Apply to Geneseo as a First-Year Student
Other applicants please see:
The Admissions Process
Apply for admission
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 .
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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 >