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 optional 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
SAT and ACT are not required

Applicants to Geneseo are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT).

You are free to add test scores to your application if you believe they indicate your aptitude for successful higher learning, but these scores will never be a singular factor of admission to the College.

For more information please see our test-optional FAQ.

Special Admissions Programs

Guaranteed Admission

Guaranteed admission 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

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.

AmeriCorps Participants

SUNY Geneseo will waive the application fee for AmeriCorps alumni, and allow admitted students to defer their start date up to one year for service in AmeriCorps.

In addition, SUNY Geneseo will match the Segal Education Award with another $1,000 in scholarship support.

For more information about applying to Geneseo as an AmeriCorps participant or alumni, please contact admissions. For information about receiving the Segal Education Award scholarship match, please contact financial aid.

Advanced Placement or College-Level Coursework 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.

International Baccalaureate

At SUNY Geneseo, we highly value the diverse perspectives and academic excellence that International Baccalaureate (IB) students bring to our community. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces global cultures and experiences.

Visit our International Baccalaureate page for more information.

Partnership Programs

SUNY Geneseo has numerous partnership programs with area colleges.