Founded in 1871, Geneseo is one of the premier public liberal arts colleges in the country. Nationally recognized for excellence and value in the liberal arts, Geneseo is known for its exceptional faculty, its welcoming atmosphere, and its reputation for producing fiercely loyal alumni.
Located on 220 acres in the historic Village of Geneseo, and a short drive from Rochester and Buffalo, Geneseo offers a uniquely warm environment for learning and discovery. The campus embodies the traditions of northeastern colleges with brick walkways, shade trees, and flourishing ivy.
2017-2018 Incoming Class
Incoming Students: 1,654
SAT: 1230 | GPA: 92.6 | ACT: 26 (First-year general admits)
48% of graduates have a double major and/or both a major and a minor
There's No Place Like Geneseo
"Geneseo had every bit a role in who I am and where I am now. Wonderfully dedicated and patient faculty showed me that I could pursue whatever I was interested in -- and with their help and guidance, I did just that!"
- Laura Heimes, internationally acclaimed soprano and recording artist, Class of '90
Building Real-World Skills
50% of graduates completed internships
3,000 internships available through Geneseo's Dept. of Career Development
40% of graduating seniors undertook a research project
81% of Geneseo faculty reported having worked with undergraduates on research
Within a year, the Class of 2015:
48% working full-time or part-time
40% applied or accepted into graduate school or additional educational programs
10% seeking or undecided
5,496 undergraduate 96 graduate
Geneseo's 5,591 students
are 20.2% multicultural
and hail from 25 states
and 26 countries
Geneseo is one of only 286 four-year colleges in the nation to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the United States
Retention and Graduation
First-year Retention Rate of 86.1% (National average:74.4%)
Six-year Graduation Rate of 77.4% (National average: 59.4%)
Faculty and Instruction
89.8% of faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree
1:19 faculty to student ratio
24 median class size
Science and Technology
SUNY Geneseo's $53 million Integrated Science Center includes the only Pelletron particle accelerator in Western New York.
The College is also among the nation’s top producers of bachelor’s degrees in physics, according to the American Institute of Physics.
Among primarily undergraduate institutions, SUNY Geneseo ranks in the top 10 nationally in the number of alumni with doctorates in STEM fields.
Geneseo students don't just excel in the classroom. In the 2017-18 academic year, 19 of our 20 intercollegiate athletic teams qualified for postseason play, with a record 13 earning SUNYAC Championships.
Thirteen teams competed in NCAA Championships.
How Geneseo Ranks
#1 Best Undergraduate Teaching
#2 Top Public Schools for regional universities North
#14 Top School among regional public and private institutions, North
- U.S. News & World Report (2019)
2018 Best College Value
- Kiplinger's Personal Finance
One of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education
- 2018 Princeton Review College Guide
One of 38 Best-Buy Schools in U.S., Canada and U.K.
- Fiske Guide to Colleges
#1 among 623 master's universities in the nation for contributions to the public good
- Washington Monthly Magazine
Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright Awards
- The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Discover why there's no place like Geneseo.
See for Yourself
Tours of the Geneseo campus are available every weekday throughout the year and on most Saturdays. To sign up for a tour, register online through the link below or call the Admissions Office at (866) 245-5211.