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SUNY Geneseo takes intellectual minds, transforms them to see their abilities, and then shows...

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, New York

SUNY Geneseo takes intellectual minds, transforms them to see their abilities, and then shows them how to be socially responsible citizens. Students enrolled at Geneseo are part of a collaborative environment, where academics meet civic engagement. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,583 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
2% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
252 full-time faculty
98 part-time faculty
20 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

56% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

82% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 3%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%

First Year Adirondack Adventure

The First Year Adirondack Adventure is an awesome excursion available to incoming freshman. Participants travel to Lake Placid and stay at a youth hostel for five days. The trip is a great transition into college. Many times, students are anxious about leaving home and starting school. The Adirondack Adventure eases this transition through team-building activities and close interaction with faculty and peers. Interested students should act quickly, as spots are limited.

Edgar Fellows Program

The Edgar Fellows Program is the honors sector of Geneseo. Students in the program are selected for their strong record of academic excellence and personal motivation. Edgar fellows belong to a small community of academically inclined individuals that seek a challenge in their educational experiences. Participants benefit from academic and personal support, along with research opportunities and co-curricular activities.

The Edgar Fellows Capstone Experience

The Edgar Fellows Programs culminates with a capstone experience that allows students to further explore their passions. Students are required to design their own research, perform a written, critical analysis, and give an oral presentation. Projects can range from a senior thesis to community service. In any case, the student must demonstrate that their work has intellectual integrity and purpose. All projects are supervised by a mentor. The relationship between a mentor and student will change based on the nature of the project, but ultimately, the mentor decides the grade for the project.

Washington Internship Program

The Washington Internship Program is a study away option that offers countless benefits and leadership opportunities. Participants of the program experience a near full-time internship, an academic course, and a Leadership Forum. Students build professional networks through interaction with industry leaders. The program is selective, so interested students must be in good academic standing. It is also beneficial for students to have an interest in the sciences or humanities and science.

Study Abroad Mentor Program

The Study Abroad Mentor Program is a new addition to Geneseo’s global education effort. Students that have studied abroad through one of SUNY’s sponsored programs are called to share their experiences with the campus community. Mentors assist underclassmen with decisions regarding program selection. Mentors have specific meeting hours, but call all interested students to stop on by or make an appointment.

Humanities I in New York City

Humanities I is a faculty-led program that takes place for four weeks during the summer. Participants have the chance to study in NYC—the heart of art, culture, and architecture. Students begin their coursework at Manhattan College, where they can enjoy the peaceful campus and safe environment. After studying various texts, art, and ideas, students travel into the city to visit museums and monuments that pair with their coursework.

Knights First Day of Service

Knights First Day of Service unites first year students through volunteer efforts. For one Saturday in September, first years can come together to work on service projects in and around the community. The program is meant to connect students to volunteer projects and encourage peer bonding.


YouBelong is a program tailored to the academic and social needs of transfer students. YouBelong comfortably transitions students into the campus community through resources and opportunities to get involved. Students can receive individual guidance if they feel they are falling behind, and there are plenty of activities to address the many needs and goals of students. Some of the activities include: a transfer student picnic, the student organization expo fair, and a volunteer fair.

Living Learning Communities

Living learning communities pair residence life with academics and/or a specific interest. Students involved in an LLC have the chance to share their passions with like-minded peers, which often leads to increased academic and personal support. Below are the communities available at Geneseo:

Dante House: The Dante House is only available to first year students and is split into three separate sections. One third of the space is reserved for international students, and another one third is reserved for Edgar fellows. The Dante house promotes global citizenship and service.

Writers House: The Writers House brings together students from all majors and years. Participants of the LLC share a passion for writing across all styles and disciplines. There are only 20 spots reserved for first year students.

Eco House: Students interested in sustainability practices and issues of social justice are called to join the Eco House. Residents have the opportunity to establish house traditions, while they collectively work toward making Geneseo an environment-friendly campus. There are only 20 spots open for first year students.


Internships are a great way to gain industry knowledge and hands on experience in one’s field of study. Geneseo encourages its students to seek out internship opportunities so that they are better prepared to enter into a career after graduation. The University’s Internship Program offers upperclassmen the chance to engage in field work during their undergraduate experience. The program allows participants to exchange part of their class time for hands on work in a professional setting. In order to participate, students must be a junior or senior and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Department of Career Development

The Department of Career Development is the number one resource for exploring, finding, and securing post-grad positions. Through various programs and support, staff are able to assist students with tough decisions and help them build strong interviewing skills. The office offers assistance with resume and cover letters, post-grad options, career exploration, jobs and internships, and interviewing.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,118 Total Applicants 
6,632 Total Admissions 
1,330 Total Freshman Enrollment

72.74% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 640
SAT Math 550 650
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,470 $16,320
Fees $1,643 $1,643
Total $8,113 $17,963
Room and Board (on campus) $12,456 $12,456
Room Only $7,510 $7,510
Board Only $4,946 $4,946
Estimated Total On Campus $20,569 $30,419 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

74% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
45% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$6,367 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,744 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates