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Students at UB's Orientation

Transfer Student Summer Orientation

When is my orientation session?

UB holds five one-day Transfer Student Orientation sessions in June, July and August.* When you fill out your orientation data form, you will select your orientation dates from those available to you based on your major. Check-in to the program begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Union Lobby on UB’s North Campus. The program ends for most students by 5:00 p.m. Note: If you cannot attend one of our on-campus orientation programs, you can choose to participate in our online program.

How should I prepare for Orientation?

You must complete these tasks before your orientation session:

If you haven’t submitted your immunization records, do that as soon as possible. See Submitting Immunization Records in Step 2 for more details.

You will need to use your UB Card during orientation. In order to receive it, send us your selfie today. Upload a digital photo for your UB Card now and we will have your UB Card ready for you at orientation check in.

Register for your parking permit by going to Parking and Transportation Services and click on the E-Business Center (you’ll need your UBIT Name and password). You will need to know the make and model of your vehicle, as well as your license plate number. After entering your information, select to have us mail your pass to your home address. You will not need this parking hangtag to park at orientation, as long as you park in the designated lots.

What happens at orientation?

We know you have been to college before, so transfer student orientation is designed to provide you with essential information specific to UB, including:

  • How to succeed academically at UB
  • What it means to be a member of the UB community
  • UB opportunities for academic and extracurricular involvement
  • UB resources and services available to you
  • You will also leave orientation with your UB Card.
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 Student Union on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

If you are traveling by car 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, which is exit 1 off I-990. Exit 1 will bring you onto Audubon Parkway, the main road that encircles UB’s North Campus. Use the “turn-around” just before the traffic light, and travel north on Audubon. Go straight through the first traffic light, and then turn right at the Lee Entrance, the first right turn on the roundabout. Turn right into the Jarvis B Parking Lot. After parking, follow signs to the Student Union. The check-in site will be located in the Student Union Lobby. Please note, students and family members attending orientation must park in Jarvis B Lot.

If you are using a GPS device for navigation, enter the intersection White Rd. and Lee Rd., Amherst, NY 14228. The Jarvis B parking lot will be just northwest of this intersection.

Maps of the UB campus are available online.

Are there any fees associated with orientation?

The new student fee covers all expenses associate with your New to UB experience, including Summer Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Year One and your academic planning. The new student fee will be billed through your student account as part of your fall tuition bill.

There is a separate fee for the Parent and Family Orientation program that is not billed through your student account. You can add a parent or family member on the orientation data form. To learn more, reference the Parent and Family Orientation page.

Where will 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.

For students attending Transfer Orientation on August 23, you are able to move into your on-campus housing on Wednesday, August 22. Please follow all move in instructions from Campus Living.

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

We strongly encourage parent and family members to attend their own orientation program happening at the same time as yours. Learn more about Parent & Family Orientation now!

Transfer Orientation Schedule

You‘ll receive a detailed scheduled with locations during orientation check-in. Orientation is a required program and you‘re expected to attend the entire program.



9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Orientation Check In
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Student Orientation Welcome
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. A Professor’s Take
Learn about faculty expectation and how to be successful both in and out of the classroom.
10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Your Role in the UB Community
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a member of the student community at UB.
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Our Take: Navigating UB Panel Discussion
Students share their experiences and advise about key transition issues.
11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch and Orientation Leader Small Group
12:50 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Paying for College
Learn about accessing and paying your e-bill at UB.
1:20 p.m Academic Department Advising Session Academic advisors share information regarding requirements specific to your major. Students will finish at various times in the afternoon, depending on your major.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Orientation Checkout and Campus Resource Fair Take a tour, visit the Resource Fair or 1Capen to complete a task, and say goodbyes at the official end of the program.

Last updated: July 05, 2018 3:34 pm EST