FAQ about Admission to Geneseo

How far is Geneseo from here/home?

Geneseo is located 25 minutes south of Rochester, NY, in rural Livingston County. It’s a short 75-minute drive to Buffalo, NY, and a 90-minute drive to Syracuse, NY. 

What programs does Geneseo offer?

Visit our academic program finder to search and browse Geneseo's programs.

What does test optional mean? 

Test optional means that students are NOT required to submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT) as part of their application package. Test scores are NOT mandatory to gain admission to Geneseo.

How will students be evaluated for admission without the SAT/ACT? 

The Office of Admissions has a long history of evaluating students' potential for success using a holistic approach that includes grades, the program of study, exam scores (including Regents, AP, IB), academic achievements, co-curricular activities, and other measures.

How do I check the status of my application to Geneseo? 

You can check the status of your application by logging into your application portal.

When should I apply? 

You can apply anytime! The first deadline (early action) is November 15.

Does Geneseo accept Advanced Placement (AP)  and IB credits? If I earned college credits in high school, will they transfer?

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. More details can be found on our pre-college website

How do I apply for Financial Aid? 

Applying for financial aid starts with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find all the information on our financial aid website.

What health services are there on campus?

Health Services offers basic primary medical and counseling care to Geneseo students similar to the services you have received from your primary care provider at home. Most services are covered by your Student Health Fee.

How much does Geneseo cost?

Tuition is affordable at $7,070 each year. Other costs include room and board, as well as fees. For current estimates on cost, visit our cost of attendance website.

Are there scholarships available at Geneseo?

A variety of need-based and merit scholarships are available to students. For details, visit our scholarships website.

Are classes taught by professors or teaching assistants?

Ninety percent of our faculty and instructors hold a PhD or other terminal degree. Class sizes are small with a 1:18 faculty to student ratio.

Does Geneseo have Study Abroad?

We have short-term, semester- or year-long Study Abroad programs with opportunities around the world. For more information, visit the Study Abroad website.

How diverse is Geneseo?

Geneseo has 3,957 students; they are 14 percent multicultural. Learn more about Geneseo's student body.

How does Geneseo welcome BIPOC students?

Geneseo has many resources to foster the inclusion and belonging of BIPOC students. The office that most directly supports BIPOC students is the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Geneseo also has a number of ACE student organizations such as African Student Association, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, Chinese Culture Club, Fillipinx Student Union, Hillel, Himalayan Student Association, Japanese Culture Club, Korean American Student Association, Latinx Student Association, and Shakti.