Entre House is a Living-Learning Community for students of all majors and all years (first-year students have priority) who are interested in entrepreneurship. It is located in Steuben Hall, close to the College Union, Mary Jemison Dining Hall, and most academic buildings. All spaces in the wing are reserved for Entre House students.
Who Can Be an Entrepreneur?
The short answer is "you"!
Many people hear the word “entrepreneur” and think of someone who has identified a need in the marketplace and launched a successful for-profit business. Within Entre House, we define the term more broadly than just business entrepreneurs.
Other entrepreneurs also identify needs within their communities or society and start nonprofit ventures to address issues such as illiteracy, hunger, homelessness, social injustice, lack of health care, or violence. They are social entrepreneurs.
Still others never start businesses or nonprofits, instead spending their careers within established businesses, school districts, or branches of government. They succeed because they take unique, solutions-oriented approaches to challenges and cultivate both creativity and analytical skills. They have developed an entrepreneurial mindset.
Entre House was established to develop all three: business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurial mindset.
- All years may apply. Approximately 34 students with many different majors live in Entre House. First-year students have priority.
- All majors may apply. Geneseo’s entrepreneurship programs are open to all majors, and Entre House flourishes with a mix of students from different fields.
- Living-Learning Community Fellows. Two School of Business faculty members coordinate the academic aspects of Entre House and actively participate in the community. Both bring decades of business experience to the classroom. Faculty Fellows from other departments may be added, depending on the interests of house residents.
- Required course: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- A Little Knight Time Reading. Entre House students participate in the Common Read Program
- Tutoring. School of Business tutors hold sessions in Entre House.
- Student mentors. Students who have already participated in Geneseo’s entrepreneurship programs offer support to new Entre House residents.
- Facilities. Entre House includes flex space for meetings, classes, and relaxation, plus student workrooms and meeting rooms as well as an office for student-faculty conferences.
What is a Living-Learning Community?
A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together in a residence hall to explore a common interest. LLCs combine a shared academic component (e.g., course, faculty-led workshops, service trip) and co-curricular experiences aligning with the community's interests and goals.
Inquiry and Discovery LLCs aim to help students transition to and succeed at Geneseo by making connections across campus and participating in the campus and Genesee Valley community. Students gain skills and knowledge in Leadership, Mentorship, and Action through community engagement.
Goals of Entre House
- Provide a compelling, non-traditional classroom learning experience
- Increase students' academic-related peer interactions outside the classroom
- Deepen students' social integration into SUNY Geneseo
- Connect students to interesting and enjoyable co-curricular opportunities
How to Apply
All housing placements are based upon application review. Applicants must: 1) answer all application questions, and 2) submit their application before the housing deadlines. For more information, visit housing for new students.
Opportunities for Entre House Students
Field Trips and Guest Speakers
- Talks by successful alumni and others
- Visits from entrepreneurs, selected with input from you
- Group discussions with faculty from across campus
- Updates from students in Geneseo’s advanced entrepreneurship classes
- Social events and group dinners
- Discussions with School of Business Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman and others
- Special assistance with internships
- Visits to business and not-for-profit sites in Western and Central New York
- Space in Entre House to work on your business or nonprofit ventures
- Tutors designated for Entre House with office hours in the residence hall
- TAs and faculty for various courses with office hours in the residence hall
- Outreach programs helping educate area high school students about business
- College Bound—students from local middle and high schools come to campus
Majors - Entre House accepts students from all majors—the more diverse, the better. The students’ common bond is their interest in any form of entrepreneurship.
Required Courses - In addition to the courses needed for their majors, Entre House students have one required course each semester. These classes are conducted in the residence hall.
INTD 188 Introduction To Entrepreneurship ( 3 credits ) Taught in the Fall semester
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the practical skills needed to start a new business as well as innovative thinking that can be applied to any field students ultimately find themselves working in. Included is a basic understanding of business and its component parts.
Study topics will include:
- What is Entrepreneurship?
- Understanding the Basics of Business
- How To Determine A Good Idea and Opportunity?
- How To Write A Marketing Plan?
- How To Write A Management Plan?
- How To Manage Change?
- Handling Human Resources
- How To Grow A Business
A Little "Knight-Time" Reading
Entre House residents will join members of Tesla House, Dante House, Eco House, Umoja House, and AOP in participating in a common read during the summer. Discussion groups led by Geneseo students, faculty, and staff will meet during move-in weekend.
Questions or Concerns?
Meg Reitz, PhD, Associate Director of Residence Life for Educational Initiatives
- Oversees all Living-Learning Communities at Geneseo
- Coordinates with Assistant Director for Housing Operations for housing support in LLCs
- M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Steve Brookstein, Entre House LLC Fellow
- VanArsdale Chair of Entrepreneurship
- Director of Geneseo's Entrepreneurship Programs
- M.B.A, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- 35+ years experience in the advertising and telecommunications industries
- Senior management positions with companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, Home Box Office, and Comcast and Silicon Valley startups