New Student Checklist

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. 

On this page:

Take Action within 1 Week of Completing the Orientation Data Form

  • Submit immunization records. You must meet this requirement before registering for classes.
  • Enroll in two-step verification from Duo to confirm it is really you and protect your account. Visit UBIT's website to learn more and enroll.
  • Resolve your Financial Agreement and Personal and Emergency Contact to-do list items in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password). Learn more about your next steps.
  • Join the Slack channel for new students. We will email you the invitation to join the channel within a week after you submit your Orientation Data Form. 

Take Action in January

  • Use the Student Technology Guide to learn about available device discounts, configure devices for Wi-Fi and download free software.
  • Respond promptly to your academic advisor and take any action steps they advise to finalize your fall class schedule. 
  • Review UBIT's recommendations and resources for the hardware, software, and internet service needed for your online learning this spring.
  • If you plan to bring a car to campus this spring, register for your Parking Permit online (requires UBIT name/password). Select to have this mailed to you. UB recommends you request your parking pass by January 18 to ensure it arrives by mail before the start of classes.
  • Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions. Review the details about where to sent your transcript. For students who receive New York State financial aid, your final high school transcript must be on file by the first day of classes; learn more from Financial Aid
  • Complete to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password). 
  • Review billing dates on the Student Accounts websiteYour first payment may be due before classes start. If you expect a financial aid refund, set up direct deposit to receive these funds faster. Learn more about direct deposit at UB and sign up in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).
  • Understand UB's Health Insurance Requirement and your coverage options. If you submit a waiver of UB's coverage, we recommend completing before your first tuition bill to avoid any fees.
  • If you are coming to campus this spring, make an appointment at 1Capen to pick up your UB Card. Students living on-campus need to make an appointment to pick up their UB Card prior to move-in; students living off campus can make an appointment to pick up their UB Card at a time convenient for them now through the first 2 weeks of the semester. Please note: you're only able to schedule an appointment at 1Capen 3 days in advance. Only students coming to UB's physical campuses this spring need to make an appointment to get a UB Card.
  • If you are living on campus, you will self-select your housing assignment on January 7 or 8. Campus Living will email your account with detailed instructions about selection and move-in. Review the Welcome Home webpage for general information about spring move-in. Review the Guide to Campus Living to know what to expect on campus this spring. 
  • Students coming to campus this spring must be tested for COVID-19, complete a precautionary quarantinee prior to arrival, and complete the Daily Health Check beginning 2 weeks prior to arrival. Review the steps to take before coming to campus
  • Complete part 1 of both AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (between January 1-31, 2021); instructions sent to your email. Learn more about both programs on the Health Promotion website.
  • "The Hook Up" is a fun, interactive virtual show that explores college, sex and the hook up culture. First year students are required to attend this session on Friday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. (lasts approx. 1 hour); transfer students are invited to attend as interested. Link to access will be shared on January 25 here and to your email. 
  • First-year residential students should review the details of their assigned meal plan. All other students can review meal plan options and are encouraged to make a selection by January 29. Review meal plan details.

Take Action the First Week of the Semester

Need Help?

Helping new students transition to life at UB:

University at Buffalo
112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125