Founded in 1871 as a school for teachers, Geneseo has evolved into one of the premier public liberal arts colleges in the country. Located on 220 acres in the historic Village of Geneseo, the College is a short drive from Rochester and Buffalo. The campus embodies the traditions of northeastern colleges with its brick walkways, shade trees and flourishing ivy.
The most selective of the SUNY institutions, Geneseo is highly ranked in national publications for academic quality and value. The undergraduate research grants program allows a host of students to engage in a wide variety of research with Geneseo faculty members and present papers at regional and national meetings.
The College recently dedicated its $33 million Integrated Science Center and installed a state-of-the-art particle accelerator – a key asset for scientific research in Western New York. Within the sciences, Geneseo is among the nation’s top producers of bachelor’s degrees in physics, according to the American Institute of Physics.
Geneseo is located in the heart of the Genesee Valley, noted for its scenic beauty. Geneseo is the ideal college village, with long-established traditions of friendship and culture. Both the village -- one of 20 communities nationwide to be recognized as a National Historical Landmark -- and the campus's 46 ivy-covered brick buildings reflect a traditional college ambience.
Geneseo offers 54 undergraduate majors and an array of dual degree and international study programs, including humanities courses in England and Europe each summer. Among Geneseo's many strong programs is its School of the Arts, which produces 10 theater productions annually, as well as supporting 12 musical performance groups, 2 dance groups and 4 art galleries.
Student activities include NCAA Division III athletics (2005 national championship in women’s cross-country); 160 student organizations (including 11 student multicultural groups); an active student government; community service opportunities; and a variety of distinguished speakers and cultural events each year. The College also offers a nationally award-winning student leadership program and a nationally award-winning community/college collaboration dedicated to rebuilding areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.