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Fall 2022 Students

Welcome First-Year Students!

After you have accepted your offer of admission to Buffalo State College and your tuition deposit has been received, your next step to becoming a Bengal is attending orientation. Student Leadership and Engagement is excited to welcome first year students back to campus for an in-person orientation session this summer.

How do I register for Orientation?:  A formal invitation to register for orientation will be sent to the email address you used when you applied for admission to Buffalo State College after your first year deposit is received. To register for an orientation session, you will need to log into your Buffalo State College applicant portal. Through the portal you will be able to register for a session. As your scheduled orientation approaches you will begin to receive a series of email reminders. A final email reminder will be sent to your Buffalo State College email address 24 hours prior to your scheduled orientation session with information on parking and session check in details.

What are the dates for First Year Orientation?: First year sessions this summer will be approximately 2 days. This gives our first year students the opportunity to immerse themselves into campus life as they will stay overnight in one of our designated res halls. First year summer session dates are being held July 13-14th and July 27-28th. If you are an EOP student please check the EOP website for detailed orientation dates and EOP summer academy info. Fall Student athletes also have a designated session, which occurs on August 18,2022. If you are a Veteran or currently serving in the armed forces or are the student or spouse of someone in the armed forces, there is a Military Orientation offered on Thursday August 25th at 9am. Please contact Brad Baumgardner for more information.


What is the time frame for First Year Orientation?: Check in on day one begins at 11:30am. Day one official wraps up around 8pm. Additionally there are some evening activities for incoming students to enjoy with their peers. Day two begins at 8:45am and ends around 4:30pm.


What is the tentative schedule for First Year Orientation?: There are three different types of First Year Orientation which are specific to different student populations. Take a look at our draft orientation schedules: First Year Students, First Year EOP Students, First Year Student Athletes *These schedules are subject to change.*


What do I bring for my orientation overnight stay?: 

For your overnight stay, we recommend you pack light and only bring the necessities. If you eventually will be living on campus we recommend checking out the full "what to bring/what not to bring" list on the res life home page.

Must Have Items:

Pillow, pillowcases, blanket, bedspread, mattress pad, sheets to fit a twin extra-long mattress, Clothes (at least 2 outfits and some pjs),Towels and washcloths, Lock Box (for medications you need to take while at orientation), Shower caddy & Shower shoes/Flip Flops, Toiletries (soap, deodorant, hair products, comb/brush, headscarf/du-rag, lotion, hand sanitizer, cologne/perfume), Hair dryer, First Aid kit, Cleaning products (Clorox wipes, etc to sanitize the room if you prefer),Refillable water bottle, Cell phone and charger, Laptop/Tablet and charger

Optional Items:

Umbrella, Fan, Portable Gaming systems, Alarm clock (or set the alarm on your phone), ATM Card, Credit Cards, Driver License, Insurance Cards, Passport/Visa, Social Security Card


What if I need to cancel my scheduled date?: Orientation is mandatory and all new incoming students are have a fee which is billed to their first semester account. If you need to cancel and reschedule your session you can do that through the applicant portal as well.


What do I do while I wait for my scheduled session date?: After registering for an in-person orientation, students should then log into the pre-orientation tutorial.

To access the pre-orientation tutorial please do the following:

a) Open your web browser and go to

b) At the top middle of the screen you will see a red box, enter your join code bf75887c

c) You will be prompted to input an email address, please click the Gmail option and login using your Buffalo State email address and password. If you have not set this up and need help, please check out this instructional video.

d) Start with the first module “Learn more about Buffalo State” and then navigate through the other support modules. Next you will access your specific academic program’s video content. Feel free to also view content from other majors that interest you. Not decided on a major yet? Not a problem, explore whatever interests you.

e) Finally, you will view the last module which lets you know what to expect next. 

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to complete the exit survey to receive credit for reviewing the pre-orientation tutorial.



Please note that  attending an orientation session is mandatory for all incoming Buffalo State Students. The orientation fee is a fixed price for all students and will appear on your student account as a charge. Each student’s account will be billed for the cost of orientation regardless if they attend or not. The First Year Student Orientation cost is: $225. For first year international students the cost is $325, this will cover pre-orientation meals.

Starting January 2020, the associated charge for Orientation will be automatically applied to your student bill. If you attended Orientation prior to then, all past due payments must still be made. Please contact the Student Leadership and Engagement office at if you have any questions.

**Reminder: The $125 tuition deposit, applied to your tuition bill, is separate from the cost of your orientation.


If you have questions you can text the Orientation office at 716-281-5521.


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Student Leadership and Engagement

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Campbell Student Union 400 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4631 •  Fax: (716) 878-5600