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Information for Freshmen

Below are instructions on how to apply to SUNY Geneseo.

If you're an admitted student seeking more information as you make you decision, visit our Events for Accepted Students page. If you're a first-year student who has committed to Geneseo and is looking for next steps, visit our Next Steps After Deposit page.

How to Apply to SUNY Geneseo

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 (which includes our Geneseo SUNY Supplement).  You may also submit the Coalition Application.

Step 2:

Send the following to Admissions:

  • Official high school transcript (electronic or paper transcripts are accepted)
  • SAT and/or ACT results (these may be submitted through the testing agency or on your high school transcript)

Step 3:

Questions? Please contact Admissions Email.

Deadlines & Decisions

Application Deadlines

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Early Decision 11/15 N/A
Freshman 2/15 12/1
Transfer Rolling Rolling
Readmit 6/1 12/1
International 6/1 11/1

Admission Decisions Rendered

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Early Decision 12/15 N/A
Freshman 3/1 Rolling
Transfer Rolling Rolling
Readmit Rolling Rolling
International Rolling


Freshman Selection Criteria

Admission decisions are based primarily on your high school academic record and the results of college entrance examinations. For 2019 applicants, Geneseo will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. Strong academic programs (especially those that include honors-level courses and AP or IB courses) are preferred.

We take a holistic approach to the review process. Therefore, we look very closely at your supplemental information as well, so be sure to submit your essay, co-curricular resume and letter(s) of recommendation. This combination of information - academic as well as information about who you are outside the classroom - enables us to most accurately determine who to make offers to out of a very competitive applicant pool.

Guaranteed Admission Program at Geneseo

Keep in mind when reviewing our admission criteria, that although we are highly selective, we do all we can for students that are committed to Geneseo. In fact, we have developed a special program, guaranteeing admission in a semester or two, for those students that may not meet all of our prevailing standards.

The program is referred to as "Guaranteed Admission." It is intended to accommodate the strongest applicants who remain on our "select" wait list after we have reached our enrollment goal. All applicants on this list will be offered admission to the subsequent spring or fall term. The only condition is that, for those who attend another college in the interim, we require that they achieve a GPA of at least a 3.0. Last year close to 100 students enrolled in the spring term under this program. It is important to note that space is available each spring semester because a number of students graduate in December, in addition to many students leaving campus to study abroad, conduct research, or participate in our internship and externship programs.

Our counseling staff assists students with course scheduling to ensure that the studies they complete elsewhere are appropriate for their intended major at Geneseo.

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.

A complete listing of AP/IB course equivalents

View the Class of 2021 Profile

Call admissions with questions about these programs anytime. We can be reached at 866-245-5211.

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Early Decision

Geneseo participates in a first choice Early Decision Admission program. The program's aim is to reserve positions in the freshman class for candidates who have decided upon Geneseo as their first choice college. In return, students applying under the early decision program commit to enroll at Geneseo if admitted. If you are not offered admission under Early Decision, your application is automatically deferred to regular admission review for re-evaluation. Transfer, EOP and special talent students are not eligible for this program; application deadlines for early decision admission preclude these candidates from participating.

Early Decision Application Procedures

1. File the Common Application or (SUNY Application with Geneseo SUNY Supplement).

2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher is required. You may also submit a letter from other sources (i.e. school counselor, coach, employer) if you wish to do so.

3. Statement of Commitment; submit, in long hand, an exact copy of the Statement of Commitment (see below) on the Statement of Commitment form (PDF). Include your signature and your parent or guardian's signature. Please note that your application will not be complete without submission of this form.

Statement of Commitment
Geneseo is my first-choice College and I wish to have my application considered under the first choice Early Decision plan. I understand that I am committed to accepting an offer of admission if it is extended. I also agree to withdraw all previously filed college applications upon notification of an admission offer from Geneseo, and I will not initiate any new ones.

4. Your parent or guardian is welcome to submit our optional Parent Statement, which gives us a perspective that only those who know you intimately can provide.

Early Decision Timeline

Application deadline November 15
Notification of decision December 15
Payment of tuition deposit January 15

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

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.

Details about academic criteria for the EOP program

EOP Financial Information Form

Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP)

The Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) is unique to Geneseo, and has been designed by the College in an effort to enhance the diversity of our Community.

If you fall marginally below our prevailing academic standards, but will add to campus diversity, you may be considered for admission through this Program. We consider the following populations:

  • Applicants who are 25 years or older
  • Recent immigrants who have lived in the United States less than 6 years
  • Applicants from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented on campus
  • Applicants that are first generation college students

There is no need to apply for the Program, as all applicants are considered as part of our review process. However, you must complete the application process by March 1, 2019 (all initial offers will be made prior to this date). Be certain to indicate on your application if you are a member of any of the four groups listed above for full and equal consideration.

In addition to providing access to College, the TOP 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.

Details about academic criteria for the TOP Program