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Parent and Family Orientation

During each of our student orientation programs, we offer a parent and family orientation program designed specifically with you in mind. Our goal is to provide you the information you need most, connection to campus resources, and answers to questions you didn’t know you had. This page will provide more information for how you can be a part of the start of your student’s UB journey.

For information on Parent and Family Orientation during Summer Orientation, please check back in March 2019. Our website is undergoing construction this winter, you’ll be redirected to a new site then.

Why come to Parent and 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 and Family Orientation.

You play an important role in your student’s success. During the program you will:

  • Connect. You will spend time with faculty, staff, and current students to understand what to expect at the start of your student’s UB journey and the opportunities that lie ahead.
  • Be in the know. You will learn about key resources and services that are most important for you student at the start of their UB journey.
  • Provide Support. You will understand the important role you will continue to play in your student’s UB journey and the strategies to support and assist them.

Please Note: The Parent and 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.

Each of our spring Parent and Family Orientation programs is one-day. For our transfer orientation program, that runs concurrently (but separately from) the student’s day. For our first-year orientation program, that runs concurrently (but separately from) the student’s first day of the program. The first-year spring orientation program will continue on Saturday; the Parent and Family Orientation program ends on Friday after dinner with your student.

What will I learn at Parent & Family Orientation?

During Parent and 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. The program covers:

  • Common transition issues/supporting your student.
  • Keys to academic success.
  • Living on campus or commuting to UB.
  • Campus safety and what it means to be a member of the UB community.
  • Campus resources and support services.
  • Life at UB from a student perspective.
  • Financial aid and billing processes.
Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Schedule



9 - 9:45 a.m.

Orientation Check In

9:45 - 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.

10 - 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.

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

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

12 - 1 p.m.


1 - 1:30 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.

1:30 - 2 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.

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Orientation staff and campus representatives share their expertise with you through this audience-driven panel to answer your questions.

2:30 - 4 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.

What costs are associated with Parent and Family Orientation?

Parent and 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 spring Parent and 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 requested in writing more than three business days prior to the scheduled orientation session for a full refund. Refunds cannot be processed after that deadline.

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

How do I register for Parent and Family Orientation?

Register for Parent and 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 their 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 and 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 and 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 parent and family website and add it to your list of favorites, as information is updated as needed during the academic year.

Last updated: October 26, 2018 2:42 pm EST