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Step 5: Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the next step in your New to UB journey. The fall program will welcome you to campus as the official start to your first semester at UB and prepare you for the start of classes through a series of required and optional events. Welcome Weekend is your opportunity to get settled on and comfortable navigating through campus, meet other new students, and adjust to your new home.

When is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend will begin for residential students on Thursday, August 23 with new student move-in. All new students, including residential and commuter first-year, transfer and international students, will have a mix of required and optional sessions and events Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26.

All students are expected to attend their required programs and encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend that interest them or will help them adjust to life at UB. You’ll learn more about your specific schedule during Summer Orientation and through direct email communication in August.

Who is Welcome Weekend for?

Welcome Weekend is for ALL new students — first-year, transfer, international, residential and commuter.

What should I expect at Welcome Weekend?

Your first weekend at UB is designed to help you adjust to college life. You’ll reconnect with your Orientation Leaders in small group meetings and meet Welcome Weekend leaders and Transfer Ambassadors to help you navigate your start at UB. These current students will answer your questions and assist your successful start in college.

As we kick-off the fall semester, campus is abuzz as students and staff return. You will have the opportunity to connect with services, resources, and student clubs. All new students will pose for an interlocking UB photo and enjoy a campus picnic.

During Summer Orientation, orientation staff will cover expectations and required programs or events. We’ll remind you of your responsibilities through direct email communication in August.

Welcome Weekend Schedule

Check back in April 2018 for a schedule overview.

What should your parents & families do during Welcome Weekend?

Many of the programs are designed specifically for you as a new student to get acclimated to campus and begin making connections. We understand your family might be an important component to getting settled.

For residential students, we encourage families to help you move-in and unpack on Thursday in your room and consider joining you for dinner in your residential dining center. Our residential staff can help point you in the right direction.

Friday - Sunday of Welcome Weekend is designed with you as a new student in mind. We encourage you to say "see you soon!" to parent and family members and get started on your UB journey.

What if I can’t attend a required event?

Required programs and events were designed with you in mind. We expect you to attend. If you feel you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs to discuss your options. Call us at call 1-888-434-0665 (toll free) or 716-645-6125 or via email at

Last updated: February 20, 2018 2:36 pm EST