First-Year Summer Orientation

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Attend a two-day summer program to set you up for a successful fall. 

On this page:

Program Overview

Your on-campus, two-day orientation is designed to get you started with:

  • Understanding academic requirements and faculty expectations at UB
  • Planning your out-of-classroom activities and experiences
  • Learning about what it means to be a member of the UB community
  • Connecting with other UB students, and with faculty and staff
  • Learning about the many resources available to help you excel during your first year and beyond

This structured orientation program includes an overnight stay in one of UB's residence halls. Review the sample schedule below for additional details.

First-Year Summer Orientation - Sample Schedule

First-Year Summer Orientation Schedule - Day 1
Time Session
9:45 a.m. Orientation Check-in
11:45 a.m. Orientation Welcome 
12:30 p.m. Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting #1 and Lunch
1:30 p.m. Adjusting to Academics at UB
2:00 p.m. 

Academic Department Advising Session

5:00 p.m. Academic Debrief
5:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m. Get Involved! Presentation and UBLinked Involvement Fair
7:30 p.m. Life at UB Skits
8:15 p.m. Orientation Leaders Small Group Meeting #2
9:45 p.m. Bulls After Dark
First-Year Summer Orientation Schedule - Day 2
Time Session
7:30 a.m. Check out of Residence Hall/Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Your Role in the UB Community
9:55 a.m. Paying for College
10:45 a.m. Making UB Home (Housing, Dining, Transportation)
11:15 a.m. 


12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (you choose 2 to attend)
1:40 p.m.

Plan Your Journey: Orientation Capstone

2:10 p.m. Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting #3
2:40 p.m. Orientation Endings (Tours, Tasks, Luggage pick-up)

The new student fee covers all expenses associated with your New to UB experience, including Summer Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Year One and your academic planning. The $225 fee will be billed on your student account.

EOP Summer Bridge Program

EOP students attend orientation during the Summer Bridge Program. Learn more about what to expect

Plan Your Trip

Where to Go

Check-in for Summer Orientation takes place in Fargo Quad in the Ellicott Complex on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.  If you are using a GPS device for navigation, enter Fargo Lot, University at Buffalo.

What to Pack


  • Photo identification (passport, military ID, driver’s license or non-driver’s ID)
  • Bed linen (twin extra-long sheets) or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) and towel


  • Fan
  • Informal, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella and rain gear

Non-perishable Food Donation

You may choose to support Blue Table by bringing a non-perishable food item to your Summer Orientation. Learn more about UB's virtual food pantry service.

Before You Attend

  • Submit immunization records. You must meet this requirement before registering for classes.
  • Respond promptly to your academic advisor and take any action steps they advise to finalize your fall class schedule. 
  • Beginning May 1, upload a photo for your UB Card. We will have your UB Card ready for you when you check in to Summer Orientation.
  • If you plan to bring a car to campus this fall, register for your Parking Permit online (requires UBIT name/password). Select to have this mailed to you. 
  • Complete to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).


Welcome Weekend prepares you for the start of classes through a semi-structured series of events. 

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 or (877) 434-0665