About SUNY Geneseo

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.

Sturges Hall on Geneseo campus

Sturges Hall

The Integrated Science Center building on the SUNY Geneseo campus

Integrated Science Center

We have 54 undergraduate majors, graduate programs in accounting and education, and an array of dual degree and international study programs. Our undergraduate research grants program enables students to engage in a wide variety of research with faculty members, and present papers at regional and national meetings.

The College’s $53 million Integrated Science Center includes the only pelletron particle accelerator in Western New York — an unexpected asset for scientific research in the region. Geneseo 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, the College ranks in the top 10 nation­ally in the number of alumni with doctorates in STEM fields.

The fountain at the center of Main Street, Geneseo

Main Street, Geneseo

Students in class at SUNY Geneseo

Newton Hall

The Geneseo Athletics program is another point of pride on campus. With 20 NCAA Division III teams, many of which are highly ranked, Geneseo stands out among comparably sized colleges. During the 2016-17 academic year, Geneseo finished 13th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, which measures the overall excellence of the nearly 450 Division III athletic programs in the nation.

With more than 200 student organizations (including 11 student multicultural groups), an active student government, community service opportunities, and a variety of distinguished speakers and cultural events each year, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to engage with their classmates, the local community, and the world around.

  • The Blue Wave swim team at SUNY Geneseo, posing underwater.
  • A member of the SUNY Geneseo women's softball team at bat during a game.
  • The SUNY Geneseo women's lacrosse team prepares for a game.
  • A player for the SUNY Geneseo Ice Knights guards the puck during a game.
  • The SUNY Geneseo women's field hockey team during a game.
  • 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.
  • A SUNY Geneseo runner strains to pulls ahead from behind during a competition.
  • The SUNY Geneseo women's cross country team running in a group.
  • A SUNY Geneseo pole vaulter vaults over the bar.
  • A SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team member tips the ball over the net during a game.
  • The SUNY Geneseo campus green, as seen from the Integrated Science Center.
  • Two students laugh while playing guitar in the College Union.
  • The Bhangra dance festival at Geneseo.
  • New freshman play tug of war during the SUNY Geneseo Weeks of Welcome festival.
  • A student pushes a whipped cream pie in the face of another student during a charity event.
  • The Ice Knights hockey players cheer on the ice.
  • Students cheer while playing Kan Jam.
  • SUNY Geneseo dancers in long flowing skirts leap across the stage.
  • The SUNY Geneseo Chamber Singers during a concert.
  • The band New Politics playing on the SUNY Geneseo campus
  • SUNY Geneseo cheerleading team members perform splits in a row.
  • The SUNY Geneseo stadium at sunset.

Students describe Geneseo as the best four years of their life — and for good reason. But you don't have to take our word for it. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.

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 consumer information page.

Interested in learning more? Visit our academics page as a starting point, or request more information from the Office of Admissions.