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SUNY College at Geneseo

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Founded in 1871, SUNY at Geneseo is a liberal arts college located in Geneseo, NY and is part of the State University of New York network. The school is often known by the nicknames “Ivy of the SUNY’s” and “The Harvard on the Hill.” SUNY at Geneseo offers many different programs, including an excellent study-abroad program that includes the popular program Mediterranean Roots that involves travel to Greece and Italy for a duration of 5 weeks.

In addition to an excellent curriculum, life at SUNY Geneseo is full of adventure and fun. There are numerous student organizations, an active Greek life, and on-campus living facilities that encourage a tight-knit, exciting community. There is also an athletics organization, the Knights, that offers several intercollegiate sports teams and there are also several intramural sports for students that prefer the less demanding alternative to varsity competition.


SUNY at Geneseo offers more than 60 baccalaureate majors in mostly liberal arts subjects, as well as three pre-professional degrees including pre-medicine, pre-law and pre-veterinarian. There are also what’s called cooperative degrees which allow the student to earn master’s degrees and even doctorates in an accelerated programs that begin at SUNY Geneseo and end with the student finishing the program at a SUNY graduate school.

The school also offers an ROTC program and a cross-registration program with Rochester colleges. Geneseo students are eligible to enroll in up to 2 courses per semester at no additional charge at any Rochester Area College Consortium.

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SUNY at Geneseo is extremely competitive but uses a holistic approach to admissions. Each applicant is evaluated using all information submitted. Required materials for undergraduates includes the application and fee (either the Common Application or the SUNY application with the Geneseo supplement), official high school transcripts, the Secondary School Report, SAT/ACT scores and an optional (but recommended) parent statement.

Even though SUNY at Geneseo is extremely competitive and fills quickly, there are a couple of programs for students that really want to be part of Geneseo but who don’t make it in their preferred semester.

The guaranteed admission program is for the student most ideal for SUNY at Geneseo that is placed on the “select” waitlist. These students are guaranteed admission during the next term with the only condition being that if they choose to attend another college during the first term that they maintain a minimum GPA. Students from this group will also be invited on a first-come, first served basis to attend Geneseo’s Siena Bridge Program and study for the first term in Siena, Italy.

The second guaranteed admission program is for students who are not chosen for admission but who still want to attend Geneseo. These students may choose to attend another college for the first two semesters and as long as they earn a minimum GPA they will be accepted the following year to Geneseo.

Admission for graduate students is every bit as competitive as for undergraduate positions and students are evaluated holistically. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit the application and fee along with standardized test scores, two letters of recommendation and any other specialized requirements that may be determined by the individual program.

Financial Aid

SUNY at Geneseo offers financial aid to students in the form of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid that is available online beginning in March. The school begins receiving aid information beginning in early March and will send students a packet detailing the award package with the notice of acceptance. Because of this short time frame, it’s imperative that the FAFSA be completed as early as possible.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3849th for the average student loan amount.
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The SUNY at Geneseo Knights are an NCAA Division III athletics organization that plays in the State University of New York Athletic Conference. The college offers several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving and track & field. Men may also choose to play ice hockey and women have to additional options of equestrian competitition, field hockey, softball and volleyball. The teams’ colors are blue and white.

In addition to varsity sports, SUNY at Geneseo also offers several different intramural sports.

Additional School Information

The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.


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Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in New York and 209th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 468th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 12 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 33 0.58

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Geneseo, NY 14454-1465
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population10,207 (8,164 urban / 2,043 rural)
Households2,739 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,984
Families1,461 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3627

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1248th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $15,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,560 $1,560 $1,560
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $638
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $795 $795 $795
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,672 $21,672 $31,122
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,672 $21,672 $31,122
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,930 $10,930 $20,380

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,758 $7,068 $6,758 $7,068 $15,808 $16,318
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $950 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,890 $10,960
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,950 $2,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,640 $10,810
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,950 $2,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,950 $2,250

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,164 (3,554 male / 5,610 female)
Admitted 4,184 (1,741 male / 2,443 female)
Admission rate 46%
First-time Enrollment 997 (419 male / 578 female)
FT Enrollment 995 (418 male / 577 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,644

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference State University of New York Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

215th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 42%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 29

SAT Test Admission

95th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 57%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 690
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 700
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1180 / 1390

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,255
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,090
Board Fee$4,596

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 26 24 54 79 3 1,083 94 1,385
Accounting 4 1 7 49 1 62
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1 2
Anthropology 1 1 2 26 3 34
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 3 6
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 2
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 1 2
Biochemistry 1 1 28 1 31
Biology Teacher Education 6 1 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 12 102 7 128
Business Administration and Management, General 11 1 2 9 67 7 98
Chemistry Teacher Education 2 2
Chemistry, General 16 1 17
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 1 1 11 1 17
Comparative Literature 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 6 1 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 6
Economics, General 3 2 1 19 3 28
Education, Other 2 6 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 1 2 2 51 2 59
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 10 11
English Language and Literature, General 3 4 3 1 55 5 71
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 22 23
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education 1 2 3
French Language and Literature 3 1 4
Geochemistry 1 1
Geography 1 2 17 1 21
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 10 1 13
Geophysics and Seismology 3 3
History, General 1 2 1 44 3 52
International Relations and Affairs 2 2 4 28 1 40
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education 26 1 27
Mathematics, General 1 41 1 45
Multicultural Education
Music, General 1 5 1 8
Music, Other 5 5
Philosophy 16 16
Physics Teacher Education 1 1 2
Physics, General 1 2 27 2 34
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 2 30 2 38
Psychology, General 3 6 11 114 9 144
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 54 20 78
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 2 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1 16 1 19
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Sociology 1 4 3 1 21 2 32
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 2
Spanish Language and Literature 1 6 7
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 5 3 78 6 95
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 3 4 10 45 3 68
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1223rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,767 ($75,124 male / $68,836 female)
Number of FT Faculty 253 (142 male / 111 female)
Number of PT Faculty 352
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $14,501,611

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