Ready...Set...Buffalo!

Published June 24, 2020

Join other first-year students in an immersive community service program before classes start.

Ready... Set... Buffalo! participants complete community service at local nonprofit agencies and explore Buffalo through sightseeing activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop relationships with their service-oriented peers, Student Engagement staff and members of the Buffalo community, all before the first day of classes!

Application Process

1. Apply on UBLinked by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

2.  Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email from Hannah DeGraff to set up  a short interview so we can get to know you better!

3. Offers to join Ready...Set...Buffalo! will go out on Monday, July 27. Student must accept or decline their offer by 12 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

Sample Schedule

The 2020 Ready… Set… Buffalo! program will include both virtual and in-person experiences. Aspects of the program such as service projects, social activities and some meals, will be conducted in-person following all CDC and local health department safety guidelines. Components of the program that can be delivered virtually, such as the daily reflections, will be held over web conferencing platforms. More detailed information about housing, transportation, service projects and social activities will be distributed in August.

Day 1

  • Move-in (for on-campus students)

Day 2

  • Breakfast on your own
  • Program Orientation
  • Teambuilding
  • Social Activity
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast/Pack Lunch
  • Time to explore Buffalo
  • Lunch 
  • Service activity
  • Dinner
  • Reflection

Day 4

  • Breakfast/Pack Lunch
  • Service activity
  • Lunch
  • Social Activity
  • Dinner
  • Reflection

Day 5

  • Breakfast/Pack Lunch
  • Service activity
  • Reflection
  • Dinner
  • Program Debrief/Reflection

Student Experiences

Want to hear what our past participants have to say about Ready… Set… Buffalo? Click on each video below to learn more about the experiences, skills and relationships students gain from the program and how Ready… Set… Buffalo! helped shaped their UB career!

For more information on virtual engagement opportunities:

Student Engagement

Student Life

University at Buffalo
150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6469