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Siena Heights University

Michigan, United States
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About Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University is a Catholic, co-educational university founded in the liberal arts tradition by the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1919. The main campus in Adrian enrolls about 1,200 students in full-time and part-time study leading to associates's, bachelor's and master's degrees. A leader in non-traditional education, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Siena Heights has over 30 years of experience providing service-oriented education for working adults. Siena was the first private liberal arts college in Michigan to offer degree completion programs designed specifically for adult students. In addition to our completely online program, Siena operates degree completion centers in Dearborn, Southfield, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Lansing, and Jackson.

The mission of Siena Heights University founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is to assist people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.

Campus information

The Siena Heights University Counseling Center promotes and fosters the academic, personal, and interpersonal development of Siena Heights University students by providing short-term individual, group, and relationship counseling, crisis intervention, consultation for faculty, staff, parents, and students, and educational programs for the campus community. Counseling services are offered at no charge to University students. The staff of the Counseling Center is highly trained and committed to enhancing the academic mission of the University through a variety of activities.

Siena Heights University offers the following intercollegiate athletic programs:

  • Men
    • Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
  • Women
    • Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball

Siena Heights, a Catholic University has campuses in Adrian (main), Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Dearborn,Jackson, Lansing, Monroe, Southfield and Online.

  • The main campus of Siena Heights is located in Adrian, Mich., since 1919.
    • The campus is located on 55 acres on a bluff above downtown Adrian
    • Facilities include 16 buildings with approximately 600,000 square feet
  • Siena Heights at Kellogg Community College has been providing educational programs to adult students in Battle Creek, Mich., since 1992. The opportunities for programs include continued education programs, distance education programs, and bachelor's degree completion programs.
  • Siena Heights  at Lake Michigan College has been providing adult education programs and bachelor's degree completion programs to students in Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph, Mich., since 1982. 
  • Siena Heights opened a new University Center at Henry Ford College on May 13, 2014. The continued education programs at SHU include both bachelor's and master's degree options at its Dearborn location.
  • Siena Heights at Jackson College has been providing bachelor's degree completion programs and distance education programs to adult students in Jackson, Mich.,since 1998.
  • Siena Heights at Lansing Community College has been providing bachelor's degree completion programs as part of the adult education programs in Lansing, Michigan since 1996
  • The Siena Heights University Metropolitan Detroit Program has been providing adult education programs in Southeast Michigan for more than 35 years.
  • Siena Heights at Monroe County Community College has been providing bachelor's degree completion programs to adult students in Monroe, Mich., since 1990.


Approximately 650 students live on campus in three residence halls and one modern apartment-style village; residential population is composed primarily of freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

  • Ledwidge Hall & Archangeles Hall
    • Ledwidge Ballroom
    • Two computer areas including access to a printer and a color copier
    • Multiple Social Lounges
    • 24-Hour Game Room with pool tables, ping-pong table, air hockey, foosball, large screen TV
    • Quiet Study Room 
    • Direct access to gardens and green spaces around the residence halls
    • Laundry Room (utilizes laundry cards, not quarters!)
    • Kitchenette
    • Bike Storage
    • Student Mailboxes
  • Campus Village Apartments
    • Couch, a chair, a side table, coffee table, and a lamp.
    • Kitchen with a full size refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave
    • Dishwasher, dish sink with garbage disposal
    • Washing Machine, and dryer
    • A full size bed
    • Desk complete with desk chair
    • Dresser
    • Full size closet with sliding mirror doors


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 2 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3


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