Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College
Type Community college
Established 1966
Endowment US $1.9 million
President James M. Sunser
Academic staff
Students 7,208[2]
Location United States Batavia, NY, US
43°00′57″N 78°08′26″W / 43.015854°N 78.140433°W / 43.015854; -78.140433Coordinates: 43°00′57″N 78°08′26″W / 43.015854°N 78.140433°W / 43.015854; -78.140433
Campus Rural
240 acres (0.97 km2)
Colors Blue and gold         
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Nickname Cougars
Mascot Cougar
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III

Genesee Community College (GCC) is a public community college with its main campus in Town of Batavia, New York, United States (near the city of Batavia).

It has campus centers in Albion, Medina, Warsaw, Dansville, Arcade, Lima (previously Lakeville), New York. Thus, the college covers areas not only inside of Genesee County but also in Orleans County, Livingston County and Wyoming County. This two-year college also offers housing facilities to out-of-area students, although the school is attended primarily by commuters. Additionally, GCC offers some degree and certificate programs online.


Main campus

Genesee Community College was originally founded in 1966 as part of the State University of New York system.[3] On September 27, 1967, Genesee Community College officially opened classes to full and part-time students.[4] In January 1972, Genesee Community College relocated to its current permanent address on One College Road in the town of Batavia.[4]

In 1991, GCC would see expansion with the addition of the Stuart Steiner Theatre, which houses a theater and stage, as well as expanded classrooms for the various arts programs.[4] In 2000, the Conable Technology Building was added to the main campus facilities, a two-story 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) annex that is the center for most of GCC's technological programs and apparatus.[4] In January 2006, GCC expanded again, adding the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union, a central location for student affairs and organizations.[4]

In February 2009, the plans for another campus center in Lima was announced, which will replace the Lakeville satellite campus [5] and in June 2009, construction of the campus was completed. The 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) campus features two modern computer labs and a state-of-the-art science lab, five to seven classrooms, a lobby and reception area, as well as faculty, staff, advisor, and administrative offices.[6]

Presidents of the College
Name Tenure
Alfred C. O’Connell 1967–1970
Cornelius V. Robbins 1970–1975
Stuart A. Steiner 1975 – 2011
James M. Sunser 2011–Present

Enrollment and statistics

As of fall 2008, Genesee Community College's enrollment consisted of 3,124 full-time students and 3,548 part-time students, with 108 international students from more than 19 countries. There are currently over 18,000 alumni.[2]

Academic programs

Main campus academic complex

Genesee Community College currently offers over 60 academic programs of either two-year associate's degree programs or one-year certificate programs.[7] Many students of the associate degree programs eventually transfer to four-year schools to complete their degree. College-ready students can complete their choice of 16 fully online programs at GCC.[8]


Genesee Community College currently has 14 intercollegiate men's and women's' teams in basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, golf, swimming, cheerleading, and volleyball. Collectively, they are known as the Cougars, and their colors are blue and gold.[9]

The Roz Steiner Gallery[10] is Genesee Community College's (GCC) only gallery and is located in Batavia, New York, United States. The gallery is located in GCC's Center for the Arts, to the east of the Stuart Steiner Theatre lobby. The Roz Steiner Gallery opened in spring 2011. While the Steiner Gallery does not house a permanent collection, it typically features three professional exhibitions and two student-work exhibitions each academic year. The gallery was financed with funding from the State University of New York Construction Fund, and gifts from the Genesee Community College Foundation and Genesee Community College Association.


GCC also has a radio station called The Music. It can be heard on 90.7 FM, and also at It broadcasts to an approximately 25-mile (40 km) radius of the school.

In 2001, a SUNY student poll rated Genesee the 7th most attractive campus in the SUNY system.

For prospective students, there is an online tour available, with photos of many parts of the main campus.


  1. "Genesee Community College Profile". Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09. External link in |work= (help)
  2. 1 2 "Fast Facts". At A Glance. Batavia, New York: Genesee Community College. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  3. "About Genesee". Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "40th Anniversary". Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  5. "Genesee Community College Selects Lima as Site of New Campus Center". Retrieved 8 December 2016. Announcement of the new campus center.
  6. "Kickoff Celebration and Lunch for Genesee Community College's Lima Campus Center". Retrieved 8 December 2016. Announcing the construction of the campus and building information.
  7. "Programs". Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  8. "Online Programs". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  9. Genesee Cougars
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