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New Student Programs and Orientation

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

For incoming first year students and transfer students, the introduction to Geneseo begins with Orientation, which takes place prior to the start of classes each semester. Some of Orientation is conducted virtually prior to your arrival. We welcoming you back to campus to complete Orientation in small face-to-face groups where you can start to build connections to one another.  Please review the COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the most updated information for the SUNY Geneseo campus community. 

Check out the full Orientation and Weeks of Welcome Schedule of Events here.

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SUNY Geneseo Orientations

For 2021, Geneseo First Year and Transfer Student Orientation is beginning virtually over the summer and will culminate in the August in the days prior to the beginning of the semester.  For January Orientation, there will also be a virtual component with an in-person experience once you arrive to campus. Watch your email and stay tuned.

Contact Information

Department of Student Life

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

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Information for New Students

New Student Health Information

All new and transfer students registered for 6 or more credits are required to upload complete immunization and physical exam records prior to arriving on campus. Please pay special attention to the COVID-19 testing requirement and health screening attestation. 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.