Spring 2014 E-Lert, Issue 1


The Office of New Student Programs is excited to welcome you to Geneseo!  To help you connect with us, we've designed this e-newsletter series to keep you informed with helpful information about opportunities, resources, and support services available to you as a Geneseo student. 

Meet the Orientation Staff

Orientation Advisors (OAs) are returning students who hold various leadership roles on our campus, and are here to assist with your transition to Geneseo.  OAs are dedicated students who have great pride in Geneseo and are eager to share their experience with each of you!  OAs receive extensive training and are available during sessions to answer questions, serve as resources and provide guidance to you and your family.  Each OA will have a small group of 10-12 new students they will work with through orientation.

Student Orientation Coordinators (SOCs)
 are students who have been OAs for at least a year.  They help plan OA recruitment and selection, assisting in planning OA training, process summer orientation reservations, and assist by answering phones.  Chances are you've probably spoken with one of them if you've called our office!



What is General Education?

The General Education curriculum at SUNY Geneseo provides the broad knowledge and fundamental skills that are the necessary possession of an educated citizen and the proper foundation for specialized study in a particular discipline.  In doing so, Geneseo's General Education curriculum advances the mission of the College.

General Education Requirements:

MathematicsR/Choose one course from R/ list 3-4
Basic Communication INTD 105: Writing Seminar: (subtitle) 3
Natural Sciences I Lecture and LabN/ PREF 1Choose lec/lab, first prefix, from N/ list 3-4
Social Sciences IS/ PREF 1Choose one course, first prefix, from S/ list 3
Fine Arts IF/ PREF 1Choose one course, first prefix, from F/ list 3
American HistoryU/Choose one course from U/ list 3
Other World CivilizationsM/Choose one course from M/ list 3

Geneseo Breadth Requirements:

Natural Sciences II Lecture and LabN/ PREF 2Choose lec/lab, second prefix, from N/ list 3-4
Social Sciences IIS/ PREF 2Choose one course, second prefix, from S/ list 0-3
Fine Arts IIF/ PREF 2Choose one course, second prefix, from F/ list 0-3
Humanities I  HUMN 220: Western Humanities I 4
Humanities II  HUMN 221: Western Humanities II 4
Foreign LanguageLANG 101 Choose language from L/ list 0-3
 LANG 102 Choose language from L/ list 0-3
 LANG 201 Choose language from L/ list 0-3



Learn more about the General Education & Liberal Arts Breadth requirementsbefore you arrive in January. 



The transfer course equivalency data bank has been designed to show you how credit from other colleges will transfer to Geneseo.

Courses are accepted for transfer credit provided that a grade of C- or higher was achieved and the individual course is parallel to a course offered at SUNY Geneseo. 

A maximum of 60 transfer credits from two-year colleges, 90 from four-year colleges or a combination of college credit, may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree requirements. 

We encourage you to examine the Undergraduate Bulletin which deal with major and minor requirements, General Education requirements, and the writing requirement closely.

Click Here to view the Course Transfer Equivalency Data bank.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Dean of the College.


YouBelong Logo

Many of you have already signed up for the New Student Dinner on Thursday, January 23, 2014. If you haven't signed up...there is still time. Click here to make your reservation. This event is the kick off to the YouBelong program series. YouBelong is a series designed specifically for transfer students and focuses on social and academic transitions students may encounter during their first semester at Geneseo.  The program series runs during the fall and spring semesters. To learn more about this series designed just for you, click here.

Be sure to attend the YouBelong events for your chance to get a YouBelong t-shirt.

FANtastic friday knight tailgate 

Get bundled in blue for the annual FANtastic Friday Knight Tailgate for new students! Enjoy dinner in Mary Jemison Dining Hall at 5:00p.m. on Friday, January 17 and then follow the crowd to Schrader Hall Gymnasium for your first Geneseo basketball game! Meet new people and connect with current students, including your RAs, OAs, Blue Crew, and the Pep Band. There will be face painting, games, snacks, music and more. You won't want to miss the fun.  

Following the games Geneseo Late Knight will be showing a movie, Semi Pro, in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom.  Pizza will be served.




The following information may be helpful as you plan for your arrival to Geneseo.

Living on Campus?

The residence halls will open for new students at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  You should plan to arrive between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.  You should report directly to your assigned residence hall to complete the move-in process.  Orientation check-in begins at 2:30pm in the MacVittie College Union. 

Orientation Check-In

Check-in for students attending orientation on January 16-17 will take place between 2:30-3:00pm in MacVittie College Union Lobby. The program promptly begins at 3:00p.m. in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom.  At check-in you will receive a folder of materials, including your meal tickets and advisement time. If a parent or guest has signed up to attend with you they will receive their materials when you check-in. 

Friday only program: Check-in on Friday, January 17 will be between 7:30 - 8:15 am in the lobby of Wadsworth Auditorium. The orientation program will start promptly at 8:30 am.  At check-in you will receive a folder of materials, including your meal tickets and advisement time.  If a parent or guest has signed up to attend with you they will receive their materials when you check-in. 

January 2014 Orientation Schedule


If you will be a residential student you should plan to park in one of the student parking lots.  Parking for January Orientation for students and family members or guests will be in Lots I or T.  Click on the link to look at a campus map.  Look for our blue signs when you arrive. 

What to do before Orientation

Please be sure to affirm the Student Code of Conduct as you will not be able to register for classes until you have done so.

What to bring to Orientation

  • A list of courses you have taken recently.
  • A list of courses you are interested in for the spring semester.
  • Comfortable shoes & warm clothing (you'll be doing a lot of walking).

Additional Information

More information about the January Orientation program can be found at http://orientation.geneseo.edu.

Sunday, January 19 Meet Up Schedule. Click here to view a schedule of the Meet Ups hosted by Residence Life. 

If you have questions, please contact us at orientation@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5852.  Congratulations on selecting SUNY Geneseo to continue your college career. 


If you have any questions about Orientation & First-Year Programs, please contact us at orientation@geneseo.edu or by calling 585-245-5852.