New Student Registration FAQs

New students often have questions about registration.  Take a look at the Q&A page; for any other questions, contact Academic Planning & Advising at or 585-245-5541. 

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.

Need classes for Fall 2022? We've got you covered.

What does my summer advisor need from me?
  1. Activate your Geneseo email account (you will find the link in the email account you used to apply to Geneseo).
  2. By activating your email, you will affirm the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Sign into your Geneseo email.
  5. Click the link "Complete the Course Registration Survey" (Advisors use this to build your schedule; sign onto the survey with your Geneseo email credentials). 
Can I make my own schedule?

Not in your first semester.

Summer registration advisors will check to make sure you have the pre-requisites for the courses you need and find the right classes for your degree program.  We set aside seats for new students to make sure you will get the courses you need.  After your schedule is drafted, you'll have a chance to review it with the summer advisor.  We've found that this process works best for new students. 

Can I view available courses?

Here's the Course Schedule -- you can also see this through my.Geneseo by clicking the Registration/Browse classes tile.

How do I view my schedule?

Check out the Geneseo portal, MyGeneseo.  Your advisor will let you know when your schedule is ready to review.

Why don't I have a "Time Ticket"?

New students are issued time tickets in August in case you wish to make changes in your schedule -- but we strongly recommend reaching out to your summer advisor before dropping any courses.  If you drop a course, there's no guarantee that you will be able to get a seat in that course again (another student might add your dropped seat!).

How do I meet with an advisor?

Wait until you hear from your summer registration advisor; they can set up a meeting with you.  At the start of the semester, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your major or an advisor who assists students still deciding on a major.  You can find out who that advisor is once classes start by looking at my.Geneseo or your Degree Works page.





Have you filled out your registration information form?

Check your Geneseo email for "Action Needed: Geneseo Registration Form" -- fill it out so that your advisor can get started on your schedule.

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

We schedule your first semester courses because advisors reviewing your record know your degree, major, and general education requirements. But we need your input first.

All new students must complete the Course Registration Survey to be placed in a queue (list) to have their schedules constructed. You will receive an email to your Geneseo email account within a few days after your deposit is received that provides instructions on how to complete the Course Registration Survey

Geneseo reserves "seats" in courses for the incoming first-year and transfer students to ensure they have access to the required classes to complete their degrees on time. Some courses may appear closed because these seats are not available for current students but are added for new students before the registration period ends. Summer faculty advisors will prepare your schedule in June and July. Advisors use your course registration survey responses to make your schedule.  

Summer advisors in the Office of Academic Planning & Advising may reach out to new students via phone or Geneseo email account if they have questions.  When your schedule is ready, your summer advisor will let you know how to reach them to review your new course schedule. Make sure you are accessing your Geneseo email account regularly for communication from your registration advisor.

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

To get a picture of your academic program, start looking at our student-friendly degree auditing tool, "Degree Works." Incoming transfer credits will be notified when your transcripts arrive.

DegreeWorks is a web-based planning tool to help students and advisors monitor students' progress toward degree completion.

To enter Degree Works, start by entering MyGeneseo. Then click on the Degree Works icon.

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Where do I find the Course Registration Survey?

The link to access your Course Registration Survey is sent to your email address. The link is included in the body of an email titled "Action Needed: SUNY GENESEO COURSE REGISTRATION SURVEY."

Please note: To access the survey, you must log in with your Geneseo credentials.

Academic Advisement

These resources will help you understand transfer credits, AP & IB , and degree planning. Find important information in the Undergraduate Bulletin - not a schedule but descriptions of every course.

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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 are matched with a faculty advisor who specializes in helping students think about choosing an academic direction. After selecting a major, you are reassigned to a faculty advisor in your new department. 

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

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. Your Registration Advisor (SRA) will contact you when your schedule is complete. The process includes opportunities to have a Zoom or phone appointment with that advisor. 



My Schedule

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How will my schedule reflect my academic accessibility accommodations?

 If you have connected 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 considered when building your schedule.

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. Your registration advisor can discuss the feasibility of online offerings with you after they build your schedule.

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

We think you'll do well with the schedule your academic advisor constructs.  However, we know that for several reasons you may want to add or drop classes.

Reason might include:

  • change of major (contact your registration advisor)
  • repeat coursework
  • family/childcare/work obligations
  • Division III sports
  • And more.

In addition, 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 Drop/Add week (See the Academic Calendar for specific dates)

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.

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

If you missed this answer before...

New students are registered in the order they complete the Course Registration Survey. Please be sure to check your Geneseo email account regularly for communication from our summer registration advisors who are helping to create your schedule.

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


Transfer Credit

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

High school students earn college credits in various 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 before matriculating (enrolling) 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 are not articulated and those we have not received final transcripts for will not be reflected on Degree Works.


DegreeWorks is a web-based planning tool to help students and advisors monitor students' progress toward degree completion.

To enter Degree Works, start by entering MyGeneseo. Then click on the Degree Works icon.

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