Get Ready for the Semester

Published August 9, 2019

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 26, 2019) 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!

If you have an intended or approved major, check your HUB Student Center, Advisor Channel, to locate your Program Advisor/Advising Center for assistance.

The Advising Directory can also help your identify your appropriate academic advising center(s).

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

A student talking with a club member at Campus Fest.

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!

Read about students who found their place at UB by getting involved in with campus clubs and organizations. By trying something new, or pursuing a lifelong passion, their campus involvement laid the framework for an outstanding UB experience.
Use UBLinked to get involved, track involvement and participation on campus and even create a co-curricular transcript of your involvement.
Whether you want to take a hike, boat, go to the gym or just hang out with your friends, you’ll enjoy all the ways to have fun indoors and out, right here on campus.
You can search by keyword, or use the filters to search by topic, type of opportunity or the sponsoring office.
Need a study break? Want to try something new, or just hang out with your friends? Here, you’ll find upcoming activities, events and programs offered through Student Life — as well as campus-wide events.

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. 

If you’re looking for a job on campus — or you need to hire a student for your campus office —Attend this fair, held annually in August.
Whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time jobs, on campus or off-campus, you can count on Career Services for advice and tips throughout your search.
Providing students with meaningful on-campus work experience to set them apart in a highly competitive workforce.

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:

Need Help?

There are several service units within Student Life and across campus to assist you both in and out of the classroom.