Skip to main content
Inside of College Union during a Geneseo Late Knight event


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.

Student Life is a department within the Division of Student and Campus Life. The Department of Student Life manages the operations of 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, Orientation and New Student Programs, Geneseo Late Knight, 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 experiences.  

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 mission of the Geneseo Department of Student Life to contribute to a rich, meaningful, supportive, and fulfilling individual experience for Geneseo students by creating, promoting, assessing, and strengthening learning opportunities.

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, a community that is equitable and inclusive of all. (Campus Life: In Search of Community p. 47)

Educational Priority:

The Department of Student Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive, inclusive 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.
  • Students standing under multi cultural flags
  • Entertainers standing with hands outstretched
  • Monroe hall student housing
  • Girl with hand outstretched holding pie in fellow students face.
  • Girls competing for ball while playing ruby
  • Hockey plays cheering with sticks in hand
  • Ladies holding a pose in unison during theatre performance.
  • Students singing during a performance
  • Cheerleaders smiling as they cross arms during a split
  • SUNY Geneseo game field during epic sunset
  • Students smiling during group photo
  • College Union Hall
  • Students smiling after returning with apartments supplies
  • Students posing for photograph in kayaks

Campus Activities


alarmUnion Hours

View Break Hours

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

Contact Us

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

Social Media

SUNY Geneseo Student Life Facebook   Image result for instagram