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Step 5: Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the next step in your New2UB journey. The 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 24 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 25 – Sunday, August 27.

All students are expected to attend their small group meetings, required educational sessions (first-year students), and designated academic programs. 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

Thursday, August 24: New Student Move-In Day

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Move-In

First-year and transfer students living on campus will move into their residence halls. Follow the instructions from Campus Living.

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Weekend Welcome Meetings

On the hour in different locations convenient to where you live, students can drop in to overview the Welcome Weekend schedule, including what to expect and how to navigate the experience.

4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

Shopping Shuttles To Niagara Falls Boulevard

Hop on a shuttle and head to Consumer Square to shop at popular stores such as Target and Best Buy for last minute shopping needs.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner at Residential Dining Centers

Crossroad Culinary Center (C3), Main Street Market, and Governors Dining Center are open and ready to host students and families for dinner.

Friday, August 25: Making Campus Connections

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Residential students begin the day with breakfast in residential dining centers.

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Commuter Check in

Commuter students begin their Welcome Weekend experience: stop by to pick up schedules and materials for the weekend.

9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Small Group Meetings

(Required for first-year students; recommended for transfer students)

Reconnect with Orientation Leaders, Transfer Ambassadors, and friends from Summer Orientation and then meet new Welcome Weekend Leaders. Students will receive an email in mid-August detailing time and location.

11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.

Lunch, Vendor Fair, Jobs Fair, Open Houses

This flexible part of the day allows students to explore campus and the resources available.

1:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Playfair
(Required for first-year students; recommended for transfer students)

First-year students will be assigned one Playfair session—an interactive forum to connect with fellow Bulls. First-year students will receive an email in mid-August detailing their assigned time. Transfer students are welcome to attend either one.

4:00 p.m.

Interlocking UB
(Required for first-year students; recommended for transfer students)

Join us for the official welcome to the incoming class of 2017, including creating our traditional human UB logo.

5:00 p.m.

Carnival
(Recommended for all students)

Join us at the Carnival for food and fun, including a zip line!

6:30 p.m. or

8:00 p.m. or

9:30 p.m.

"The Hookup"
(Required for first-year students)

First-year students must attend this fun, interactive show that explores college, sex, and the hookup culture. Students will receive an email in mid-August detailing their assigned time and location for either Friday or Saturday.

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Late Night Social Activities

 

Choose from different activities in Residence Halls and around campus, including, a Silent Disco, Late Night Outdoor Movie, Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag and others!

Saturday, August 26: Finding your Place

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Brunch

Residential students can begin the day with breakfast in residential dining centers.

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UB Pride and Service

Student Engagement will lead a community service project in your new city. Sign up ahead of time on UBLinked.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Peer Leader Office Hours

Welcome Weekend Leaders are available to answer questions and help plan your second day of the experience.

12:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

 

Discover Buffalo

Bus Tours

Take a day trip and visit one of the popular locations around the area, featuring: Niagara Falls, Elmwood Arts Festival, or Canalside. Space is limited!

How to UB

Attend interactive sessions and workshops covering everything you need to know about “how to UB.” Choose from getting involved, study abroad, getting around campus, and Transfer Tips.

Meet Ups

Attend a session that appeals to your interests with like-minded students.

4:00 p.m. or

6:00 p.m. or

8:00 p.m.

"The Hookup"
(Required for first-year students)

First-year students must attend this fun, interactive show that explores college, sex, and the hookup culture. Students will receive an email in mid-August detailing their assigned time and location for either Friday or Saturday.

12:00 p.m. - sunset

Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy Lake LaSalle canoeing, kayaking, and outdoor fun.

2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Programming

Hang out at your residence hall to take advantage of fun activities and free food!

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner at Residential Dining Centers

Residential students can choose to have dinner in residential dining centers.

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Late Night UB Welcome Bash
(Recommended for all students)

Dance the night away and get a little messy at the Late Night Paint Party and EDM concert!

Sunday, August 27: Get Ready for Classes

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Brunch

Residential students can begin the day with breakfast in residential dining centers.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Peer Leader Office Hours

Welcome Weekend Leaders are available to answer questions and help plan your third day of the experience.

2:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Campus Walking Tours

Find your classrooms before school begins. Grab your schedule and meet us at the Student Union for North Campus tours or Goodyear for South Campus tours.

3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Cyclovia

Join Blackstone Launchpad for a bike ride around campus, people-powered activities and a street fair

3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

GrillFest

Enjoy some grilled food in the Greiner Courtyard

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner at Residential Dining Centers

Residential students can choose to have dinner in residential dining centers.

9:00 p.m.

Late Night Outdoor Movie

Enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on the SU Field for free!

10:00 p.m.

Late Night Pancake Breakfast and BINGO

Have breakfast for dinner and play BINGO for prizes!

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.

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 ub-newstudent@buffalo.edu.

Last updated: August 22, 2017 3:03 pm EST