Mission, Values and Goals

Mission Statement

SUNY Geneseo, nationally recognized as a center of excellence in undergraduate education, is a public liberal arts college with selected professional and master's level programs. It combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment. The entire college community works together to develop socially responsible citizens with skills and values important to the pursuit of an enriched life and success in the world.


  • Excellence, and upholds high standards for intellectual inquiry and scholarly achievement;
  • Innovation, and affirms a spirit of exploration that fosters continued excellence;
  • Community, and embraces the educational aspirations and interests that its members share;
  • Diversity, and respects the unique contributions of each individual to the campus community;
  • Integrity, and promotes the development of ethical citizens;
  • Service to Society, and models the qualities it seeks to develop in its students;
  • Tradition, and celebrates its long history of collaborative, learning-centered education.

Planning Goals

  • Provide every student the highest quality education through a rigorous, challenging, and active learning experience in close working relationships with faculty and staff that encourages intellectual engagement and personal growth.
  • Recruit, support, and foster the development of a diverse community of outstanding students, faculty, and staff.
  • Enrich the collegiate experience by strengthening the integration between curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • Cultivate relationships between the College and wider community that support College programs and serve the community.
  • Expand funding for institutional priorities and initiatives through public and private support, grants, and entrepreneurial activities.
  • Promote institutional effectiveness through ongoing assessment in every program.
  • Provide a high quality physical environment and outstanding services, facilities, equipment, and technology.