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New Student Programs and Orientation

The Office of New Student Programs is 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. Much of Orientation was conducted virtually over the summer. We look forward to 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 Fall 2020 Restart Geneseo Plan for the most updated information on re-opening plans. 

Orientation's move from summer to August is new -- check out the full Orientation and Weeks of Welcome Schedule of Events.

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SUNY Geneseo Orientations

For 2020, 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. Watch your email and stay tuned.

Contact Information

Office of New Student Programs

1 College Circle, 220 Erwin Hall
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. 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.