Department of Student Life

Geneseo achieves its educational mission by combining a rigorous curriculum with a rich co-curricular life. The student life experience at Geneseo is intentionally educational, and fosters widespread, substantive student engagement in carefully designed, developmentally based programs and services. 

The Department of Student Life administers the campus living program, the MacVittie College Union, and select co-curricular educational and assessment initiatives. Opportunities for student engagement and learning within the department include the all-college hour speaker series, Geneseo Late Knight, living learning communities and residential college houses, student organizations, Upstate Escapes, the Victor E. Knight mascot program, and Weeks of Welcome, as well as a number of student leadership and applied learning opportunities.  We pursue ways to collaborate with Geneseo students, faculty and staff to support our students as they pursue their individual educational goals by challenging students to better themselves, demonstrating an ethic of individual care, and building a strong, vibrant campus community.

Student Life Guiding Principles

It is the intention of the Department of Student Life to provide and to identify opportunities for students that result in increased learning, greater self-awareness and a clearer sense of purpose.

Our passion is the improvement of the human condition through the expansion of a caring community. (Campus Life: In Search of Community p. 47)

Educational Priority:

The Department of Student Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Overarching Goals:

  1. To provide opportunities for students to learn, interact, lead, reflect, program, question and have fun.  (How College Affects Students p. 647)
  2. To provide safe and inviting places where the college community can gather to engage, live, and flourish.
  3. To provide commonly shared experiences that promote belonging and connectedness with a mutual respect for the unique contributions of each individual.
  • Student playing guitar in the union.
  • Club performance in hockey rink.
  • Game of Tug-of-War at First Year Olympics.
  • Student pie-ing a Pi Kapp member.
  • Women's field hockey.
  • Men's Ice Hockey.
  • Students playing Kan-Jam.
  • A dance performance through the LimeLight series.
  • Chamber singers performing in a concert.
  • New Politics band performance.
  • Geneseo Knightline performing a line of splits.
  • Sunset over the athletic stadium.
  • Students posing outside a residence hall.

Campus Activities


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Regular Hours (while classes are in session)
Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-11pm
Fri: 7:30am-2am
Sat: 10am-2am
Sun: Noon-11pm

Contact Us

Student Life
MacVittie College Union 321
SUNY Geneseo
One College Circle
Geneseo, NY, 14454
Phone: 585-245-5851