Kris Shay, director of admissions.
GENESEO, N.Y. – The admissions office at the State University of New York at Geneseo sent letters of admission March 1 to potential members of the Class of 2014, spurring phone calls and emails from students placed on the wait-list wanting to know about their chances of being admitted next fall.
“In my 10 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 have ever seen.”
Adding to the challenge of choosing from nearly 11,000 applicants is Geneseo’s decision to reduce the size of the incoming class by 75 positions to offset state budget cuts. 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.”
The 2009-10 incoming class brought a mean SAT score of 1340, a record-high for the college. The mean high school GPA for the class was 94, and nearly 60 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, also an all-time high for the college.
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