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New UB student and his family at Orientation.

Parent & Family Orientation

This is an exciting time for both you and your student. As a key partner for your new UB student, join us for Parent & Family Orientation.

We have designed an experience specifically for you to learn how to best support your student at UB and navigate your family’s transition. At our program you will also learn about resources on campus most important for your student during the critical first year here.

Why come to Parent & Family Orientation?

You play an important role in your student’s success. Parent and Family Orientation is your opportunity to become familiar with all things UB as you support your student through their transition. By attending Orientation, UB will become more than bricks and mortar; it will become a network. You will meet and talk with the faculty and staff behind the services and resources that will play an important role in your student’s UB experience. You will also receive valuable tips about what it means to be a UB parent and the ways that you can be most helpful to your student during this transition and beyond.

Please Note: The Parent & Family Orientation Program is appropriate for family members ages 16 and up.

When is orientation?

Students select their orientation dates when they complete their orientation data form. Parent & Family Orientation is held concurrently (but separately from) the student orientation program.

What will I learn at Parent & Family Orientation?
  • What to expect at UB
  • Common transition issues/supporting your student
  • Keys to academic success
  • Living on campus or commuting to UB
  • Campus safety and community standards
  • Campus resources and support services
  • Life at UB from a student perspective
  • Financial aid and billing
  • And much more!

During Parent & Family Orientation, we’ll cover what to expect at UB and how you as a parent or family member can support your new UB student.

First Year Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Timeframe

Session

Location

Day 1

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Orientation Check In*

Wilkeson Quad

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Orientation Welcome*

Center for the Arts

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch

Student Union

12:50 - 3:00 p.m.

Pathways to Success

Featuring a faculty member’s perspective, defining student success in the classroom, and introducing you to out of the classroom experiences for your student.

Norton Hall 112

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Paying for College

Understanding the process and timeline to pay for UB, presented by Financial Aid and Student Accounts.

Norton Hall 112

3:40 - 4:40pm

Transitions

The transition to college involves the whole family. Learn about what to expect and our strategies to support you new UB student.

Norton Hall 112

4:45 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner*

Crossroads Culinary Center (C3)

Day 2

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Coffee & Conversation

Student Union

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Health & Wellness at UB

Learn more about the services and resources available to support your whole student, featuring Student Health Services, Counseling Services, and Wellness Services

Norton Hall 112

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Safety & Community Standards

Norton Hall 112

11:30 - 12:15 p.m.

Making UB Home

Hear from UB staff about a day in the life of a student, featuring information about living, eating, and getting around campus.

Norton Hall 112

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch

Student Union

1:20 - 2:00 p.m.

Supporting your UB Student

UB Dean of Students Barbara Ricotta lends her experiences and stories to lead you through an interactive session on supporting your new UB student.

Norton Hall 112

2:10 - 2:40p.m.

Ask the Experts

Current students answer your questions and give their insights through this interactive panel.

Norton Hall 112

2:40 - 3:10 p.m.

The Journey Ahead

Orientation Staff recaps the orientation program and prepares you for the next steps to prepare for Welcome Weekend and the start of the fall semester.

Norton Hall 112

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Orientation Endings*

Take a tour, visit and office to complete a task, and say goodbyes at the official end of the program.

Student Union

*Denotes a time that students and families are together during the orientation program.

Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Timeframe

Session

Location

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Orientation Check In

Student Union Lobby

9:45 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Parent & Family Welcome
Orientation staff welcomes you to the University at Buffalo, overviews the orientation program and helps you to plan for the day ahead.

Student Union

10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Pathways to Success
Featuring a faculty member’s perspective, defining student success in the classroom, and introducing you to out of the classroom experiences for your student.

Student Union

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Paying for College
Understanding the process and timeline to pay for UB, presented by Financial Aid and Student Accounts.

Student Union

12:05 p.m. - 12:45pm

Lunch

Student Union

12:55 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Safety & Community Standards
Learn about the rights and responsibilities your student has as a member of the UB community and the ways students stay safe on campus.

Student Union

1:25 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Making UB Home
Hear from UB staff about a day in the life of a student, featuring information about living, eating, and getting around campus.

Student Union

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Orientation Checkout and Campus Resource Fair
Take a tour, visit the Resource Fair to complete a task, and say goodbyes at the official end of the program.

Student Union

What costs are associated with Parent & Family Orientation?

Parent & Family Orientation is a self-supporting program that relies on program fees. The fees include all costs associated with the program, including meals, staff, and materials. The fee for First-Year Parent & Family Orientation is $100 for the first guest and $50 for each additional guest. The fee for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation is $50 for the first guest and $25 for each additional.

Registration and payment must be received at least three business days prior to the program. Cancellations must be made at least three business days prior to the scheduled orientation session for a full refund. Refunds cannot be processed after that deadline.

The Parent & Family Orientation fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship verified by Financial Aid. See form below:

How do I register for Parent & Family Orientation?

Register for Parent & Family Orientation through the “Parent/Family Members” tab in the orientation data form, which your student can re-log in to at any time. Please note that your student will need his or her email address and password (created during the initial login to the system) and payment must be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA. Registration must be received at least three business days prior to the orientation date. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs at 1-877-434-0665 (toll free) or 716-645-6125 (local).

Where will I stay for Parent & Family Orientation?

We are unable to accommodate guests on-campus overnight; if you need overnight accommodations, check here for a list of nearby hotels.

What are some additional ways I can support my student?

In addition to attending Parent & Family Orientation, you can:

  • Carefully review the New Student Checklist, which includes everything that your student needs to do before coming to campus.
  • Check out the UB parents website and add it to your list of favorites, as information is updated as needed during the academic year.

Last updated: June 20, 2017 2:24 pm EST