Class of 2017 E-Lert, Issue 2

Geneseo welcomes you home 

As we prepare for your arrival at Orientation we invite you to view our welcome video on behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Geneseo. Featured in the video is a co-ed a cappella group, Between the Lines, your 2013 Orientation Advisors, and several students, faculty, and staff.  Enjoy! 



The Geneseo website, specifically Orientation & First-Year Programs, and your Geneseo e-mail are just a few of the many ways to connect with Geneseo.  How else can you be informed?  Check out our social media platforms--engage with us!


Join the Class of 2017 Facebook group!  Many of you have already joined this group, since it has over 500 members.  If you haven't joined yet, it's not too late.  It's a great way to connect with other new students in your class, see who is attending what Orientation session, ask questions, and even meet our Orientation Advisors


Follow @GeneseoFYP on Twitter!  You'll get the latest updates and information about what's happening on campus.  By following, you'll learn interesting Geneseo facts and connect with other new and returning students who are twitter users. Maybe we'll even retweet you! 

Follow GeneseoFYP.  Learn more about Geneseo and what resources are available to you as a new students.  Your OAs will be sharing information with you on our blog.  



What is General Education?

The General Education curriculum at SUNY Geneseo provides the broad knowledge and fundamental skills that are the necessary possession of an educated citizen and the proper foundation for specialized study in a particular discipline.  In doing so, Geneseo's General Education curriculum advances the mission of the College.

General Education Requirements:

MathematicsR/Choose one course from R/ list 3-4
Basic Communication INTD 105: Writing Seminar: (subtitle) 3
Natural Sciences I Lecture and LabN/ PREF 1Choose lec/lab, first prefix, from N/ list 3-4
Social Sciences IS/ PREF 1Choose one course, first prefix, from S/ list 3
Fine Arts IF/ PREF 1Choose one course, first prefix, from F/ list 3
American HistoryU/Choose one course from U/ list 3
Other World CivilizationsM/Choose one course from M/ list 3

Geneseo Breadth Requirements:

Natural Sciences II Lecture and LabN/ PREF 2Choose lec/lab, second prefix, from N/ list 3-4
Social Sciences IIS/ PREF 2Choose one course, second prefix, from S/ list 0-3
Fine Arts IIF/ PREF 2Choose one course, second prefix, from F/ list 0-3
Humanities I  HUMN 220: Western Humanities I 4
Humanities II  HUMN 221: Western Humanities II 4
Foreign LanguageLANG 101 Choose language from L/ list 0-3
 LANG 102 Choose language from L/ list 0-3
 LANG 201 Choose language from L/ list 0-3



Learn more about the General Education & Liberal Arts Breadth requirements before you arrive.  Begin to explore your major requirements.   


Follow the link here to take a look at Knightweb before you use it at orientation!  Begin to prepare for orientation by looking up classes that you might be interested in taking to fulfill your general education requirements.   


Foreign Language Placement Exam

We know, we know - the last thing you want to do is take more exams. But it's important; foreign language placement test scores are integral to your advising conversations at Orientation. Learn more about the foreign language placement exam.  You'll be able to take the exam on day 1 from 10:00am to 12:00pm or on day 2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Please note that you will only need approximately 30 minutes to complete the exam and you do not need to pre-register.  All exams will take place in Milne 104.    

Advanced Placement Credits 

See how your AP credits will translate to Geneseo and count towards your General Education requirements. Have you requested your AP scores to be sent to Geneseo?  If not, be sure to do so as soon as possible.  More information on how to request your AP scores can be found here.  Do you have IB or CLEP credits?  Click on the links below to see how your scores will translate to Geneseo.  

AP Credit

IB Score Credit

CLEP Score Credit 

Office Highlight – CIT HelpDesk

The CIT HelpDesk is the place to visit for password changes, printer accounting questions, and campus technology questions. The HelpDesk also offers carry-in computer support for all Geneseo students to assist with problems connecting to the Geneseo campus network, installing academic software, and campus printer installation.

HelpDesk Hours
Monday-Thursday    8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday                         8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Information
Phone: 585-245-5588
Twitter: @CITGeneseo
Facebook: CIT@Geneseo


Navigating dining on campus: Special Dietary Needs

We take special diets and allergies very seriously at Geneseo.  For anyone who follows a specific diet for health, medical, religious or lifestyle reasons, CAS is happy to meet with you one-on-one to work with you to accommodate your needs.

While we label all menu items with icons to denote whether they are gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian and we keep a customer accessible fridge and freezer stocked with gluten-free items in the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants, it is important to remember that we can only truly help the customers that reach out to us to discuss their needs.  If you have a specialty diet or any dietary concerns, please call our Nutrition & Wellness Coordinator Cory Hancock, RD CLC at 585-245-5569.  

 LATS ( Livingston Area Transportation Service)

LATS ( Livingston Area Transportation Service) offers a bus service that is free for Geneseo college students locally on a daily basis and also provides free service to the Rochester area on the weekends.  Local service can get you to many places around the village including Wegmans, Wal-Mart, and many offices and shops.  The weekend buses offer a ride to places like Market Place mall, East View mall as well as Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester.

LATS ( Livingston Area Transportation Service) has electronic signs which show arrival times of buses at some of the local stops along their route.  The signs are located in H parking lot, at the west end of the MacVittie College Union, south of Wayne Hall, inside the Milne Library main entrance and near the entrance to Wegmans shopping center.

Where’s my bus?  Put in the phone number of 585-351-2878 into your phone and then text message that number and include the bus stop number (up to four digits) to find out when the next bus is coming to that stop.

Summer Orientation Reminders

Getting excited for your orientation session?  If you submitted your reservation form and payment, please be sure you have confirmed your orientation session.  Our office would have sent a confirmation to your GENESEO e-mail.  As of June 14, there are only 10 days until the first orientation session.  Click HERE for a few last minute reminders before you arrive.  

Before you arrive to orientation, please be sure you have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct.  If not, you will not be able to register for classes.  

To help you out as you prepare for orientation we have created a New Student Checklist.  

Thanks for reading 

If you have any questions about Orientation & First-Year Programs, please contact us at or by calling 585-245-5852.  Watch for the next issue in early July!

This e-lert is a collaborative effort between the Office of Orientation & First-Year Programs and the Office of the Dean of the College.