First-Year Summer Orientation

u b students involved in an orientation sesseion.

Complete a summer online program to set you up for a successful fall. 

On this page:

For students starting at UB in fall 2021

We recognize the significant disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has created and the varying levels of impact for members of our UB community—including you, our newest UB Bulls. We share in the disappointment, frustration, and sadness you might be experiencing due to the many cancelled or seriously altered plans. We recognize your Summer Orientation is the beginning of a very exciting and important first step in your college journey. 

Please check back in March 2021 for more information about Summer Orientation.

Program Overview

Your Summer Orientation experience will consist of optional June interest meet-ups, a required online orientation program to complete in July and additional optional virtual connection opportunities in July and August. These will help you get you started with:

  • Understanding academic requirements and faculty expectations at UB
  • Introducing you to 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

You will receive more detailed information about instructions, timelines and action steps via email, after you submit your Orientation Data Form. Be sure to check your email regularly. 

The new student fee covers all expenses associated with your New to UB experience, including your Summer Orientation experience, Welcome Weekend, Year One and your academic planning. The $120 fee will be billed on your student account.

EOP Summer Bridge Program

EOP students supplement their online orientation through the Virtual Summer Bridge Program. Learn more about what to expect.

June Interest Meet-Ups

Attend live Zoom "meet-ups" with incoming students to get to know people who have a similar interest. In order to access any of the Zoom events, you need to use your UB Zoom account. Learn more about how to access and use this account.

Online Orientation Overview

During the month of July, you are required to complete an online orientation program that will include a series of videos, written text and quizzes. The online orientation will overview the most important information you need to know as one of UB’s newest Bulls. You need to complete the online orientation at any time that is convenient for you between July 1 and August 3. You should plan on 1-2 hours to complete the program, and it does not need to be completed all at once.

July and August Live Summer Orientation Opportunities

After you complete the online orientation in July, your Orientation Leaders will email you details about additional live, virtual opportunities that will take place in July and early August. We strongly encourage new students to participate in at least one optional live experience this summer to help you connect with other new students and ask questions of your Orientation Leaders.

Other Opportunities

Beyond the Summer Orientation experience, some offices at UB may offer additional virtual event opportunities for new students to learn more about their specific services and programs. As they become available, they’ll be listed here for your convenience. 

New First-Year Student Task List

  • 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.
  • Respond promptly to your academic advisor and take any action steps they advise to finalize your fall class schedule. 
  • Understand UB's Health Insurance Requirement and how your coverage compares.
  • Complete to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).
  • Use the Student Technology Guide to learn about available device discounts, configure devices for Wi-Fi and download free software.
  • 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. UB recommends you request your parking pass by August 14 to ensure it arrives by mail before the start of classes.
  • Upload a photo for your UB Card


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