Welcome Weekend

UB's Class of 2026 forms a human interlocking UB symbol.

Prepare for the start of the fall semester during this on-campus program. 

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Program Overview

Welcome Weekend is the official kick-off to the fall semester for all new U.S. and international undergraduate students. You will prepare for academics at UB, explore UB resources and connect with other students. 

  • Most new students living on campus will move in on Thursday, August 22; international students will move in Tuesday, August 20. 
  • Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience from Friday, August 23, through Sunday, August 25
  • Classes begin Monday, August 26. 

Learn more about program details and requirements below.

We cannot wait to welcome you to UB and help you plan for a successful first semester!

Additional Requirements

Some students have additional requirements prior to the start of the semester, either before or during Welcome Weekend. View details below and plan your time to comply with all requirements. 

Program Details

Welcome Weekend is a semi-structured experience, meaning that you will be assigned a specific schedule for portions of the weekend, and you can choose what is most important to you during the other times.

You will receive your individualized schedule of assigned events, including times and locations, in your UB email on August 5. 

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Enhance your experience

UB offers several opportunities before Welcome Weekend to enhance your experience, settle in to campus early, and connect with other students. Explore options below.

What's Required

Review the tabs below for a summary of what's required. To view in a schedule format, see the Welcome Weekend Schedule Overview below.

First-Year Students Transfer Students

First-Year Students

As a new first-year student you are required to attend:

  • (international students only) International Welcome Weekend
  • Welcome Weekend Kickoff Meeting
  • Academic Programming by College or School - required for students in the School of Architecture and Planning, highly encouraged for all
  • New Student Welcome 
  • Diversity Dialogue
  • The Hook Up
  • Community Meetings - only for students living on campus

Our favorite new student tradition during Welcome Weekend takes place during the New Student WelcomeLearn more about the iconic human UB photo.

Welcome Weekend Schedule Overview

Review the schedule overview below for what to expect during Welcome Weekend! 

How to Get to UB

Whether you're living on one of UB's campuses or commuting from an off-campus location, it is an exciting week of settling in to new places or routines! Use the information below to prepare for your arrival to campus in August.

On-Campus Move-In

Most new students living on campus will move in on Thursday, August 22; most new international students will move in Tuesday, August 20. 

Campus Living will email you on July 31 to select your move-in time through the Housing Portal. Plan to arrive at the time you select to check in (get your key) and then you'll have a few hours to move in your belongings and settle into your space. 

Plan to walk or use UB's shuttles/buses to navigate around our campuses during Welcome Weekend.

Family and friends are welcome to join for move-in day; we strongly recommend saying goodbye before your required Welcome Weekend events begin.

Commuting to Campus

Students living off campus should commute to campus on Friday, August 23 in time to attend your Welcome Weekend kickoff meeting. 

You should park (or get dropped off) at the lot most convenient for your day; consider one of the commuter lots, Jarvis A (Google Maps directions to Jarvis A) or Hochstetter B (Google Maps directions to Hochstetter B) on North Campus.

Plan to commute to campus each day of Welcome Weekend to help you get familiar with how you navigate to and around UB's campuses.

Students gather for the New Student Welcome event at the UB Stadium in August 2022. They walked on the field to form the interlocking UB. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

Have a question about the weekend or anticipate a conflict? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.

Upcoming Tasks

Complete the following tasks before arriving for Welcome Weekend.


Take action on all tasks listed on the New Student Checklist.

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


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