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New Student Programs

The Department of Student Life offers a variety of new student programs that are the key to a successful start as a member of the Geneseo community. These programs are designed to introduce new students to the many academic and co-curricular opportunities that our campus has to offer.

For first-year and transfer students, the introduction to Geneseo begins with Orientation and Weeks of Welcome, which take place prior to the start of classes each semester. The first part of Orientation is conducted virtually. Students are welcomed to campus in August to complete Orientation in small face-to-face groups where they can begin to make friends and build connections.

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Contact Us

Department of Student Life

1 College Circle, 321 MacVittie College Union
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (585) 245-5852

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More Information for New Students

New Student Checklist

Our New Student Checklist offers a clear list of everything you need to take care of before you start your first semester at Geneseo.

Also see the Office of Admissions' pages Hello, Admitted Knights! and First-Year Students: Next Steps After Your Deposit

Important Dates to Remember

Visit our Academic Calendar to familiarize yourself with important dates related to registration, deposit deadlines, the start of classes, and scheduled breaks.

Events and Activities

Visit the campus events calendar to learn more about upcoming events and save events of interest. Build yourself a custom email digest to alert you of upcoming events from departments or organizations you're interested in.

Visit the Orientation & Weeks of Welcome schedule of events to see what activities are happening for new students at the beginning of the fall semester.

Health Information

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

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

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 (585) 245-5588.

Preferred Name

SUNY Geneseo recognizes that some students wish to use a name other than their legal/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 Geneseo 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. Learn more about Geneseo's preferred name process

SUNY Information on Excelsior Scholarships

Geneseo's Office of Financial Aid will help students navigate all aid packages, including qualifying for New York State's newly announced Excelsior Scholarships. SUNY's guide to Excelsior scholarships.

Online Resources for New Students

CIT Information is available on how to use your Geneseo account, email, portal, Knightweb (registration, academics, financial info), Canvas (course management), and other online tools you will use every day at Geneseo.