Next Steps for Admitted First-Year Students

Geneseo students

Congratulations on your admission to SUNY Geneseo! To get started on your next journey, follow the steps below.

1. Visit Geneseo!

We'd love to get to know you better and show you around campus.

2. Pay your deposit
  • Log into the Application Status Portal
  • Choose the option I accept my offer, and you will be prompted to pay your deposit.
  • Follow the prompts to submit your enrollment and housing deposit - $175.
  • The Early Action, Regular Decision and EOP deposit deadline is May 15, 2024.

If you cannot access the portal, please contact the admissions office.

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.

4. Apply for financial aid.

After you accept your place and set up your account

5. Send your transcripts from any pre-college courses

Students may transfer a maximum of 45 credits completed while concurrently enrolled in high school. Of these, 30 credits may be AP, IB, and CLEP credits.

To receive credits, you must request an official transcript be sent to Geneseo from the institution where you took the courses. For AP/IB/CLEP exams, you must request official score reports from the testing agency.

Visit transfer of pre-college academic credit for more information and instructions.

6. 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

7. Apply for Housing

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 within 24 business hours after you've made your deposit. The housing application will open on April 1st.

To log into the housing system, use your Geneseo username and password, 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 by August 1st.

Keep the deadline in mind and review the rules.

Roommate preference forms are due by June 1. When you complete the housing 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

8. Register for classes

New first year students register for classes at SUNY Geneseo with the help of the Office of Advising.

Visit the New Student Registration page for more information.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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 or 585-245-5211.

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