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. 

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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

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)

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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