Answering your questions from the start.
Check here first for answers to the questions we hear most from new students making the transition to the University at Buffalo.
You'll need this information to complete your Orientation Data Form. First, look on the letter or emails you received from Admissions; it's an 8-digit number that probably starts with 5.
If you have your UBIT information, you can find your person number in your HUB Student Center (access through myub.buffalo.edu).
You can also contact Admissions for assistance at 716-645-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before accessing Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form, you must submit your tuition deposit/intent to enroll and allow time for UB to process it. This usually takes 2-3 business days.
The Orientation Data Form is only available for students who will be starting at UB this fall (fall 2021). If you will be starting at UB this spring (spring 2022), we will contact you in November when this form becomes available to you.
You may have incorrectly entered your 8-digit UB person number, "Preferred First Name" or "Last Name". Review the additional FAQ on this page for how to confirm your UB information and access the Orientation Data Form.
You should use your "Preferred First Name" and "Last Name" to create your account on Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form.
You may have listed a “Preferred First Name” on your application to UB that is something other than your legal first name. When creating an Orientation Data Form account, you should list that same "Preferred First Name" that you used on your UB application in the “First Name” field. For example, if your legal first name is "Jacob" you might have listed "Jake" as your "Preferred First Name" on your application.
If you wish to update your "Preferred First Name" to something different for orientation, please contact the orientation office at email@example.com or 716-645-6125.
If you'd like to update your "Preferred First Name" for use at UB beyond orientation, including for your UB Card, for class rosters, etc.; please visit the Registrar's website for more information. It is best to update your preferred name as soon as possible.
Please fill in the subject/course title. You can list your anticipated score or write "TBD" in that box. Leave the "exam taken" box unchecked.
Use your best judgment and fill in your anticipated grade for the course you're currently taking.
Please do not wait to submit your Orientation Data Form for a final grade or exam score. Just knowing you're in the course is helpful to your academic advisor. Visit Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form and submit your form now.
Your major might inform your choice, but it doesn't have to! Select your top choice based on your interests or goals, which may or may not have a direct connection to your major.
To learn more about each group and explore connections to your current major, please review the descriptions below.
Do you have an appreciation for the arts and all it’s beauty? Or have you found a creative niche that you’d like to share with the world? Here, you can find inspiration around every corner. Sparking curiosity with meaningful expressions through art, design, music, dance, writing, film, theater and performance.
Do you like tackling complex problems through analysis, design and investigation? ✅ Connecting research and data to come up with real-world solutions? ✅ This community will help you find your inner trailblazer and the support to lead the charge. ✅ ✅
Is justice, leadership, equality and serving the public's interest important to you? This community is for like-minded people focusing on affecting change at the local, state, federal and international levels.
Save a life. Prevent diseases; prolong life while promoting human health. This community will support your desire to heal, educate and utilize science + technology to make an impact on the diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Does this sound like you?
Think strategically. Lead, challenge and support others to attain their business and financial goals. By joining this community, you'll connect with people that have the innovation and expertise to forecast trends that can change in the blink of an eye. So be ready to lead others while building relationships in this fast-paced community. Does this sound like you? Do you like to be challenged?
You, me, us. Together we can make a social and economic impact. In this community, explore how to teach and help others, creating change for society's greatest challenges. Join other like-minded people to explore how to make a difference.
Once you submit the Orientation Data Form, you are unable to make changes.
If you notice an error or that something is missing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed description of what you would like to add or change on your Orientation Data Form.
Once your immunization records have been received, processed, reviewed and deemed compliant with requirements by Health Services, your IMM and MEN holds will be removed. This will be reflected in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password) in real time. This will occur 3-5 business days after we receive your compliant records.
Students will not be individually contacted to confirm receipt of records. Please check your HUB Student Center for the current status of your service indicators.
If your paperwork is not in compliance, you will receive an email from Health Services.
Please contact us only if you have a hold on your account for a prolonged period of time after submitting your records/forms:
You can notify UB about your request on your Orientation Data Form. This will temporarily prevent you from completing the form while we process your request. We will email you once we have processed so you may resume the form (usually within two business days).
Visit Step 1: Submit the Orientation Data Form to take action now.
Please email us your request at email@example.com. Include your first name, last name, and requested major in your email.
We will initiate your request by notifying your academic advisor.
Please note that it may take up to one week for your major to be updated in your HUB Student Center. If you have not yet registered for classes, refer to Step 3: Register for Classes to learn how you will work with your academic advisor.
The process and timeline for working with your academic advisor to register for classes differs by each major and/or advising center. Utilize the information in your Orientation Data Form confirmation email and the chart on Step 3: Register for Classes to know what to expect.
Our highest priority is to help students succeed at UB and orientation is an important foundation for your success.
Your required virtual summer orientation program is designed to help you navigate the transition to life at UB and how to prepare for the rigor of UB academics, while providing information about helpful resources for new students.
Some of the information included is mandated by New York State; your completion ensures you meet this requirement.
Building connections and community at UB can be an important step in finding success here. In order to accomplish this in our virtual format we have created sessions where you can get to know other new students, facilitated by current students.
You are required to participate in "Live Summer Orientation Experience - Part 1"; you should anticipate meeting and interacting with other UB students during that 2-hour session. In addition, we strongly encourage that you attend at least one New to UB Hangout during your orientation week. Both offer great ways to get your questions answered in a live setting, hear tips and advice from current students, and connect virtually with other new students.
View the schedule on the Summer Orientation page and plan which events you will attend.
Yes, first-year students are expected to participate in Welcome Weekend; there are required events. Transfer students are encouraged, but not required, to participate.
Welcome Weekend consists of a series of required and optional events from Thursday, August 26 through Sunday, August 29, 2021, with students living on campus scheduled to move-in on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 24 or 25. Our highest priority is to help students succeed at the university, and Welcome Weekend builds upon the foundation that virtual Summer Orientation provides. In particular, Welcome Weekend focuses on helping you make connections with people, clubs, and resources at UB; providing information about staying healthy and safe; helping you learn to navigate our campuses; and helping you make a strong start to the academic year.
If you have an exceptional circumstance and are unable to attend the required events, UB staff members will follow-up with you in the weeks following the events to provide information on how to make up what you missed. In the meantime, we will continue sending you preparation and reminder emails in August in anticipation of your attendance.
As a new student, you will receive two items to successfully navigate Welcome Weekend:
In addition to your assigned events, Welcome Weekend is full of lots of other events for you to choose what to attend based on what interests you! We’ve created the Welcome Weekend Challenge (details in the printed Welcome Weekend Guide) to help aid your decision making.
Everything! Attend events in the Welcome Weekend Guide that interest you and use your email from 8/9 to understand your specific, assigned events (including specific times and locations).
Welcome Weekend is designed to prepare you for a strong start at UB. Only a handful of events are required and the rest are “highly encouraged” for you to decide what’s most important for you, knowing UB’s recommendation! Missing required events ultimately means you’re less prepared than your peers for the fall semester.
For each event:
With ample time before Welcome Weekend, UB expects you to plan now to attend the entire weekend because a strong foundation is essential to your college success.
Welcome Weekend is designed just for new students to get acclimated to their first semester at UB. Family members are an important supporter of new students, so they’re encouraged to read about the schedule on Step 5: Attend Welcome Weekend and check in with their student during the weekend to understand what they have learned or new connections they have made.
For families of residential students, two supporters can assist with residential move-in. Learn more about move-in on Campus Living’s website.
Students and families are able to walk around campus or explore the local area. Please be mindful of UB's health and safety guidelines and adhere to them while on campus.
You can also support your student’s transition to college life at UB by being informed. First, if you haven’t already, we recommend reviewing the Parent and Family Orientation On-Demand Information available on our website. Second, if you haven’t already, sign up for helpful parent and family emails.
As we prepare for a regular, in-person fall semester, UB will continue to communicate information and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic directly to your buffalo.edu email. Please check that account regularly.
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