Stay on track with the tasks associated with your start at UB.
This list overviews many of the tasks a new student needs to complete to successfully start at UB. We will email you timely reminders to encourage your progress.
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Actions Related to Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form
Before You Complete the Orientation Data Form
Activate your UBITName. After you complete your Orientation Data Form, UB will communicate with your buffalo.edu email, which requires you to set up your UBITName. Follow the instructionsto set-up your UB email account and begin checking regularly. You can access your UBmail by visiting ubmail.buffalo.edu from a web browser. You should have access to activate your UB email account a couple days after submitting your tuition deposit.
Learn more about how to choose your major. On the Orientation Data Form, you will see your current major listed and have the option to change to another available major. Inform your choice by reviewing UB's tips for how to choose your major. It is also okay to not be sure; select "exploratory" if you'd like to start at UB with an undeclared major.
Review your Orientation Data Form confirmation email. This email will be sent 10-15 minutes after you submit the form and includes detailed information about instructions, timelines and action steps just for you.
Download the Navigate app to support your academic experience. The Navigate app is available once you are enrolled in classes. Download it to schedule appointments with academic advisors and tutors and locate helpful academic resources, such as Study Buddies.
Actions Related to Step 4: Participate in Summer Orientation
Submit a photo for your UB Card. First-year students must submit a photo one week before your on-campus orientation in order to receive their UB Card during Summer Orientation Check-In. Transfer students should submit a photo in advance, and then plan to get your UB Card at 1Capen at a time convenient for you. If you're in the Western New York area, you're encouraged to visit in July or August to pick up your UB Card. If you're not in the area, plan to get your UB Card within the first week of the semester.
Complete any to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).
Understand UB's Health Insurance Requirementand your coverage options. If you have existing health insurance, submit a waiver of UB's coverage to remove the automatic charge from your eBill. UB recommends submitting a waiver before July 22.
Register for your Parking Permit online(requires UBIT name/password) if you plan to bring a car to campus. Select to have this mailed to you. Request your parking pass by August 12 to ensure it arrives before your first trip to campus.
Prepare for living on campus. Use the Welcome Home website to review packing lists, how and when you'll select your move-in timeslot, what to expect on new student move-in day (August 25), and more!
Review your meal plan. You can increase to a larger meal plan or add Dining Points at any point in the semester. Learn more about meal plans.
Complete the final steps of the New to UB Technology Guideto configure devices for Wi-Fi, set up UBmail on your personal device(s) and download free UB software and apps, like Microsoft 365 and Zoom.