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University Fast Facts

The University At-A-Glance

Siena Heights University is a Catholic university founded in 1919 and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Enrolling a diverse community of traditional-age and working adult students, Siena Heights is a coeducational North Central accredited institution founded in the liberal arts tradition, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. The University is headquartered in Adrian, Mich., with degree completion centers in Southfield, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Lansing, Jackson and Online.

Quick Facts:

  • Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD has been president since 2006
  • The campus is located on 55 acres on a bluff above downtown
  • Facilities include 16 buildings with approximately 600,000 square feet
  • Founded as St. Joseph College in 1919
  • Renamed Siena Heights College in 1939
  • Became coed in 1969 
  • Renamed Siena Heights University in 1998

Academic Stats:

  • Colleges of Study include: College of Arts and SciencesGraduate College, College for Professional Studies
  • More than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Approximately 2,200 Undergraduate students (all campuses)
  • Approximately 390 Graduate students (all campuses)
  • 14-to-1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • More than 80 Full-Time Faculty
  • More than 400 Adjunct Faculty
  • More than 170 Full-Time Staff

Students on Campus:

Approximately 600 students live on campus in two residence halls and one modern apartment-style village; residential population is composed primarily of freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

Intercollegiate Athletics:

Siena Heights is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as well as several other sport-specific conferences; the University sponsors 10 men’s and 10 women’s varsity sports. For more information go to www.shusaints.com

Campus Life: 

Siena Heights supports a wide range of student clubs and organizations, including a Greek system.

Mass: 

Every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and most weekdays during the academic year in St. Dominic Chapel and at other times on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus. Attendance is not mandatory but all are welcome.

Undergraduate Tuition:

  • Tuition is adjusted each year in early March for the following year.
  • These rates are for undergraduate, full-time students for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • These flat tuition rates apply to two semesters with course loads of 12 to 18 credits per semester. Course levels greater than 18 are charged at the flat rate plus a per hour charge for each credit in excess of 18.
  • All students are also charged a technology fee, course fees in a few courses, and room and board when applicable.

2013-14 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

Undergraduate Programs Cost
Yearly Tuition     $21,250
Yearly Room and Board $8,710
Yearly Technology fee $520
Yearly Activities fee $120
TOTAL YEARLY COST $30,600

Understanding Financial Aid


When comparing college costs, students should remember that approximately 90 percent of Siena Heights undergraduate students on the Adrian campus receive some form of financial aid. Besides the financial aid students may qualify for, other factors to consider are whether students will live on campus or will commute. Before making a college decision, please contact our Financial Aid Office or an Admissions Representative to explore affordability options. Payment plans are also available to help budget each semester's charges over several months.

Contact Us at (800) 521-0009

Siena Heights University Main Campus
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI 49221