Specifics & Common Questions

General information

What is Family Weekend?

The focus of this event is to welcome families of our undergraduate students to campus so that they have the opportunity to experience a portion of their student's life at SUNY Geneseo. To this end, we encourage families and students to participate in a variety of academic, athletic and social events designed to give family members a taste of Geneseo. 

Who attends Family Weekend?

We have designed the weekend to have components of interest for parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members, and all of our undergraduate students, and encourage our students to attend sessions and events with their families. 

Suggested Attire

You will be walking around campus, so casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested. We recommend that you dress in layers since temperatures in our buildings and outdoors may vary.

registration & fees


Registration for Family Weekend will be available online beginning in mid-August. The fee for Family Weekend registration is $30 per family. This includes our Family Weekend give-away and admission to programs and events during the weekend including: entertainment, workshops and demonstrations, Parent College sessions, gallery exhibits, a light continental breakfast, and the President's Report to Parents.

Many of our session costs are included in your overall registration fee, so we do not include every piece of the schedule on the registration form. However, if a complimentary event is included on the registration form, it is still important for you to register for these sessions if you intend to attend. While there is no additional cost involved, registering helps provide accurate headcounts to ensure we have adequate seating to accommodate guests.

Family Weekend requires pre-registration and pre-purchase. A very limited amount of additional space for walk-ins will be available at some events.

Additional Costs

The Fall Harvest Dinner (Saturday, September 24), chocolate class, and painting class include an additional charge. You must register and pay for these sessions in advance; there will be a check-in table to ensure all guests pre-registered.

Athletic contest tickets are also an additional cost, but will be purchased at the stadium the day of the event. 

Students can use their meal cards to purchase tickets to the Harvest Dinner. The fee for only the student's dinner (not the whole family) would then be deducted from their meal plan automatically. Meal tickets for all dinner guests will be handed out at check-in.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds for meal tickets will only be refunded until September 9 at 5:00 p.m.. Registration fee will still be refunded if cancellation notification is received by September 16 at 5:00 p.m. to alumni@geneseo.edu. No refunds of any kind will be offered for reservations after September 16, 2016.


Information on local accommodations

For more information on hotels, travel to the area, and taxi services, please visit our Local Accommodations webpage.

Please note: As of June 1, 2016, many of the hotels directly in the town of Geneseo are full. There are ideas for alternative arrangements on the page linked above. However, we have also booked a block of rooms at the RIT Inn & Conference Center; mention that your group is making reservations for "SUNY Geneseo Family Weekend" to receive the discounted rate.


You may also be interested in Livingston County Tourism or the Rochester Visitors Association for more information on accommodations and attractions in the surrounding area.

when you arrive...


After 5 p.m. on Friday, and all day Saturday, all standard spots in campus lots are available for your parking needs. Please refrain from using handicap or metered spots unless necessary. View a Geneseo parking map


Check-in is from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on September 23, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 24 at Family Weekend Headquarters in the MacVittie College Union Lobby. You will receive any meal tickets, additional information, and your Family Weekend giveaway at this time.

If you arrive after check-in closes on Friday evening, you can come to Family Weekend Heaquarters on Saturday to pick up your materials.

other questions?

Please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 585-245-5506 or send an e-mail to alumni@geneseo.edu.