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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 Dearborn, 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 Adrian
  • 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
  • Students from 37 states and 26 countries
  • One of 18 Dominican Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • 90 percent of undergraduate students on the Adrian campus receive some form of financial aid

Academic Stats:

  • Colleges of Study include: College of Arts and SciencesGraduate College, College for Professional Studies
  • Approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Approximately 2,600 Undergraduate students (all campuses)
  • Approximately 1,200 Undergraduate students (Adrian campus)
  • Approximately 390 Graduate students (all campuses)
  • 12-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:

The Siena Heights University Saints 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 men’s and 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 (on the Adrian Campus):

  • Tuition is adjusted each year in early March for the following year.
  • These rates are for Adrian campus undergraduate, full-time students for the 2014-15 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.

2014-15 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

Undergraduate (Adrian Campus) Cost
Yearly Tuition     $22,100
Yearly Room and Board (double occupancy, 19 meal plan) $9,300
Mandatory Fees (Technology and Activity) $640
TOTAL ESTIMATED YEARLY DIRECT COST $32,040

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 Counselor 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.