First-Year Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is your first step to a great academic life. This two-day program will introduce you to the community and outline the exciting opportunities available to you as a Geneseo student. 

When you attend orientation, you will register for fall classes, meet with groups of current and new students, learn about organizations and events on campus, and begin to build relationships with Geneseo's faculty and staff. We're looking forward to meeting you!

You will need your Geneseo username and password in order to sign up for Summer Orientation online.

Please note: this orientation is not for our international students or our students in the AOP program. We have separate information for you below. 

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Students posing at Orientation

Transfer, International and AOP Students

International students, transfer students and students in AOP (Access Opportunity Programs): please visit the links below for more information about your orientation.

Pre-Orientation Information

Before you make your reservation for First-Year Orientation, 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. Decide which session date you want to register for.  Have a second choice in case your first choice is full.
  5. 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.

Not sure what to bring to orientation? Have you affirmed the Student Code of Conduct? Check out our new student checklist!

Orientation Dates & Online Registration

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. You can also register parents or guests to attend our family program (more information for parents).

Note that our Welcome will begin at 11:30 AM on Day 1 of orientation (check-in between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM) and will conclude by 3:30 PM on Day 2. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

Register for Orientation

Registration for Orientation occurs through your KnightWeb account.  Be sure to have logged on prior to April 15th to ensure everything is working correctly.  If you are having issues, please visit this guide or contact our CIT helpdesk at 585-245-5588.

Register a guest for orientation

Orientation Schedule

Summer 2019 - First Year Student Orientation Dates*

  • Session 1: June 24-25 - Complete
  • Session 2: June 27-28 - Complete
  • Session 3: July 1-2 - Complete
  • Session 4: July 8-9 - Complete
  • Session 5: July 11-12 - Complete
  • Session 6: July 15-16 - OPEN

View or download the full orientation schedule for Summer 2019.

At orientation you will build your fall schedule with a faculty advisor.  Be sure to complete the Orientation Advising Planning Worksheet in preparation for course registration.

*Registration for orientation sessions are first come, first served. Once a session is full, we are unable to overload due to a lack of advisement times. If a session is full, please select a different session that works with your schedule.

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, “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.

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.

Once we receive your reservation and payment confirmation an e-mail with your confirmed session dates will be sent to your Geneseo e-mail address. Please allow up to five business days to receive your confirmation e-mail.

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, lunch, an afternoon reception) $30.00 per guest
Family Meal Plan - Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch: $40.00 per guest (or pay at the door)
Family Accommodations: $45.00 per room (see note below)  Students do not stay in the same building.

IMPORTANT: Family accommodations, just like the students, are residence hall rooms. There is no air conditioning, TV, or bedding included. Each room has two twin beds. If you are interested in off-campus accommodations, more info can be found on our area lodgings page.

Can't Attend?

Students who are unable to attend orientation have their class schedule assigned by the Dean of the College after all students who attend orientation have been registered. You will be contacted by e-mail.

Additional Information

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

We encourage family members to attend Summer Orientation with their students. 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 but concurrent program has been designed for parents and family members. Parent & family orientation registration information.

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 $30 per guest. Family members may select to include a meal plan with their registration. Meals are served in the dining hall and include dinner on Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2, as well as snack breaks. Family meal plans are $40 per person.  

Family Orientation Fee (includes materials, refreshments, lunch, an afternoon reception) $30.00 per guest
Family Meal Plan - Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch: $40.00 per guest (or pay at the door)
Family Accommodations: $45.00 per room (see note below)

Family members may also choose to stay on campus. Please note residence halls are not air-conditioned and you will share bathrooms. Each room contains two twin-long beds and families should plan to bring their own linens, towels, and fan. Family rooms are $45 per room.

Family members who would like to attend orientation, but would prefer to stay off-campus can find information about accommodations 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, 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 Orientation Office at or 585-245-5852.


Have questions? Reach us at (585) 245-5852 or

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