science in Accounting program was designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited institution and wish to sit for the New York State CPA exam. While the Admissions Committee will consider applications from students who have undergraduate degrees in other fields, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the program outlined below.

Admission Requirements
Completion of the Siena College undergraduate accounting upper-level core or its equivalent, with a minimum grade of "B" in at least four of the five accounting classes and minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 which consists of:

  • ACCT 300    Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 305    Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 340    Taxation I
  • ACCT 350    Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 370    Accounting Information Systems; and
  • BLAW 210    Commercial Transactions

Test scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher for an accounting degree earned within the preceding five years are not required to submit a GMAT score.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Complete application form (.pdf).
  • Official transcripts from all college and universities from which they have earned credit
  • Official GMAT score results, if required
  • One letter of recommendation written by an Accounting faculty member at their bachelor's degree granting institution
  • Brief statement indicating (1) the reason for pursuing an MS in accounting and (2) intended long term career goals
  • Current resume, including employment history, certificates or licenses held, volunteer/extracurricular activities, leadership positions and honors/awards
  • $50 fee (waived for Siena College undergraduate applicants)

Application Dates

Siena College Accounting Majors

  • After completion of junior year for either spring or subsequent fall start dates.
  • Graduate Admissions committee informs applicants of their status during October of the senior year, well in advance of spring semester registration.

Non-Siena Students, Alumni and Siena Non-Accounting Majors

  • Sept. 1 through Nov. 1 for spring
  • Dec. 1 through June 1 for fall

International Students

How to Apply

Siena College welcomes international students to the Siena community!  The Office of International Programs is here to offer assistance as you make the decision to study in the United States.  Feel free to email Br. Brian Belanger, O.F.M., Ph.D with any questions you may have regarding the application process. You may also consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Please see the Preparation to Study in the US section below for additional important information. 

Please submit the following materials in order for your application to be considered:


  • Register for, and complete the Common Application
  • Application Deadlines
    • Fall Semester - March 1 Priority Consideration
    • Fall Semester - June 1 Only on space available basis
    • Spring Semester - November 1
    • *Any applications submitted after their deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


Send all transcripts and school results from each secondary school and post-secondary school that you have attended.

Transcripts must be official, containing the seal of the school
If not already in English, transcripts need to be translated into English.  Many students utilize World Education Services for translating transcripts.


Native English Speakers:

  • Native English speakers must take and submit official results of the SAT.
  • Siena College's SAT code is 2814

Non-Native English Speakers:


Submit a personal essay of 1-2 pages describing your interest in Siena College and your goals for studying in the United States.


A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher, advisor, headmaster, or guidance counselor associated with your school who knows you personally and can comment on your academic and extracurricular activities.  This letter must be signed and written in English. 


You must sign the Certificate of Financial Responsibility which states that you will be able to pay and be responsible for the expenses of studying at Siena College.

International Partnerships

Siena International Partnerships

Siena College encourages students from our distinguished partner universities to enroll as Visiting Students.  Qualified students spend one or two semesters at Siena while earning credits toward a degree at their home institution.  Visiting Students enjoy the same rights and privileges as matriculated Siena students, have access to the same resources, and benefit from individualized assistance.  International Student Services provides the advice and support needed for a positive and productive period of study at Siena College.

University Partnerships

The following is a list of our international university partners who may send students to study as a visiting student at Siena College: 

  • Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Universidad Franciscana, Mexico
  • Universidad San Pablo, Mexico
  • FAE, Brazil
  • Universidade São Francisco, Brazil 
  • San Buenaventura, Colombia
  • Otto-Friedrich-Universitat Bamberg, Germany

Dual-Degree Partnerships

The following is a list of our international university partners who will be able to earn a Dual-Degree at Siena College:

  • CEFAM, France
  • FAE, Brazil
  • Universidade São Francisco, Brazil

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Siena International Exchange, please submit the following materials:



  • Recommendation for Siena International Exchange - This letter may be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us at the Office of International Programs to learn more about life at Siena for our international students.  Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST.

Office of International Programs                                                                                                               

Br. Brian Belanger, O.F.M., Ph.D                                                                                                                                             
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211-1462                                                                                                                       

Phone: +001 (518) 786-5047