Parent and Family Orientation

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

Learn about how we help families support their students' success at UB. 

On this page:

This page provides information about Parent and Family Orientation for supporters of new students beginning at UB in spring 2022.

Please check back in February for details about Parent and Family Orientation information for supporters of new students starting at UB in fall 2022. 

How to Support Your New UB Student

You play an important role in your student’s college success. While your student is required to participate in their student orientation program, there are a number of ways you can support their transition.

Parent and Family Orientation Resources

Review the items on this page to help support your student's transition to UB.

Parent and Family Orientation On-Demand Information

Here you can access short, recorded sessions from our colleagues at UB to offer helpful and timely information for you as a supporter of a new UB student. 

As you review the Parent and Family Orientation On-Demand Information, the orientation office welcomes you to submit your questions via email. We will respond to you and post the most frequently asked questions on this page. Check back regularly now through the start of the semester. 

Academics at UB

Review the information linked below to better understand what to expect for your student's academic experience this semester as well as the services and people at UB who support your student's success.

Advice from UB Faculty

YouTube video for Faculty at UB

UB faculty share their role and expectations, and their approach to teaching in the UB classroom. Your student will also view this video as part of their required Online Orientation Modules.

Paying for College (Billing and Financial Aid)

Review the information below to learn about Financial Aid and how to pay the bill at UB. 

Life on Campus

Campus life can help ease your student's transition to college and help them build community from the start. That might mean utilizing resources or services offered from UB or connecting with other new students. You play an important role helping your student set realistic expectations for the semester and navigating the ups and downs of their new college environment. 

Review the information below to learn more about what's ahead for your new UB student. 

Dining on Campus

YouTube video for on-campus dining

Learn about the on-campus meal plan and the options available to your new UB student, whether they're living on or off campus. 

UB Information Technology

YouTube video for UB Information Technology

UB Information Technology staff overviews the steps and tasks for new students to get started with tech tools and resources. 

Supporting Your Student's Campus Involvement

UB staff overviews opportunities and experiences available to your new student, plus their tips for planning out-of-classroom engagement during their time at UB. 

FAQs from Parent and Family Orientation On-Demand Information

Answers to questions submitted from the Parent and Family Orientation On-Demand Information will be posted on this page.

Parent and Family Orientation Live Virtual Session

On Wednesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. the orientation office will host a 1-hour live Q&A session featuring experts from the orientation office. This session allows parents and family members of new students to ask their questions to both staff and current students prior to the start of the semester. Please note, these sessions will not be recorded or distributed.

Get the Most out of the Live Virtual Sessions

For the best live 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.

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