Marks of Distinction
- U.S. News and World Report has ranked Geneseo 1st or 2nd in the "Top Public University-Master's" category every year since 1998 in its "America's Best Colleges" guide.
- In 2012 and 2013, geneseo was ranked the top university in the northern region for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and is among the top five in the "Up and Coming" category for the region institutions that "have recently made striking improvement or innovations -- schools everyone should be watching."
- In its first ever analysis of college operating efficiency, U.S. News and World Report named Geneseo "Most Efficient University" in the north for providing a high quality education while spending relatively less than our peers to achieve it.
- In 2013, Princeton Review again included Geneseo on its list of "The Best 376 Colleges" for undergraduate education.
- The Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on how much social mobility, research, and public service they foster, placed Geneseo in the top 10 nationally in the master's category in 2010.
- For years, Geneseo has been ranked as a Best Buy by Forbes, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Kiplinger's Report. Kiplinger's ranked Geneseo 1st for out-of-state students in 2006, 2008, and 2013. In 2013 Geneseo ranked 9th for in-state students.
- Geneseo is one of only 280 college and universities in the country with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most distinguished student honor society in the country.
- Geneseo students have received 15 prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.
- According to the American institute of Physics, Geneseo's physics department produces the 2nd larges number of physics graduates in the country among primarily undergraduate institutions, behind only the U.S. Naval Academy (2008-2010 data).
- Over 40 percent of Geneseo's students -- twice the national average -- pursue full-time graduate study immediately after graduation.
- "Real World Geneseo: A Model for Building Cultural Competency," a multi-faceted transformational learning experience, received the 2013 Bronze Award from NASPA, the National Organization of Student Affairs Administrators in higher education.
- In the last four years, three of Geneseo's students have received highly competitive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships to study Turkish and Russian in intensive summer programs abroad.
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Faculty and Staff
- Geneseo's current faculty have won 13 national awards for teaching excellence, including two Haimo Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Mathematical Association of America; the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award; the Society for the Psychology of Women's Heritage Award for Contributions to the Teaching of Psychology; both winners of the inaugural CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies; and a finalist for the national Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, among others. Other teaching awards include two CASE State Professors of the Year for New York.
- Stephen West, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, was inducted into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President for Student and Campus Life, was awarded the 2013 American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Excellence in Practice Award. The award is presented for the best national practices in student affairs.
- Cyril Oberlander, Director of Milne Library, was honored by the Reference and User Service Association with the 2012 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award. this award was based on several of Cyril's innovations, including his tole in Genseo's IDS Project, a cooperative of 65+ libraries that have changed their interlibrary loan processing and resource sharing for the benefit of the end-user.
- Two Milne librarians received the 2011 Innovation Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries for their LILAC (Library Instruction Leadership Academy), a collaborative professional development project for librarians in K-12, community college, and college/university libraries.
- Gary Towsley, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics, was named among the country's top undergraduate professors in The Princeton Review's new guidebook, The Best 300 Professors.
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Excellence in Community Service
- In 2011-2012, for the 5th time in eight years, Geneseo's intercollegiate athletic program was honored with the Community Service Award sponsored by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators/Jostens.
- Geneseo has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since the honor roll began in 2006, four times with distinction.
- Geneseo was ranked 9th in the nation in 2010 for the number of students and alumni participating in Student Conservation Association internships and service opportunities.
- Geneseo's faculty, staff, students, and alumni collaborate with community members and area churches in the Livingston CARES program, which is committed to a decade of Hurricane Katrina-related relief. Since 2006, over 700 volunteers have gone on 27 work trips to Biloxi, MS. Livingston CARES is 1 of 9 colleges in the nation to have received the Katrina Compassion Award from the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
- Livingston CARES responded to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by sending two work teams to New York City.
- Over their college careers, the Geneseo student body contributes over 60,000 hours of community service work.
- Geneseo was one of approximately 200 collegesand universities invited to take part in the federal Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in 2011-2013.
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Curricular and Co-curricular Integration
- Geneseo supports over 200 student organizations with over 3,000 members.
- Geneseo faculty and students produce 10 theater productions annually, support 12 musical performance groups and 2 dance troupes, and host 4 art galleries.
- The Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program engages over 4,500 students and has won two national awards since 2002.
- Geneseo's nationally recongized Bystander Intervention Program was featured in a pre-conference workshop at the 2012 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention in Louisville, KY.
- In 2011-12, the National Orientation Director's Association awarded its Region IX Innovative Program Award to Geneseo's YouBelong transfer student support program. This program was recognized in the same year with a New York State award as well.
- Geneseo's chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority was awarded the prestigious 3-Star Standards of Excellence Award at its national convention in both 2010 and 2011.
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- In 2011-2012, Geneseo Knights won six SUNYAC championships and four coaches were honored with SUNYAC Coach of the Year awards. Men's cross country team was ranked 4th in the nation; women's cross country team was ranked 12; and women's tennis team was ranked 17th nationally.
- Geneseo has produced 31 percent of the SUNYAC Scholar-Athletes since this award was established in 2003-04.
- Eight of Geneseo's intercollegiate teams were named national All-Academic teams in 2011-2012.
- Geneseo men's swimming and diving team has won 19 of the last 24 SUNYAC titles, while the women's swimming and diving team has captured 21 of the previous 24 SUNYAC championships.
- The Blue Knights have claimed 22 of the last 26 SUNYAC championships in women's and men's cross-country.
- In 2011, for the fourth consecutive year, Geneseo's women's soccer team was awarded the Team Ethics Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association for demonstrating high levels of sportsmanship. The team is one of 4 teams in all divisions of NCAA across the nation to be recognized with both the Team Ethics Award and the Team Academic Award.
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Quality of Facilities
- Monroe Hall, one of the oldest recidence halls on campus, was renovated and re-opened in 2013 to Gold LEED certifiable standards of sustainability; its features incude geothermal wells for heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, and a public monitoring system to track energy use.
- Geneseo was honored with the 2013 Livingston County Environmental Management Council Earth Day Award for the sustainability efforts on campus and long term commitment to environmental conservation.
- Geneseo is the site of a state Champion Big Tree designated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation -- a 69' white poplar with 14.5' circumference.
- Geneseo's $53 million Integrated Science Center (ISC) earned a Gold Award for Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
- The design of Seneca residence hall, an Energy Star-qualified facility opened in 2009, earned a Certificate of Achievement by the American Institute of Architects.
- Geneseo received the 2010 Environmental Leadership Award from The Rochester Business Journal for resource reduction.
- Putnam residence hall earned the 2004 Design for Excellence Award by the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
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- Geneseo has partnership agreements to enhance student exchange and study with higher education institutions in 20 countries.
- Over 16 Geneseo faculty members have been Fulbright Scholars at universities around the world.
- Over 300 Geneseo students study outside the U.S. each year.
- Through a partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Village of HOPE in Ghana, Shear School of Education majors may opt to fulfill part of their student teaching requirement in public schools in Ghana.
- Geneseo received one of four state awards from the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) program recognizing excellence in academic service learning, for its initiative in Nicaragua called “For the Future Smiles of El Sauce.”
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A few of the accomplishments of Genseo alumni:
- Gregory Ahlquist (History'95), an AP history teacher at Webster Central School District, was named the 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year.
- Abram Miller '12 received the inaugural Ron LaValle Leadership Award in Athletics from the State University of New York for numerous accomplishments in leadership and sportsmanship.
- Playwright Molly Smith Metzler (English '00) has won 13 awards for her fresh and funny plays, including "Training Wisteria," "Close Up Space," and "Elemeno Pea."
- S[ecial Education teacher Bryan Sawyer (Shear School of Education '02) won the 3rd Annual Top Teacher Search for the nationally syndicated television program "Live! With Kelly."
- William Henzel (Chemistry '76) and his team at Genentech, Inc. conducted ground-breaking protein identification work that lead to the development of the cancer-figiting frug Avastin.
- Glenn Gordon Caron (Drama '75), television and film writer-director-producer, is the force behind the popular television show Medium and is responsible for launching Bruce Willis's career with the long-running Moonlighting.
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