Founded in 1871 as a school for teachers, Geneseo has evolved into one of the premier public liberal arts colleges in the country.
Geneseo is considered one of the most selective public colleges in the U.S and is highly ranked in national publications for the college’s quality and value. The college is often compared to many small, selective, private liberal arts colleges.
Geneseo offers 54 undergraduate majors and emphasizes the importance of undergraduate research, allowing students to engage in a wide variety of research with Geneseo faculty members and present papers at regional and national meetings. Geneseo is one of only 275 four-year colleges in the nation to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and more prestigious honor society in the nation.
The Village of Geneseo is one of 24 communities nationwide to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Village is an ideal home for the College, with long-standing traditions of mutual respect and shared culture. Geneseo students pride themselves on connecting with the members of the greater community.
The department of Residence Life at SUNY Geneseo operates alongside its mission of fostering and promoting the well-being of students living on campus. With sixteen residence halls and thirty townhouses, the department works to support over 3,000 on-campus students to ensure their safety and well being.
On campus, SUNY Geneseo is home to over 200 clubs and organizations open to students. Approximately 50 of these student-run organizations are funded by the Student Association (SA), as it serves as the student government that resolves issues and allocates money to these groups. Two that are recognized by SA that you may be familiar with are the Inter-Residence Council and National Residence Hall Honorary.