Step 5: Attend Welcome Weekend

Two students with masks on, walking across campus near Capen Hall.

Welcome Weekend prepares you for the start of classes through semi-structured experiences. 

On this page:

Welcome Weekend

Thank you for participating in Welcome Weekend 2020. Have a great first semester at UB!

Information for Fall 2021 students will be available in May 2021.

Program Overview

Welcome Weekend is the official kick-off to the fall semester for new students. During Welcome Weekend, you will prepare for academics at UB, explore UB resources and connect with other students. There are three elements of Welcome Weekend.

  1. Welcome Weekend Kickoff Meeting on Friday, August 28. First-year students will participate at 10:30 a.m. and transfer students will participate at 11:30 a.m.
  2. "The Hook Up" is a fun, interactive virtual show that explores college, sex and the hook up culture (transfer students and international students are exempt). First-year students will be assigned a session on Friday or Saturday evening. 
  3. Welcome Weekend Challenge. Over the course of the weekend, you will complete twelve experiences in three categories: Academics (3), Resources (6), and Connections (3). Some experiences are live, while other are on-demand and can be completed at your convenience. Check the schedule below for live options and our recommendations for on-demand experiences; view the Welcome Weekend Challenge section on this page for full details.

Schedule Details

Monday 8/24 - Thursday 8/27

Time Session Welcome Weekend Challenge Category
Any time

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 1-2 on-demand Resources experiences.

 

Recommended for students living on campus: "Learn about How and Where to Use Your Meal Plan" 

 

Recommended for all: "De-code Online Tools at UB"

 

Resources

 

 

Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Attend an Outdoor Movie at Governors Complex

 

Thursday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Attend an Outdoor Movie at Ellicott Complex

 

Various date/times

 

Residential students should check with their Resident Advisor (RA) about small events for their floor or hall planned during new student move-in. 

 

Each residence hall also has it's own page on UBLinked where events will be listed and updated. All you need to do is sign in; you are already a member of the group for where you live! Look for the name of where you live listed under "memberships" on the main page of UBLinked. Find event details on UBLinked.

 

Various dates/times

Explore other virtual and small in-person opportunities from Student Engagement available on UBLinked

 

Events include online bingo, online trivia, and small group, in-person activities designed to help you meet others. Due to capacity restrictions at in-person events, students must RSVP for any UBLinked events you plan to attend. 

Plan Your Time

Before Friday, complete 1-2 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences:

  • Resources (1-2)

Friday 8/28

Time Session Welcome Weekend Challenge Category
10:30 a.m. Welcome Weekend Kickoff Meeting for First-year Students

Check your email on August 14 for the details about this virtual meeting.
 
11:30 a.m. Welcome Weekend Kickoff Meeting for Transfer Students 

Check your email on August 14 for the details about this virtual meeting.
 
Afternoon

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 1 Academics experience. 

Check back on August 14 for the live event options!

Academics
Afternoon

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 1 on-demand Resources experience. 

 

Resources
2:00 -  9:00 p.m. Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 1 Connections experience. Live options include: Connections
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Orientation Leader Meet-up
Check your email on August 14 for the details.
3:00 p.m. Transfer Student Meet-up
Check your email on August 14 for the details.
8:00 p.m. Virtual Community Meet and Greet for Residential Students
Check your email on August 14 for the details.
5:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

The Hook Up

 

First-year students are assigned to one session on either Friday or Saturday; check your email on August 14 for details.

 
7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

UBelong Here Activity

 

Attend a small group, in-person activity to help you meet other new students. Capacity is limited and students must register in advance.

Register for 7:00 p.m. | Register for 7:30 p.m.

Connections
8:00 p.m.

Virtual Bingo!

 

Register to attend virtual Bingo on UBLinked. Student Engagement will follow-up with the details on how to attend.

 
Evening

Other Engagement Opportunities

 

Attend an outdoor movie at 8:00 p.m. at South Lake Village Apartments.

 

Residential students should check with their Resident Advisor (RA) about small events for their floor or hall or check out their hall's page on UBLinked.

 

 
Plan Your Day

On Friday, complete at least 3 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences:

  • 1 Academics
  • 1 Resources
  • 1 Connections

Saturday 8/29

Time Session Welcome Weekend Challenge Category
10:00 a.m. -  1:00 p.m.

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 2 on-demand Resources experiences.

 

Resources

1:00 -  6:00 p.m. 

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 2 Connections Experiences.

 

Live options (listed below!) allow you to get to know other new students who have something in common. Join us for casual conversation led by Orientation Leaders. Check your email on August 14 for details.

Connections
1:00 p.m. Creatives at UB
1:00 p.m. Gamers at UB
1:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ at UB
1:00 p.m. LatinX at UB
1:00 p.m. NYC at UB
1:00 p.m. Transfer Students at UB
2:00 p.m. Black at UB
2:00 p.m. East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander at UB
2:00 p.m. First Gen at UB
2:00 p.m. Language Learners and Cultural Exchange at UB
2:00 p.m. Sustainability Supporters and Outdoor Adventurers at UB
3:00 p.m. Creatives at UB
3:00 p.m. LatinX at UB
3:00 p.m. South Asian/Desi American at UB
3:00 p.m. Veterans at UB
4:00 p.m. East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander at UB
4:00 p.m. Language Learners and Cultural Exchange at UB
4:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ at UB
4:00 p.m. NYC at UB
5:00 p.m. Black at UB
5:00 p.m. Gamers at UB
5:00 p.m.  South Asian/Desi American at UB
5:00 p.m. Sustainability Supporters and Outdoor Adventurers at UB
   
4:00 p.m.

Virtual Involvement Fair

 

This event will connect you with numerous involvement opportunities (including student clubs and orgs!) at UB.

 

Register on UBLinked to attend the Virtual Involvement Fair. Student Engagement will follow-up with the details on how to attend. 

Connections
5:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

The Hook Up



First-year students are assigned to one session on either Friday or Saturday; check your email on August 14 for details.

5:00 p.m.

Mask Tie-Dying

 

Wearing a mask can be fun and look awesome! Attend this event to receive a free mask to tie-dye and take home with you. Register on UBLinked to attend.

8:00 p.m.

Virtual Community Meet and Greet for Residential Students

 

Check your email on August 14 for the details.

Connections
8:00 p.m.

Virtual Trivia Night 

 

Register on UBLinked to attend. Student Engagement will follow-up with the details on how to attend.

Evening

Other Engagement Opportunities

 

Residential students should check with their Resident Advisor (RA) about small events for their floor or hall.

Plan Your Day

On Saturday, complete at least 4 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences:

  • 2 Resources
  • 2 Connections

Sunday 8/30

Time Session Welcome Weekend Challenge Category
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 2 Academic experiences. Live options include:

 

Academics
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

Majors Meet-ups 

 

This virtual session will allow you to meet-up with potential classmates before classes begin and hear from expert current students about how to succeed your first semester. Check your email on August 14 for details for your major. 

1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.

Acing Academics at UB

 

Current students will share their strategies and insider tips to help you succeed in the UB classroom. Check your email on August 14 for details. 

Afternoon

Welcome Weekend Challenge: Select 2 on-demand Resources experiences.  

 

Recommended for all new students: "Practice Your First Week of Classes"

Resources
Late Afternoon and Evening

Residential Floor Meetings Students

 

Check with your RA for time and location of meeting.

 
Plan Your Day

On Sunday, complete at least 4 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences:

  • 2 Academics
  • 2 Resources

Welcome Weekend Challenge

Over the course of weekend, you will complete 12 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences in three categories: Academics (3), Resources (6), and Connections (3). Some experiences are live, while others are on-demand and can be completed at your convenience. Live options are included in the schedule above. Click on the categories below for a full list of on-demand experiences that you can complete at your convenience, and start planning your weekend now.

Complete the Challenge

Complete 12 Welcome Weekend Challenge experiences:

  • Academics (3)
  • Resources (6)
  • Connections (3)

Academics

How to Read a Syllabus

Learn from the experts (current students!) how to read a syllabus to help prepare for classes and plan for the semester. Have at least one syllabus for the fall semester available to follow along with this session.

Time Management 101 for College Students

This session will help you think ahead for how to budget time in online, in-person, hybrid, or HyFlex classes. Current students will talk about tools they use to manage time (planners, apps, and more!). 

How to Not F*&% Up Your First Week

Learn tips from current students about how to be successful in the virtual or in-person classroom. This will help you prepare for your first week of classes and how to not make the wrong move at the start of your college journey.

Resources

De-Code Online Tools at UB

Learn about all the resources you can access on your phone, laptop or tablet that make it easy to navigate the key online resources and portals used by UB students.

Learn About How and Where to Use Your Meal Plan

Review how to use your meal plan (when and from which account?) and learn about current students' favorite spots to eat on campus. 

Must-Have Apps for UB Students

Current students walk you through what apps to use and the benefits for UB students -- both general and UB apps.

College Student on A Budget

Learn from current students how to save money. From buying textbooks to eating on the cheap, these are money saving tips that will save you a dime.

How to Get Around Campus

Learn about how to use campus transportation for easy, convenient travel on, around and even off campus. 

Zoom Guide for UB Students

Zoom is the safest, best way for UB students to gather in large groups. To make the most of the experience, this guide will help you get comfortable and familiar with Zoom.

Practice Your First Week of Classes

Get a feel for what to expect with your class schedule. For online classes, spend some time figuring out 1-2 locations in your current environment that work for you to focus and set-up for class. If you have in-person classes, walk around campus to figure out where it is located and the best route to get there from the parking lot, bus stop, or residence hall. If you need help, visit orientation staff at the info tents (more details below!).

Relax and Chill Out Wherever You Are

Get to know resources from UB and general tips for managing stress as a college student during COVID-19. 

Access session handouts at the links below.

Check an Item off your Buffalo Bucket List

The greater Buffalo-Niagara region has a lot to offer UB students. Utilize this to guide what you should see and do during your time at UB. Get started during Welcome Weekend and cross an item off your Buffalo Bucket List.      

Explore the Outdoors on or Near UB's Campuses

Review the best outdoor places on and around UB's North and South campuses for outdoor recreation or a socially distanced hangout with new friends.

Connections

Get Involved!

Hear current students share their experiences and advice about getting involved at UB and how to use UBLinked to find clubs/orgs and connection opportunities. You’ll learn about different paths to get involved and how you might apply similar strategies during your first semester. 

Additional Resources During Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend Assistance and Information

Orientation staff will be available at Information Tents across campus and through drop-in Zoom during Welcome Weekend (August 28 - 30). The team is available for directions, answering questions, and supporting you at your start! 

Before Participating in Welcome Weekend

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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