SUNY Geneseo Photo Tour

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SUNY Geneseo Photo Tour

Gazebo at SUNY Geneseo
Gazebo at SUNY Geneseo. Michael McDonald

SUNY Geneseo is an institution famous for both its academics and sunsets. This selective public liberal arts university is located in Geneseo, New York, but its price and reputation attract students from all over the country. The campus’s 220 acres are home to about 5,000 undergrad students, about 100 graduate students, and a surprising number of squirrels. Geneseo is known for academic excellence, which has earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Its beautiful campus is home to many new or recently renovated buildings including residence halls, academic buildings, and a dining hall. The campus also features picturesque views including a view of the valley and airfield from the gazebo pictured here.

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Bailey Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Bailey Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Bailey Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

The newly renovated Bailey Hall is a science building dedicated to Psychology, Sociology, Geography, and Anthropology. The building originally opened in 1965, but after a $23 million revamping, it has been completely modernized and filled with the latest technology. Bailey has also been rebuilt to be very energy efficient as part of the campus sustainability program. Almost a thousand science majors enjoy the new facility, and the open study areas throughout the building are useful for all students. 

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SUNY Geneseo Integrated Science Center

SUNY Geneseo Integrated Science Center
SUNY Geneseo Integrated Science Center. Michael MacDonald

Geneseo’s Integrated Science Center, or ISC, is one of the newest and coolest buildings on campus. It was designed for Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics classes and labs. The $53 million ISC is known for its state-of-the-art technology, including the only pelletron particle accelerator in western New York. It also features a telescope, electron microscope, and a wave generator. The impressive new building is a staple for Geneseo’s science students.

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Sturges Hall and Tower at SUNY Geneseo

Sturges Hall and Tower at SUNY Geneseo
Sturges Hall and Tower at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Though it was built in 1938, Sturges Hall still serves as a campus landmark as well as an academic building. The beloved clock tower watches over Sturges Quad, home of the famous Painted Tree and Seuss Spruce, two campus trees that promote school spirit. The building houses the departments of Psychology, History, Sociology, and Anthropology as well as a few laboratories and an auditorium. Sturges is a student hotspot, popular for the building’s architecture and the nice grassy area in the Quad. 

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Welles Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Welles Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Welles Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Welles Hall is one of the older buildings on campus, and it was originally an elementary school. It now holds the departments of English, Philosophy, International Relations, Political Science, and Languages and Literature. Welles is particularly popular among the Harry Potter fans on campus (including Dumbledore’s Army) due to its Hogwarts-like architecture. Welles is also connected to other academic buildings with an overpass system, as are many campus buildings, for those particularly snowy days.

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Newton Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Newton Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Newton Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Newton Hall contains Geneseo’s only lecture halls, the largest of which seats 250 students. However, most of the classrooms in Newton are designed to fit Geneseo’s average class size of between 25 and 30. All types of classes are held there, from introductory science courses to studio art classes, as well as events like guest speakers or performances. Newton Hall also holds the office of Computing and Information Technology, which keeps all the state-of-the-art campus tech running. Newton is conveniently located right across from Milne Library.

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Brodie Fine Arts Building at SUNY Geneseo

Brodie Fine Arts Building at SUNY Geneseo
Brodie Fine Arts Building at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

The William A. Brodie Fine Arts Building is the place to go for any students with an artistic side. In Brodie Hall, you can study for a major in Art History, Music, Theatre, or Musical Theatre, and a minor in Dance or Piano Pedagogy. The building also has space for performing artists including theaters and galleries. Brodie is well equipped with studio art rooms, lockers, music classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and an open courtyard. It is also open to non-majors and non-minors, so any student is welcome to​ stop in, play a piano and admire the art.

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Monroe Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Monroe Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Monroe Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Geneseo requires on-campus housing freshman and sophomore years, but there are 17 residence halls to choose from. Monroe Hall is one of the newly renovated residence halls on campus, which just reopened in January 2013. The hall features both corridor style living and some “junior” suites made up of a double room and a single room. The architecturally pleasing building is also one of the campus’s most eco-friendly, with Gold LEED construction including geothermal heating and cooling.  Monroe is home to about 170 students who also enjoy a kitchen, laundry rooms, study areas, and media room.

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Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo

Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo
Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Milne is Geneseo’s three-story library, complete with more than five hundred thousand books and journals. But there is much, much more available to students thanks to Milne’s online databases and the Information Delivery Services, which ship academic materials to Geneseo from partner colleges. The library has reference librarians, student writing center, digital media lab, study areas, and more. Milne will lend out research materials, including laptop chargers, calculators, and tablets. The library is also the home of Books & Bytes, a full-service café.

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MacVittie College Union at SUNY Geneseo

MacVittie College Union at SUNY Geneseo
MacVittie College Union at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

The MacVittie College Union is the home of many important campus functions. It has the campus bookstore, ticket office, mail room, and the Dean of Student’s office. It is the place to go to learn about any of Geneseo’s student organizations including the Geneseo Outing Club, Dumbledore’s Army, Juggling Club, and over 200 more. The Union also holds the Fusion Market dining area, and the Corner Pocket recreation room, as well as the campus Starbucks.

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South Hall at SUNY Geneseo

South Hall at SUNY Geneseo
South Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

The Department of Mathematics, the School of Education, and the School of Business are all located in South Hall. It is one of the more well-travelled buildings because Education is one of the most popular majors, and South has a 24-hour computer lab. It is also the home of the Computing and Information Technology help desk, or CIT, which helps students individually with technology problems. CIT will help with anything from Wi-Fi connection trouble to computer viruses, and it is open Monday through Friday.

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Erwin Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Erwin Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Erwin Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Erwin Hall is headquarters for the administrative side of Geneseo. It holds the Office of the Dean, the Registrar, Student Accounts, Career Services, Financial Aid, Study Abroad, and more. Speaking of which, Geneseo’s study abroad program offers classes in many places overseas for those who want to learn while getting a global perspective. Students can take Psychology in the Netherlands, Biology in Ghana, and Humanities in England, among others. They can also choose between short-term and semester-long programs. 

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Putnam Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Putnam Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Putnam Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Putnam Hall is also known as EcoHouse and is one of the specialty residence halls on campus. It is made up of junior suites, which are two bedrooms connected by a private bathroom, and the hall is open to all class years.  Any students interested in environmental, social, or sustainability issues are welcome to apply for EcoHouse. The building, apart from being energy efficient, also boasts kitchens, laundry rooms, and a clothing exchange system called the Swap, Drop, and Shop.

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Genesee Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Genesee Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Genesee Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Genesee is another specialty residence hall, and this one allows some students to live in Gender Neutral Housing if they choose to apply for it. The Genesee Hall RAs generally plan activities and programs that center around the campus LGBTQ community. The building is made up of suites, each with three or four bedrooms, a bathroom, and a common room. Genesee Hall is designed to provide an open and welcoming environment, and it is conveniently located right next to Letchworth dining hall.

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Letchworth Dining Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Letchworth Dining Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Letchworth Dining Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Letchworth Dining Hall just reopened in 2014, and the all new building features a host of dining options. The ground floor of Letchworth has the Max Market, which sells sandwiches, wraps, and a variety of snacks and instant meals. It also has a pizza oven, burger grill, café, and ice cream freezer. The upstairs is all-you-can-eat dining that has stations for traditional food, ethnic food, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free foods, and most importantly desserts. Upstairs Letchworth serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.

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SUNY Geneseo Tennis Courts

SUNY Geneseo Tennis Courts
SUNY Geneseo Tennis Courts. Michael MacDonald

Geneseo’s tennis courts are one of many open athletic fields for students, including a track, two fitness centers, gymnasiums, ice rink, pool, and racquetball courts. There are a variety of intramurals, ranging from common sports like basketball and soccer to unique games like broomball and Quidditch. For those interested in more serious athletics, Geneseo has twenty varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division III athletic conference SUNYAC. The university’s popular hockey team is the Ice Knights, and they have a dedicated cheering squad called the Blue Crew.

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Seneca Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Seneca Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Seneca Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Seneca is the third specialty residence hall, and it is dedicated to authors, journalists, poets, and any other artists that feel dedicated to their work. Seneca Hall is the Writers House, which opened in 2009 and is available for interested students by application only. Writers House features four-person suites for living space, as well as library and classroom areas for studying. It also has kitchen and laundry areas on each floor as well as space for writers to workshop their work. Residents have the option to attend activities centered on writing, collaborating, publishing, and more.

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Jones Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Jones Hall at SUNY Geneseo
Jones Hall at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Jones is a corridor-style residence hall located in the center of campus. It is the oldest residence hall and the only one that offers superior single rooms- those are rooms that are the size of doubles but for only one student. The building has three lounges and a laundry room, and it houses mostly upperclassmen. Jones Hall is the ideal place for those who prefer to have a space for themselves, because anyone living in a Jones single is guaranteed not to have a roommate.

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Lauderdale Health Center at SUNY Geneseo

Lauderdale Health Center at SUNY Geneseo
Lauderdale Health Center at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Lauderdale is the place that keeps Geneseo healthy. The nurses and physicians there offer Health Services, Health Promotion, Counseling Services, and more. They also work hand in hand with the Geneseo First Response (GFR) team for on-campus emergencies. The Health Center combined with GFR provides 24-hour on-call help for all students. Lauderdale also works with several local pharmacies, so students can pick up prescriptions right on campus. 

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Wadsworth Auditorium at SUNY Geneseo

Wadsworth Auditorium at SUNY Geneseo
Wadsworth Auditorium at SUNY Geneseo. Michael MacDonald

Wadsworth Auditorium presented its first guest, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1956. The now historic building still holds many events including lectures, theater performances, concerts, and comedy shows. More recent or upcoming events include the Geneseo String Band Square Dance, the musical Dogfight, and the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra. Wadsworth has also been recently renovated, and it can hold almost 1,000 people. The building is in high demand and continues to be one of Geneseo’s most popular venues.

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