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Helpful Information for Parents and Family

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Whether your student is already attending our vibrant university or considering admission to UB, we want to connect you with the best resources available. Helping to ensure your student’s academic success, encouraging their personal growth, and helping them embrace exciting new opportunities is what we do every day.

Partners in Success

As your student enjoys this new and exciting time in their lives, it’s important to remember that you still have a critical role in providing the support they need to thrive.

Preparing Students for Success

Students enjoy campus opportunities.

College is an exciting time for students to grow, learn and have new experiences. Here, they can learn how to deal with challenges — both big and small — and discover how to rely on themselves, make smart decisions and find the resources they need.

At UB, we encourage you to let your student address the questions and concerns they may have. In our experience, most students appreciate the opportunity to be more independent and resourceful, once they’re given the chance. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to ensure success in college and beyond, and building these skills starts with students who advocate for themselves and seek out what they need.

As a family member, you have a critical role in helping your student acquire the life skills that will continue to serve them long after they leave UB. We are here to give you the resources and support you can use to help your student thrive at UB — and far beyond.

Supporting Your Student

Move in day is always exciting for new campus residents.

The transition from high school to college can be as challenging for parents and family members as for students. Here are a few quick tips to help:

  • Express your love – be there for them, and remind them they have your support no matter what
  • Ask “how can I help?” – this approach lets them take responsibility for problem-solving, and is a reminder that you want to help in the process – not solve the problem for them
  • Reframe the situation – turn around the perspective to the positive
  • Encourage a big picture view – put the situation into larger context and remind them that they’ve been through challenges before
  • Guide problem solving – ask questions to help them identify the problem and consider the pros and cons of possible solutions; you can also remind them of resources available to help them
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Help for New Students

Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs provides orientation for families and students, tips for adjusting to UB, and transition specialists for students who need a little extra help:

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

Phone: (716) 645-6125