Freshman Selection Criteria

Admission decisions are based primarily on your high school academic record and the results of college entrance examinations. Strong academic programs (especially those that include honors-level courses and AP or IB courses) are preferred.

We take a holistic approach to the review process. Therefore, we look very closely at your supplemental information as well, so be sure to submit your essay, co-curricular resume and letter(s) of recommendation. This combination of information - academic as well as information about who you are outside the classroom - enables us to most accurately determine who to make offers to out of a very competitive applicant pool.

Guaranteed Admission Program at Geneseo

Keep in mind when reviewing our admission criteria, that although we are highly selective, we do all we can for students that are committed to Geneseo. In fact, we have developed 2 special programs, both guaranteeing admission in a semester or two, for those students that may not meet all of our prevailing standards.

Our first program is referred to as "Guaranteed Admission." It is intended to accommodate the strongest applicants who remain on our "select" wait list after we have reached our enrollment goal. All applicants on this list will be offered admission to the subsequent spring or fall term. The only condition is that, for those who attend another college in the interim, we require that they achieve a GPA of at least a 3.0. Last year more than 100 students enrolled in the spring term under this program.  It is important to note that space is available each spring semester because a number of students graduate in December, in addition to many students leaving campus to study abroad, conduct research, or participate in our internship and externship programs.

A special feature of this program is these students have the opportunity to begin their studies through Geneseo by spending their fall semester in Siena, Italy through our Siena Bridge Program (note that space is very limited in this program and only available on a first-come, first-served basis).

We also offer another program for applicants who are not selected for the wait list but appear to have the potential for success in a competitive academic program. These applicants are offered admission under our "Guaranteed Transfer" program. Those who are selected for this option and complete at least two full-time semesters at another college with at least a 3.0 GPA are automatically granted admission to the College.

Our counseling staff assists students in both programs with course scheduling to ensure that the studies they complete elsewhere are appropriate for their intended major at Geneseo.

AP/IB Transfer Credit

Geneseo awards up to 30 credit hours for examinations such as the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). While each academic department determines the minimum test score required for academic credit in a particular subject, three hours of elective credit are guaranteed for general elective courses with scores of three or above for AP courses and four above for IB courses. Official transcripts or reports of your scores must be sent to the Geneseo Admissions Office to receive credit. At your request, Geneseo will send you an estimate of transfer credit; an official evaluation will be available when you register for classes.

A complete listing of AP/IB course equivalents.

View the Class of 2018 Profile.

Call admissions with questions about these programs anytime. We can  be reached at 866-245-5211.