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| Maybe my expectations were a little too high or perhaps I'm just maladjusted, but during my first year I couldn't help but feel like I wasn't getting all that I'd hoped I would out of the college experience. For starters, you will find that the reality of being stuck in the middle of nowhere sets in pretty quickly. There just isn't much to do here outside of going to class or studying. The party scene is limited, and without connections to the right people or a membership in a Greek organization, you can expect to spend the majority of your weekends sitting in your dorm room. Granted, there are always the practically on campus bars, but you have to be 19 to get in and they're only fun if you like the monotony of hot, sweaty, drunken dancing.|
Speaking of monotony, I can't think of a better adjective to apply to the food than 'monotonous' (with the possible exception of 'repetitive').
Another small complaint of mine is that there is something smug about the atmosphere at Geneseo. It's not the students or the professors, and I may be alone in the perception, but the school never tires of praising itself as a "public Ivy". The academics are good, but certainly not that good, and the narcissism is annoying.
All of that said, Geneseo is not without redeeming qualities. It has a relatively nice campus, a lovely view overlooking the Genesee valley, and good, albeit overrated, academics. The prospect of graduating without a hundred of thousand dollars of debt is pretty nice too.My final word: Go here to get to respectable education at a very reasonable price, not to have the time of your life. I don't hate it at Geneseo, I just feel like I'm missing out on something.
|Aug 10 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| My experience at this school was not pleasant. I truly believe that Geneseo attempts to promote itself as a much more prestigious institution than it actually is, and is willing to fabricate the truth to attract better students than it would be able to otherwise. Academically this school is adequate, but most of the departments outside of the premedical sciences and education seem fairly mediocre (and trust me, once you declare a major and are mainly taking classes in a specific department, you are going to be caring a lot more about how good your department is).|
Geneseo also completely lies about their class sizes on the internet. 200 and 300-level classes often have forty or more students, even in subjects such as sociology or philosophy. Geneseo also attempts to make its student body seem more competitive than it actually is by listing the most recently accepted class?s SAT score profile on their website. This is deceptive because the profile incorporates all of the students who were admitted, not necessarily those who have decided to enroll, upwardly skewing what the school?s average SAT scores look like. The school claims it is on par with esteemed institutions such as Colgate, New York University, and Cornell, but neither the education provided nor the student body are truly comparable.
Socially this school either suits people or it doesn?t. It is perfectly situated in the absolute middle of nowhere, and if you do not own a car you will find yourself stranded. The lack of exciting activities both on and off campus leads many people to join greek life, and it often feels like greek life dominates the social scene. Even though I am a white female from New York, like the vast majority of people on campus, I didn?t really feel like I fit in with the student body. I found that a lot of people came to Geneseo with high school friends and didn?t want to make new ones, that there was a lot of petty drama, and that people could often be two-faced, or nice to you one day and nasty the next. Although this can happen anywhere, it surprised me how often it occurred, and how immature many of the students could be. The drama I generally avoided in middle and high school finally caught up with me in college.
To add insult to injury, most of the people I encountered did not strike me as particularly intelligent in conversation, and I would be doing a disservice to prospective students if I neglected to mention that the student body as a whole does not appear particularly progressive. I don?t think I have ever witnessed so much racism, homophobia, or anti-Semitism in my life before coming here, and it was often subtle or done in passive-aggressive ways. Religious organizations also play a major role in campus life, even though this is a public school. The people who claim this is a liberal or diverse school are probably white, Christian, and have never been exposed to diversity before attending college.
In short, Geneseo is an okay but not amazing school overall with good programs in the sciences and education, but socially it either suits people or it doesn?t. If you like greek life and/or are a cookie cutter kid from Buffalo, Rochester, or Long Island, you will probably be fine. If you don?t fit this mold you may want to consider looking elsewhere.
|May 14 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I went to Geneseo for a year. From the very start i didn't enjoy Geneseo. I was extremely lonely the entire time. Everyone at Geneseo is the same, white, majority. I Joined pretty much every club they had and I was still lonely. Everyone here is just so snooty and think they are better than everyone else. People are constantly bragging about how Geneseo is the 'state Ivy,' yeah right, not even close. I did not enjoy the atmosphere. I wish I did because it is supposed to be a good school academically, but I found that I still cannot deal with the horrors of Geneseo just for the academics. There are a few nice people here, but that did not change the overall negative atmosphere I was experiencing. I come from a very good high school, and went here for pre med. I know many people choose here because it's a good school. But just think hard about what you want in a college. I wanted to meet nice fun people and I wanted to fit in. As a gay student I just didn't feel that. And actually felt discriminated against at some points. I hate to say that sometimes I was afraid. |
I am transferring to New Paltz in the fall, and I hope things will change for me there. I have a strong feeling they will, and after my new Paltz experience I will be sure to write a review.Just be careful when attending geneseo, if you're bothered by competitiveness, and snooty boasting people do not go here. It is a college that does seem to work for some people, but I was just not one of those people so I decided to give my five cents about it.
|Jun 13 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |