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New Student Activities

Programs and activities to help new SUNY Geneseo students learn about the College and its programs, make new friends, and get involved.

Be sure to also check out the Orientation and Weeks of Welcome schedule.

Summer Experience

The Department of Residence Life offers four Summer Experience programs for incoming and returning students. Specific program availability may vary by year.


Summer Courses

SUNY Geneseo provides junior and senior high school students and accepted incoming Geneseo students the opportunity to take college-level courses taught by distinguished faculty over the summer. Earn college credits by immersing yourself in a course that engages and prepares you for post-secondary education.

Visit the Pre-College at Geneseo page for more information.

students working

New Student Convocation and First Knight

New Student Convocation & First Knight marks the official start of the academic year at Geneseo. Faculty and staff attend the event in academic regalia and welcome new students into the Geneseo community as they begin their academic career at Geneseo. This is an important part of the first-year experience. Convocation leads into First Knight, a lively celebration! Join us for fun, food, music and more!

New Student Convocation

Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a great way for new students to get involved and become part of the Geneseo experience. The activities offered (including our annual First Year Olympics) help to increase personal connections with other students, faculty and staff, and promote a sense of belonging.

Sliding down a water slide

Study Abroad Fair

Interested in studying abroad? Looking for volunteer opportunities? Come learn about all of the international opportunities you can take advantage of through SUNY Geneseo at the annual Study Abroad Fair (fair dates vary, see the Study Abroad website and the campus events calendar for more information).

Additionally, representatives from college and community organizations will be present to recruit volunteers and talk about their programs and services.

Study abroad fair

Knights First Day of Service

Knights First Day of Service is a program designed for new transfer and first-year students who will begin their studies at Geneseo in the fall. Knights First Day of Service is a volunteer effort that gives you the opportunity to give back to Geneseo and the surrounding community while meeting and working with other new students.

Students spend a Saturday morning in September at locations around Livingston County, helping people or programs in need--it could be painting a barn, cleaning up a trail in Letchworth State Park, serving a senior citizen, or organizing books at the library. We'll identify a project for you and you'll make new friends! Visit to learn more and sign up.

First day of service

Student Organization Expo

Student Organization Expo offers both new and returning students a "one-stop shopping" experience to get involved on campus. With more than 200 recognized clubs and organizations, this is one event you will not want to miss! Dates vary, see the Student Life website and the campus events calendar for more information.

Browse the student organization directory.

Student organization expo

Geneseo Late Knight (GLK)

Geneseo Late Knight is regularly scheduled, quality late-night entertainment during Thursday Evenings and the prime social hours of 10pm-2am every Friday and Saturday night while classes are in session. GLK provides opportunities for students to have fun, gain unique and exciting experiences in programming, leadership development, and responsible social interaction.

Late Knight offers a variety of programs such as arts and crafts, live entertainment, recreational sports, movies, dances, and many other social events catering to the interests of a diverse student population. You can check out the calendar of events to see what's coming up.


GOLD (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development)

The GOLD program seeks to prepare students for leadership roles and responsibilities in service to the College and the global community.

Our mission is accomplished through education, development, and training of students in an extensive series of personal development programs, institutes, leadership certificates, service learning, volunteer work and active engagement in college and community life. Visit for more information on upcoming opportunities!

GOLD leadership members

MidKnight Breakfast

MidKnight Breakfast is a fall semester tradition! Celebrate the end of your first semester by having faculty and staff cook and serve you breakfast. Organized by the first-year class officers, MidKnight Breakfast promises to be a night of relaxation, fun, and a chance to enjoy the company of your friends! Now in it's nineteenth year, MidKnight Breakfast will take place in December at Food Studio North in Letchworth dining hall.