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First-Year Student Orientation

For 2020, Geneseo First Year and Transfer Student Orientation will be moving to August, a few days prior to the start of the fall semester. Watch your email and stay tuned. It is our strong desire and intention that face-to-face instruction and campus activities will resume at Geneseo in August. Any decision on moving forward, however, will be made in the interest of our highest priorities -- the health and safety of our community. 

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First Year Olympics

Once the plans for Fall Orientation are finalized, you will receive updated information sent to you Geneseo email account.

Please email with any questions.

Pre-Orientation Information

Be sure you:

  1. Have paid your college deposit to Geneseo.
  2. Have your deposit confirmation email from the Admissions Office and have affirmed the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Have your Geneseo e-mail username and password (provided via KnightWeb after the Code of Conduct is affirmed).
  4. Know which family members or guests will be attending orientation with you and whether they will be eating meals on campus and/or staying in on-campus housing.

Helpful Info for First-Year Students


Have questions? Reach the Orientation Office at (585) 245-5852 or

Additional Orientation Info

Orientation Costs

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,” 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.

During orientation, you will learn about living on campus, getting involved, campus policies and will also have an individual appointment with a faculty advisor who will help you register for fall classes.

The New Student/Orientation Fee: $180.00 per student (placed on student bill)  This fee covers orientation costs, first year events, and support programming. 

Family Orientation Fee (includes materials, refreshments, and reception) $20.00 per guest.

Financial Needs

Students with demonstrated financial need (based on your FAFSA) should call the Orientation Office at 585-245-5852 to discuss alternative funding for Orientation.

Family Orientation

The start of a student's college experience is a very important and exciting time, not only for the student but also for parents and families. The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during their transition. A separate program has been designed for parents and family members. Because of the recent move of Orientation to the fall, please stand by for more details.

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.

Registration is $20 per guest.  The Family Orientation Fee includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and a reception.

Information about accommodations can be found at Geneseo Tourism or Livingston County Tourism.


Learn how to get to campus.  For those arriving into a transportation hub such as the bus or train station, many of our families have utilized Uber or Turbo Taxi at (585) 749-6648.

Persons 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, two weeks prior to  orientation to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements. Contact the Orientation staff at or 585-245-5852 (voicemail only).

If you are looking for information on requesting academic or housing accommodations for the upcoming college year, if you need to submit documentation for accommodations, or if you need to discuss how your high school Individualized Educational Plan will translate into college accommodations, please contact Assistant Dean for Accessibiilty, Dr. Amy Fisk at  See the Accessibility website at: