First-Year Summer Orientation

Group photo of summer orientation participants.

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

Program Overview

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

Learn more about your program details and requirements below.

New to UB Newsletters

Check your UB email at the start of June, July, and August for guidance through your New to UB experience and reminders about important tasks.

Program Details

U.S. Students International Students

You will attend a two-day, on-campus orientation program in July. 

You will select your Summer Orientation session date from the options provided on Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form. You also have the option to register family members for the separate on-campus Parent and Family Orientation program. 

Please consider other summer commitments, such as jobs, vacations, or family responsibilities as you select your Summer Orientation session date.


Tasks to Complete Before Summer Orientation


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. New students are highly encouraged to stay on campus. You will be assigned a residence hall room in Governors Complex on UB's North Campus and one roommate for the one-night stay. 

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:

  • Informal, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle 

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 (Governors Complex does not have air conditioning) 

How to Get to UB

Check-in for Summer Orientation takes place at Governors Complex on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. You will receive program materials, including a printed schedule, and your key to your room for the night. Accompanying guests registered to attend the Parent and Family Orientation program will also receive their program materials at this check-in.

You may park (or get dropped off) at the Governors B Lot (enter 'Governors B Lot, University at Buffalo' in your GPS or navigational tool or visit Google Maps for directions to Governors B Lot). You do not need a parking pass during orientation.

Additional Resources

Sample Schedule

Task to Complete After Summer Orientation

You are required to attend Welcome Weekend to connect with other UB students, get familiar with campus, and learn more about resources that are most important to you.

Review the website to know what to expect. Your detailed schedule will be sent to your UB email on August 5. 


Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience starting August 23.

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