Campus Life Fee

The Campus Life Fee supports programs and facilities that enhance the student experience and promote the quality of campus life. The university is dedicated to providing quality campus life programs and services that support student academic success and personal development. Service and program excellence in the campus life area assists UB in recruiting and retaining top students, positioning them for life success after graduation and nurturing a connectedness to UB, resulting in enhanced alumni relations.

Student Benefits and Impacts

  • Improves student retention
  • Increases sense of community and campus pride
  • Builds and improves campus traditions
  • Teaches student responsibility and citizenship
  • Provides diversity education
  • Efficient cost effective services and programs
  • Support for enhanced student involvement
  • Quality response and service for students experiencing difficulty
  • Programs and services to support commuter students, off-campus students and veterans
  • Broad support for and involvement in campus-wide programs
  • High quality facilities, which serve as the center for the student community
  • Increase student participation in mentored academic research and creative activities as a means to deepen and extend learning beyond the classroom
  • Enhanced preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for post-graduate opportunities and success
  • Increase student access to senior faculty
  • Co-curricular program opportunities
  • Major choice and career path opportunities
  • Capacity for making connections with field of study and industry experts including alumni

Student Access

  • 24/7 access to the Student Union
  • Campus wide programming boards
  • Individual and group services
  • Multi-location programs and services
  • Host over 7,000 programs annually
  • Web-enabled programming

Actual Expenditures

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Academic and Co-Curricular Personal Development: $1,466,852

Vice President for Student Life $78,021

Provide support to the offices of the Vice President for Student Life and Administration and Planning.  The Office of the Vice President provides overall leadership, vision and implementation of the Student Life mission.  Administration and Planning provides support to the division in the areas of resource planning, processing, and development for the division of Student Life.

We strive to provide the new experiences, programs and resources that will meet the ever-changing needs of our diverse student body. Current initiatives include:

  • Here to Career: Student Life’s career readiness and employment program is designed to provide students with intentional and meaningful work experience regardless of their major or position on campus.
  • One World Café: In partnership with the university, and with the approval of the Capital Planning Board, Campus Dining and Shops intends to design and build a new dining experience as part of UB’s overall Heart of the Campus (HOTC) initiative. 
  • Student Housing Master Plan: Starting in summer 2017, UB initiated a comprehensive student housing master plan across its three campuses. We are committed to better understanding the most appropriate and efficient use of all current and future campus student living space. 
  • Experiential Learning: UB is committed to providing students with opportunities to customize and enhance their college career.  UB provides learning opportunities that connect students to their interests while bridging with their academics. These opportunities span all majors and are offered in many forms including research, internships, and community service.
  • UB Next: Student Life oversees the collection of undergraduate outcomes data by administering the annual UB Next survey. This data provides a snapshot of student outcomes six months after graduation. This information helps us identify opportunities for our new graduates, better serve alumni, work with our community partners and employers, and helps current and future students understand the possibilities available to them through their UB education.
  • New to UB - The First Year Experience: Through a collaborative effort with Enrollment Management, New to UB enhances the student experience through the university’s pre-existing assets with new programs and services.
  • Student Union Master Plan: To meet the changing student needs and evolving programs, Student Life retained the services of a nationally recognized firm to perform a master plan for future use of the North Campus Student Union and Harriman Hall on the South Campus. 
  • Wellness Center Task Force: As we seek to advance the health and wellness of our students a unified approach to recreation, health and wellness is needed. This task force is working to create a set of recommendations that enhance the student experience through flexible facilities and holistic programmatic offerings integrating recreation, counseling, health and wellness component services. 

Fast Facts

  • Office of the Vice President provides oversight to 17 Student Life units
  • Student Life is one of the largest on-campus employers of students 

Health Promotion: $15,420

This office provides health promotion, prevention and outreach through accurate, timely information and programs for key campus health and wellness priorities (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, nutrition, stress management, sexual violence prevention, and outreach to high-risk populations). We partner with campus and community stakeholders to reach target groups and design and implement interventions to reduce health risks and increase opportunities for academic success.

  • Implement workshops in varied settings to reach undergraduate, graduate and professional students
  • Implement training for residence hall staff, orientation aides, community advisors and other student leaders
  • Spearhead outreach programs for targeted at-risk or underserved audiences (international students, residence life, fraternity and sorority life, Athletics, students, first generation students, veterans/military students, students registered with Accessibility Resources, students in recovery from substance abuse)

Fast Fact

  • 106,762 student contacts were made through engagement in Health Promotion programs and services

Orientation, Transfer and Parent Programs: $333,110

Comprehensive programs designed to welcome students to and encourage active engagement with the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the UB community.

  • Nine two-day summer programs for first-year students
  • Five one-day summer programs for transfer students
  • Four one-day winter programs for students
  • Optional online orientation program for transfer students

Fast Facts

  • 3,446 first-year students attended orientation in Summer 2018
  • Over 1,100 transfer students attended an on-campus orientation and nearly 450 more participated in online orientation in Summer 2018
  • Immediately after attending, 87% of first-year students surveyed reported that orientation was a valuable experience (Summer 2018).

Career Services $1,040,301

The Career Services mission is to challenge students to see possibilities and seek opportunities in preparation for life after college.

  • Career counseling and advisement
  • Career and individual assessments
  • Comprehensive website and online career development services (Bullseye powered by Handshake)
  • Brent D. Arcangel Career Resource Library
  • Career development courses (UE 101, UBE 202, UBE 302)
  • UB Career Connector Network
  • Career, job and internship fairs
  • Networking programs
  • On-campus interviewing
  • Employer information sessions on individual companies/organizations
  • Practice interviews (InterviewStream)

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 4,600 individual student appointments
  • 260 students enrolled in UE Majors Explorers courses
  • 15 students enrolled in UBE 202 (career development course)
  • 44 students enrolled in UBE 302 winter session online job searching course
  • 15,858 students utilized Bullseye powered by Handshake (online career development system)
  • 32,739 full-time and part-time jobs and internships were posted in Bullseye powered by Handshake
  • 14,295 approved employers in Bullseye powered by Handshake
  • 4,935 current students and alumni attended career and job and internships fairs
  • 464 employer-student interviews occurred on-campus
  • 1,424 students attended employer info sessions, workshops, and networking events
  • 395 organizations/companies attended networking, job, and internships fairs
  • 129 employer campus visits (info sessions, workshops, and networking events)
  • 133 student to alumni consultations in the UB Career Connector Network
  • 102 assessments completed with students
  • 2,386 students attended the STEM UP Job + Internship Fair
  • 1,627 students attended Spring Job + Internship Fair
  • 55 students attended the Internship Day
  • 98 students attended the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Networking Reception
  • 209 students attended Career Conversations programs in NYC, Buffalo, and virtually
  • 113 students attended NYC Road Trip events

Standards and Safety: $123,762

Student Conduct and Advocacy $123,762

Provide just, safe, orderly, and positive campus climate through regulations, disciplinary processes, informational programming, and intervention effort.

  • Student Conduct process
  • Community service programs
  • Victim assistance
  • Student interventions for alcohol or drug overdose
  • Behavioral intervention and support
  • Student Advocacy service
  • Emergency fund programs

Fast Facts

  • 27 Student Employees/Volunteers trained and supervised/advised
    • 10 Hearing Representatives to the Student-Wide Judiciary (law students)
    • 8 Student Justices to the Student-Wide Judiciary
    • 9 Student Assistants handling general office work
    • 1 Graduate Assistant as Students’ Advocate and Community Service Coordinator
  • 338 Disciplinary Cases Adjudications (54 Administrative Hearings; 284 SWJ)
    •    Of 54 Administrative Hearings, 13 were Title IX/VAWA
  • 76 Alcohol or Other Drug Interventions
    • 53 from Alcohol Transports
    • 10 from Alcohol Non-Transports
    • 12 from Other Drugs
    • 1 Involved both Alcohol Transport and Other Drugs
  • 6,962 Community Service Hours assigned and/or coordinated
    • 5,134 hours coordinated from 397 Campus Living referrals
    • 1,023 hours assigned and coordinated from 65 SWJ hearings
      • Includes 49 University Heights Clean-Up sanctions (2hrs./ea.)
    • 515 hours assigned and coordinated from 10 Administrative Hearings
    • 290 hours coordinated from 11 outside court referrals
  • Approximately 75 Outreach Presentations
    • 38 First-Year Student, Transfer and Parent/Family Orientation Presentations
    • Approximately 35 Other Presentations (Athletics, Campus Living, SOC Outreach)
  • 106 Emergency Fund requests/applications administered
    • 41 Gerstner-Heckscher Grant Requests (became avail. Spring 2018)
    • 64 Student Life Gift Requests
    • 1 Student Life Loan Request
  • 77 Advocacy Consultations
    • 54 related to Academic Issues
    • 23 related to Non-Academic Issues
  • 179 Student Behavioral Intervention and Support
  • 3 Student Death Notifications and an annual Memorial Service
  • 1,324 Background Searches Performed (Career and/or Academically Related)
  • 142 Student Support Consultations 
    • 37 for Title IX/VAWA reporting parties
    • 67 for Non-Title IX/VAWA victims of crimes/other
    • 28 for medical illness or injury
    • 10 for death of family or friend

Student Engagement: $1,890,520

Office of Student Engagement: $531,234

Student Engagement enhances learning and development by facilitating impactful opportunities that empower students to be contributors in a global society.  We provide programs and services that encourage and inspire involvement through integrative and intentional experiences.

  • Co-curricular Certificate Program
  • Leadership Development programs, conferences and activities
  • Student organization leadership training
  • Leadership courses (credit bearing)
  • Leadership House (living learning community)
  • Leadership Mentoring programs
  • Community service and volunteer coordination
  • Alternative Break programs
  • Campus involvement portal system (UBLinked)
  • Student Leadership International Dialogue Exchange (SLIDE) program
  • Advisement of Mortar Board, Phi Eta Sigma, Circle K, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and American Association of University Women
  • Improves student retention
  • Builds and improves campus traditions
  • Increases sense of community and campus pride

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 2000 plus students participated in leadership programs
  • 600 individuals enrolled in the Leadership Certificate Program (TORCH and PEAK)
  • 30 Leadership House members, 10 Leadership House mentors
  • 15 UB students planned and implemented the UB Yard Sale event and raised over $1,200 for Women and Children’s Hospital
  • Over 1,000 students participated in community service programs
  • 60 students and 10 UB staff members participated in six Alternative Spring Break programs
  • 20 students participated in the UB Student Leadership and International Dialogue Exchange (SLIDE) Program, which travelled to Germany and Austria.
  • UBLinked has more than 22,000 users and 653 organizations (including University departments)
  • Approximately 800 students participated in the DISC assessment with their faculty members (DISC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work, teamwork and communication)
  • 6,724 hours were tracked by UBLinked by UB students, these hours equal almost $163,000 in volunteer labor to the community
  • Over 60 community partners worked with the Student Engagement office to provide volunteer opportunities to UB students.
  • Over 80 students and 14 UB staff members participated in Alternative Spring Break programs
  • Registered 1,438 voters on UB’s campus and distributed 1,475 voter registration forms in the Amherst and Buffalo community

Intercultural and Diversity Center $138,078

Provides cultural enrichment programming and leadership experience that educate students about diversity and issues surrounding diversity and build a university climate that builds connections across similarities and differences.

  • Three credit diversity education course and internship each semester
  • Educational workshops and certificate programs
  • Diversity Zone training & network
  • Safe Zone training
  • Cultural programming, activities and events
  • Commencement/recognition celebrations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Internship programs
  • Intercultural Leadership Retreat
  • Coordinated advocacy opportunities/efforts
  • Collaboration efforts with various departments and organizations

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 4,000 students participate in various diversity activities and events
  • Over 1,800 participants in two cultural bazaars
  • 550 undergraduate and graduate student participants in the Annual ALANA Celebration of Achievement (with over 1,000 family/guests in attendance)
  • 19 students participate in the Lavender Celebration along with over 40 faculty and staff members
  • 10 students per academic year participate in the SAGE Internship Program (Success Through Access to Guidance and Experience) and Student Affairs Mentoring and Leadership Program
  • Over 1,000 students participate in various diversity workshops
  • Over 150 students received Diversity Zone training
  • Approximately 400 student leaders participate in diversity leadership training programs
  • 10 students serve as diversity advocates per academic year
  • Approximately 350 students in monthly social diversity events

Fraternities and Sororities $12,854

Provide a platform for leadership development, civic engagement, and philanthropic service as part of the academic and social advisement of the members of recognized Greek-letter social fraternal organizations at UB. Serves as a resource for the University community in regards to information and issues related to the UB Greek community.

  • Educational programs
  • Philanthropic programs
  • Leadership programs
  • Organizational advising
  • Academic recognition programs

Fast Facts

  • Serves 37 social fraternal student organizations that are affiliated with our campus with approximately 975 active participants including chapters of three national Greek honor societies: Gamma Sigma Alpha, Order of Omega, and Rho Lambda
  • 60 UB community workshops
  • 18 fund raising and community service events
  • 1,500 hours of community service to the UB and WNY communities, approximately 15.5 hours per student in the Greek community
  • $25,000 raised for charitable organizations

Student Programming $258,489

Student Programming coordinates several major student programs designed to aid students in their emotional, social, and academic development. Programs are designed to enhance a sense of community and promote traditions on campus.

  • Student Programming Board
  • Welcome Weekend
  • Family Weekend
  • Haunted Union
  • Oozefest
  • Senior Celebration
  • Human Interlocking UB
  • General student programming throughout the fall semester designed to assist in campus engagement
  • Late Night Programming

Fast Facts

  • 2,200 students participated in Haunted Union
  • 1,600 students participated in Senior Celebration
  • Over 5,000 students participated in various student programming activities
  • Over 27,000 students and family members participated in Welcome Weekend activities
  • 2,000 students participated in welcome back events
  • 10 paid and unpaid students participate on the programming board
  • 25 Late Night programs annually
  • An average of 200 students at each Late Night event
  • Late Night programs are planned and implemented by students, for students
  • 8-10 students participate in the Student Mentorship Program
  • Off-campus trips throughout the WNY area in the fall and spring semesters

Veteran Services $294,563

Helping student veterans balance college life with student life goals.

  • Ease transitions of veterans
  • Conduct veteran needs assessment
  • Centralized service center

Fast Facts

  • Achieved Yellow Ribbon Veteran School status
  • Achieved Veteran-Friendly School designation
  • Achieved “Best for Vets” Status
  • Veteran’s lounge

Student Union Operations $653,628

Student Unions provides a variety of services, facilities and programs designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors on both campuses.

  • Club room and offices for student clubs and organizations
  • Meeting rooms, theater, social hall, assembly theater and classrooms
  • Building reservations operations and staff
  • Welcome Center
  • Building maintenance
  • Building furniture
  • Commuter Lounge space
  • Dining and retail operations
  • Reflection room
  • Lactation room
  • Lost and found
  • Battery recycling drop-off location

Fast Facts

  • Houses over 60 clubs and organizations
  • 424 lockers maintained
  • Processed over 11,000 reservations
  • An estimated 200,000 in attendance at all events throughout the year
  • Average daily building traffic over 12,000

Outdoor Pursuits $1,674

Outdoor Pursuits offers a variety of programming and adventure opportunities for the students, faculty, staff and community. Programs listed below were created to offer critical outdoor recreational release from the vigors of academic study and provide sustainable practices through connections and appreciation to the natural world.

  • Lake LaSalle Paddling
  • Fire pit rentals
  • Outdoor workshops and clinics
  • Outdoor gear loans Adventure trips
  • 9-hole Disc Golf course
  • Consultations on trips, local hiking and paddling locations

Fast Facts

  • Over 6,000 students participated in Paddling on Campus including canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Served over 1,000 students paddle on Lake LaSalle during Welcome Weekend.
  • Fire pit reservations have grown to one each week
  • Outdoor workshops and clinics – 315 participants
  • Our outdoor gear loan program had 1,124 participant days of gear loans that included: tents, sleeping bags, stoves and much more

Strategic Investment Initiatives: $1,811,738

The Strategic Investment Fund (initiated by the university) allocates a portion of the Campus Life Fee for strategic investment areas that impact the entire student body. Strategic investment areas include disability accommodations, victim assistance, suicide prevention, and civic engagement programs. These funds are used to support initiatives on behalf of the student experience identified through the UB 2020 strategic planning process.

1. Undergraduate Experience $1,033,577

A. Student Affairs Initiative: $429,731

Programs offered under the auspices of University Life and Services:

Victim’s Assistance $124,958 provides greater support for UB students who are injured, ill, or harmed through crime or violence

  • Referral and checks on crime victims
  • Referral and checks on injured students
  • Faculty notification for hospitalizations
  • Substance abuse interventions
  • Single point of contact for parents
  • Ongoing campus point of contact for families of students who have died
  • Ongoing source of support for friends and roommates of students who have died
  • Annual Student Remembrance Program
  • Referrals and meetings for emergency funds
  • Checks on University Heights related concerns (i.e. housing issues, safety concerns)

Civic Engagement - $83,724 promotes student awareness of civic responsibilities and opportunities; engages students in service on behalf of others; and educates on role of citizens and community needs

  • Integrated learning opportunities
  • Community and civic engagement programming
  • Community Engagement Center
  • Community service coordination

Suicide Prevention - $117,139 provides greater support for all students, including at-risk students, by focusing on mental health and emotional wellness promotion

  • Offered 11 QPR (question, persuade, refer) suicide prevention training programs to the campus community (240 attendees)
  • Collaborated with the over 17 departments and student groups, for a highly attended Suicide Prevention Week (500 attendees)
  • Staff participated in and our Suicide Prevention Coordinator co-chaired the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Buffalo Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention and assisted in raising over $165,000 for suicide prevention research and education (1,400 attendees)

Accessibility Resources - $103,910 provides service/support to eligible students through staff specialists.

  • Individualized assessment of student-access needs
  • Adaptive classroom test administration
  • Accommodated course registration
  • Requests for course substitutions
  • Auxiliary aids and services
  • Course lecture notes
  • Accessible electronic textbooks
  • Sign interpreters and computer assisted real-time transcripts for course lectures
  • Read-Write Gold PC computer software
  • Faculty consultations
  • Loaner equipment
  • Physical access to classrooms
  • Consultations for campus participation by students with disabilities
  • Priority snow clearance

Fast Facts

  • 7640 exams were administered by Accessibility Resources
  • Approximately 821 students served by Accessibility Resources
  • 280 victims assistance meetings

B. Undergraduate Education Initiative: $603,846

New initiatives or enhancements to programs offered under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education to improve the Undergraduate Experience:

Supporting Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Students from across all majors and programs of study are encouraged to participate in mentored research through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA). As a comprehensive portal for undergraduate research, CURCA has emerged as a popular resource for opportunities and funding to support students’ research interests and experience. CURCA supports students in all phases of their research activities from identifying potential projects to applying, preparing findings through poster presentations, and submitting for up to $500 per semester, per student, to support research activities. CURCA also supports research by highlighting student projects at the annual Celebration for Student Academic Excellence, coordinating a campus-wide poster session and award selection, while also helping students access summer REU’s and opportunities to present at regional, national, and international forums. It should be noted that CURCA serves all students regardless of citizenship, area of focus, or program of study

Other CURCA activities:

  • Focus on historically underrepresented units and disciplines to ensure meaningful opportunities and experiences for all students
  • Utilization of website for posting of research opportunities for students along with social media to encourage broad participation from students across disciplines and content areas
  • Student-focused research fairs and workshops that clarify process for engagement and communicate the benefits of research with regard to graduate school and career paths
  • Increased interest in CURCA awards with record number of students and teams of students applying indicating growing interest in mentored research
  • Growing opportunities for students to participate in regional, national, and international research opportunities.
  • Promotes a culture of research and exploration through coordinating Celebration of Student Excellence poster session and awarding students with demonstrated excellence in research through award ceremony.
  • Builds capacity among faculty and academic departments with regard to engaging undergraduates in research and creative activities
  • Research and creative experiences help support students’ professional and academic goals

Fast Facts

Undergraduate Research

  • Fall 2017 Research Fair included table displays, faculty and staff lectures and workshops on how students might best prepare for and access research opportunities. Over 350 students participated in the event which featured partnering offices and programs throughout the University.
  • Delivery of approximately 20 workshops annually to student groups on how to prepare for and access research opportunities (approximate student attendance of 300); staff presented at all orientation sessions and parent orientation reaching over 1,000 families.
  •  The 14th annual Celebration of Academic Excellence includes a substantial student component. This year, the CAE featured 210 research projects presented by over 300 undergraduate students.
  • This year, 32 students from UB were accepted to present their research projects at SUNY’s Monroe Community College. This event featured more than 200 students and faculty from across the SUNY and CUNY systems.  CURCA provided transportation to and from MCC, and covered the participating students’ registration fee.
  • CURCA provided funding to assist more than 60 students presenting at a number of national and international conferences

Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

  • The Celebration continued as a signature UB event that celebrates and recognizes the breadth and depth of undergraduate and undergraduate student accomplishments related to research and creativity
  • This year’s Celebration focused on global pathways and featured student journeys that took them outside of the classroom and around the world, while helping to shape their academic and professional success
  • The 2018 Celebration featured a dance performance titled “Human” that was choreographed and performed by students from the UB Dance Program.

Experiential Learning Network (ELN)

After an extensive re-design and naming process conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year, the former Academies was transformed into the ELN, housed in 17 Norton. Designed to serve as a dynamic hub for credit-based and enhancing experiential learning, ELN offers customized support to students and faculty toward the goal of cultivating and leveraging high-impact learning opportunities.

Student Benefits and Impacts:

The ELN works to incubate and infuse courses with high-impact experiential learning through a number of programs targeting faculty from across disciplines and programs.

  • Course Infusion Funds –support the inclusion of experiential learning within existing undergraduate courses
  • Faculty Fellows Program- ELN accepts faculty fellows who are committed to developing new or significantly redesigned courses that feature high-impact experiential earning

The ELN piloted a new Global Partner Studio (GPS) initiative designed to transform select global partnerships into catalysts for student collaboration and innovation via experiential learning. The GPS initiative involves a number of new opportunities for student engagement and learning including:

  • GPS Journal- in partnership with the UB Libraries- an open-source digital journal available to students and global partners
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)- support for faculty to infuse online collaborative learning as part of existing or new courses
  • Customized short-term study abroad courses- ELN works with UB faculty and the Study Abroad office/ International Education to customize short-term experiential learning courses
  • Development of new Global Collaboration Digital Badge- to be piloted fall 2018

ELN Sophomore Living and Learning Community has undergone a total redesign

  • Forty students were admitted and lived together in Greiner Hall, taking a 1-credit design challenge course during the fall semester, and working in teams under the mentorship of faculty and community leaders.   

Mentor Network and Un-Office Hours: The ELN Lounge serves as a comfortable and inviting space for innovation and creative learning opportunities to incubate and grow. Informal mentoring and Un-Office Hours are scheduled throughout the year to provide students with informal engagement with ELN faculty and mentors.

ELN Fast Facts:

  • During our pilot fall semester, we reached 206 students with 5 course infusion awards. In Spring 2018, we doubled our engagement to reach 446 students in 16 different courses. Of the more than 650 students enrolled in a class infused with experiential learning, 87% agreed or strongly agreed that the experience enhanced their learning
  • ELN welcomed 11 faculty fellows for the 2017 – 2018 year from diverse disciplines and focus areas
  • 46 faculty and staff have expressed interest in developing a COIL course towards engaging UB students in global collaboration via technology-supported projects
  • UB students participating in the ELN Sophomore Living and Learning Community organized into 10 project teams based on individual interests and engaged in community projects, working with Grassroots Gardens, Compass House, Red Cross, Buffalo Public Schools, UB Sustainability, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Campus Dining, University Police Department, Anderson Gallery, and Jewish Family Services.
  • ELN staff met with over 300 students who came to 17 Norton to connect with faculty and staff around Experiential Learning
  • The ELN looks forward to expanding its offerings to include problem-based learning and innovation opportunities developed through local and global partnerships

2. Heart of the Campus Initiative: $778,161

The Heart of the Campus (HOTC) project is a university-wide initiative to build community and a sense of place at the center of UB’s campuses. Key elements of the project include:

  • Renew and upgrade building infrastructures and services
  • Selective renovation of Capen, Norton and Talbert Halls to expand and reorganize library services and consultation, integrate many student services, and provide flexible and technology-enriched classrooms and spaces for collaboration and group study, as well as galleries and cafes.
  • Transform central library and support space into a multi-use setting housing a 21st century library and variety of formal and informal learning environments, IT and faculty support, one-stop shopping for student services and casual dining.
  • Capen Hall will provide “entry-to-exit” services for UB’s entire student population in one place.
  • Provide an identifiable entrance to UB’s north campus
  • Provide a learning landscape environment throughout the facility

University Events $138,099

Programs that bring outside subject matter expertise to UB to support the linkage between UB academic programs and student lifelong learning, and to build UB pride among students and their families.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Life & Learning Workshops
  • Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring (REALM) Mentor Program
  • University Welcome

Fast Facts

  • Distinguished Speaker Series presents six lectures annually and over 8,000 tickets were made available to UB undergraduate students
  • Attendance at Life & Learning Workshops was over 4,920
  • 298 individual Life & Learning Workshops were scheduled

Fee Contact

Student Life: Fraternities and Sororities, Marching Band, Student Activities and Organizations, Outdoor Pursuits, Student Union
150 Student Union
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Unions
Unions open 24/7

Student Unions Welcome Center
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday– Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Student Unions Administrative Offices
(Moving effective spring 2019 to 235 Student Union)
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Student Engagement
235 Student Union
(Moving effective spring 2019 to 150 Student Union)
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..

223 Student Union
(Moving effective spring 2019 to 150 Student Union)
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Intercultural and Diversity Center
240 Student Union
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs
112 Student Union 
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Student Conduct and Advocacy
9 Norton Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Services
259 Capen Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Veteran Services
321 Student Union
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Counseling Services
120 Richmond Quad (North Campus)
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – Thursday 8:30am – 7:00pm

Michael Hall, 2nd floor (South Campus)
Monday 8:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Student Life”?

The mission of Student Life is to provide programs and services that encourage and inspire involvement, leadership, diversity, pride, tradition, learning, and self-development. From a student’s first step on campus, Student Life will assist them in becoming a force for positive change in the University community and the greater society.

Is there anything fun to do on campus?

Yes! Just walk through the Student Union any day of the week to experience involvement fairs, cultural celebrations, art displays, and much more. The Student Programming Board, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, provides a variety of Late Night programs throughout the year including: a free Haunted House, Scavenger Hunts, off-campus trips, and a variety of events are held in the lobby of the Student Union two to three times per week.

What is UBLinked and how do I use it?

UBLinked is a one stop shop for all of UB’s clubs, organizations and departments. Find out what events are happening each day, which organizations you are interested in joining, track your service hours or advertise your group’s events. Any student, faculty or staff with a email address has an account; just log on with your UBIT information!

What is so different about the Student Union from other buildings on campus?

The Student Union is one of the most popular places on campus to hang out. On a typical day you are likely to find five student organization information tables in the lobby, vendors promoting services for students, music from the special event of the day, career fairs in the Social Hall, small concerts and movies in the theater and a variety of activities and meetings throughout the building. There is never a dull moment during the academic year.

How can I find out more about social justice and diversity issues on campus?

Stop by the Intercultural and Diversity Center and learn more about the Diversity Institute Certificate Program. It is designed to spark thought and engage students in conversations about the concepts of diversity, cultural identity and social justice in a safe, encouraging and challenging environment. This four-hour certificate workshop addresses specific areas of diversity that are geared to actively engage students in experiential learning via activities, team building exercises and guided dialogue. Students are encouraged to step outside of their “comfort zone” in order to probe more deeply the complexity of issues of oppression. Participants receive a certificate at the completion of Institute for use on their resumes and portfolios.

What is there to do on campus at night?

In fall 2018, the Student Unions piloted a 24/7 Student Union.  On-campus programs are held in the Student Union throughout the week and weekends along with events scheduled in the residence halls.  Checking UBLinked, campus calendars, marketing throughout campus, and asking resident advisors are great ways to learn more about what’s happening on campus.

Do I have to be a Music major to join the Marching or Pep Band?

No. The Thunder of the East comprises students from all majors. This past fall, over 97% of students registered for band camp were non-music majors. The chosen academic field of study of band members ranges from Aerospace Engineering to Communication to English.

Why is it so important to develop my leadership skills?

Leadership is an important part of your life whether you are serving on a committee, participating in a classroom discussion, volunteering for a community service project, playing sports or working at a job. Your ability to lead and be a contributing member of a group plays a vital role in your success at UB and your future role in the community, a career, and family life. Many recent surveys show that one of the top things employers are looking for from prospective hires is leadership ability!

Do I have to be an underrepresented student to participate in the programs or use the services offered by the Intercultural and Diversity Center?

Absolutely not. Our programs are open to all students and we encourage students to stop by the Center at any time.

Is there any place on campus I can volunteer for community service activities?

Yes, there are hundreds of opportunities to become involved. The Community Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Student Engagement (235 Student Union) is here to help all students, individuals or groups, find and complete long-term, short-term and one-time community service projects. Whether students want to engage in community service for a class assignment, as part of a student organization requirement, because community service helps build leadership skills, or because doing community service enriches the lives of both the one serving as well as those who are served, the Office of Student Engagement is the place to visit for help getting started.

Why would I want to join a fraternity or sorority?

Greek-letter social organizations provide students with the opportunity to get involved in the campus and local communities, form lasting friendships and develop leadership skills.

When can I join a fraternity or sorority?

A student must be at least a second semester freshman (12 credits or more) and have a minimum 2.0 QPA in order to join a fraternity or sorority.

What if I want to explore a major or change my major?

In addition to your academic advisor, you can also seek guidance to explore your options through Career Services. You can consider completing assessments that can provide you information of your values, skills and interests that can be helpful in determining your options.

How can I get a job after graduation?

Your prospects for getting a job in your field after graduation are enhanced by building a strong resume of experience during your time at UB and building your network. Securing an internship or two and making connections with alumni contributes to your success. Career Services can provide support in these crucial areas.