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New Student Programs and Orientation

The Office of New Student Programs is your key to a successful start as a new member of the Geneseo community.  Our programs are designed to introduce you to the many academic and co-curricular opportunities that our campus has to offer.

Students in all majors enjoy the tradition of a liberal arts education including the breadth and depth of study, critical thinking, understanding of people and cultures beyond their own communities, and taking responsibility for their own well-being.

As members of a residential academic community, first-year students benefit from proximity to faculty and staff and opportunities to develop as leaders and socially responsible citizens.

For incoming freshmen and transfer students, your introduction to Geneseo begins with our Orientation program, which takes place prior to the start of classes either in January for spring admits or June and July for fall admits. 

Stop by our office to say hello in Erwin 220 or the Erwin Commons in Erwin 119. On behalf of the New Student Programs team, we look forward to meeting you! 

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. 

New Student Health Requirements

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Susan Palmer, our 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 us at (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.  You can learn more details about Geneseo's preferred name policy at

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. Here is the information published on SUNY's web pages.

Online Resources for New Students

Check out the CIT Information 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.