Mar. 02, 2011

The Envelope Please: Strong Demand Continues for Admission to Geneseo

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GENESEO, N.Y. - Letters inviting applicants to join Geneseo's Class of 2015 were mailed on March 1, prompting phone calls and emails from students placed on the wait-list wanting to know about their chances of being admitted next fall.

"In my 11 years at Geneseo, this is the most difficult year I've experienced," said Kris Shay, Director of Admissions. "It's the best-qualified pool of applicants we've ever seen."

Adding to the challenge of choosing from more than 10,000 applicants is Geneseo's decision to limit the size of the incoming class, despite an increase in applications. The admissions staff will conduct Overnight Visit programs and Preview Days the next few weeks to persuade admitted applicants that Geneseo might be their best fit.

"We're competing for students with some very highly regarded schools, including Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton and Boston College," said Bill Caren, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services. "Sometimes it's a challenge to convince families that Geneseo is not only very affordable but every bit as good as those institutions that have high name recognition but equally high prices. We're increasingly winning that conversation."

Last year's class of first-year students scored a mean SAT of 1341 (CR + M), a record-high for the college. The mean high school GPA for the class was 94, and nearly 60 percent of the students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, also an all-time high for the college.

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