Apply to Geneseo as a First-Year Student

The Admissions Process

Apply for admission

Step 1:

Complete the Common Application. Be sure to include the required academic/teacher letter of recommendation (while the Secondary School Report is required, a letter of recommendation from a school counselor is not required), co-curricular resume and personal essay. You may also submit the SUNY Application .

Step 2:

Send a copy of your official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions (electronic or paper transcripts are accepted).

Test-optional note: Students are NOT required to submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT). Applicants are free to add test scores they believe indicate their aptitude for successful higher learning, but they will never be a singular factor of admission to the college. For more information please review our test-optional FAQ.

Application deadlines and decision dates

Application Deadlines

  • Early Action: November 15 for fall admission (N/A for spring)
  • First-Year: Preferred March 1 for fall admission, Dec. 1 for spring
  • Transfer: Rolling deadline for fall and spring admission

Application Decisions Rendered

  • Early Action: December 15 for fall admission (N/A for spring)
  • First-Year students: Early March for fall admission, and then rolling.
  • Transfer: Rolling decisions for fall and spring admission

Special Admissions Programs

Spring Admission and Guaranteed Admission

Spring Admission

Every year, we receive more applications than spots available in the class, which means that not every applicant is successful gaining admission to Geneseo. Our holistic review process ensures that every application is reviewed from A to Z. We are focused on evaluating the whole student, which means that individual experiences — both inside and outside the classroom — matter.

Our goal is to give every student the opportunity to attend Geneseo. For some, that means enrolling in the fall, while other students will have the opportunity to enroll in the spring or the following year — two additional options to support students’ goal to join the Geneseo family.

Our first option is spring admission. The spring admission program guarantees students a spot in the class and works closely with them to ensure that they graduate with their class. For more information, please visit our Spring Admission FAQs and Next Steps page.

Guaranteed Admission

Our second option is referred to as Guaranteed Admission. It offers students an opportunity to reapply to Geneseo after completing at least two semesters of college coursework elsewhere while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. We ask that you connect with us before enrolling in these courses. Our goal is to help you graduate on time, so we are here to help with course selection to ensure that you stay on track.

Please contact or 866-245-5211 with any questions.

Educational Opportunity Program

Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is available only to New York State residents. It is a state-funded initiative designed to provide an alternative means to gain access to college. Its goal is to assist you if your high school academic achievement was adversely affected by family financial hardship.

In addition to providing access to college, the EOP Program offers the following personal and academic support services: A personal advisor whose services are available throughout your undergraduate college career A free, comprehensive tutoring program A workshop series focused on skills needed to succeed in college.

In order to apply for this Program, simply answer “yes” to the Educational Opportunity Program question on the application.

Financial assistance: what it looks like

To better understand how aid for first-year students is broken down and awarded at SUNY Geneseo, check out Financial Assistance: What it Looks Like.

Advanced Placement or college-level coursework transfer credit

AP/IB Transfer Credit

Geneseo awards up to 30 credit hours for examinations such as the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). While each academic department determines the minimum test score required for academic credit in a particular subject, three hours of elective credit are guaranteed for general elective courses with scores of three or above for AP courses and four above for IB courses.

Official transcripts or reports of your scores must be sent to the Geneseo Admissions Office to receive credit. At your request, Geneseo will send you an estimate of transfer credit; an official evaluation will be available when you register for classes.

Complete listing of AP/IB course equivalents

Geneseo's transfer policy for Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate or college-level coursework.

Combined degree programs

SUNY Geneseo has partnership programs with area colleges. Learn more >