New Student Orientation Schedule of Events

Orientation at SUNY Geneseo helps transition first-year, international 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.

All new students are expected to attend the On-Campus New Student Orientation programs. See below for specific dates.

Important Dates

  • December 5: Welcome Letter from the Department of Student Life
  • January 10: Orientation Leaders begin virtual engagement with new students
  • January 16 & 17: New International Student Arrival 
  • January 18: New International Student Orientation (ISSS)
  • January 19: New Student Move-In | 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • January 19: On-Campus New Student Orientation Program (All new students) | 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce the Orientation Schedule is now available! The schedule is created with you in mind and includes a variety of events and activities, such as:

  • Activities to help you familiarize yourself with campus
  • Orientation groups to connect you with your peers
  • Programs to introduce you to campus offices and resources
  • Opportunities to hear from academic departments and meet faculty 
  • Events to prepare you for your first day of classes

January 19 Schedule of Events: On-Campus Orientation (One-Day Program)

Note: International students should refer to the International Student & Scholar Services office for move-in information on January 16 and 17.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Student Move-In  

Welcome to Geneseo! We are so happy you’re here with us. On-campus residents should be checking their email for information on our Spring 2024 Move-In such as when to show up, where to go and what to bring. See you soon!

Hunt Room (MacVittie College Union, 1st Floor)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

One Stop Shop & Optional Campus Tour

Got questions? Visit some of our student services offices to learn more about campus resources or join one of our Orientation Leaders for a campus tour, complete with hot cocoa!

MacVittie College Union Lobby
12:00 p.m -12:45 p.m.

New Student Luncheon & Welcome Remarks

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. Towards the end of lunch, we will review the schedule for the day!

MacVittie College Union Ballroom
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Orientation Group Meetup

Welcome to the first official Orientation event! You’ve connected with your Orientation Leader (OL) via email. Now it’s time to meet and connect in-person with the members of your Orientation group for the first time! 

MacVittie College Union Ballroom
1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

You Belong Here

Hear from current students as they share experiences and ways they found belonging at Geneseo. Held in the Multicultural Center, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the new center and hang out!

Multicultural Center
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Academic Meet & Greet

This is your first opportunity to get to meet faculty from your major department and learn more about your classes! For students who are exploring majors, join one of our career advisor to explore Geneseo’s major options.

Various Locations (Locations will be shared at Orientation)
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Transition 101

Designed to assist first year and transfer students in their transition, hear from the Office of Academic Planning and Advisement as they offer tips and tricks for your academic success. Please attend the session corresponding with your status.

Bailey Hall 103 (Transfers) & Bailey Hall 104 (First Years)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Let's Talk About Title IX

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.

Bailey 103
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Geneseo Student Experience

Hosted by our Orientation Leaders, learn what it means to be a Geneseo student and the ins and outs of campus! You’ll learn Geneseo lingo, hear more about campus offices and departments and discover student success resources.

Bailey 103
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Getting Involved

Your transition to Geneseo is a period of adjustment. Hear from current student leaders about different ways to get involved and how to make the most of your Geneseo experience.

Bailey 103
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Enjoy dinner with your Orientation group at Letchworth Dining Hall anytime between 5pm-6pm! Meal tickets will be provided to students!

Letchworth Dining Hall
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Pot It Like It's Hot

Plant your roots at Geneseo with the Orientation and GLK team ! Cap off the end of the day and join us for a relaxing hands-on activity full of plants and fun! Decorate your space with your new plant!

MacVittie College Union Lobby

January 20 Schedule of Events: Welcome Activities

We invite all new students to join in a few fun activities throughout the day!

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Happy Saturday! After sleeping in , join our Orientation Leaders in Letchworth Dining Hall for brunch!

Letchworth Dining Hall
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Optional Campus Tour

Couldn't attend the tour yesterday? No worries! Join a few of OLs for a campus tour! Be sure to bring your class schedule with you!

MacVittie College Union Lobby
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vision Boards and Valley Views

What’s your vision for your Geneseo experience? Meet us in the Fireside Lounge for crafting vision boards, looking out over the valley and enjoying new friends.

Fireside Lounge (College Union
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Invite a few new friends and enjoy dinner on your own at Letchworth! Meal tickets will be provided to students. 

Letchworth Dining Hall
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Game Knight with the Transfer Student Mentors (TSM)!

Join the TSM's for a fun night of games and competition. All students are welcome!

CUPS (McVittie College Union 2nd Floor)

students cheering

college green

students laughing