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Dean of Academic Planning & Advising (DAPA)


The Office of Academic Planning & Advising serves all students at SUNY Geneseo, and to serve all students well, we must acknowledge that our culture remains one in which students of color, and especially black students, continue to face racial injustice. In line with President Battles’ May 31 avowal of Geneseo’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we affirm our support of those who denounce and actively resist racism and injustice. Our educational values in the liberal arts tradition ask us to think deeply and critically, to read broadly, and to act ethically and responsibly in our immediate and wider communities. To that end, we encourage all students to explore the ways Geneseo's curriculum teaches about identity, intersectionality, and human diversity.

The Office of the Dean of Academic Planning & Advising assists current students, faculty, and prospective students think about plans for successfully navigating Geneseo's curriculum. We celebrate student success every day, and we also publish the Dean's List and President's list at the end of each semester. We help students explore potential majors and "right size" a major that doesn't fit.  Advisors also assist students who have struggled academically through academic coaching and alignment with resources that help all students stay on track. 


News Items

New January 2022 students! Fill out your Spring 2022 course registration survey. Watch this video for details.


Effective Study Habits during Covid-19


Quick Q&A

Q. How do courses from other colleges transfer to Geneseo?

A. Use the Transfer Equivalency Databank to determine if and how a course might transfer in from other colleges.  

Q. I am a new student planning to start next semester. How soon will I get my class schedule?

A.  Advisors start to look over your academic record after you pay your deposit, but it takes a while to review transcripts and get everything in order.  Please make sure to submit AP scores and transcripts from any college from which you earned credits -- including courses you took as "dual enrollment" during high school. We start creating schedules for new students late in the prior semester, on a rolling basis. Faculty Registration  Advisors may outreach to you to discuss your schedule.  FAQs for new student registration.

Quick Links

Schedule an appointmentMeet with an Academic Peer MentorNEW STUDENT REG FAQSTransfer Equivalency DatabankGRADUATION ChecklistTeacher CertificationUNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN

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Contact Us

Academic Planning & Advising
106 Erwin Hall
One College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: 585-245-5541

Information for Current Students

P/F grading policy

Registering for Classes -- a quick overview!

Tips for Remote Studying during COVID-19

KOALA -- Knights Online Academic Learning Assistance (any questions you have about online learning)

Meet with an Academic Peer Mentor

Geneseo Learning Centers and Tutoring

Identity-based courses in Geneseo's curriculum

Academic Advising Overview

Academic Peer Mentors (APMs)

Dr. Saundra McGuire on the "Study Cycle" (a 7 minute video -- excellent!)

STAR-NY: Free SUNY-Wide Online Tutoring Sun-Thu, 7 to Midnight

Information for Faculty

P/F grading policy

Incomplete Grade Agreement 

Incomplete Grade Agreement (WORD)

Black Lives Matter Resources for Advisors (from NACADA)

Dr. Saundra McGuire on the "Study Cycle" (a 7 minute video -- excellent!)

Identity-based courses in Geneseo's curriculum

How to re-open a course for students who have Incomplete grades (CIT Canvas Guide)

Low Density Classroom Capacities

NAVIGATE Quick Start Guide


Information for New, Incoming, & Prospective Students

New Student Registration FAQs

New Transfer Students

Academic Advising Overview

Language Requirement & Placement Info

NAVIGATE Student App and "Study Buddies"

Exploring a major or "Undeclared" -- thoughts from the Dean

Dr. Saundra McGuire on the "Study Cycle" (a 7 minute video -- excellent!)

New Student Programs & Orientation

How will my courses transfer to Geneseo? (Databank)

Identity-based courses in Geneseo's curriculum

I need information about academic or housing accommodations (Office of Accessibility)

Appointments, Course Approvals, Major Changes

Because we have a reduced presence on Geneseo's campus, for now, our office is minimally staffed in Erwin 106, and we are monitoring email ( remotely. As a result, responding to Campus voice mail for Academic Planning & Advising may take more time than usual..

We strive to respond to questions within one-to-two business days. We are unable to schedule face-to-face meetings in Erwin 106.  However, we can schedule phone, Google Meet, and Zoom meetings between students and advisors from our office.  To schedule an appointment with the DAPA office, see "Schedule an Appointment" in the Quick Links at the top of this page.

To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, reach out to them directly by email.

Academic Planning & Advising is the office that manages changes of major, pre-approval of transfer courses, applications to graduate, and certification of degrees.  We also facilitate information flow, course registration, and degree audits for current graduate students in the School of Education and the School of Business.

Requests for changes of major are handled electronically. Please fill out the Change of Major (Google form). Not all questions will apply to your situation. Click "next" to forward to the appropriate page. When submitted and received, we will send the form for departmental approval.  Please email the DAPA office with questions.

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DAPA is responsible for Geneseo's early alert system, Navigate, providing training for faculty and staff and academic support for students.