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Transfer Students: Next Steps After Your Deposit

Welcome to Geneseo! Now that you've secured your place for the spring term, it's time to submit all documentation regarding the student code of conduct, health services, orientation and housing (if applicable). We look forward to having you join us this spring!

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Sturges Hall

Student Code of Conduct

The State University of New York mandates that each student who attends a SUNY college positively affirm that they will abide by their campus's Student Code of Conduct prior to attending that school. As such, each student must review and affirm Geneseo's Student Code of Conduct before attending Geneseo. The affirmation can be completed by visiting Sign in to the secure area using your Geneseo G number and PIN to complete the Code of Conduct. The affirmation page should be displayed automatically. If not, click on "Student Menu" and then click on the "Student Code of Conduct" menu item to read and review the Code, and complete the affirmation.

Health Services

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

New Student Health Requirements

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Susan Palmer, our EMR Technical specialist, at

Registering for Classes

Registration for incoming first year and transfer students is coordinated by the Office of Academic Planning & Advising. Advisors assist new students in registering for courses remotely throughout the late fall and winter. 

Students will receive an email from the Office of Academic Planning and Advising to their Geneseo email account prompting them to submit the Geneseo Course Registration Form. Using the information you provide, our advisors will draft your spring schedule for you. They will contact you regarding coursework, subjects you're interested in studying, possible scheduling restrictions, major requirements, and any additional information that is needed.

More information about course registration for new students can be found on the New Students Spring 2020 FAQs page.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is the chance to learn more about all Geneseo has to offer. You will have the opportunity to meet other new students, connect with Student Orientation Leaders (OLs) to ask your questions about what being a Geneseo student is really like, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about Geneseo’s majors and what to expect in class.

New Student Orientation consists of two main components: 

1) the New Student Orientation Canvas Online Course and

2) the In-Person, On-Campus two day Orientation.

Be on the lookout for your invitation to the Online Canvas Course in your Geneseo email. In-person Orientation for all new students will run January 28 & 29, followed by the start of Winter WOW (Weeks of Welcome) with classes beginning February 1. Most new students will move to campus on January 28, with Orientation events beginning in the afternoon.

Please visit New Student Programs hosted by the Department of Student Life for more information about orientation.

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For those who would like to live near other transfer students, Geneseo Residence Life is thoughtful about placement.  We have created communities in our residence halls for transfer students that are designed with their particular needs at the forefront.  They will have access to a Transfer Student Mentor (TSM) and will live with other transfer residents and those from a variety of class years.  TSMs are resident assistants specifically trained to help transfer students navigate the college experience.  View and tour all of our residence halls.

The next step in your process is selecting your housing preferences for Spring 2021.  To complete this, you will need to use Symplicity Residence which is the Residence Life housing software.  To log in, use your Geneseo username and password (your gmail ID), which were sent to you by the Admissions office after you paid your deposit.

Spring 2021 Housing Application is available November 1, 2020. Housing Applications are generally available 24-48 hours after the deposit is paid. The Housing Application includes the Roommate Preference Forms (RPFs) which are due no later than January 4, 2021.  When you complete the RPF, you will be prompted to read our Residential License.  All residential students are responsible for the rules and policies contained in the license.  While the Housing Agreements are for the full academic year you will be billed separately for each semester.  You will receive housing even if you do not complete your housing agreement, but our 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.  You will be able to learn your housing assignment through Symplicity Residence account during the last week of January 15, 2021.

Residence Life 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.

If you have any questions about the assignment process or housing at Geneseo, feel free to visit the Residence Life website or contact us at (585) 245-5726 or You can also head straight to the Symplicity Residence housing assignment software.  

Laptop Requirement

SUNY Geneseo requires all students to bring a Windows or Macintosh laptop computer to college. For a list of laptop minimum requirements, please visit our Computer Requirements page. For additional information about technology at Geneseo, visit the CIT HelpDesk or call us at (585) 245-5588.

Students with Disabilities

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 about our office and how to contact us.

Preferred Name

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.