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New Students Registration FAQs

Registering for classes? We've got you covered.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions from new students about registration. These answers have been updated for students entering Geneseo during the Fall 2021 semester. Please feel free to contact Academic Planning & Advising with questions regarding this process by calling 585-245-5541. We are excited that you will be joining us and look forward to supporting you on your academic journey.

As a new student, you’ll need to do the following to begin the registration process:

  1. Use your Geneseo email.
  2. Complete the Course Registration Survey (Advisors use this to build your schedule; sign onto the survey with your Geneseo email credentials). 
  3. Make sure that you have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct (most students do this when they start using their Geneseo email).

Please read below for additional information about the course registration and advising process for new students.

When do I register for classes & how will I know what classes to take?

For your first semester, we are going to schedule you for the courses you need because advisors who have reviewed your record are aware of the program and general education requirements you need to meet. But we need a little input from you, too.

All new students are required to complete the Course Registration Survey to be placed in a queue to have their schedules constructed. You will receive an email in late spring with instructions on how to complete the Course Registration Survey. 

Geneseo reserves seats in courses for incoming first year and transfer students to ensure you have access to the courses required in the necessary timeline for completing your degree. Because these seats are not available for current students, some courses may appear to be closed, but seats are added for new students over the summer.  Faculty advisors will prepare fall schedules for most new students during June and July, but they must have your completed course registration survey before starting your schedule.  

Summer Registration  Advisors (SRAs)  in the Office of Academic Planning & Advising may reach out to new students via phone or Geneseo email account if they have questions about your preparation for required courses.  Upon building your schedule, our SRAs will let you know how to reach them so that they can answer your questions about your fall course of study. Video conferencing with a summer advisor is available once schedules are completed.  Make sure you are accessing your Geneseo email account regularly. 

In future semesters you will have the opportunity to select your courses and register yourself in consultation with your assigned faculty advisor.

To get a picture of your academic program you may want to start looking at our student-friendly degree auditing tool, "Degree Works." Click on the Degree Works icon at (a white check on a green background). Incoming transfer credits will be posted once your transcripts arrive.

What do I need to do to prepare for registration?

  • You need to use your Geneseo email.
  • You will need to complete the Course Registration Survey to be registered for classes (sign onto the survey with your Geneseo email credentials). 
  • You must make sure that you have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct (most students do this when they start using their Geneseo email).


Completion of the survey will place you in a queue to have your schedule prepared by Summer Registration Advisors in the Office of Academic Planning & Advising. Send final copies of your official transcripts, complete with grades, to SUNY Geneseo’s Admissions Office. This includes:

  • Previous college credit.
  • College credit received through high school courses.
  • Your high school transcript and AP test scores.
  • AP scores should be submitted to SUNY Geneseo directly through the College Board.


Please note: SUNY Geneseo requires an official transcript (complete with final grades) from each college where you've received credit, even if you "attended" the course through your high school. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Planning & Advising at 585-245-5541.

Where do I find the Course Registration Survey?

The link to access your Course Registration Survey will be sent to your email address. It is included in the body of an email titled “Action Needed: SUNY GENESEO COURSE REGISTRATION SURVEY”. Please note: to access the survey, you must be logged in with your Geneseo credentials. 

Students who deposited prior to April 1st, 2021 will receive the email on April 1st. Students who deposit after April 1st, 2021 will receive the email within 48 hours of deposit.

When will I receive a copy of my first-semester course schedule?

New students are registered in the order they complete the Course Registration Survey. Summer Registration Advisors will notify students in June or July when their course schedule is prepared. 

We encourage you to download the “Navigate Student” App, where you will find a copy of your schedule and other campus resources.

What do I do if I want to make changes to my schedule?

Summer Registration Advisors make your first schedule for you because they are aware of college and program requirements, so we think you'll do well with the schedule they construct.  We know, however, that several reasons warrant the need to add or drop classes. These might include change of major, repeat coursework, family/childcare/work obligations, Division III sports, etc. For major changes, please contact your registration-advisor.  You will be able to make small tweaks on your own (a different section of a class, a preferred topic or alternate General Education course) during the open registration period two weeks before the semester starts and during the first week of classes.

We strongly advise that new students not make significant changes to their schedules without consulting an advisor or the Office of Academic Planning & Advising. Your first Geneseo schedule may include prerequisite courses for upper-level study or access to courses offered on a rotating basis.

Will my classes be in-person or online? 

A very small number of Geneseo’s courses will be offered in an “asynchronous online” mode.  If you are interested in online study, please add this information to the course registration survey. If you need to make changes after you receive a schedule, contact the Summer Registration Advisor who constructed your fall schedule.

I earned college credits during high school -- do they count?

High school students earn college credits in a variety of ways, and most count toward your degree program in one of three categories: general elective, General Education, and major requirements. The transfer articulation data bank will help you see how a course earned through another college transfers to Geneseo. If you don't see your course listed, an academic advisor will be articulating it once Geneseo receives your official transcript.

Advanced Placement Credits and International Baccalaureate credits depend upon the score you earned: again, some provide general elective credit, some provide General Education credit, and some count as courses toward the major. Geneseo accepts credits through CLEP only if you take a CLEP exam prior to matriculating at the College.

Please read the "all students" reminders about having your final transcripts and test scores sent to Geneseo. You can learn more about transferring "pre-college" credits on the Academic Planning & Advising website 

How can I find out how my credits have transferred in?

You can view your current transfer credits by logging into your Degree Works account. Prior coursework that has been entered into the system will display on your account. Courses that have not been articulated and those we have not received final transcripts for will not be reflected on Degree Works.

To access your Degree Works account, please go to and select “Degree Works” (green tile with a white check). Further directions are provided in the communication you received by the Office of New Student Programs.

Transfer students who want more information about how courses will transfer before accepting their offer to attend Geneseo should contact the Office of Admissions at 585-245-5571 to speak with a transfer admissions counselor.

How can I meet with an academic advisor before classes begin?

A core group of advisors working through the office of Academic Planning & Advising will be preparing your spring schedule.  This Summer Registration Advisor (SRA) will contact when your schedule has been completed.  The process includes opportunities  to have a Zoom or phone appointment with that SRA.    

When will I meet my assigned academic advisor?

You will be assigned a faculty advisor in your major within the first three weeks of the semester. This information will be posted to your Knightweb ( account when your faculty advisor is assigned.

If you have not selected a major, you will be matched with a faculty advisor who specializes in helping students think about choosing an academic direction. Upon choosing a major you will be reassigned to a faculty advisor in your new department. 

Students who are entering the college "Undecided" are directed to enroll in EXPL 101, a course that enhances advising information on choosing majors and career directions.

How will my schedule reflect my academic accessibility accommodations?

 If you have made a connection with the Office of Accessibility and your academic accommodations will affect your course scheduling, please communicate these needs to Dr. Fisk. She will work with the academic advisors to make sure these accommodations are taken into consideration when building your schedule.