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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.

When is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend will begin for residential students on Thursday, Aug. 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, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Aug. 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

You’ll receive a detailed schedule with specific times and locations by email in August.

Consider pre-registering for optional Welcome Weekend experiences that connect you with other new students and your interests, like:

  • Ready…Set…Buffalo! is a 5-day service experience designed for new students prior to Welcome Weekend. Learn more and pre-register by visiting the Ready…Set…Buffalo! UBLinked page.
  • Pride & Service Day is a ½ day service experience designed for new students during Welcome Weekend. Learn more and pre-register by visiting the Pride & Service Day UBLinked page.

Timeframe

Session

Thursday, August 23

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. New Students Move-In to Residence Halls.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Welcome Weekend Welcome Meetings
Convenient meetings at various locations across campus to help you navigate the Welcome Weekend schedule and your first day on campus.
5 – 8 p.m. Dinner
Residential students and their families can enjoy dinner at Residential Dining Centers.
8 – 10 p.m. Programming in Residence Halls.

Friday, August 24

7 – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast
Residential students can enjoy breakfast at Residential Dining Centers.
8 – 11:30 a.m.

Commuter Student Check-in and Breakfast
Join staff and current students for your welcome and start to Welcome Weekend.
9 – 10:30 a.m.
10 – 11:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Small Group Meetings
Reconnect with Orientation Leaders and Welcome Weekend Leaders during this interactive, mandatory session.
3 – 5 p.m. New Student Welcome
Join us for the official welcome to the incoming class of 2018 featuring Playfair, an interactive forum to connect with fellow Bulls, and creating the traditional human UB logo.
5 – 9 p.m. Carnival
Food, games and fun directly following the New Student Welcome.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
8 – 9 p.m.
9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
“The Hookup”
First-year students must attend this fun, interactive show that explores college, sex and the hookup culture. You’ll be assigned a specific time on Friday or Saturday.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Late Night Programming in Residence Halls.

Saturday, August 25

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Brunch
Residential students begin their day in Residential Dining Centers.
1 – 3 p.m. How to UB Breakout Sessions
Attend interactive sessions and workshops that detail how to navigate your new home.
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Campus Fest
Meet clubs, organizations, and discover what opportunities exist for you at UB.
4 – 5 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.
8 – 9:30 p.m.
“The Hookup”
First-year students must attend this fun, interactive show that explores college, sex and the hookup culture. You’ll be assigned a specific time on Friday or Saturday.
5 – 8 p.m. Dinner
Residential students can enjoy dinner at Residential Dining Centers.
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Late Night UB Welcome Bash
Bring your new friends and join us for food trucks, fun and an EDM Paint Party.

Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Brunch
Residential students begin their day in Residential Dining Centers.
1 – 5 p.m. How to UB Breakout Sessions
Attend interactive sessions and workshops that detail how to navigate your new home.
3 – 5 p.m. Campus Walking Tours
Bring your class schedule and meet us for a personalized tour.
3 – 5 p.m. Chill Out Event
Relax and chill out the day before classes, including dog therapy.
4 – 11 p.m. First Floor Meetings
Residential students attend mandatory in-hall meetings to get to know their Resident Advisor (RA), floormates and important resources.
5 – 8 p.m. Dinner
Residential students can enjoy dinner at Residential Dining Centers.
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Late Night UB Programming
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 ub-newstudent@buffalo.edu.

Last updated: June 28, 2018 11:56 am EST