SUNY College at Geneseo


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in New York and 338th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 89.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $25,761
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 28 / 1300
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 85% / 86%
Enrollment Total (all students) 5,612


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.

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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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