Transfer Summer Orientation

u b students being helped at 1capen.

Complete a virtual experience to set you up for a successful fall semester.

Program Overview

Transfer Summer Orientation is an important experience at the beginning of your UB journey. Your orientation is designed to get you started with understanding academic responsibilities, planning for out-of-classroom experiences and meeting other UB students. You'll also learn about UB's campuses and the many resources available to you as a new student. 

Program Details

U.S. Students International Students

Your orientation program consists of required Online Modules in July and optional on-campus tours on August 24 to prepare for your successful start at UB.

You will register for the program on Step 1: Complete the Orientation Data Form


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).
  • You are required to complete the online orientation modules. 
  • We will email you instructions for accessing the modules on July 10. Plan 1-2 hours to complete before August 1.


  • Available July 10
  • Due July 31

Campus Tour

Opt in to campus tours (North and South Campus) immediately before you participate in Step 5: Attend Welcome Weekend.

Check back in August for tour departure locations.


  • Thursday, August 24
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • no registration needed

Tasks to Complete Before Arriving to Campus

The New Student Checklist overviews many of the tasks you need to complete to successfully begin at UB. Take action on the items below before arriving on campus. 

  • If you're living on campus, you will select your room during your assigned appointment time in late June. Review your housing options and the selection process on the Campus Living (UB Housing) website
  • Beginning in May, submit a photo for your UB Card. You will get your UB Card at 1Capen at a time convenient for you. If you're in the Western New York area, you're encouraged to visit in July or August to pick up your UB Card. If you're not in the area, plan to get your UB Card within the first week of the semester.
  • Complete any to-do list items for financial aid located in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password). 
  • Review billing dates on the Student Accounts websiteYour first payment may be due before classes start. If you expect a financial aid refund, set up direct deposit to receive these funds faster. Learn more about direct deposit at UB and sign up in your HUB Student Center (access through MyUB, requires UBIT name/password).
  • Understand UB's Health Insurance Requirement and your coverage options. If you have existing health insurance, submit a waiver of UB's coverage to remove the automatic charge from your eBill. UB recommends submitting a waiver by mid-July. 
  • Complete part 1 of UB's online health/safety courses (Alcohol EDU and Sexual Assault Prevention); instructions will be sent to your UB email on August 1. Complete part 1 before August 23. Learn more about both programs on the Health Promotion website.
  • Register for your Parking Permit online (requires UBIT name/password) if you plan to bring a car to campus. Select to have this mailed to you. Request your parking pass by mid-August to ensure it arrives before your first trip to campus.
  • Prepare for living on campus. Use the Welcome Home website to review packing lists, how and when you'll select your move-in timeslot, what to expect on new student move-in day, and more!
  • Review your meal plan. You can increase to a larger meal plan or add Dining Points at any point in the semester.  Learn more about meal plans.
  • Complete the final steps of the New to UB Technology Guide to configure devices for Wi-Fi, set up UBmail on your personal device(s) and download free UB software and apps, like Microsoft 365 and Zoom.
  • Sign up for UBAlert and/or download the UB Guardian App to stay informed.
  • Download the GET App to order and pay for campus meals using your meal plan from the convenience of your phone.
  • Download the UB Rewards App and create your account using your UB email to access your tickets to all UB Athletics events.
  • Check your email on August 14. We'll send you details about your schedule for Welcome Weekend (including required sessions!). 

Next: Welcome Weekend

We highly encourage you to attend events during Welcome Weekend to connect with other UB students, get familiar with campus, and learn more about campus resources that are most important to you. 


Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience from Friday, August 25, through Sunday, August 27

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