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Siena Heights University, also known as SHU, was established in 1919, and was initially known as the St. Joseph's College. In 1998, the institute was rechristened the Siena Heights University. The university awards master's, bachelor's, associate's, and specialist's degrees in over 40 fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Business and Management
  • Division of Computing, Mathematics and the Sciences
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Social and Behavioral Science
  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Teacher Education
Siena Heights University 's athletics department fields a large number of men's and women's sports teams that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The teams are nicknamed the Saints, and they participate in sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and volleyball. Among the notable alumni of SHU are Ben Braun, champion PAC-10 basketball coach; Darrell Issa of California, U. S. Congressman; and Connie Binsfield, former Lt. Governor of Michigan.

Profile of Siena Heights University

The campus of Siena Heights University is in Adrian, MI, which is a town not particularly near any major cities. Its Roman Catholic nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Siena Heights University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

Siena Heights University has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Siena Heights University is known for its programs in engineering technician, family and social work, and security and law enforcement.

Siena Heights University Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 365. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 350 and 495.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 2, 161 students enrolled (1, 316 full-time equivalent). A large number of students at Siena Heights University are 40 years old or older.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Siena Heights University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Siena Heights University values student athletics, and belongs to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

Siena Heights University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management154business management, accounting, human resources management
Liberal Arts103general studies, English language and literature, history, social services, English, Spanish language
Security and Law Enforcement74criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police, fire-fighting, corrections
Family and Social Work64community organization, social service professions, social work, child care management, human services
Medical Support and Technology52dental hygienist, respiratory care tech, radiographer, radiation therapist, sonography and ultrasound tech, surgical tech, veterinary assistant, medical lab tech, . . .
Engineering Technician51electronics tech, electrical/electronic tech, industrial tech, computer engineering tech, construction engineering tech, engineering technician, environmental engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech, . . .
Therapy and Counselling33community health services, psychology, massage therapy, physical therapist assistant
Education and Teaching26elementary school teaching, business teaching, school Counselling, reading teaching, social studies teaching, secondary teaching, art education, early childhood education, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine20registered nursing, EMT paramedic
Medical administration19health care administration, pharmacy courses
Computer Science and Engineering18computer support, computer and info science, data processing tech, computer programming
Media17radio and television, communication and journalism, communications tech courses, organizational communications
Art Studies15art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15sports and fitness management
Mechanics and Repair15automobile mechanics, aircraft maintenance, autobody repair, diesel mechanics, avionics maintenance
Science and Laboratory Technician10nuclear tech
Religion and Philosophy6theological and ministerial studies, religion
Mathematics5mathematics, applied mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
office and Administration3administrative assistant
Music3music, various music studies
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Hospitality2hospitality administration
Design2interior design
Architecture and Planning2architectural tech, landscape architecture
Law1legal assistant
Cooking and Culinary Arts1culinary arts services
Construction Trades1electrician
Real Estate and Construction Management1real estate
Medicine1health professions

Contact: Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University

1247 Siena Heights Dr

Adrian, MI 49221

General Phone: (517) 263-0731


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