Next Steps for Admitted First-Year Students

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Geneseo students

Congratulations on your admission to SUNY Geneseo! To confirm your place in the class and get started on your next journey, follow the steps below.

1. Accept your offer of admission

To accept your place in the class, return to your Application Status Page and complete the "Reply to Offer of Admission."

After you choose the option I accept my offer, the option to pay your deposit will be available.

Please submit your enrollment deposit no later than May 1, 2023.

2. Submit your enrollment deposit

1. Log into the Application Status Portal. If you cannot access the portal, please contact our admissions office.

2. Pay your deposit.

  • All deposits are paid online through the application status portal.
  • Once you have logged in to the portal, please choose the option I accept my offer, and you will be prompted to pay your deposit online.
  • Submit your $175 enrollment deposit.
  • Early action and regular decision deposit deadlines are May 1, 2023. Please note that regular decision includes EOP.
3. Create your myGeneseo account

After you submit your deposit, you will receive an email within 24-48 hours directing you to set up your myGeneseo account. This is where you’ll set up your Geneseo student email and access your student portal.

When you set up your account, you will be asked to affirm the student code of conduct. In addition, please change your initial password, provide a recovery email address (in case you forget your password), and add one or more parent/family email addresses (optional, but recommended -- this is so your family member(s) can receive important parent and family communications from the college).

4. Apply for financial aid if you haven't already

After you accept your place and set up your account

5. Upload your immunization and physical exam records

All new and transfer students registered for 6 or more credits are required to upload immunization and physical exam records prior to arriving on campus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact health@geneseo.edu.

6. Tell us your housing and roommate preferences 

There are lots of housing options.

Geneseo offers unique living-learning communities where students with similar interests live in the same building and participate in special activities related to the LLC's focus.

Let us know who you'd like to live with, and where.

In order to secure your housing, you will need to send us your housing preferences. This is done by completing a housing agreement called the "Roommate Preference Form." This form is generated in our housing system within 24 business hours after you've made your deposit.

To log into the housing system, use your Geneseo username and password (your Gmail ID), which were sent to you by the admissions office after you paid your deposit.

You will be able to see what your housing assignment is in your housing account starting in the last week of July.

Keep the deadline in mind and review the rules.

Roommate preference forms are due by June 1. When you complete the form, you will be prompted to read our residential license. All residential students are responsible for the rules and policies in the license. Housing agreements are for the full academic year, but you will be billed separately for each semester.

You will receive housing even if you don't complete your housing agreement, but the system will not have information to match you with a roommate who shares your habits and preferences.

We assign incoming students to housing in deposit date order and availability of space on campus.

If you have any questions about the assignment process or housing at Geneseo, visit the residence life website or contact Residence Life at (585) 245-5726 or reslife@geneseo.edu

7. Register for classes with a faculty advisor

Registration for incoming first year and transfer students is coordinated by the Office of Academic Planning & Advising.

Faculty advisors assist students registering for courses remotely.

Using the information provided in your orientation registration, a faculty advisor will build your schedule. They will be in contact with you regarding coursework, subjects you're interested in studying, possible scheduling restrictions, major requirements, and any additional information that is needed. 

8. Get your laptop and download the Navigate app

SUNY Geneseo requires all students to bring a Windows or Macintosh laptop computer to college.

For a list of laptop minimum requirements, please visit the computer requirements page. For additional information about technology at Geneseo, visit the CIT HelpDesk or call 585-245-5588.

Download the Navigate Student App on your mobile device and explore Geneseo’s resources.

9. Get ready for orientation

Orientation is the start of your journey here at Geneseo. For first-year students starting in the fall, orientation usually happens at the end of August.

During orientation, You will connect with groups of current and new students, learn more about your academic department and meet faculty, discover campus organizations, events, and resources, and begin to complete final tasks to get you closer to a successful start at Geneseo.

More information about orientation will be sent to you by email closer to the event. You can also visit the orientation website.

Contact the office of accessibility services for accommodations (if needed)

Geneseo provides equal access to all of its programs and activities for students with permanent or temporary cognitive, emotional and/or physical disabilities who present current and proper documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services.

We encourage students to contact us as soon as possible in order to make sure accommodations are in place at the start of the semester. Visit the Office of Accessibility Services website for more information and contact details.

Designate a preferred name (optional)

SUNY Geneseo recognizes that some students wish to use a name other than their legal or official name of record in day-to-day use.

A preferred first name is one that you choose to be called that is different from your legal or official name of record. SUNY Geneseo allows you to do this by setting a Preferred First Name with the Registrar’s Office. We recognize that some use the terminology of lived name over preferred name, but for now Geneseo uses the word preferred.

You can request a preferred name using the Preferred Name Request Form.

Geneseo will use your preferred name on campus in various systems including the online directory, class rosters, Knightweb, Canvas course learning management system, ID card, and others. 

Have questions?

We're here for you and your future. Please contact us at admissions@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5211.

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