B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
SUNY Geneseo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
State University of New York Athletic Conference
Address
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
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SUNY Geneseo is one of the nation's finest public liberal arts colleges with selected professional and graduate programs. Located in upstate New York, Geneseo attracts highly motivated and incredibly talented students from across the state, the nation, and the world. Our unique brand of liberal arts education helps students develop the skills they'll need in the 21st century and the kind of mindset that will allow them to adapt to careers that don't even exist yet. Discover for yourself what drives us at Geneseo—you'll see that there's no place like here.

SUNY Geneseo Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
1090-1300
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$17,283/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,102/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,773/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,480/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,620/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,513/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
35%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,470Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Academically Competitive
    35%
  • Motivated
    35%
  • Stressed
    19%
  • Happy but Busy
    8%
  • Fun
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.62 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Outstanding
    49%
  • Worthwhile
    34%
  • Endurable
    9%
  • Whatever
    6%
  • Isolating
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.39 responses
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I came to Geneseo very optimistic, but it has been the most demoralizing experience of my life thus far. Most professors are either incompetent or set ridiculous expectations, or sometimes they fit both criteria. The only reason I am giving this a 4 star rating is because I couldn't think of another SUNY school I would rather go to. Transfer students, such as myself are often stigmatized by intolerant professors such as Julia Walker as being "lazy", and will struggle to fit in socially and establish a group of friends for their short remaining 2 years here. Luckily if you have no personality and don't mind giving up your dignity, you can rush a fraternity or sorority, have fun destroying your GPA given the ridiculous social requirements and hazing. And many students here including myself could have just as easily gone to Fredonia, Buff State, Albany, etc., and graduated with a 3.9-4.0, but instead we will be graduating here, struggling to get a 3.6-3.7 at BEST!
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Geneseo is a place that you should go to if you like eating at applebees. Some disrespect to applebee's, maybe less for the students. I absolutely loved the faculty in my department, but I think the reason I loved them so much is because they felt as trapped as I did. You're in a very rural place, they've shut down the entire arts and computer sciences departments, and last I heard they were limiting access to the auditorium for student art clubs (I'm talking a capella here) to once a semester because they're not profitable. It gets pretty homogeneous which is hard, especially if you're a downstater. If you really have your heart set on the academics (which I get, because they can actually be pretty good!) I would recommend learning how to drive, and maybe just commuting from Rochester proper if you can, because the people who rent out apartments there aren't nearly as slumlord-y and you can at least achieve something resembling quality of life.
I was very excited to go here as a Freshman, and that feeling lasted maybe one semester. All of the academic buildings, except for the science center, are very outdated and some rooms are roped off because of asbestos or plumbing issues. If you don't belong to a Greek organization, then you can rarely get into parties, and if you are in a Greek organization the hazing is pretty bad. My roommate rushed one of the sororities on campus and didn't come home for a week. When she did come home, she had not showered or ate an actual meal since I saw her last and seemed emotionally broken. What was really unsettling was that she wasn't "allowed" to tell me what they did to her. Diversity is also barely a thing at this school, and we had a hate crime involving antisemitic graffiti just last year. Looking back, I really wish I had picked a different school to attend because I become less and less comfortable at Geneseo every semester.