First Year Summer Orientation Registration and Things to Know

Before you make your reservation for First-Year Orientation, be sure you...

  1. Have paid your college deposit to Geneseo. 
  2. Have your deposit confirmation email from the Admissions Office and have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Have your Geneseo e-mail username and password (provided via KnightWeb after the Code of Conduct is affirmed).
  4. Have arranged the orientation dates in your order of preference. 
  5. Know which family members or guests will be attending orientation with you and whether they will be eating meals on campus and/or staying in on-campus housing.
  6. Determine if you need to arrive on campus the evening before orientation.  If so, you may sign up to arrive the evening prior to your session; anytime between 5pm-10pm.  (Early Arrival includes the room only, no meals)

Orientation Costs

The student orientation fee of $150 includes materials, programs, meals, and a shared room in a residence hall.  During orientation you will learn about living on campus and will also have an individual appointment with a faculty advisor who will help you register for fall classes. 

Student Orientation Fee$150.00 per student
Student Early Arrival (room)$10.00 per student
Family Orientation Fee$20.00 per family
Family Meals$45.00 per person
Early Arrival Family (room)$20.00 per room

Family Accommodations

* The room will have 1 or 2 twin size beds.

$30.00 per room

Once we receive your reservation and payment confirmation an e-mail with your confirmed session dates will be sent to your Geneseo e-mail address.  Please allow up to five business days to receive your confirmation e-mail.  

If you do not attend orientation, your class schedule will be assigned by the Dean of the College after all students who attend orientation have been registered.  You will be contacted via e-mail.


Financial Needs

Students with demonstrated financial need (based on your FAFSA) should call the Orientation Office at 585-245-5852 to discuss alternative funding for Orientation.

Family Orientation

We strongly encourage family members to attend Summer Orientation with their students.  The start of a student's college experience is a very important and exciting time, not only for the student, but for parents and families as well.  The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during his/her transition.  Students and family members are welcome to be apart of the Summer Orientation program.  A separate, but concurrent, program has been designed for parents and family members.  


Family members can expect to gain an increased familiarity with campus life at Geneseo and be introduced to some of the faculty, staff, and students who teach, advise, and guide students at Geneseo.  Information about residence life, campus safety and security, academic support services, student health care, community expectations, and tips on how to support students during their (and your) transition to college will also be provided at Family Orientation. 

Registration is $20 per family.  Family members may elect to include meal plans with their registration.  Meals are served in the dining hall and include dinner on Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2, as well as snack breaks.  Family meal plans are $45 per person.

Family members may also choose to stay on campus in Niagara Hall. First year students will be staying in Onondaga Hall, which is a one minute walk from Niagara Hall. Please note residence halls are not air-conditioned and you will share bathrooms. Each room contains one or two twin-long beds and families should plan to bring their own linens, towels, and fan. Family rooms are $30 per room.  (If a student and family need to arrive on campus the evening before orientation, “Early Arrival” status can be added for an extra $10 per student and $20 per family room.  Please plan to arrive between 5pm-10pm if you are arriving the night before.)

Family members who would like to attend orientation, but would prefer to stay off-campus can find information about accommodations at Geneseo Tourism ( or Livingston County Tourism (

Persons with Disabilities

SUNY Geneseo would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied access, or otherwise treated differently from any other individual attending Orientation. Please contact us about accommodations at your earliest convenience, but no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of your orientation session, to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements.  Contact the Orientation Office at or 585-245-5852.


Refund Policy 

If you pay your orientation fee(s) and then decide to withdraw from or delay attendance at Geneseo, notify the Admissions Office immediately. If you request a 100% refund for your orientation fee(s) after June 1, a 10% handling fee will be deducted from your refund.  To request a refund, please fill out the Refund Request Form.  

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