Step 5: Attend Welcome Weekend

new u b students getting to know one another at orientation.

Welcome Weekend prepares you for the start of classes through a semi-structured on-campus experience. 

On this page:

Program Overview

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

Welcome Weekend is an on-campus experience from Friday, August 25, through Sunday, August 27; classes begin Monday, August 28. Most new students living on campus will move in on Thursday, August 24; international students will move in earlier. You will receive more specific information about move-in from Campus Living in August.

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. Some events are required for first-year students; transfer students are highly encouraged to participate. 

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

Program Details

You will receive a detailed schedule of your assigned events, including times and locations, in your UB email on August 14. You'll also receive a printed schedule when you arrive on campus. These two resources will help you successfully navigate the weekend!

Learn more about:

What's Required

Review the tabs below for a general overview of what's required for you.

Undergraduate international students should follow the tab that describes your student status. 

First-Year Students Transfer Students

First-Year Students

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

  • Your assigned Meeting with Orientation Leaders (Friday)
  • Academic Programming by College or School (Friday) -- required for some majors, highly encouraged for all
  • New Student Welcome (Friday)
  • Your assigned "Diversity Dialogue" (Saturday)
  • Your assigned "The Hook Up" (Saturday)
  • Residence Hall Community (Floor) Meetings (Sunday) - only for students living on campus

On-Campus Resources


Take action on the New Student Checklist tasks before Welcome Weekend. 

Common Questions

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

Welcome Weekend Schedule Overview

Review the schedule overview below for what to expect during your first weekend on campus! Expect additional events and details to be added in August. 

Upcoming Tasks

Complete these tasks during or shortly after 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