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Day 1

Students should check between 10:00am-12:00pm on the first day of their Orientation session.  All new first-year students will be staying in Onondaga Hall for Summer Orientation.  Family members staying on campus with us will be staying in Niagara Hall.  Lunch on the first day will be on your own.

The official start of Orientation is the Welcome Ceremony, which will begin at 12:30pm in Wadsworth Auditorium. A copy of the schedule will be coming soon!

On Day 1, new students and their families will be introduced to academic and community expectations. Students will learn about the campus, get ready for course registration, have discussions with student Orientation Advisors (OAs) and enjoy evening activities (depending on interest) such as listening to a local band, playing in a "Minute to Win it" tournament, and playing large board games.  Parents will hear about campus life, have the opportunity to ask questions at the Student Panel, and attend a family reception. For most of the afternoon and evening, the students and family members will be participating in separate programs.  Both the students and the parents will meet with the Dean of Students, have dinner in Mary Jemison (MJ) Dining hall, and attend the “Life on Campus” play – but not necessarily at the same time.

Day 2

After breakfast in MJ, students and parents will have the opportunity to attend presentations by faculty from the academic departments.  These sessions provide information about majors and general education requirements.

Sometime during the day, each student will have an assigned appointment time to meet individually with a faculty advisor in Milne Library to plan a fall schedule of courses.  There will be a family waiting area in the Library, but family members are also welcome to attend other sessions at that time.

Throughout the day, presentations will be offered on topics such as financial aid, student accounts, study abroad, parent expectations, and sample classes.  Students and family members are welcome to choose sessions of interest to them. Lunch will be served in Mary Jemison Dining Hall. 

Also on Day 2, there will be an Information Fair in Newton Hall. At this event, representatives from on-campus offices and nearby off-campus services will staff tables to provide information and answer questions.  More than twenty campus offices and programs will be represented, including Residence Life, Health and Counseling, Athletics and the GOLD Leadership Program.  Off-campus services include banks and transportation.

The advisement appointments and other activities will finish by 5:00pm on Day 2.

What to Expect

During orientation, you will:

  • Register for your fall classes
  • Meet with faculty advisors who can answer your questions about majors, core requirements, etc.
  • Meet other new students
  • Meet with current Geneseo students who will be ale to answer your questions about college
  • Experience residence hall living
  • Explore ways to get involved in campus activities
  • Meet with Geneseo faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Preview important first-year college issues
  • Learn about campus life from current Geneseo students
  • Become familiar with Geneseo's campus
  • Get your Geneseo student ID card
  • Gain confidence about starting Geneseo in the fall

What to Bring

Here is a list of things you will need during your stay at Geneseo:

  • Linens (Twin extra long sheets, pillow, towels, etc)
  • A fan (It gets pretty warm in our residence hall rooms over the summer!)
  • Comfortable shoes (There are a lot of hills in Geneseo and you will be doing a lot of walking)
  • Personal items (toiletries, alarm clock, raincoat, umbrella, etc.)
  • Cash for snacks and spur-of-the-moment purchases
  • Paper and pens for taking notes
  • A list of any college classes or AP tests taken during the spring semester
  • Your enthusiasm and an open mind!

Family Orientation

We strongly 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 for parents and families as well.  The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during his/her transition.  Students and family members are welcome to be a part of the Summer Orientation program.  A separate, but concurrent, program has been designed for parents and guests. Please note we do not offer child care services, however siblings are welcome to attend with parents.   

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.


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