Get Ready for the Semester

Published August 10, 2018

students during opening weekend

Get ready! Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro, make sure you have all you need for an easy transition and a smooth start to the semester.

Making UB Your Home

students moving into the ellicott complex

Now is the time to start checking items off that packing list! Make sure you have all of the basics covered; from your UB Card and meal plan, to your mini fridge and that poster that is the pièce de résistance of your room design.

Settling Into Your New Home

Residential hall and apartment check in dates and times; packing lists; recommended personal health items; and helpful tips for first-time and returning students!

Parking and Transportation

Bringing a car to campus?  Get your parking hang tag permit early.  No car, no problem - we've got campus shuttles and buses, Zipcars, a bike share, and holiday express service to get you where you need to go:

UB Card

Learn what your card does for you, manage your account, use Mobile ID, submit a card photo or report a lost card.

Dining and Shopping on Campus

Add/finalize your meal plan and add Dining Dollars or Campus Cash to your UB Card.

Campus Computing and Technology

students studying with laptops

Get your tech ready before you come to campus. It'll help streamline your transition whether you're living on campus, or commuting on the first day of classes.


students in communication class

The first day of classes (August 27, 2018) will be here before you know it. Set yourself up for success this semester by building a positive relationship with your advisor, finalizing your schedule and getting your course materials.

Ask Questions

See your advisor if you have any questions regarding your major, academic schedule, or concerns about a class. Make sure you know your responsibilities before asking your advisor for help!

Finalize Your Schedule

You may change standard (15 week) classes on your schedule (adding or dropping courses) at any time between your enrollment appointment until the end of the 7th day that classes are in session, including Saturdays.


Find textbook information in HUB Student Center (via MyUB), and purchase/order your textbooks! Don't sweat it if you haven't yet, though. Sometimes professors change their required texts, or make alternatives available. It might be worth it to wait for your first lecture.

Get Involved

u b's society of automotive engineers club

Get involved as soon as you step foot on campus! Visit an open house, catch a performance, learn a new skill, volunteer within the community, join a club, sign up for an intramural sport, and so much more!

Gain Experience

u b campus dining and shops executive chef neal plazio instructs a student employee

Earn money, meet new people, and gain work experience that puts you ahead of the competition through on-campus and part-time jobs and internships. 

Stay Informed

There is never a shortage of things to do on campus. The UB Student Experience's accounts keep you up to date with events, tips, reminders, and unique campus happenings. Follow us today on:

Welcome Weekend

Don't miss the annual Interlocking UB Photo and Welcome Weekend events.

Need Help?

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