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.
2020-2021 Incoming Class
Incoming Students: 1,107
SAT: 1232 | GPA: 93.2 | ACT: 27
(first-year general admits; Geneseo is test-optional)
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
4,828 undergraduate 82 graduate
Geneseo's 4,910 students
are 18.6% multicultural
and hail from 21 states
and 13 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 85.0% (National average: 75.5%)
Six-year Graduation Rate of 78.13% (National average: 59.5%)
Faculty and Instruction
90.7% of faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree
1:18 faculty to student ratio
23 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.
In the 2018-19 academic year, 18 of our 20 intercollegiate athletic teams qualified for postseason play, with 10 earning SUNYAC Championships.
Eleven teams competed in NCAA Championships.
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
#1 among 616 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.