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

Your orientation program consists of required Online Modules in July and optional virtual sessions prior to your arrival.

You will register for the program on Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form.


Online Modules - Required

  • The Online Modules cover the basics about being new to UB through a series of videos, written text and un-timed quizzes. You will complete virtually and asynchronously (on your own time and at your own pace).
  • You are required to complete the Online Modules. 
  • We will email your UB email with instructions for accessing the Online Modules on July 8. Plan at least 2 hours to complete.


  • Available July 8 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Due July 31 at 11:55 p.m.

Times listed in Eastern time.

Virtual Question & Answer Sessions

  • UB student leaders will share strategies for success in college and answer your questions. 
  • You are highly encouraged, but not required to attend these live sessions. 
  • Each session includes a featured topic related to beginning your studies at UB. 


  • July 10, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • July 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • July 24, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • July 31, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Times listed in Eastern time.

UBITName and password required

Tasks to Complete Before Arriving to Campus


Take action on these tasks at least one week before arriving to campus.

You are required to attend International 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. 


International Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience starting Wednesday, August 21.

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