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New Students Registration FAQs

Are you registering for classes? We've got you covered.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions from new students about registration. These answers are for students entering Geneseo during the Spring 2022 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. Finally, ensure that you have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct (most students do this when using their Geneseo email).

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


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.

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. Faculty advisors will prepare your schedule between November and January as seats become available. They must have your completed course registration survey before starting your schedule.  

Registration Advisors 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, your Registration Advisor will let you know how to reach them to answer questions about your new course schedule. In addition, video conferencing with an advisor is available once schedules are complete.  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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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 ensure that you have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct (most students do this when using their Geneseo email).

Completing the survey will place you in a queue to prepare your schedule by 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 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 login with your Geneseo credentials.

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. Registration Advisors will notify students between November and January as seats become available and 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?

Registration Advisors make your first schedule for you because they know 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. 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 the open registration period the week 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. Your registration advisor can discuss the feasibility of online offerings with you after they build your schedule.

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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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. 

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 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.