Living on campus is an integral part of a Geneseo education. The residence halls provide more than a bed to rest your head at night (or in the afternoon), they are places where you learn how to interact with and live with people who are different from you. This requires advocating for your own needs, listening to and respecting the needs of others (especially when it seems like the needs conflict), and working with your roommates, suite-mates, hall-mates, and RA staff to build a network of support. In addition to learning key communication skills that are valuable in your academic courses, your campus support network is key in navigating all aspects or your collegiate life: academic help, research, internships, clubs, organizations, student involvement, etc.
All of our halls aim to create inclusive living and learning environments, where strong, diverse communities can grow and students can develop socially and academically, while promoting wellbeing. We do this by intentionally connecting learning inside the classroom to learning outside the classroom through our living-learning communities (LLCs). We have three different types of LLCs to meet the diverse interests and needs of our students. Click on the links to learn more about each type of LLC!
Inquiry and Discovery LLCs
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. These LLCs have credit-bearing courses and opportunities as a requirement.
Exploratory LLCs contribute to students’ sense of belonging and community building through a shared interest. Programming and events are put on by Residence Life staff, faculty, staff, and community members, and residents themselves!
Cohort LLCs are residential experiences that support student success through targeted student development, academic success, and personal growth opportunities. These include first-years, upper-level, and transfer communities, substance free floors, and all-gender housing.
Inquiry and Discovery Living-Learning Communities
Inquiry and Discovery LLCs are characterized by strong faculty and staff engagement, a required course, and a focus on knowledge and skill building in addition to community building.
New Pilot LLC for 2021-2022: Umoja House - an engaged intellectual community where students of diverse backgrounds can come together in a supportive environment to celebrate their identities while nurturing their leadership skills. Umoja is the first principle of Kwanzaa, meaning "Unity"; for students of all years and majors.
Entre House: For students of all majors and all years (first-year students have priority) who are interested in entrepreneurship
Eco House: For students drawn to ecological concerns and the 3 pillars of sustainability
Tesla House: First-year students planning to major in Physics, Geology or Education and students interested in integrative and experiential learning
Exploratory Living-Learning Communities
Exploratory LLCs offer students an opportunity for low-stakes engagement around an area of interest. Students choose 2-3 events each semester to deepen their knowledge, skills, or practice with their interest.
Cohort Living-Learning Communities
Cohort communities offer opportunities to connect with peers in the same cohort. In some areas, these communities are united by a course or mentorship program. The programs offered are mostly optional and aim to support the unique needs of each cohort
All-Gender Housing - Geneseo's all-gender housing option means that students can be placed together in rooms, suites, and townhouses regardless of the genders of each person in the housing assignment. All-Gender housing is located in Putnam Hall, Genesee Hall, Suffolk Hall, the Saratoga Townhouses, and the "A" quads of Ontario, Erie, Allegany, and Wyoming Halls. Students can also request to live in spaces dedicated to LGBTQ+ students and their allies on their housing application OR through this google form (you must sign in with a Geneseo email address).
Substance Free Housing - The B Side of Jones Hall and one floor in Livingston Hall are set aside for substance free housing. Students living in these communities agree to refrain from alcohol and drug use in the living space.
Accessibility & Other Accommodations
We work closely with the Office of Accessibility Services to provide qualified students with disabilities (temporary or permanent) equal and comprehensive access to college-wide programs, services, and campus facilities. We work together to proactively provide, at no cost to the student, reasonable accommodations to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied equal access to, participation in, or benefit of the programs and activities of the Department of Residence Life. If you have questions about accommodations, please contact Heather Packer (firstname.lastname@example.org) Interim Coordinator of Accessibility Services, and she will work with our department.