It began as St. Joseph College in 1919 when the Adrian Dominican Sisters first founded the school. By 1939, this private, not-for-profit Catholic institution had changed its name to Siena Heights College receiving university status in 1998. Today Siena Heights University enrolls approximately 2,500 students with a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. The main campus in Adrian, Michigan hosts about 600 students with additional satellite facilities in six other Michigan localities and an online program.
Siena Heights University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools: The Higher Learning Commission, and retains additional memberships with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, the Michigan Colleges Foundation, the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Council on Social Work Education, the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Association of Governing Boards, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Siena Heights University gives students two options for distance learning. One combines on-campus and online classes in pursuit of a degree. The second option offers degrees that are taught completely online. Available Bachelor’s degrees include:
- Bachelor of Applied Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Health Care Management
- Technology Management
Undergraduates pay a flat tuition based on two semesters with 12-18 credit hours per semester. Annual rates are $20,532 and do not include additional fees, like the $500 Technology fee or the $120 Activities fee. The online tuition for the College of Professional Studies is $425 per semester hour and the Graduate College tuition for most programs is $490 per semester hour, not including additional fees. Senior Citizens (age 62+) pay tuition rates of just $163 per semester hour.
The Office of Financial Aid will assist all students in applying and obtaining aid and awards. All students should begin by completing their FAFSA application. Siena Heights supports both the Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS loan, and additional loans from private lending institutions are available. Federal grants for eligible students include the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant. Siena Heights also supports Michigan state residency aid for qualifying students including the Tuition Incentive Program and the Michigan Tuition Grant. The University also supports institution and private scholarships.
Siena Heights University also partners with active duty military personnel and veterans to make college affordable. The Registrar will review prior training and experience to evaluate possible earned credits. Siena Heights participates as a member in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium recognizing assessment scores, including DANTES and CLEP. The University supports the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill available to eligible servicemembers, spouses, and dependents, as well as the Tuition Assistance Program. Furthermore, Siena Heights charges military personnel, their spouses and dependents in-state tuition regardless of “where you are from.”
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,382
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