Spring Orientation

u b students hanging out at a picnic table on south campus.

Attend an orientation program in January to set you for a successful spring.

On this page:

Program Overview

Your orientation program is designed to get you started with:

  • Understanding academic requirements and faculty expectations in the UB classroom
  • Planning your out-of-classroom activities and experiences
  • Learning about what it means to be a member of the UB community
  • Connecting with other UB students, and with faculty and staff
  • Learning about the resources and services available to help you excel during your time at UB and beyond
  • Navigating your start at UB in the spring semester

The new student fee covers all expenses associated with your start at UB, including orientation and your academic planning. The $120 fee will be billed on your student account.

Transfer Student Spring Orientation

Choose from among three orientation sessions in January. If you cannot attend one of the on-campus orientation programs, some majors can choose to participate in our online program. 

If you selected the January 24 orientation session and you will be living on campus, you should plan to move into your residence hall on January 23, 2019.

Transfer Spring Orientation - Sample Schedule

Transfer Orientation Schedule
Time Session
9:00 a.m. Orientation Check-In
9:45 a.m. Orientation Welcome
10:00 a.m. A Professor’s Take: Faculty Expectations and Recommendations
10:40 a.m. Your Role in the UB Community
11:15 a.m.

Navigating UB (Panel Discussion)

11:45 a.m. Lunch and Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting
12:50 p.m.

Paying for College

1:20 p.m. Academic Department Advising Session
2:30 p.m. Orientation Checkout and Campus Resource Fair

First-Year Student Spring Orientation

This orientation session is designed for new students who have completed one semester or less of college and is an in-depth program that will assist you in your transition to UB. 

This program starts the Friday before classes begin. If you live on campus, you will be able to move into your housing assignment on Thursday, and stay in your room during the program. If you live off campus, you will commute to the orientation program. 

First-Year Spring Orientation - Sample Schedule

First-Year Spring Orientation Schedule - Friday
Time Session
9:15 a.m. Orientation Check-In
10:00 a.m. Orientation Welcome
10:15 a.m. Adjusting to Academics at UB
11:00 a.m. Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting #1 and Lunch
12:45 p.m.

Academic Department Advising Session

3:30 p.m.

Paying for College

4:00 p.m.

Campus Resource Fair

5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m.

Late Night UB

First-Year Spring Orientation Schedule - Saturday
Time Session
10:45 a.m. Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting #2
11:00 a.m. Your Role in the UB Community
11:40 a.m. Making UB Home (Housing, Dining, Transportation)
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Life at UB (skits) and Orientation Leader Small Group Meeting #3

3:00 p.m.

Experience UB (Out-of-Classroom)

3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30 p.m. Orientation Capstone
5:00 p.m. Orientation Leaders Small Group Meeting #4 and Dinner
6:00 p.m. Late Night UB

Sunday's optional events are designed to help you find your way around campus, connect with orientation staff and your new peers, and help you get familiar with common programs on campus. 

First-Year Spring Orientation Schedule - Sunday
Time Session
12:00 p.m. Campus Tours
12:00 p.m. Transfer Ambassador Meet-Up
12:00 p.m. Commuter Student Meet-Up
12:00 p.m.

Open Recreation in Alumni Arena

12:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions (study skills, time management)

1:30 p.m. Dog Therapy and Relaxation

Plan Your Trip

Where to Go

Check-in for Spring Orientation takes place in the Student Union on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.  If you are using a GPS device for navigation, enter Jarvis Lot, University at Buffalo.

What to Bring

Before You Attend

  • Submit immunization records. You must meet this requirement before registering for classes.
  • Respond promptly to your academic advisor and take any action steps they advise to finalize your fall class schedule. 
  • Beginning December 1, upload a photo for your UB Card. We will have your UB Card ready for you when you check in to Spring Orientation.
  • If you plan to bring a car to campus this spring, register for your Parking Permit online (requires UBIT name/password). Select to pick up at 1Capen during your orientation program.
  • Complete to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).
  • Complete part 1 of both AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (between January 1-25, 2019). Access both programs on the Health Promotion website.
  • If you will be living on campus this spring, please visit the move-in website for arrival instructions.


Year One supports you through your start at UB with programs, resources and guidance.

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