New Student Orientation Schedule of Events

Fall 2022 Orientation for new students will begin the evening of Wednesday, August 24 and end on Sunday, August 28.

Orientation at Geneseo helps transition first-year and transfer students to the next steps of their academic and life journeys. It provides opportunities for students to acclimate to campus, make connections, foster a sense of pride in Geneseo, and establish a foundation for academic success. The aim of Orientation is to lay the groundwork for a happy and productive college experience.

Upcoming Events
July 12 : New Student Orientation Podcast is released
August 2 : New Student Orientation Canvas Course available. Accessible through myGeneseo or Canvas. Look for the course titled "New Student Orientation fall 2022".   
August 8 : Orientation Leaders begin virtual engagement with new students
*Information regarding access to the above items will be made available soon!

The Orientation Schedule can be found below! For ease of reading, you may select an individual day to view or the entire schedule (PDF)!

Wednesday, August 24: New Student Move In

Student Services Hours

CIT Helpdesk
8:00am-4:00pm
Fraser Library
Having computer issues? Need help connecting to the internet? Stop by Fraser Hall today for assistance! Looking to connect via chat? This is a link to the online Service Desk: Visit http://cit.geneseo.edu for hours during the semester.

 Parking
8:00am-4:00pm
Schrader Hall Room 19
Plan on having a car on campus or commuting? Be sure to review the Decals & Permits page! Permits will be available for sale starting Tuesday, July 5th.

Orientation Helpdesk
9:00am-7:00pm
MacVittie College Union Lobby
Got questions? Looking for directions? Not sure where you need to go for a specific session? Visit our Orientation Helpdesk in the College Union Lobby for all your Orientation needs.

8:00am-4:00pm | New Student Move-In | S Lot Welcome to Geneseo! We are so happy you’re here with us. Visit our Fall 2022 Move-In page for more information on when to show up, where to go, and what to bring. See you soon!

4:00pm- 7:00 pm | Free Time/Dinner on Your Own
Move-In can be exhausting! Use these next few hours to settle into your room, grab dinner with your family on Main Street, eat with your new friends in the dining hall, or take a last minute trip to Walmart for room essentials. Dining halls will be open for dinner!  Some of our favorite Main Street favorites are Aunt Cookies and Bar-Eat-O!

7:00pm-8:00pm | LLC Orientation | Residence Halls (On-Campus Residents Only)
MANDATORY for those students who are part of an Inquiry & Discovery or Exploratory LLC.  You'll meet in your residence hall to meet other members of the LLC, your RAs and LLC staff, discover the resources and events that are a part of your LLC experience, and learn what communal living is all about!

7:00pm-8:00pm | RA Connection Time | Residence Halls (On-Campus Residents Only)
MANDATORY for all on campus students not in an LLC.  Gather in a common area in your hall to meet your RAs and other hall staff, get to know your building and resources, and learn what communal living is all about!

8:15pm-11:00pm | First Knight Celebration! | Saratoga Field 
To mark your first night at Geneseo, come celebrate with us at Saratoga Field! Mingle with new friends, munch on tasty desserts, dance along to some tunes or enjoy inflatables! Events are sponsored by the Department of Student Life, Division of Student and Campus Life, Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA), Geneseo Late Knight, and Campus Scheduling and Events.

Thursday, August 25: First Full Day of Orientation

Student Services Hours

CIT Helpdesk
8:00am-4:00pm
Fraser Library
Having computer issues? Need help connecting to the internet? Stop by Fraser Hall today for assistance! Looking to connect via chat? This is a link to the online Service Desk: Visit http://cit.geneseo.edu for hours during the semester.

 Parking
8:00am-4:00pm
Schrader Hall Room 19
Plan on having a car on campus or commuting? Be sure to review the Decals & Permits page! Permits will be available for sale starting Tuesday, July 5th.

 Orientation Helpdesk
8:00am-10:00am
MacVittie College Union Lobby
Got questions? Looking for directions? Not sure where you need to go for a specific session? Visit our Orientation Helpdesk in the College Union Lobby for all your Orientation needs.


7:30am-8:30am | Sunrise Sweat Sesh! | Various Locations
Rise and shine, it’s movement time! Start your first day of Orientation off right and get your body moving! Join a few of our faculty and staff members as they lead different exercise classes! Check back for more information about our exercise offerings for the day!

7:30am-9:30am | Breakfast on Your Own | Dining Halls
You’ve got a long day ahead of you! Be sure to fuel your body with some delicious food from one of our dining halls before the day starts.

9:45am-10:00am | Thursday Preview | Schrader Gymnasium
Welcome to your first official day of the New Student Orientation program! Together, in conjunction with the Orientation Lead Team, we will review the schedule and exciting activities planned for the day!

10:00am-10:30am | Welcome to Geneseo! | Schrader Gymnasium
We are thrilled to welcome you to the Geneseo community! Hear from some of our campus leaders as they share advice and encouragement for the start of your Geneseo experience.

10:45am-11:45am | Orientation Group Time | Orientation Group Locations
Meet your Orientation group for the first time! For the next hour, you will spend time meeting your new peers and learning more about Geneseo!

12:00pm-1:00pm | Lunch with Your Orientation Group | Dining Halls
Enjoy lunch with the members of your Orientation group at one of our dining halls! Meal plan, retail dollars and credit cards are accepted.

1:15pm-2:30pm | Title IX Talks: Health, Safety & Support Services | Schrader Gymnasium
Students will participate in an interactive and engaging format to learn about community responsibility, healthy behaviors, and safe partying. Students will receive information on important policies, resources and support that pertain to Title IX and the student conduct process. 

2:30pm-3:15pm | Micro-stretch and Snacks | MJ Patio
It’s time to get up and move around! Join us on the field outside Schrader Gymnaisum for a snack and microstretch.

3:15pm-4:15pm | College 101 with the Dean of Students and the Office of Academic Planning & Advisement | Orientation Group Locations
Designed to assist first year students in their transition, hear from the Dean of Students and the Office of Academic Planning and Advisement as they offer tips and tricks for your academic success.

3:15pm-4:15pm | Transfer Transition Talk | Newton Hall
The needs and interests of transfer students vary from those of first year students. This session will focus on assisting transfer students in their transition and acclimating them to campus resources.

4:30pm-6:00pm | New Student Picnic: The Taste of New York | MacVittie College Union Plaza 
Join us for a lovely picnic on the Macvittie College Union Plaza! Featuring local favorites, be sure to fill your plate with foods special to regions of New York! 

6:30pm-7:30pm | New Student Convocation | Schrader Gymnasium
New Student Convocation marks the College’s official welcome to campus and the start of your career at Geneseo! You will join your peers, along with faculty and staff, for this memorable moment at various locations around campus. 

7:30pm-8:00pm | Orientation Group First Day Check-In | Orientation Group Locations
What a fun and informative first day! With your Orientation Group, take some time to reflect on today’s activities and check-in with yourself! How are you feeling? What questions do you have? What things might need more clarification?

8:00pm-10:30pm | Little Bit of Late Knight | Various Locations
Check out all the fun activities you can look forward to during the year. We will have arts & crafts activities, a game show and Casino Knight. Take an inside look at what Geneseo Late Knight has to offer!

10:30pm - 11:30pm | Free Money Game Show | Schrader Gymnasium
Calling all pop-culture fanatics! Go wild in a “Name That Tune” style trivia game covering music, movies and TV. You have the chance to win up to $200 in CASH!

10:45pm | Late Night Campus Tour | Locations: TBD
See campus in a different light! Join our Orientation Leaders in a late night tour around campus, complete with glow sticks and cool Geneseo facts!

Friday, August 26: Second Full Day of Orientation

Student Services Hours

CIT Helpdesk
8:00am-4:00pm
Fraser Library
Having computer issues? Need help connecting to the internet? Stop by Fraser Hall today for assistance! Looking to connect via chat? This is a link to the online Service Desk: Visit http://cit.geneseo.edu for hours during the semester.

Parking
8:00am-4:00pm
Schrader Hall Room 19
Plan on having a car on campus or commuting? Be sure to review the Decals & Permits page! Permits will be available for sale starting Tuesday, July 5th.

Orientation Helpdesk
8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-3:15pm
MacVittie College Union Lobby
Got questions? Looking for directions? Not sure where you need to go for a specific session? Visit our Orientation Helpdesk in the College Union Lobby for all your Orientation needs.


7:30am-8:30am | Sunrise Sweat Sesh! | Various Locations
Rise and shine, it’s movement time! Start your second full day of Orientation off right and get your body moving! Join a few of our faculty and staff members as they lead different exercise classes! Check out the classes below!

7:30 am- 9:00am | Breakfast | Dining Halls
Food is the key to sustaining your energy throughout the day ! Be sure to fuel your body with some delicious food from one of our dining halls before the day starts.

9:00am-9:15am | Friday Preview | Schrader Gymnasium
Welcome to the second full day of New Student Orientation! We have a fun-filled day planned for each of you. Today is all about choices!

9:30am-10:25am | Academic Presentations | Various Locations
Are you interested in learning more about the majors offered at Geneseo? Are you looking for an opportunity to interact with department faculty? Have specific questions? Be sure to check out some of the academic department presentations! Each student will have an opportunity to visit 3 academic department presentations. Presentations are 15 minus long each.

10:15am-11:15am | Mid-Day Snack | Bailey Atrium

Don’t forget to grab a quick snack in-between sessions in the Bailey Atrium!

10:30am-12:05pm | Design Your Geneseo Experience | Various Locations
One of the main goals of Orientation involves learning more about resources and discovering new experiences. This session will operate on a rotation schedule of four 20 minute sessions. Students will have the choice to attend sessions that address their needs and interests, thus tailoring your experience.

12:05pm-2:00pm | Lunch in Your Orientation Group | Dining Halls
Enjoy lunch with the members of your Orientation group! Meal plan, retail dollars and credit cards are accepted!

12:00pm-3:30pm | Break/Free Time | Various Locations
The morning was busy with opportunities to explore campus offerings and learn more about our academic departments. Use this time to process the morning's activities and recharge by visiting some of our student lounges in the College Union!

12:30pm-2:00pm | Student Services Expo | College Union Lobby
We’re here to help! The Student Services Expo gives you the opportunity to learn more about the student services available to you and meet the individuals who will support you on your journey!

1:00pm-2:00pm | Optional Campus Tour | MacVittie College Union Lobby 

  • Is it your first time on campus? Need a refresher on where the dining halls are located? Join one of our Orientation Leaders to explore campus and the surrounding areas. Tours will leave from the MacVittie College Union Lobby at 1:00pm.

2:15pm-3:15pm | Curating Community On Your Floor | Residence Halls
Mandatory for all residential students!
Living in a residence hall is unlike any other living arrangement you'll experience.  Use this session to learn how to make the most of the community of peers with whom you share space and learn about resources that are unique to the residential environment at SUNY Geneseo.

3:30pm-4:45pm | Creating an Inclusive Campus Community (CICC) | Orientation Group Locations
Mandatory for all new first and transfer students. Attendance will be taken-It is imperative that you attend with your Orientation group. This event provides an important opportunity to lay the foundation for an inclusive and welcoming campus community. Creating and sustaining an inclusive community relies on all members of our diverse community. Let’s embrace our Community Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: “Together, we commit ourselves to pluralism, cultivating a community that respects difference and promotes a sense of inclusion and belonging.” 

5:00pm-5:30pm | G Photo | College Stadium
An annual tradition, the G Photo is photographic documentation of the start of your journey at Geneseo! Often a photo that is looked back on for years, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of history. Make your way to Geneseo’s stadium to be a part of this tradition and wear your blue and white!

5:30pm-7:00pm | Dinner On Your Own | Dining Halls
It’s been a long day of programming and connecting. Enjoy dinner on your own, with your roommate or new friends at one of our dining halls.

7:00pm-8:30pm | Orientation Leader (OL) Talent Show | Schrader Gymnasium
Come see your Orientation Leaders battle it out in Geneseo’s Orientation Leader Talent Show! You will get to watch the OLs perform their best talents for all the new students. Come prepared to cheer on your favorite OL with signs, pom poms, and your voices! The winner of the talent show is in your hands! Make sure you follow @geneseo_orientation to vote on your favorite act!

8:30pm-9:00pm | Snack Break! | Schrader Gymnasium
Watching a talent show can be exhausting! Grab a quick snack in the Wadsworth Auditorium Lobby!

9:00pm-10:30pm | The Price is What!? Game Show | Schrader Gymnasium
Bring your shopping knowledge to guess the cost of everyday items! Closest guess to the actual prize of the item is the winner! You won’t want to miss out on your chance to win over $500 worth of items! 

Saturday, August 27: Exploration Saturday

Student Services Hours

CIT Helpdesk
12:00pm-5:00pm
Fraser Library

Parking
10:00am-4:00pm
Schrader Hall Room 19

 


10:00am-11:00am | Book Discussion | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Each year, faculty and staff come together to choose a book that will introduce students to the rigorous and interconnected academic environment at SUNY Geneseo. This year that book is:
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by David Evans and Bill Burnett.  A Geneseo donor has purchased books for all incoming students, which were mailed in early August.  During Orientation, Faculty, staff and students from a variety of Living-Learning Communities and the Access Opportunity Program get together to discuss the book. No need to finish the whole book! Read what you can and come participate in a valuable discussion.

11:00am-2:00pm | Orientation Brunch | Dining Halls
Happy Saturday! You’ve had a busy few days! Enjoy your morning by sleeping in and grabbing some brunch at one of our dining halls.

11:00am-1:00pm | Service Saturday: Do Your Part! | Various Locations
Student volunteerism and service are critical components of the Geneseo experience. Spend part of your Saturday giving back! Check back for more information regarding the specific activities.

1:00pm-2:30pm | KnightLife Live | Schrader Gymnasium
Join us for a forum theater presentation written by students, for students! Featuring the Orientation Leaders and you, let’s work through issues that may arise in your first year together and learn about the campus resources who are here to help.

1:00pm-2:30pm | Transfer Student Success Panel | Newton Hall 202
Your transition to Geneseo is a period of adjustment. Hear from current transfer students about different ways to get involved and how to make the most of your Geneseo experience. 

3:00pm-8:00pm | Off-Campus Excursions | Off Site Locations
Now is your chance to see some of what Western NY has to offer! Be sure to check your email for sign up information! Spaces are limited! Food will be provided for those going on the trips. Return to campus times may vary!

3:00pm-7:00pm | On-Campus Saturday Extravaganza | MacVittie College Union
You don’t need to leave campus to have fun! Come to the MacVittie College Union for a variety of activities such as escape rooms, bowling and more!

9:00pm-10:30pm | Let’s Glow Crazy Glow Party | MacVittie Union Plaza
Shine the night away! Enjoy yourself with blacklight golf, spin art, and show your moves on the blacklight dance floor!

Sunday, August 28: Settle In Sunday

Student Services Hours

CIT Helpdesk
12:00pm-5:00pm
Fraser Library


6:00pm-8:00pm | S'more Time Together | MacVittie Union Plaza
Who doesn’t love a s’more!? Grab a few friends and join staff and student leaders for a bonfire, s'mores, music, and a beautiful sunset to bring the New Student Orientation Program to a close and kickoff the start of Weeks of Welcome!

 

students cheering

college green

students laughing