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About Geneseo

Founded in 1871, Geneseo is a premier public liberal arts college. 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 successful alumni.

Located on 220 acres in the historic Village of Geneseo, and a short drive from Rochester and Buffalo, Geneseo offers a warm environment for learning and discovery. The campus embodies the classic aesthetic of Northeastern colleges with brick walkways, shade trees, and ivy-draped buildings.

Student Profile

2020-2021 Incoming Class

Applications: 11,081
Freshmen: 10,250
Transfer: 831
Graduate: 79

Incoming Students: 1,107
Undergraduate: 891
Transfer: 174
Graduate: 42

SAT: 1232 | GPA: 93.2 | ACT: 27

(first-year general admits; Geneseo is test-optional)


Academic Programs

50 undergraduate degree programs

26 interdisciplinary minors

graduate programs in accounting and education

49% 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

54% of graduates completed internships

3,846 internships available through Geneseo's Dept. of Career Development

69.6% 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

2% volunteering

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Student Body

4,828 undergraduate 82 graduate

Geneseo's 4,910 students

are 18.6% multicultural

and hail from 21 states

and 13 countries

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Honor Societies

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 85.0% (National average: 75.5%)

Six-year Graduation Rate of 78.13% (National average: 59.5%)

4-year graduation rate is number 11 nationally across public institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty and Instruction

90.7% of faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree

1:18 faculty to student ratio

23 median class size

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Science and Technology

SUNY Geneseo's $53 million Integrated Science Center includes the only Pelletron particle accelerator in Western New York.

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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.

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  • A SUNY Geneseo men's lacrosse player on the field during a game.
  • A SUNY Geneseo women's soccer player kicks a goal.
  • A SUNY Geneseo cross country runner completing a race.
  • A SUNY Geneseo men's soccer player runs with the ball during a game.
  • A member of the SUNY Geneseo equestrian team executes a jump on her horse.
  • A SUNY Geneseo men's basketball player approaches the basket during a game.
  • A SUNY Geneseo women's basketball player jumps for the ball during a game.
  • A SUNY Geneseo tennis player lobs the ball across the net.
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  • A SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team member tips the ball over the net during a game.


Our Knights have won six State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cups, including each of the last five.

Our teams have also finished within the top-20 in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup standings each of the last five completed years of competition, including an all-time best 11th-place finish in 2018, and have won a total of 46 SUNYAC Championships since the Fall of 2016.

How Geneseo Ranks

#3 Top Public Schools (Regional North)

#2 Best Undergraduate Teaching

#14 Most Innovative Schools (Regional North)

#16 Best Regional Universities (North)

- U.S. News & World Report (2022 ranking)

2022 Fiske Guide - "Best and most interesting" college based on the quality of academic offerings and students' social and quality-of-life ratings

One of the "Best 387 Colleges in 2022" for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price

- 2022 Princeton Review College Guide

#5 among SUNYs
#115 among public and private colleges

- Forbes 2022 list for America's Best College Values

Featured in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges 2022 Edition as one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges

#1 among 616 master's universities in the nation for contributions to the public good

- Washington Monthly Magazine

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Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright Awards

- The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Learn More

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.

SUNY Geneseo is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, with additional accreditations awarded to the School of Business and Ella Cline Shear School of Education. A full list of accreditations can be found on Geneseo's college information page.