First-Year Summer Orientation

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Complete a structured orientation experience to set you up for a successful fall semester. 

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Summer Orientation Details Coming Soon!

Please check back in February for details about Summer Orientation in 2023. Use the 2022 Summer Orientation details below as a reference for what to expect in 2023.

Program Overview

First-Year Summer Orientation is an important experience at the beginning of your UB journey. The orientation program is designed to get you started with understanding academic expectations, planning for out-of-classroom experiences and meeting other UB students. You'll also navigate UB's North Campus and learn about the many resources available to you as a new student. 

Most new students will attend a two-day, on-campus orientation program in July. If you're unable to attend an on-campus program, you will complete a virtual program. 

Please note, on-campus Summer Orientation is just for students; guests and supporters are not permitted to join you on campus for the program. Learn more about Parent and Family Orientation resources.

Program Details

UB offers two-day, on-campus orientation programs in July. 

You will select your Summer Orientation session from the options provided to you on Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form.

Please do not book travel or overnight accommodation until after you have submitted the Orientation Data Form and met the requirements to attend. 

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Requirements to Attend

In order to attend the on-campus Summer Orientation, you must be a new first-year, domestic student and agree to comply with the state, university, and orientation office public health guidance, including: 

COVID-19 Vaccination

You must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination and have submitted your vaccine documentation to UB by June 1. 

Follow the instructions on Step 2: Submit Immunization Records to comply.

Students who do not meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will not be allowed to participate in on-campus orientation. 

Face Covering and Physical Distancing

Specific details about masking and physical distancing requirements will be communicated to you in advance of your arrival to campus.

No Guests

Summer Orientation is designed for only incoming first-year students. Parents, family members and other supporters may not participate in any portion of the on-campus program.

While a guest may not join you for on-campus orientation, you can provide their contact information on the Orientation Data Form and we'll send them resources to support your start at UB. They can also learn more about Parent and Family Orientation.

UB COVID-19 Resources

Tasks to Complete


Take action on these tasks at least one week before your on-campus Summer Orientation.

Where to Stay

Campus Living (UB's housing office) provides overnight accommodation during Summer Orientation at no additional cost. If you choose to stay on campus, you will be assigned a residence hall room in Fargo Quad (part of the Ellicott Complex) and one or more roommates for the one-night stay. 

Or, you are welcome to commute to campus from a personal residence or other accommodation (hotel, rental, etc.). Explore places to stay in the area.

As part of Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form, you'll let UB know if you plan to stay on-campus for one night during Summer Orientation. 

What to Pack

For Everyone:

  • Government issued photo ID (required to pick up your UB Card)
  • Informal, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • High-quality face covering (required on UB buses and shuttles)

If You're staying the night on campus:

  • Bed linen (twin XL sheets) or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) and towel
  • Fan

How to Get to UB

Check-in for Summer Orientation takes place in the Student Union on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. 

  • If you are not staying overnight on campus, proceed to the Student Union for Summer Orientation Check-In. If you are bringing a car, you may park in the Jarvis Lot and you do not need a parking pass during orientation (enter 'Jarvis Lot, University at Buffalo' in your GPS or navigation tool). If you are getting a ride, use Furnas Lot as your drop-off location (visit Google Maps for directions to Furnas Lot).
  • If you are staying overnight on campus, proceed to Fargo Quad (in the Ellicott Complex) to access your residence hall room before going to Summer Orientation Check-In. You may park (or get dropped off) at the Fargo Lot, and you do not need a parking pass during orientation (enter 'Fargo Lot, University at Buffalo' in your GPS or navigational tool or visit Google Maps for directions to Fargo Lot). After accessing your residence hall room and dropping off your overnight belongings, you will be directed to the Student Union for Summer Orientation Check-In. 

Additional Resources

Sample Schedule

Task to Complete After Summer Orientation

  • Understand UB's Health Insurance Requirement and 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. 
  • Complete part 1 of UB's online health/safety courses (Alcohol EDU and Sexual Assault Prevention); instructions will be sent to your email after you complete Summer Orientation. Complete part 1 before August 26. Learn more about both programs on the Health Promotion website.
  • Complete the final steps of the New to UB Technology Guide to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sign up for UBAlert or download the UB Guardian App to stay informed.
  • Download the GET App to order and pay for campus meals using your meal plan from the convenience of your phone.


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