Spring Orientation

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

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

On this page:

For students starting at UB in spring 2021

Welcome to UB! Please visit this page in November to read more about what to expect for spring orientation. 

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 select the January 23 orientation session and you will be living on campus, you should plan to move into your residence hall on January 22, 2020.

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 should plan to move into your housing assignment on Thursday, and stay in your room during the orientation program. If you live off campus, you will commute to the orientation program. 

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

Non-Perishable Food Donation

You may choose to support Blue Table by bringing a non-perishable food item to your Summer Orientation. Learn more about UB's virtual food pantry service.

Before You Attend

Prepare for your First Week

New Student Requirement - "The Hook Up"

You’ll continue the conversation about decision making as a college student through an interactive program during your first week at UB.  All first-year and transfer students will attend this show on Friday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Bring your cell phone with your UBLinked pass for attendance.

If you have a conflict and are unable to attend an event, we'll follow-up with you during the first few weeks of the semester for any make-up requirements. Check your UB email.

Start of Semester Drop-in Events

Take a campus tour, learn about UB from the Orientation Leader perspective in a breakout session or stop by our information table in the Student Union. Get the details on our UBLinked page.


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