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 and master’s degrees. The University is headquartered in Adrian, Mich., with degree completion centers in Dearborn, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Jackson and Online.


  • Douglas Palmer, the 11th President of SHU began his term on July 1, 2023.
  • 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.
  • One of more than a dozen Dominican Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • 90 percent of undergraduate students on the Adrian campus receive some form of financial aid.


  • Colleges of Study include: College of Arts and SciencesCollege for Professional Studies and  Graduate College 
  •  Approximately 65 undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • 14-to-1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio.
  • Nationally ranked Undergraduate Online Program 2023 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Names a Best College in Social Mobility 2024 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Named a Best College for Regional Universities Midwest 2024 by U.S. News and World Report
  • College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction for 2023-2024
  • Cumulative 3.07 student-athlete GPA (Fall 2021 semester)
  • Awarded a 1.5 million dollar National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships and academic assistance to low-income STEM students.
  • The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan fixes tuition for two academic years – GUARANTEED!


The Siena Heights University Saints are 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 more than 25 men’s and women’s varsity sports. For more information go to


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


Mass is held Sunday at 7 p.m. 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.


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

2023-24 Undergraduate Academic Tuition—Adrian Campus:

  • Yearly Tuition—$28,500
  • Yearly Room and Board (double occupancy, 19 meal plan)—$13,240
  • Mandatory Fees (Technology, Student Service, Compliance)—$1,278
  • Total estimated yearly direct cost—$43,018


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.