Learn about how we help families support their students' success at UB.
You play an important role in your student’s college success. The orientation office, through the events and programs listed below, will help you support your student as they transition to UB. This summer, we will:
Review the optional events and communications available to be a resource and support as family members of new UB students.
Summer Orientation will be offered online for new students. Review the items on this page for how to stay informed about UB to support your new student's transition to college.
Beginning July 8 and continuing every Wednesday until the start of the semester, the orientation office and our colleagues from across campus will share helpful and timely information and answer your questions. Expect to hear about academics at UB, how to help your student view and pay the eBill, living and dining on campus, and more!
Preparing for Fall 2020 at UB
July 8 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
As your student begins preparing for fall at the University at Buffalo, you may have questions about what courses and campus life will be like, and what your student should be doing now. Our UB experts will provide a big picture view of the fall semester, give an overview of the student orientation process, and answer questions from parents and family members.
Health, Wellness and Safety in the UB Community
July 15 from 12:00 (noon) - 1:00 p.m.
As your student begins preparing for fall at the University at Buffalo, you may have questions about health and safety, both related to the current pandemic and more generally. Our UB experts will provide an overview of health, wellness, and safety at UB, including responsibilities that all UB community members share.
Academic Success at UB
July 22 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
As your student prepares for fall at the University at Buffalo, learn more about what academic success means both in and out of the classroom. UB experts will share what it takes to graduate from UB, how to prepare for fall courses, strategies for succeeding in both in-person and online environments, and what resources and support are available.
Living and Dining at UB
July 29 from 12:00 (noon) - 1:00 p.m.
As your student prepares for fall at the University at Buffalo, learn more about the living and dining experience for students planning to live on campus. Our UB experts will share what living on campus will be like this fall and how to navigate the food options available for residential students. Panelists will be prepared to answer and address your top questions.
Ask the Experts in the Orientation Office
August 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
As your student prepares for fall at the University at Buffalo, learn more about what your student can expect by hearing from current students, our Orientation Leaders. These experts in the UB experience will share about their time at UB, including how they're preparing to continue college during COVID-19 and what they learned when the spring semester transitioning to online learning. In addition, orientation staff will overview what to expect during Welcome Weekend and any steps you can take to support your student.
Paying for College: Billing and Financial Aid
August 12 from 12:00 (noon) - 1:00 p.m.
As your student prepares for fall at the University at Buffalo, learn more about the billing and financial aid process after your student has received the first fall eBill (sent August 19*). Our UB experts will overview how your student can access and pay the bill, how family members can view or access their student's financial information, and what to know about aid disbursement. Panelists will be prepared to answer and address your top questions.
*eBill notification and due dates recently changed. Review the most up-to-date information from Student Accounts.
Make the Most of Fall 2020
August 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
As your student prepares for fall at the University at Buffalo, learn more about the experience outside the classroom. This will include an overview of campus services and resources most important for a new UB student as well as a panel of UB experts who will share what to expect for involvement and engagement on campus this fall.
For the best webinar experience, the orientation staff recommends viewing from the Zoom application on your device, not the web browser. Visit the Zoom website to sign up for a free account.
Helping new students transition to life at UB: