Parent and Family Orientation

a new student and a parent speaking to a u b staff member

Learn about our program that helps families support their students' success at UB. 

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Program Overview

You play an important role in your student’s college success. Parent and Family Orientation helps you support your student as they transition to UB. Your program occurs at the same time as your student's program, but is a separate experience. During the program you will:

  • Connect with faculty, staff and current students to understand what to expect during your student's time at UB.
  • Learn about key resources and services that are most important for your student at the start of their UB journey.
  • Prepare for the changing role you will play in supporting your student and learn strategies to help.

Please note: the Parent and Family Orientation Program is designed for adults who support their students in college.

Sample Schedules

Review the schedules below for additional details about the program appropriate for your family.

First-Year Summer Parent and Family Orientation

*Denotes a time that students and families are together during the orientation program.

First-Year Summer Parent and Family Orientation Schedule - Day 1
Time Session

9:45 a.m.

Orientation Check In*

11:45 a.m.

Orientation Welcome*

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 p.m.

Pathways to Success

4:00 p.m.

Paying for College

4:45 p.m.

Transitions

5:30 p.m.

Dinner*

Your student will stay overnight on campus. If you need local accommodations, you may wish to reserve a hotel near UB’s North Campus. Check here for a list of hotels that offer discounts and support to Student Life programs and services.

First-Year Summer Parent and Family Orientation Schedule - Day 2
Time Session
8:00 a.m.

Coffee and Conversation

9:30 a.m.

Health and Wellness at UB

10:25 a.m.

Safety and Community Standards

11:25 a.m.

Making UB Home (Housing, Dining, Transportation)

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Supporting your UB Student

1:40 p.m.

Ask the Experts (Panel Discussion)

2:10 p.m.

The Journey Ahead

2:40 p.m.

Orientation Endings* (Tours, Tasks, Luggage Pick-up)

First-Year Spring Parent and Family Orientation

First-Year Spring Parent and Family Orientation Schedule
Time Session
9:15 a.m. Orientation Check-In
10:00 a.m.

Orientation Welcome

10:15 a.m.

Pathways to Success

11:45 a.m. Paying for College
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Safety and Community Standards
1:45 p.m. Making UB Home (Housing, Dining, Transportation)
2:30 p.m. Supporting Your UB Student
4:00 p.m. Campus Resource Fair
4:45 p.m. Dinner

Transfer Parent and Family Orientation

Transfer Parent and Family Orientation Schedule
Time Session and Description

9:00 a.m.

Orientation Check-In

9:45 a.m.

Parent and Family Orientation Welcome

10:00 a.m.

Pathways to Success

11:30 a.m.

Paying for College

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Safety and Community Standards

1:30 p.m.

Making UB Home (Housing, Dining, Transportation)

2:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m.

Orientation Check-Out and Campus Resource Fair

Registration

Your student can register you for Parent and Family Orientation on their Orientation Data Form. Payment must be made by credit card at the time of registration. Registration must be received more than three business days prior to the orientation date.

Fees

The Parent and Family Orientation fees include all costs associated with the program, including meals, materials and staffing.

  • First-year Summer Parent and Family Orientation: $100 for the first guest and $50 for each additional.
  • Transfer Summer Parent and Family Orientation: $50 for the first guest and $25 for each additional. 
  • Spring Parent and Family Orientation: $50 for the first guest and $25 for each additional.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be requested in writing more than three business days prior to the scheduled orientation session date for a full refund. Refunds cannot be processed after that deadline.

Fee Waiver

The Parent and Family Orientation fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship. Complete the form below to request a waiver.

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