Undergraduate Students - How To Register

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Your access to on line registration depends upon the total of your completed credit hours as of January 2014. Log on to KnightWeb to learn the day and time at which you can begin registration.  If a hold has been placed on your registration because of outstanding financial or other obligations to the College, you will not be able to register until the hold is cleared. You can view holds on the Student Records Menu. You can pay outstanding financial obligations on KnightWeb by credit card. Registration holds are updated every weekday between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

You will receive a copy of the above instructions at your Geneseo email address. If you have any questions, call the Registrar's Office at 585-245-5566 or come to Erwin 102.

Academic Advisement: March 6 - April 18

From March 6 - April 18, your academic advisor will be available, by appointment, to discuss your schedule.
For some students (all freshmen, transfers in their first semester, students with a GPA below 2.30, students on academic probation, and AOP students during their first four semesters), academic advisement is required. If advisement is required for you, you must make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss scheduling recommendations and to obtain clearance.  Even if advisement is not required for you, you are strongly encouraged to consult your advisor about your schedule.

Mail-In Registration

Absentee registrations will be accepted only from current (Spring 2014) student teachers, students on full-time internships, and students on leave of absence returning in the Fall. Students in these categories who register by mail must enclose the Registration Form in an envelope addressed to Fall Registration, Registrar’s Office, Erwin 102, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.


Students with less than a 2.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) may register for a maximum of 16 hours. Students with a GPA of 2.30 or above may enroll in 17 hours during advance registration but may increase to a maximum of 19 hours during the drop/add period. Permission to exceed these maximums must be obtained from the Dean of the College, Erwin 106, at the beginning of the fall semester.  Students in student teaching or SUNY Study Abroad Programs in Fall 2014 must register and pay tuition and fees at SUNY Geneseo. Students in non-SUNY programs for Fall 2014 should complete Leave of Absence forms in Erwin 221.

Permission Slips and Overloads

Permission slips for any courses requiring permits or signed overload slips for closed courses must be processed in the Registrar’s Office (Erwin 102). The Registrar’s Office will enter permission on the student record and then the student can process the addition on KnightWeb.

Registration for New Freshmen and Transfer Students Entering in Fall 2014

New students will receive, by mail, information about advisement and registration from the Office of the Dean of the College and the Orientation Office.  Visit website: orientation.geneseo.edu for more information.

Registration in August 2014

Students who do not register during the advance period should register during the Open Registration period, beginning August 6th.  Late registrations will be accepted from August 25 through August 29 in the Registrar’s Office.  Beginning August 26, a late registration fee of $40.00 will be assessed.

Attendance Policies for beginning of Semester

In order to establish their intent to pursue a course, all students are expected to attend each course in which they are registered within the first two scheduled class meetings. Individual faculty members or departments may request the Office of the Registrar to drop any student who does not attend class the first two scheduled class meetings during the Drop/Add period.  Students who know in advance that they will be out of class during the first two days of class should, as a first step, notify the Office of the Dean of Students (College Union 354, 245-5706), who will notify the faculty.  With the exception of religious observances, the instructor determines whether an absence is excusable.  Therefore, students should make every effort to commuicate directly and promptly with their respective instructors if they are absent.

"No Shows"

Students who do not officially drop or withdraw from courses and do not attend class are still officially registered for their courses, may be obligated to pay outstanding tuition and fees, and may be subject to a failing grade.

Open Registration

The Drop/Add period runs from August 25 to August 29, and students will be able to add and drop using KnightWeb. Students wishing to remove themselves from courses after 11:59 pm on August 29, but prior to the withdrawal deadlines will receive a grade of W.


Many courses carry prerequisites which are published in course descriptions of the Undergraduate Bulletin for 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses and the Graduate Guide for 500 and 600 level courses (Prerequisites for experimental courses are published under course descriptions.) In most cases, KnightWeb will refuse registration if prerequisites have not been met.

Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all prerequisites before registration. A student who enrolls in a course without completing all prerequisites or receiving permission from the instructor to waive prerequisites maybe subject to removal from the course.

Directed Study Registration Process

Courses in which a student works under the guidance and supervision of a member of the faculty on a one-to-one basis (e.g., ARTS 307, PSYC 391, ENGL 399) are not listed. Arrangements for these should be made by the student with the appropriate department and individual faculty member.  Deadline for submission is Friday, August 29th.

Internships - Application, Approval, and Registration Procedures

Students seeking an internship should contact their Department Chair or the Internship Coordinator in (Erwin 106). Students must satisfy minimum academic standards established by the College and specific academic requirements for the individual Internship. Applications are to be submitted (with an unofficial copy of the transcript if required by the Department) by deadlines specified by the department or program coordinator. Applications for Fall 2014 internships should be turned into the department by May 6th. Completed contracts for approved internships are to be submitted no later than Friday, August 29th. Students enrolled in Internships must restrict their semester course load to a maximum of 16 semester hours unless special permission is granted by the Dean of the College. For information on internship opportunities and procedures, contact the Office of the Dean, Erwin 106 or Career Development, Erwin 116.

Cross-Registration With Rochester Area Colleges

Full-time students at the College (i.e. those registered for at least 12 credit hours at Geneseo) may cross-register for additional course work at several colleges and universities in the Rochester area without paying additional tuition. Students may cross-register only when a course is never offered at Geneseo. Registration forms for cross-registration are available in Erwin 102. Students from other colleges and universities in the Rochester area who are cross-registering at SUNY Geneseo must follow the registration procedures for non-matriculated students.

Undergraduate Enrollment In Graduate Courses

Students with strong academics may apply to enroll in a 500-level graduate course provided that half of the credit requirements of the degree program and two-thirds of the course and credit requirements of the academic major have been completed. Contact the Graduate Office in Erwin 106 for more information.

Closed Courses And Conflicts In "Must-Have" Required Courses

The College is aware that some students may be concerned about the availability of certain required courses. If you believe that, by virtue of closed classes or unavoidable course conflicts, your graduation is in jeopardy of being delayed, please do the following:

  • Register for the best schedule you can fashion (at least 12 hours for full-time students) based on courses that are available;
  • After you have registered and received your confirmation of courses, notify the Office of the Dean by email or fill out a form in the Office (Erwin 106) at the beginning of the semester. Send the email to waite@geneseo.edu with the following information:
    1. Put "must-have course" as subject of the email (include course title, course number, and course sections). {i.e., must have Psyc 100}
    2. Indicate whether the course is needed for major, concentration and/or minor.
    3. State major and/or minor and advisor
    4. List expected graduation date (i.e., December 2014).

Here is what will happen:

  • The Dean of the College will review your appeal and your schedule in consultation with the appropriate department chairs and/or advisors. These consultations will produce a determination on your appeal.
  • If the appeal is upheld, the Dean of the College and the appropriate department(s) will offer an accommodation to alleviate the problem (i.e., overload a section; waive, modify, or substitute a requirement; etc.) and notify you promptly.
  • If the appeal is not upheld (i.e., the course you want can be taken in subsequent semester, you have already fulfilled the requirement, the course conflict is avoidable, etc.) you will be notified to that effect.
  • Please remember that, in general, matters concerning the availability of free electives, courses in second majors, individual sections, work schedule conflicts, and preferred instructors are not considered to be grounds for upholding an appeal.

WebCAPP Check for Graduating Seniors

If this is your last registration before graduation or student teaching, this is also your last chance to make certain that you have completed your graduation requirements. You can avoid the cost, aggravation, and time of having to make up overlooked requirements by taking a few minutes to review what you have completed and what you have left to do, and check over the most common mistakes made by graduating seniors.  To do this, use the WebCAPP option on your KnightWeb account.