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First-Year Student Summer Orientation

When is my orientation session?

UB holds nine two-day First-Year Student Orientation sessions from the end of June through the beginning of August.* When you fill out your orientation data form, you will select your orientation dates from those available to you based on your major. Beginning May 1, after we receive your orientation data form we will mail you a brochure, which includes additional information for you to prepare for a successful summer orientation.

You are able to make changes up to three business days prior to your orientation session by logging in to your orientation data form.

EOP students*: Learn about your Summer Bridge Program.

How should I prepare for orientation?

You must complete these tasks before your orientation session:

If you haven’t yet submitted your immunization records, do that as soon as possible. See Submitting Immunization Records in Step 2 for more details.

You will need to use your UB Card during orientation. In order to receive it, send us your selfie today. Upload a digital photo for your UB Card now and we will have your UB Card ready for you at orientation check-in.

Register for your parking permit by going to Parking and Transportation Services and click on the E-Business Center (you’ll need your UBIT Name and password). You will need to know the make and model of your vehicle, as well as your license plate number. After entering your information, select to have us mail your pass to your home address. You will not need this parking hangtag to park at orientation, as long as you park in the designated lots.

Be sure to plan your travel arrangements and stay to accommodate the entire overnight summer orientation. Program check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program will conclude the following day by 4:00 p.m.

What happens at orientation?

Your two-day structured program is designed to get you started with:

  • Understanding academic requirements and faculty expectations at UB
  • Planning your out-of-classroom activities and experiences
  • Connecting with other UB students, and with faculty and staff
  • Navigating UB’s campuses
  • Gaining insight about college life, including what it’s like to live on campus or commute
  • Learning about the many resources available to help you excel during your first year and beyond

You will receive your detailed schedule (your Orientation Guide) when you check-in for orientation. To assist your planning, on your scheduled date you should arrive for check-in at 9:00 a.m. On the first day, you’ll spend time in a small group with Orientation Leaders, well-trained current students prepared to assist your transition to college, and in lecture halls learning about UB. The formal program ends on the first day by 10:00 p.m. followed by a Late Night UB experience designed just for you at Summer Orientation. You should plan to stay the night on campus. On the second day, the program begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast followed by a mix of large and small group lectures, presentations, and discussions. It is important that you attend your entire Summer Orientation. The program will end on the second day by 4:00 p.m.

What should I bring to orientation?
  • Photo identification (passport, military ID, driver’s license or non-driver’s ID)
  • Bed linen (twin extra-long sheets) or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) and towel
  • Fan
  • Informal, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Questions, ideas, and plenty of enthusiasm!
Are there any fees associated with orientation?

The new student fee covers all expenses associated with your New to UB experience, including Summer Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Year One and your academic planning. The $225 fee will be billed through your student account as part of your fall tuition bill. No payment is due now.

There is a separate fee for the Parent and Family Orientation program that is not billed through your student account. You can add a parent or family member on the orientation data form. To learn more, reference the Parent and Family Orientation page.

Where will I stay for orientation?

Students attending first-year student orientation will stay overnight in Wilkeson Quad in the Ellicott Complex on UB’s North Campus. Students with travel arrangements that may necessitate more than one night stay at UB and are unable to secure a hotel, please contact our office at (716) 645-6125 or to discuss your options.

Family members attending Parent & Family Orientation must find off-campus housing. See the parent & family section for accommodations near UB’s North Campus.

How do I get to UB?

If you’re arriving by plane, train or bus, direct a taxi to bring you to the Ellicott Complex Residence Halls on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. We will be in Wilkeson Quad.

If you are traveling by car via the New York State Thruway (I-90), take Exit 50 to I-290 West. Stay on I-290 to Exit 4 (I-990). Follow the signs for University at Buffalo, which is exit 1 off I-990. Exit 1 will bring you onto Audubon Parkway, the main road that encircles UB’s North Campus. Use the “turn-around” just before the traffic light, and travel north on Audubon. Continue straight through the traffic circle. Turn left at the traffic light, Frontier Road. Take the first left and park in the Spaulding Lot on your right. After parking, follow signs and staff direction to Wilkeson Quad where the check-in site will be located. Please note, students and family members attending orientation must park in Spaulding Lot.

If you are using a GPS device for navigation, enter the intersection John James Audubon Pkwy. and Frontier Rd., Amherst, NY 14228. The Spaulding Lot will be north of the intersection.

Maps of the UB campus are available online.

We will start and end the orientation program at Wilkeson Quad. Please note when planning your travel and allow plenty of time for arrival (program begins at 9:00 a.m.) and departure (program ends by 4:00 p.m.).

What can my family do while I’m at orientation?

We strongly encourage parent and family members to attend their own orientation program happening at the same time as yours. Learn more about Parent & Family Orientation now!

Last updated: April 13, 2018 9:41 am EST