Spring Orientation

UB students hanging out at a picnic table on south campus.

Complete all three components of Spring Orientation to prepare for a successful first semester.

2023 Spring Orientation Details Coming Soon!

Please check back in October for details about Spring Orientation in 2023. Use the 2022 Spring Orientation details below as a reference for what to expect in 2023.

Spring Orientation is a series of required and optional experiences that you will complete in January prior to the start of the spring semester. You will participate in some sessions live with other new UB students, and you will complete other components asynchronously (on your own, at your convenience). 

Review the details on this page for more information about Spring Orientation and your requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you to UB!

Spring Orientation Includes:

Online Modules

  • 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).
  • All new students are required to complete the online orientation modules. 
  • New students are emailed instructions for accessing the modules starting on January 10. Plan 1-2 hours to complete before your Spring Orientation Meeting.


  • Available January 10 
  • Due before your Spring Orientation Meeting or January 30

Live Virtual Sessions

Spring Orientation Meeting

  • In this live, virtual session (using your UB Zoom account) current students go beyond the Online Modules to give you the inside scoop about what it means to be a UB student and what to expect your first semester here.
  • First-year students are required to attend; transfer students are very highly encouraged to attend.
  • You must complete the Online Modules before attending the Spring Orientation Meeting.
  • This 3-hour live session will take place virtually the week before classes begin. Register for one of the two options on your Orientation Data Form

Dates + Times

  • Monday, January 24, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 25, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

You select your Spring Orientation Meeting day and time on the Orientation Data Form.

Bulls Like Me Meet-ups

Get to know Orientation Leaders and other new students during casual meet-ups hosted on Zoom the week before classes begin. Bulls Like Me sessions are affinity spaces for you to connect with students with a shared identity or interest. 

Sessions are highly encouraged; view the meet-up schedule below. Zoom Links available below under 'Bulls Like Me Meet-up Schedule'. 

Dates + Times

  • Wednesday, January 26 at 6, 7, and 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 27 at 6, 7, and 8:00 p.m.

Full schedule included on this page. No pre-registration needed. 

Game Night

Get to know Orientation Leaders and other new students during casual hangouts hosted on Zoom the week before classes begin. Game Nights are for everyone! Expect to play Jackbox, Among Us, or a game of your choosing while you interact with other UB students. 

Sessions are highly encouraged. 

Dates + Times

  • Wednesday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m.

No pre-registration needed. 

Spring Welcome Day

  • This in-person event is the official kick-off to the spring semester for new students. The day is semi-structured, meaning some sessions are assigned while others allow you to choose what to attend from several options based on what is most important to you.  
  • First-year students are required to attend; transfer students are very highly encouraged to attend.
  • This in-person program will take place the Sunday before classes begin. New students living on campus will move in the day before (January 29); new students commuting to campus should plan to commute to UB for Spring Welcome Day.

Dates + Times

  • Sunday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

No pre-registration needed. 


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