January Orientation 2018

Welcome! January Orientation is designed to introduce you to Geneseo. You'll have an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff and begin to discuss your academic career and learn about the expectations of a Geneseo student, register for spring classes, meet with current students, and begin to build friendships through the offered activities at Orientation.

The Orientation staff encourages you to take full advantage of all that Orientation has to offer, including meeting your Orientation Advisor and fully participating in all events. We are excited to welcome you to our community, help ease your transition, and show you the many opportunities at Geneseo.

Important Dates

November 15, 2017: Registration opens for January Orientation (Closes on January 5, 2018)
January 11, 2018: Residence Hall Move-In for new students between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm
January 11, 2018: New Student Orientation program begins for residential students (off-campus and commuters are welcomed)
January 12-13, 2018: New Student Orientation for all students
January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) Day of Leadership & Service-Requires registration at GOLD.
January 16, 2018: Classes begin

Registering for Orientation

Registration for January Orientation opens on November 15, 2017. All students are required to check in for Orientation on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8 am in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Send in your official transcripts from any previous institutions immediately. 


January orientation is designed to introduce new students and their families to campus life and academic expectations. Each student will have an appointment with a faculty advisor to register for spring classes. Students should plan to attend the entire program and all events.

The Orientation program will begin on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:30pm in the MacVittie College Ballroom. New students will attend a transfer dinner and evening activity on Thursday night, which will get you connected to the campus and other new students!

Friday, January 12, 2018 we will host our all-college orientation program where you will meet with an advisor to make your classes, attend workshops, learn about resources and meet faculty and staff. The Orientation program will conclude on Saturday, January 13, 2018 with our campus-wide program creating safer communities and residence hall meetings (for our residential students).

If you are unable to attend orientation, your class schedule will be assigned by the Academic Advising Office. To contact them please visit the Academic Advising website.

The mandatory orientation fee of $75.00 includes materials, programs, advising, and meals for students. This fee is placed on your student bill.

Immunization and Physical Exam Records

If you are enrolled in 6 or more credits, you must complete the following by December 1st for Spring arrival. 
  • Print a copy of  Immunization Form (PDF) and Physical Form** (PDF) .
    • We can use our forms or your providers forms. 
    • See section to the right for REQUIRED immunization records.
  • Schedule an appointment with your health care provider.
  • Take the immunization and physical forms to your health care provider to complete. MUST BE IN ENGLISH
  • Go to and upload the completed immunization/physical forms under the Immunization Form section on the left navigation bar. 
  • Click on the Forms link on the left navigation menu.
  • Select the Immunization Form and complete the form
    • Enter the dates for your REQUIRED TWO MMR's and ONE meningococcal* 

Complete the following forms:

  • Consent for Treatment (18 years and older only)
  • High Risk Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire (What is the purpose of this?)
  • Health History Online Form
  • Consent for New York State Required Offer for HIV Testing
  • Consent to Participate in NYSIIS (19 years and older only)
  • Insurance Information
  • *Meningococcal Waiver 

International Students please go to

Family Participation

We encourage family members to attend January Orientation with their student. The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during their transition.

Family members can expect to gain an increased familiarity with campus life at Geneseo and be introduced to some of the faculty, staff and students who teach, advise, and guide students at Geneseo. Information about residence life, campus safety and security, academic support services, student health care, community expectations and tips on how to support students during their (and your) transition to college will also be provided at Family Orientation.

The family orientation program will take place on Friday, January 12, 2018. Parents and guests will be responsible for lunch on Friday as we are not charging a guest fee. Parents and guests who are here on Thursday night will be responsible for dinner on their own on as students dine together as part of their orientation program.

If you plan to attend with your student, please indicate this on the reservation form.

Should you need overnight accommodations, please visit the following sites for information about local accommodations:


Orientation/New Student Fee

The Orientation/New Student Fee is used to offset expenses associated with the College's registration and orientation activities for new students. It is assessed to all incoming students in their first semester at Geneseo and covers the cost of the orientation, “Last Stop Orientation,” Weeks of Welcome, as well as additional programming and events during their initial year. Students who do not attend all orientation events are still assessed the fee.

The deadline for orientation registration is January 5, 2018.

You cannot register for Orientation until you have:

  • Paid your college deposit and received the Admissions Office confirmation letter that contains your Geneseo email address and ID number
  • Affirmed the Student Code of Conduct
  • Submit complete immunization and physical exam records prior to arriving on campus

Code of Conduct

Every student at SUNY Geneseo is expected to adhere to the College’s Code of Conduct. New students cannot register for classes until they have read and affirmed the Code. The link below will take you to an abbreviated version of Geneseo’s Code of Conduct and instructions for affirmation.

You will need your Geneseo ID number to log into the Knightweb system to complete this procedure. Your ID is in the letter that you received from the Admissions Office after submitting your deposit to Geneseo.

After logging in to Knightweb, be sure to change your password and write down your new one in a safe place as you’ll be using it in the future. Affirm the Code of Conduct here.

What to Expect

During orientation, you will:

  • Register for your spring classes
  • Meet with faculty advisors who can answer your questions about majors, core requirements, etc.
  • Meet other new and transfer students at Geneseo
  • Meet Geneseo faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Learn about campus life from current Geneseo students
  • Explore ways to get involved in campus activities
  • Become familiar with Geneseo's campus
  • Get your Geneseo student ID card
  • Increase your confidence about entering Geneseo

What to Bring

Students should bring a list of the courses they are currently taking or have taken recently. Be sure to write down the college, the course number, credit hours, and the course title. We may not have this most recent information in your folder, so bringing this list with you will be helpful when you talk to your advisor. (Your official transcripts should be sent directly to Geneseo's Registrar Office, Erwin 102.)

Residential students will move into their residence halls on Thursday, January 11, beginning at 9:00am. You will receive you housing assignment electronically at the beginning of January. When you arrive to campus you will go directly to your assigned residence hall and move your items into your assigned room. After attending orientation you will have a few days to set up your room, purchase your books, and explore the campus and village before classes begin on Tuesday, January 16.

What to do Before You Arrive

People working at computers Every student must affirm the college's Code of Conduct. Students must complete this affirmation before registering for classes, so you should read the Code and do the survey before arriving on campus. You will also need to submit your immunization and physical exam records. Instructions for both of these items are listed above. You will want to take a look at the course offerings for spring semester. You can do this through KnightWeb or by going to The Master Schedule. Don't try to construct a schedule - you'll be doing that with your advisor - but write down some courses that interest you (especially an INTD105). The website for Academic Advising and Planning office also has a link to the College Bulletin, which provides information on general education courses and requirements for specific majors.

Also, be sure to sign up for the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Day of Leadership and Service through our GOLD website!  It is a great opportunity to start the year off right by giving back to our community!

Foreign Language Exam

If there is a chance you will be taking a foreign language course at Geneseo - to fulfill the graduation requirement, as part of a major/minor, or as an elective - you should plan to take the placement exam. Placement exams will be available on Friday, January 12th. For more information on the placement exams, please contact the department at (585) 245-5247.

Please note that the French, Spanish, and German tests are computerized. Paper versions are available for Italian and Latin.

Students and Family Members with Disabilities

SUNY Geneseo would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied access, or otherwise treated differently from any other individual attending Orientation. Please contact us about accommodations at your earliest convenience, but no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of your orientation session, to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements.

Contact the Office of New Student Programs at or Disability Services at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I cannot attend Orientation?

A: If you cannot attend January Orientation, you will need to contact the Dean of Academic Advising and Planning at (585) 245-5541 to work out your class schedule in order to start classes on Tuesday, January 16th.

Q: When and where do I get a parking pass?

A: Parking and Transportation office is located in Schrader Hall 19. You will need to bring your vehicle registration with you to purchase a permit. Permits can purchased on Thursday, January 11th or Friday, January 12th. The office will be closed for the Holiday on Monday, January 15th, but will reopen on Tuesday, January 16th. All student permits need to be purchased and affixed to vehicles by 4:00pm on Friday, January 19th. For more information check out the Parking and Transportation website.

Contact Us

Office of New Student Programs
220 Erwin Hall
(585) 245-5852