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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

2018-2019 Incoming Class

Applications: 11,858

Freshmen: 10,548
Transfer: 1,224
Graduate: 86

Incoming Students: 1,643

Undergraduate: 1,343
Transfer: 246
Graduate: 54

SAT: 1230 | GPA: 92.3 | ACT: 26 (First-year general admits)


Academic Programs

50 undergraduate degree programs

25 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

59% of graduates completed internships

3,336 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

2% volunteering

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Student Body

5,447 undergraduate 94 graduate

Geneseo's 5,541 students

are 20.4% multicultural

and hail from 28 states

and 23 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 85.2% (National average:75.4%)

Six-year Graduation Rate of 80.8% (National average: 55.5%)

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

Faculty and Instruction

87.9% 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 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.


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 for regional universities North

#4 Best Undergraduate Teaching

#13 Top School among regional public and private institutions, North

- U.S. News & World Report (2021)

2021 Outstanding educational value and high-quality academics.

- Fiske Guide

One of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education

- 2021 Princeton Review College Guide

#5 among SUNYs
#115 among public and private colleges

- Forbes 2019 list for America's Best College Values

#4 among 614 master's universities in the nation for contributions to the public good

- Washington Monthly Magazine

student research

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.