GENESEO, N.Y. - Students who received admission letters to attend SUNY Geneseo next fall have until May 1 to decide if they will attend.
To help with the decision, the college has just finished its seventh and final "Preview Day" program for the year, during which admitted students visit campus to experience life at Geneseo.
"Our Preview Days have gone extremely well and students considering Geneseo received terrific insight from faculty, staff and current students about the quality of the education students receive here," said Kris Shay, director of admissions. "This is the best-qualified pool of applicants we have ever seen and we anticipate an academically talented class to matriculate for fall."
Undecided students still have the opportunity to tour the campus. The college is conducting tours six days a week, including Saturday tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
While admitted students decide if Geneseo is their best fit, the college continues to receive phone calls and emails from students placed on the wait-list inquiring about their chances of being admitted for next fall.
"In my 10 years at Geneseo, this is the most difficult year I've experienced in deciding who to admit and who to place on the wait list," said Shay.
Adding to the challenge of choosing from nearly 11,000 applicants is Geneseo's decision to reduce the size of the incoming class by 75 positions to offset state budget cuts.
"We're competing for students with some very highly regarded schools, including Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton and Boston College," said Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment services. "Sometimes it's a challenge to convince families that Geneseo is not only very affordable but every bit as good as those institutions that have high name recognition but equally high prices. We're increasingly winning that conversation."
The 2009-10 incoming class brought a mean SAT score of 1341, a record-high for the college. The mean high school GPA for this year's entering class at Geneseo is 94, and nearly 60 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, also an all-time high for the college.
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