Aug. 26, 2013

Geneseo welcomes Class of 2017

Carol Long speaks at convocation

Provost Carol Long, who will become interim president of Geneseo in October, speaks at the new student convocation on Aug. 25. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

Last Saturday, returning and new students celebrated the start of the academic year with lunch, the First-Year Olympics and good conversation, all as part of the Weeks of Welcome to Geneseo.

On Sunday, Provost Carol Long officially inducted 1,100 freshmen into the community of active learners at the new student convocation, preparing them for the 2013-2014 year. Long will take over as interim president when President Christopher C. Dahl leaves for sabbatical and retirement in October.

Long emphasized the history of the region in the fight for civil and equal rights. Those values, she said, have shaped Geneseo. She encouraged students to incorporate principles of the college on diversity and sustainability into their daily lives.

“It is this capacity to value difference, to learn from each other through respectful and attentive debate, that nurtures and sustains us as an educational community,” she said.

Geneseo welcomes an estimated 5,536 students to campus this year — 5,376 undergraduates and 160 graduate students. Of them, 51 are international students, from 19 countries, including Romania, Uzbekistan and Sierra Leone.

The mean high school average for the freshman class is 93; the mean SAT score (composite of critical reading and math) is 1300. For the past several years, Geneseo's average has been about 300 points higher than the national composite average for all U.S. college students taking the test. More than 9,000 students applied to Geneseo.

“Our entering freshmen again bring academic strength and well-rounded backgrounds in service, leadership and accomplishments,” said Kris Shay, director of admissions. “We always look forward to welcoming new students to campus as they join others on their college journey.”