The College’s students are taught by 259 dedicated full-time faculty and approximately 100 adjuncts. Eighty-one percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty, 90 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. The student faculty ratio is 19:1.
Faculty subscribe to the teacher/scholar model and see these two parts of their professional lives as complementary rather than competing. Excellent teaching requires engaged and engaging scholarship. Geneseo faculty have distinguished themselves, as evidenced by the number of prestigious SUNY and national awards received in the last decade. For instance, 13 faculty have been awarded promotion to the highest academic ranks of SUNY: one to Distinguished Professor, eight to SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, and four to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor. Another 59 faculty received the SUNY Chancellor's Award in these categories: Excellence in Teaching, Librarianship, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Faculty Service, Professional Service, Internationalization, and the Research Recognition Award. In addition, faculty from the Shear School of Education, the School of Business, and the Departments of Sociology, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Political Science were competitively selected for Fulbright Scholars awards in the last few years, and 13 of Geneseo’s current faculty have won national awards for teaching excellence.
Staff SUNY Geneseo benefits from a large cadre of experienced, long-term non-faculty employees who are deeply committed to the success of the College and student learning. The level of interaction, support and guidance that students receive from faculty and staff outside the classroom distinguishes Geneseo from many public and independent colleges and universities. Staff members, often long-time residents of the village of Geneseo, also help to further solidify bonds between the campus and the community.
In total, Geneseo employs some 930 people. All but 32, who are in the management/confidential category, are covered by collective bargaining agreements that are negotiated at the state level. The faculty and professional staff are represented by United University Professions (UUP), support staff are represented by CSEA, and campus police and health center nurses are each represented by unions specific to those fields. While contracts are negotiated at the state level, each campus is responsible for operating within the terms of those agreements.
The College enrolls 5,347 undergraduate and 98 graduate students from 26 states, 42 countries and all of New York’s 63 counties. The student body is 43/57 percent male/female and the vast majority of students are traditional-aged, full-time students. Twenty percent are multicultural and 181 are international. Geneseo students are talented, hard-working and supportive of one another in a rigorous academic environment. They are grateful for their educational opportunities and make the most of them while demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit that adds to the close-knit campus culture.
SUNY Geneseo is a very attractive choice for many applicants. For the class entering in Fall 2014, Geneseo had 9,305 applications. The average combined math and critical reading SAT score for incoming freshmen in Fall 2014 is 1251, with the 25th to 75th percentiles being 1160 - 1320. The mean high school grade average of the current entering class was 92.7 with some 40 percent ranking in the top ten percent of their class. Geneseo had an acceptance rate of 59 percent – compared with percentages in the mid-30s prior to the economic downturn - and a six-year graduation rate of about 81 percent – among the highest in the nation for public institutions. The entering class in Fall 2014 is 1,254, approximately 100 students larger than the prior year.
The admissions office promotes Geneseo's mission as a highly selective liberal arts college. In addition to a strong high school average and SAT scores, Geneseo requires essays from students and parents alike in order to get a more complete perspective on students and their personalities and accomplishments. Admissions also pays close attention to applicants' co-curricular activities and their service to others. The staff of the Office of Admissions understands that applicants who have endeavored to develop holistically will be the most likely to thrive at Geneseo.
Geneseo has a College Senate with representatives from faculty, staff and students and a strong Student Association. The President’s Cabinet consists of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student and Campus Life, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Vice President for Advancement, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Executive Assistant to the President. Shared governance is an important principle for the campus, and numerous committees and two Presidential Commissions carry out the work of the community.
Each college and university within the State University of New York system has its own Council and is administered by a president who recruits and leads his/her own administrative team. College Council is a ten-person advisory board comprised of gubernatorially-appointed community and business leaders that meets quarterly with the president and cabinet. Among other functions, it is College Council’s responsibility to recommend presidential candidates to the SUNY chancellor and board of trustees. The chair of College Council chairs the search committee, and there is additional representation on the committee.
The campus presidents report to the chancellor and the board of trustees of the State University of New York. Subject to the provisions of the New York State Education Law and the Policies of the Board of Trustees, the faculty—through its governing body, the University Senate—has responsibility for educational programs of the University and for effective consultation with the president.