Spring Orientation

UB student studying in Baldy Hall wearing a face mask.

Complete virtual Spring Orientation to set you up for a successful spring.

On this page:

Spring Orientation for students starting at UB in Spring 2022

Check back in mid-November for more details about your orientation experience. The information on this page was for spring 2021 students; you're invited to review to learn what to you might experience this spring.

We look forward to answering your questions and guiding your start at UB!

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation includes the following three components:

(1) Online Orientation Modules

  • The online orientation modules cover the basics about being new to UB through a series of videos, written text and un-timed quizzes. 
  • All new students are required to complete the online orientation modules between December 14 and January 31. 
  • We will email you instructions for accessing the modules on December 14. Please plan 1-2 hours to complete. 

(2) Live "How to Be New to UB" Session

  • In this live, virtual session (using Zoom) 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.
  • First-year students are required to attend; transfer students are highly encouraged to attend.
  • This 1-hour live session will take place the week before classes. Register for one of the four options on your Orientation Data Form

Check your email (sent 1/25) for the Zoom Link for this session. Contact us with questions.

(3) Additional Live Sessions

  • These live, virtual sessions (using Zoom) on topics such as academics and building connections support your transition to UB. 
  • First-year students and transfer students are highly encouraged to attend each session once.
  • These sessions take place virtually the week before classes begin; plan your schedule with the information below.
Information for Parents and Family Members

Sign up supporters for additional communication on the Orientation Data Form.

New International Students

Learn more about the International Orientation and Welcome Series.

Additional Live Sessions

To get the most out of orientation, select one date/time for each session below. We recommend completing both the online orientation modules and the How to Be New to UB session before attending additional live sessions. Pre-registration for these sessions is not required.

Live Sessions:

How to Succeed in the UB Classroom

Orientation Leaders share strategies for academic success, discuss tools your professors may use in the online classroom, and talk about their experiences transitioning to UB academics. There will be time for Q&A, so bring all the questions you have to get some real talk from fellow students!

  • Wednesday, January 27, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 28, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.*
  • Friday, January 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 4, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

*Session designed for School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) students. 

How to Make UB Home

Finding community with other UB students during a mostly virtual semester will take some effort, so join this session to hear Orientation Leaders’ strategies to find a friend when you’re New to UB – and maybe even make a new friend there!

  • Wednesday, January 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 28, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 29, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Academic Department Advising Session

Some academic departments will offer a live, virtual session to complement the information covered in the online orientation modules. Attend a session below that is available for your advisor code.

Wednesday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

  • MG 
  • SEAS

Friday, January 29, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • CAS 
  • EPAC
  • JSMBS 
  • MG 
  • NUR 
  • SEAS 

Forget your advisor code? It's listed on your Orientation Data Form confirmation email.

New to UB Hangouts

Get to know Orientation Leaders and other new students during casual New to UB hangouts. 

Mario Kart Tour Game Night
Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Among Us Game Night
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Trivia Night
Thursday, January 28, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Speed Friending
Friday, January 29, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Among Us Game Night
Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Jackbox Game Night
Thursday, February 4, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Orientation Leaders (OLs) help support your start at UB by sharing their experiences as current UB students. Learn more about Orientation Leaders.

Using your UB Zoom Account

As a UB student you have access to a premium Zoom account to use for classes and UB events. 

Learn more about how to access your UB Zoom account (requires UBIT name/password).


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