January Orientation 2019

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, 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 Leader 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

January 21, 2019: Residence Hall Move-In for new students between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

January 21, 2019:  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Leadership & Service - GOLD registration required.  9:45am-3pm.

January 21, 2019: New Student evening programming. 5:30pm-8:30pm

January 22, 2019: New Student Orientation. 9am to 4:30pm.

January 23, 2019: Classes begin

Registering for Orientation

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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.  Families are not required to attend.

The Orientation program will begin on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 5:30pm in the MacVittie College Ballroom. New students will attend a dinner and evening activity on Monday night, which will get you connected to the campus and other new students!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 we will host our all-college orientation program where you will attend workshops, learn about resources and meet faculty and staff. 

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.

Registering for Classes

The Academic Planning and Advising office wants to make sure that new transfer students get schedules that will fit your degree.  Our priority is accurate planning and registration of classes you need to take for your major. 

For this reason, we hold back seats from current students registering for classes and save them for new transfer students.  We use these classes to provide you with courses for your major as well as general education. 

The only way that we can assure that transfer students get courses that they need is to pre-make schedules.  If we opened all seats and told transfer students to register themselves, they would most likely be blocked by other students registering for those seats.  The advisors who prepare transfer schedules have access to students’ records—including classes from the current semester that won’t show up on their Geneseo transcript until they are completed at the end of the term.  So advisors can override pre-requisites if they see that students are taking a required course currently at another college. 

The system isn’t perfect because advisors may not be able to anticipate individuals' work schedules and responsibilities, or preferences for one area of General Education over another.  For that reason, we offer an opportunity during Orientation (January 22) to adjust schedules for students who have changed their minds about their course of study or who can be helped with other necessary schedule adjustments.  We want to assure transfer students that this process is about resource management — making sure, as best we can, that transfer students get the classes they need.

What to Expect

During orientation, you will:

  • 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 below. 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!

Family Participation

Family members are welcome 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.  This is not required.  

The family orientation program will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 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 15, 2019.

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

Action Items

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

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.

Pay the Housing Deposit

If you plan to live on campus, you need to pay your $150 housing deposit online through KnightWeb, in person at the Student Accounts Office in Erwin Hall, or by telephone (585-245-5621). Once your deposit is paid, a housing application will appear in your Symplicity account (within 1-3 business days).

More information on how to pay and about housing.

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 22nd during orientation. 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 Office of Academic Advising and Planning at (585) 245-5541 to work out your class schedule in order to start classes.

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.  The office will be closed for the Holiday on Monday, January 21st, but will reopen on Tuesday, January 22nd. All student permits need to be purchased and affixed to vehicles by 4:00pm on Friday, January 25th. For more information check out the Parking and Transportation website.

Contact Us

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