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Academics

As a public liberal arts college, State University of New York at Geneseo attracts students searching for a “quality education at an affordable price.” Undergrads say this academics-focused college provides “challenging but rewarding” courses taught by faculty who are “here to teach and prepare students for the real world.” Students find professors to be “fair in terms of tests and expectations,” and note that they “really push the students.” While most professors use traditional teaching methods, “giving very interesting lectures or leading good group discussions,” other notable forms of learning include “live experiments in class,” labs that “develop skills necessary for future studies . . . as well as for general team work,” and “counseling services for local businesses.” Some classes seem needlessly difficult to students, with the sole purpose of “weeding people out” of competitive majors, but thankfully there are “great resources available to anyone who needs help regardless of the subject matter.” Professors provide generous office hours and are mostly “accommodating as long as you reach out to them” and students can “seek help and work with peers through challenging material and problems” at the tutoring centers. Students seeking a challenging liberal arts college environment with a state school price are pleased with the choice to attend Geneseo.

Student Body

With its small campus, Geneseo is a “tightly knit community” of “intelligent and kind individuals” where “all members support each other.” Students value the “strong sense of community” and say all types of people can be found at Geneseo, although some do claim that their peers are “mostly white,” however, students come from “very different upbringings and are from different social classes.” One student describes her friends as a mix of “some quiet, some outgoing, some partyanimals, and some bookworms.” Regardless of this broad range, almost everyone is there to “receive a higher education and be successful.” Campus culture is generally liberal, featuring “inclusivity involving ethnicity, religion, and sexuality,” but some describe social life as cliquey, noting “it is much harder to make friends if you are not in Greek life.” On a final note, one student reassures us, “once you find your people you will feel right at home.”

Campus Life

At Geneseo, which sits on a “gorgeous campus [with] beautiful sunsets,” students “focus on their academics,” but they also make time for clubs or athletics—hockey games in particular bring out school spirit. In addition to team sports, undergrads stay active by “going to the gym or various classes offered by [the] school such as spin, yoga, or Zumba.” On warm days, students love to “hang out and do work on the quad, put up a hammock between two trees, or throw a frisbee around … with friends.” Greek life is a big part of the Geneseo experience for some students, as are college sponsored events by the organization Geneseo Late Knight, which “puts on events every single weekend that are free for students.” The weekends are also when “students definitely like to party,” and they spend time at nearby bars. For those looking to get outside, the “scenery of the Geneseo area” has much more to offer: Students mention it’s also great for hiking. Despite this, they note that “the town around us is small so there’s not a lot to do,” which makes trips to Rochester popular: “it’s a short drive away” and reachable via a bus shuttle on the weekends.

Overview

Applicants
10,048
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
34%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
379
with Terminal Degree
260

201
Men
178
Women
60
Minority
17
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Earth Science Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Musical Theatre.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Jeffrey J. Clarke
Chief Executive Officer, Kodak

Leo M. Lambert
President, Elon University

Scott Dalrymple
President, Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri)

Christa Carone
Executive vice president, corporate affairs, Fidelity Investments

Glenn Gordon Caron
Owner, Picturemaker Productions, television/film writer, director, producer

Ysaye Barnwell
Musician, composer, teacher, author, actress

Molly Smith Metzler
Playwright and screenwriter

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Students Say

Whether you're at SUNY Geneseo for a degree in English literature or chemistry, the university has you covered on resources. One student commends the “large range of study abroad program options” and says “there are plenty of resources available to heighten your experience here, for example: the GOLD program.” The Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership (or “GOLD”) program conducts extensive personal development and leadership trainings as well as service learning and volunteer opportunities so that students have the personal skills and knowledge they need for future leadership responsibilities. The idea is that participating students will graduate with a portfolio of experiences they can draw upon in their post-college chapters.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,576

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,419

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,089

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,854

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,098

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,670
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,320
Required Fees
$1,738
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,214
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,447
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

5.53%
Asian
3.02%
African-American
8.66%
Hispanic
75.76%
Caucasian
2.89%
Unknown
1.46%
International

61% female
39% male
2% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
55%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

https://www.geneseo.edu/dean_office/documenting-disability

Documentation Required for ADHD

https://www.geneseo.edu/sites/default/files/sites/dean_office/Attention%20Deficit%20Documentation.pdf

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
190
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
6

20% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

18% participate in intramural sports
10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Knights)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: -Pride Alliance https://www.geneseo.edu/lgbtq -Gender Neutral Residence Hall https://www.geneseo.edu/campus_living/gender-inclusive-housing-frequently-asked-questions On campus resources for the LGBTQ Community https://www.geneseo.edu/lgbtq/campus-resources

Minority Support Groups: Cultural Clubs http://www.geneseo.edu/multicultural/clubs Multicultural Programs and Services Department https://www.geneseo.edu/multicultural

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology

Sustainability

SUNY Geneseo has established the Environmental Impact and Sustainability Task Force, which studies, recommends, and manages sustainability efforts across the campus. The president also signed the ACUPCC, which has the Task Force working around the clock to develop a Climate Action Plan and ensures that all new building construction and renovation projects will achieve LEED Silver or better. The college solicits student ideas on how the college can become more sustainable through an annual survey. As a result of this idea sharing, students and administrators have successfully implemented a number of initiatives on campus, including the introduction of the Geneseo Public Bus Service, which has reduced the number of cars on campus. Another success story is “Geneseo Gives Back,” a waste-diversion program that keeps an estimated 15 tons of materials from landfills at the end of every academic year. Campus recycling programs also exist for printer cartridges and toner, paper, plastic, and metal. Seneca Residence Hall incorporates geothermal heating and bioretention ponds and plenty of other green features—enough to earn the building LEED Gold. Four other buildings under construction or renovation also are incorporating geothermal heating. The college was also the first in the SUNY system to begin using green cleaning products (75 percent of cleaning products on campus are Green Seal-certified). The GEO (Geneseo Environmental Organization) is one of the most active student organizations on campus, leading conservation efforts through energy savings contests, bottled water campaigns, awareness campaigns, and more.

88/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
SUNY Contracts SUNY Aggregate Buy

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kimberly A. Harvey, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454-1401

Phone
5852455571

Email
admissions@geneseo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
MacVittie College Union
The Gazebo
Milne Library
Merritt Athletic Center
College Green

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Letchworth State Park
Finger Lakes Wineries
Rochester
Geneseo Movie Theatre
Main Street Geneseo

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Visit Admissions Tours and Events Calendar
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Weekdays and Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@geneseo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Rochester International Airport, Amtrak (Rochester), RGRTA -LATS bus, Trailway Bus Lines, Greyhound Bus Service Geneseo Shuttle Bus,'Hertz on demand'

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the west: NY State Thruway to Exit 48; Route 63 South to Geneseo; turn left t the first traffic light only College Drive. From the south: Route 390 North to Exit 7; Route 63/39(about 3 miles); turn left at the traffic light onto Main Street; turn onto Park Street. From the north and east: NY State Thruway to Exit 46; Route 390 South to Exit 8; Route 20A West(about 5 miles); turn right at the third traffic light onto Main Street (Route 39); turn onto Park Street

Local Accommodations
Big Tree Inn The Annabel Lee Bed & Breakfast Inn Hampton Inn Geneseo Quality Inn Oak Valley Inn Rodeway Inn by Choice Hotels


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