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:

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.

On-Demand Information

Short, recorded videos offer helpful and timely information for you as a supporter of a new UB student. 

We also welcome 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 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

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UB faculty share their role and expectations, and their approach to teaching in the UB classroom. 

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

UB Information Technology

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

Supporting Your Student's Experience

FAQs from On-Demand Information

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

Live Virtual Question & Answer Sessions

The orientation office will host 1-hour live question and answer sessions featuring experts from the orientation office in July. These sessions allow 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, sessions will not be recorded or distributed. Sessions are identical; we recommend selecting the day/time that works best for your schedule and only attend once.

Session details:

  • Thursday, July 13, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern time
  • Thursday, July 20, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Eastern time
  • Thursday, July 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

Check back in July for the Zoom link to join. 

Use the Zoom App

For the best experience, we recommend viewing from the Zoom application on your device, not the web browser. Visit the Zoom website to sign up for a free account.

On-Campus Program

Program Overview

UB offers a two-day, on-campus orientation program in July for supporters of new first-year, U.S. students. Parent and Family Orientation runs concurrently, but separate from, the first-year student orientation program

During Parent and Family Orientation, we’ll cover what to expect during your student's first year at UB and how you can support the start of their college journey. You'll also learn about services and resources your student should utilize during their first year, strategies for you to help your student navigate the transition to college, and an opportunity to get to know the UB community and campus environment. 

Please Note: The Parent and Family Orientation program is appropriate for family members ages 16 and up. 


Program Registration

Register for Parent and Family Orientation through the “Parent & Family Orientation” tab in the orientation data form, which your student can log in to at any time. Please note that your student will need their email address and password (created during the initial login to the system) and payment must be made by credit card.

Registration and payment must be received by June 20. Registration must be completed in advance; day-of walk-in registration is not available.

Cancellations must be made in writing at least four business days prior to the scheduled orientation session for a full refund. Refunds cannot be processed after that deadline. 

Additional Details

Supporters attending on-campus orientation will need off-campus overnight accommodations. If you need suggestions, check here for a list of partner hotel accommodations.

The on-campus Summer Orientation takes place on North Campus. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and a high-quality face covering.

Prepare for your trip to campus

Additional Resources

Not attending orientation?

If you plan to travel with your student to Buffalo, NY, but not to attend the orientation program, spend your time getting to know the City of Good Neighbors.

Sample Schedule

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