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Students at UB's Orientation

Student Orientation

When is my orientation session?

UB holds 3 one-day transfer orientation sessions in December and January. While completing the Orientation Data Form, you will select your desired orientation date. Check-in to the program at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Union Lobby on UB’s North Campus. The program will end by 4 p.m.

UB offers a one-day first-year student orientation session on Friday, January 23, 2015. Check-in to the program at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Union Lobby on UB’s North Campus. The program will end by 4 p.m.

You must submit an Orientation Data Form in order to sign up for orientation.

Note: Changes to your orientation session date can be made by going back into the Orientation Data Form, however you will be blocked from making changes online three days prior to your orientation. For more information, call 1-888-434-0665 (toll free) or 716-645-6125.

What happens at orientation?

At orientation, you will:

  • Learn about academic requirements and expectations
  • Meet your academic advisor and finalize your class schedule
  • Investigate UB resources and services available to you
  • Meet current and new students
  • Learn about community standards and safety at UB
  • Get your UB Card and parking hang tag
  • Explore the campus
What should I bring to orientation?

Be sure to bring the following with you to your orientation program:

  • Photo identification (passport, military ID, driver’s license or non-driver’s ID)
  • Any recent college transcripts
  • Questions, ideas and plenty of enthusiasm!
How do I get to UB?

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

If you are traveling 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 (Exit 1 off I-990). Exit 1 will bring you onto Audubon Parkway, the main road that encircles UB’s North Campus. Use the roundabout just before the traffic light and travel north on Audubon. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Frontier Road. Then turn left into the Spaulding parking Lot. Once you park, student orientation leaders will direct you to the check-in area in the Wilkeson Quad.

GPS directions: If you are using a GPS device for navigation, enter the intersection Frontier Road and Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228. Turn north onto Frontier Road and turn left into the Spaulding parking lot.

Maps of the UB campus are available online.

Are there any fees associated with orientation?

The $120 fee will be included in your spring tuition bill; no payment is due now.

Where can I stay for orientation?

For students (and family members) who will need to find off-campus housing, view the accommodations page for a list of hotels located near UB’s North Campus.

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

Parent & Family Orientation helps familiarize your family with UB. Learn more about Parent & Family Orientation now!

Last updated: October 12, 2017 8:37 am EST