Transfer Summer Orientation

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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 events August 23-24 to prepare for your successful start at UB.

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


Weekly Newsletter

  • The weekly newsletters will introduce you to current students, feature helpful tips to get ready for your start at UB, and guide you through completing important tasks.
  • Review each email and take any necessary action to prepare for your arrival to Buffalo, NY and start at UB.


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 around 2 hours to complete.


  • Available July 10
  • Due July 31

Virtual Question & Answer Sessions

  • UB student leaders will share strategies for success in college and answer your questions.
  • You are invited, but not required to attend these Tuesday and Friday live sessions. 
  • Each session includes a featured topic related to beginning your studies at UB; the schedule will be posted in June. 


  • July 7, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, July 28
  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern time
  • Zoom link will be posted here in July

Tasks to Complete Before Arriving to Campus


Take action on these tasks at least one week before your on-campus orientation.

On-Campus Orientation

You are highly encouraged to attend a two-day, on-campus orientation program in August.

If you are living in on-campus housing, we recommend you move in on Tuesday, August 22. Please arrive to Buffalo, NY no later than August 23. You may choose to arrive earlier to allow for rest and adjusting to the Eastern time zone.

Highly encouraged events begin Wednesday, August 23 and continue all day Thursday, August 24.  

You will receive a detailed printed schedule when you check-in to the program. 


  • Program is optional, but highly encouraged
  • Plan to arrive in Buffalo, NY by August 23

Sample Schedule

Tasks to Complete After Orientation

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