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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 am – 6:00 pm

Residence Hall Move-In

All new first year and transfer students will move into their residence halls. Follow the instructions from Campus Living.

1:00 – 8:00 pm

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 pm – 10:00 pm


Shopping Shuttles To Niagara Falls Boulevard

Hop on a shuttle and head to the Niagara Falls Boulevard shopping plaza with popular stores like Target and Best Buy for last minute shopping needs.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner at Residential Dining Centers

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

Friday, August 25: Making Campus Connections

7:00 am – 9:00 am


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

8:00 am – 11:30 am

Commuter Check in

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

9:30 – 12:30 pm

Small Group Meetings

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

11:30 am– 2:30 pm

Lunch, Resource Fair, Jobs Fair, Open Houses

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

1:00 pm or 2:30pm


All new students will attend one of the Playfair sessions—an interactive forum to connect with fellow bulls. Students will receive an email in August detailing assigned time.

4:30 pm

Interlocking UB

All new students will participate in this campus tradition and have a photo taken with the incoming class of 2017!

5:00 pm


All students should attend the carnival for food and fun, including a zip line!

6:30 pm,

8:00 pm or

9:30 pm

The Hookup

All new first-year students will attend this fun, interactive show that explores college, sex, and the hookup culture. Students will receive an email in August detailing assigned time and location.

9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Late Night Social Activities


Choose from different activities in Residence Halls and around campus, including, a Silent Disco, an outdoor movie, Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag and others!

Saturday, August 26: Finding your Place

10:00 am – 2:00pm


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

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

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 am – 2:00 pm

Peer Leader Office Hours

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

12:00 – 6:00 pm


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, Residence Hall Association, and Transfer Tips.

12:00pm - sunset

Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy Lake LaSalle canoeing, kayaking, and outdoor fun.

2:00 – 9:00 pm

Residence Hall Programming

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

9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Open Recreation

Play a pickup game, shoot hoops or de-stress with a workout at Alumni Arena.

10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Late Night UB Welcome Bash

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

10:00 am – 2:00pm


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

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Peer Leader Office Hours

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

2:30– 5:00 pm

Campus Walking Tours

Find your classrooms before school begins. Grab your schedule and meet us at the Student Union.

2:00 – 5:00 pm


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

3:00 – 5:00 pm


Enjoy some grilled food in the Griener Courtyard

5:00 – 7:30 pm

Dinner at Residential Dining Centers

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

9:00 pm

Outdoor Movie

Enjoy Wonder Woman on the SU Field for free!

10:00 pm

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

Last updated: July 20, 2017 4:29 pm EST