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State University of New York at Geneseo 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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State University of New York at Geneseo is a public college providing admissions to liberal arts courses to its aspirants from 28 states and 23 countries across the globe since 1871. The university, often referred to as SUNY Geneseo, offers 50 undergraduate degrees and 25 minor graduate programs related to accounting and education. It is a coveted name in the US Education System that enrolled nearly 1343 undergraduates and 54 graduate students in the class of 2018-19.

With an acceptance rate of over 65%, the institute falls under the category of moderately selective institutes in the country. The primary driving factors of the admission process at the university are past academic record, letters of recommendation and English proficiency scores. The institute also lays great emphasis on standardized test scores like SAT or ACT and requires a score of 1120 and 1300 or 24 and 28, respectively for individual tests.

Some additional pointers to be noted when seeking admission at State University of New York at Geneseo are as listed below.

  • Applications for intakes open for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
  • The institute follows a rolling admission policy which aims at providing admission decisions within 2 weeks of submission.
  • Freshmen can apply through Common Application or SUNY Application or Coalition Application.
  • The standard application fee for all applicants is a non refundable amount of 50 USD
  • Students interested in being considered for financial aid must complete FAFSA by November 1 for early decision.

Changes in admission process due to Covid-19

  • Keeping in mind the Covid-19 crisis, the deposit deadline for the admitted students has been extended to June 1
  • Many exams accepted as a proof of English language proficiency have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak therefore, SUNY Geneseo has decided to accept scores of Duolingo English Test from prospective applicants.
  • The institute is arranging live chat sessions with admission counselors for current and prospective students to answer all queries. 
  • The University has received funds from the federal CARES Act amidst the Covid-19 crisis to help eligible students by awarding emergency grants.
  • Normal working of the institute is expected to resume from late Spring while all services are being offered virtually for the time being.


Application PortalOnline portal
Application Fee (non-refundable)50 USD
Average SAT score1230
Average ACT score26
Mode of PaymentCheck/ Money order/ Credit and debit card
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall/ Spring/ Summer
Work ExperienceNot required
Financial AidScholarship/ Tuition Assistance

Admission Deadlines

The institute provides a range of courses for international students and follows a rolling admission policy when offering admissions to them for the seasonal intakes of fall and spring. The deadlines for submitting applications in the fall/ spring semester are given in the table below:

SemesterApplication Deadline
FallJune 1
SpringNovember 1
Summer (only for graduate programs)April 1 (Session 1)
June 1 (Session 2)

International Student Admissions

SUNY Geneseo accepts international applications for admission from students who have completed higher secondary education for applying to undergraduate programs and college to apply for graduate programs. Applicants will be considered for admission if they complete the application within deadlines and submit all necessary documents.

The admission process for international and domestic applicants remains the same except that international students need to meet some additional requirements.

How to Apply?

Application Portal: Interested applicants are required to apply online by completing either the Common Application or SUNY Application.

Application Fee: 50 USD 

Basic Admission Requirements: List of documents required to be submitted along with the admission application in order to apply for SUNY Geneseo as an international student are:

  • Completed online application form.
  • Official high school transcripts from all previously attended institutions with English translation.
  • Transfer applicants must submit the official transcripts of the recent semester completed.
  • Official results of external examination that is applicable according to the education system of the applicant's home country (such as Class 10 and 12 results, IGCSE, WASSCE, CXC, Advanced Placement Test, International Baccalaureate etc.)
  • Proof of graduation through transcripts of final year.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • One letter of recommendation preferably from a teacher
  • One page of personal statements describing the reason for choosing SUNY Geneseo and the program applied for.
  • Financial Statement of Support showing sufficient availability of funds is required for the issuance of I-20.
  • Copy of the identification page of valid passport.

Optional Requirements: SAT/ ACT scores are not mandatory requirements for international applicants. However, if the applicant wants to submit the scores then the committee will consider them.

Students must mail official and certified admission materials to International Student and Scholar Services, Erwin Hall 218, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, New York 14454, USA Or documents can be sent via email at

English Proficiency Test Scores

All international students must submit scores of English proficiency tests like TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent as it is required for evaluation by the International Admission Committee. The minimum scores required by the University are:

TestMinimum Requirements
TOEFL (Internet based)75
IELTS6.5, no band lower than 6.0
Duolingo English Test105

Students may be considered for waiver of this requirement if they have completed high school from an English medium school outside the U.S.

Visa Process for International Students

Students who have been offered a place in the organization will require a F1 student visa to study in the USA. To initiate the visa process, the students must accept the offer of admission by paying 500 USD as enrollment deposit. When the enrollment deposit is received by the ISSS Office, students will be issued I-20 form. On receiving the I-20 form, it is the responsibility of the student to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and keep a copy of the payment receipt. To apply for the F-1 visa, students will have to fill the DS-160 form and schedule an interview with the nearest U.S. embassy.

Students must keep the following documents ready before appearing for the interview:

  • Valid passport
  • DS-160 Visa Application form
  • Receipt of payment of visa application fee of 160 USD
  • Receipt of payment of SEVIS I-901 fee
  • Applicant’s photo
  • Form I-20
  • Financial statement of support and bank statements to show availability of funds covering the costs of 1 academic year.
  • Some other documents such as admission letter, scholarship award if any, transcripts, test scores of TOEFL/ IELTS/ SAT, and documents to confirm that the applicant intends to leave the U.S. after completing studies.

SUNY Geneseo Undergraduate Admissions

SUNY Geneseo offers several majors, minors and undergraduate degree programs. The curriculum includes aspects from Western humanities, fine arts, social sciences, numeric and symbolic reasoning, history, reading and writing, foreign languages etc.

Where to Apply: Online Application Portal

Admission Requirements: List of documents that the applicants for undergraduate admissions will have to submit while applying is as follows:

  • Academic records in the form of official transcripts and external exam results.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Letter of recommendation, at least 1
  • Personal statement (within 1 page)
  • Financial Statement of Support
  • Copy of ID page of passport
  • SAT/ ACT scores (optional)

SUNY Geneseo Graduate Admissions

All applicants seeking to study in the USA by applying for a range of graduate programs at the institute must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited institution. The University offers master’s degree programs in reading and literacy B-12, adolescence education and accounting. 

The selection of student’s for graduate programs is highly competitive. Therefore, students must carefully check all the documents required for applying and make sure they submit it within the deadline. Applicants for the Masters in Reading and Literacy and Adolescence Education must have an initial teaching certificate.

Details of the program-specific requirements can be found in the table below:

RequirementsMS in Reading and Literacy B-12MS in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)MS in Accounting
Application Fee50 USD50 USD50 USD
Application DeadlineApril 1 (Summer session)
June 1 (Summer session 2)
November 1 (Spring semester)
April 1 (Summer session)
June 1 (Summer session 2)
November 1 (Spring semester)
June 1 (Fall semester)
Official TranscriptsRequiredRequiredRequired
GMAT/ GRERequired, GRERequired, GRERequired, GMAT
Work experienceNot requiredNot requiredNot required
ResumeNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Recommendation letterRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 letters
Admission InterviewNot requiredNot requiredNot required

Graduate applicants must send the necessary documents by Mail: Office of Admissions, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Doty Hall, Room 200, Geneseo, NY, 14454 or Email: Fax: 585-245-5550.

The acceptance of an application is determined by the admission committee after reviewing several aspects of the application such as the academic records, scores of exams, recommendations, language proficiency and other documents required for admission. Admission is confirmed with an admission letter sent to the students. The admission must be accepted by the student by paying the enrollment fees following which they will be sent the I-20 form.

Applicants may be offered full admission, partial admission or denied admission. Applicants who are denied admission may appeal to the Director of Graduate Studies. Queries related to programs can be asked at

The admission decisions for early decision and freshmen are provided by December 15 and March 1, respectively in fall semester. Applicants are advised to submit forms and other documents within the recommended deadlines to secure seats.


Ques: What is the admission policy at SUNY Geneseo like?

Ans: The institute offers admissions on a rolling basis at an acceptance rate of 65%. SUNY Geneseo prefers to admit only the top 30% of a class.

Ques. Does SUNY Geneseo require ACT/ SAT scores?

Ans. The submission of ACT/ SAT scores is optional for international students. However, if you want to submit your scores the admission committee will consider them. Also, applicants from the U.S. are encouraged to submit ACT/ SAT scores.

Ques. What SAT/ ACT score and GPA is required for admissions at SUNY Geneseo?

Ans. The class of 2022 has an average high school GPA of 90-95, SAT scores 1170-1300 and ACT scores 24-28.

Ques. Do I need to translate my documents for admissions at SUNY Geneseo?

Ans. Yes, if your documents are not in English you must submit them with official translations.

Ques. How long does SUNY Geneseo take to release admission decisions?

Ans. SUNY Geneseo admission decisions are released within 2 weeks post submitting the completed applications.

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