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SUNY Geneseo

About SUNY Geneseo
Fast Facts
Rankings and Accreditation
Academic Programs

Admissions Requirements
How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Tuition Fees & Cost of Living
Career Services

Semester Dates

International Student Services
Admissions Contacts

About SUNY Geneseo

Campus highlights

  • Geneseo is the most selective of the SUNY comprehensive colleges and is highly ranked in national publications for academic quality and value. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine (2013) ranks SUNY Geneseo the #1 value of all U.S. Public Universities for International Students.

  • Within the sciences, Geneseo is among the nation's top producers of bachelor's degrees in physics, according to the American Institute of Physics.

  • Located in the historic town of Geneseo in the upstate Finger Lakes region, a short drive from Rochester and Buffalo.

  • Geneseo is considered a “Public Ivy.” The campus environment resembles a traditional northeastern institution with its Gothic architecture, scenic landscape and flourishing ivy.

  • On campus activities include 200 student organizations, for example: Chinese Culture Club, Japanese Culture Club, Korean Christian Club, Shakti, Bhangara, Muslim Student Association, Model UN, Fed Challenge Team; NCAA Division III athletics; an active student government; a variety of volunteer and community service groups.

  • Geneseo is home to a internationally recognized and award winning student leadership program called the Geneseo Program.  

  • Over 900 students annually participate in faculty sponsored research.


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 *SUNY Geneseo was featured in episodes 4 and 5 of the Indian TV show 'College Hunt, USA', which aired in the summer of 2013. One of the students made the decision to accept the offer from Geneseo and enroll as a student in Fall 2013. Click the link above to see all episodes.

Fast Facts

  • Type of Campus: University College
  • Graduate Programs: Yes (no commission).
  • Number of Students: 5,100
  • Undergraduate Students: 4,990
  • Graduate Students: 110
  • International Students: 170
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 38
  • Top three international student nationalities on campus: Korea, Japan, China
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Rankings and Accreditation

All SUNY campuses are accredited by Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

SUNY Geneseo has been ranked by a number of esteemed national ranking systems, including:

  • US News & World Report in the categories 'Regional Universities' (#10 in 2013), 'Best Undergraduate Teaching' (#1 in 2013), Top Public Schools (#2 in 2013), and 'Up-and-Coming Schools' (#5 in 2013).
  • The Princeton Review for 'Best Value - Public Colleges' (2013)
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine #1 for 'Best Value in Public Colleges' (2013)

Geneseo has the following additional accreditations:

  • AACSB International (Association to Advance Colligate Schools of Business)
  • NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
  • American Chemical Society

For more information, see SUNY Geneseo's website.

Academic Programs

SUNY Geneseo offers 48 undergraduate majors and an array of dual degree and international study programs.

The Undergraduate Research Grants Program allows a host of students to engage in a wide variety of research with Geneseo faculty members and present papers at regional and national meetings.

Undergraduate programs - SUNY Geneseo

Popular majors

  • Biology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Co-operative Engineering
  • Physics
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Communication


2+2 programs

SUNY Geneseo has 2+2 transfer agreements with:

  • Monroe Community College (GPA requirement: 3.0)
  • Finger Lakes Community College (GPA requirement: 3.0)
  • Genesee Community College (GPA requirements: 3.0)

Conditional Admission

Does not offer conditional admission for international students.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements - Undergraduate programs*

*Please note that international applicants are not required to submit an ACT or SAT.

To see the average GPAs and test scores of undergraduate applicants to the campus for the most recent round of admissions, see our Admission Quick Facts.

Admission Quick Facts - 2013 (pdf)

English language requirements

The following English language requirements must be met prior to admission.

Admission to Requirement
Bachelor TOEFL iBT - 71

Please verify information directly on Geneseo's website.

How to Apply

To apply, the student must fill out the online SUNY application. When the application has been completed and submitted, you should forward the supporting documents directly to the campus (see Admissions Contact for details).

Please remind your student to indicate on the application form that you are their agent. They can select you from a drop-down menu when they select their campus and academic program.

There is a $50 application fee per program.

Required documents - Undergraduate programs (see page 2)

Originals or scanned

The campus will initially accept documents in scanned format.

Additional notes

  • The campus can pre-screen supporting documents (submitted by email) for an application prior to filling out the application form and paying the application fee, if the student's eligibility for admission is in question. The documents should be sent to the address listed under Admissions Contact.

  • No credential evaluation required.

Application Deadlines

Turnaround time for applications is five business days.

Application deadlines - Undergraduate programs

Tuition Fees & Cost of Living

Tuition fees and cost of living - SUNY Geneseo

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The campus does offer scholarships for qualifying international students.

Information about scholarships - SUNY Geneseo

Career Services

Most SUNY colleges offer career services to students to support them in the efforts to find work in the US after they graduate.

Career Development  - SUNY Geneseo

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Semester Dates

Academic calendar - All programs


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International Student Services

  • Airport pickup: Yes. Each new international student is met at the airport. ISSS Staff moves each student into his or her dorm room prior to orientation. ISSS holds a 3-day special international orientation.
  • Internships: Yes. ISSS Staff assists students in obtaining employment authorization for internship
  • Jobs on campus: Yes. Geneseo always has jobs on campus for students, including tutoring, dining hall services, computer information technology, and library assistance.
  • ISSS assists students with opening bank accounts, obtaining Social Security numbers, completing tax forms, and providing field trips off campus.
  • ISSS also offers a full range of F-1 and J-1 legal advising.

Admissions Contacts

Mary Hope - Director of International Student & Scholar Services
Phone: +1 585-245-5404

Carly O’Keefe – Admissions Intern
Phone: +1 585-245-5404

Address (for any application-related documents):

SUNY Geneseo
International Student & Scholar Services
1 College Circle
NY 14454

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