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First-Year Student Orientation

For 2020, Geneseo First Year and Transfer Student Orientation Orientation is beginning Virtually over the summer and will culminate in 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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Once the plans for Fall Orientation are finalized, you will receive updated information sent to you Geneseo email account.

Please email with any questions.

Class of 2024Pre-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.

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 online program has been designed for parents and family members.

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 have questions regarding academic or housing accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at, or call 585-245-5112 during business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:15pm. More information about requesting accommodations can be found on the Office of Accessibility website.'

What if I need to make schedule changes because of COVID-19?

If you need to make schedule changes to your fall schedule due to the instructional mode (ie. online, hybrid, face-to-face), please complete the Course Change Form. The Office of Academic Planning & Advising is available to assist you prior to open registration for scheduling assistance based on the format of course delivery. Students will also have the opportunity to change their schedules directly during the open registration period: Monday, August 3rd- Sunday, August 30th.