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Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer students must complete orientation.


What if I cannot attend Orientation?

All new students must attend an orientation session. If the current available dates do not work for you, connect with Student Leadership and Engagement as there may be 1 or 2 makeup dates available prior to the start of the semester.


What if I don’t complete Orientation?

Most importantly, not completing orientation will place you at a disadvantage for the start of your academic career at Buffalo State. Orientation is a great way to learn about the campus and make early social connections. Financially speaking, students are billed for orientation regardless if they attend or not. A hold may also be placed on your student account until this fee is paid. Holds prevent the ability to register for the following semester’s courses.


How much does Orientation cost? How do I pay?

The one-time orientation fee will be applied automatically to your first-semester bill. Please click the tab that corresponds with how you identify as a student (first year or transfer) and the semester you will begin at Buffalo State. These pages have the most up to date information regarding current student fees.

Parent/Guest $75 per person for first year sessions, $50 per person for transfer sessions. *students are allowed no more than 2parents/guests to accompany them. The ability to invite a guest could change based on current Covid-19 pre-cautions. We will refund students for their guest fee if this occurs.


I am a residential student, should I expect to move on campus after Orientation?

Depending on when you are attending orientation, you may need to plan on moving directly into your res hall the day before or after your session. The move in timeline  is completely up to Residence Life. If you have questions regarding when you should expect to move on campus and where you will be living please contact Residence Life directly via email or by calling 716-878-3000.


I feel lost in my college transiton, is there some one that can talk to me 1:1 and offer me support?

We get it, transitioning to college can be a confusing process, but it doesnt have to be. We have professional staff on campus who can support incoming first-year students and ensure that they have a successful collegiate transition. Please check out the supports and services offered by our Roar 2 Success program or email us directly to get connected with supports! If you are a transfer student in need of support, our transfer department is also willing to support you during this time, feel free to contact them via email.

Questions? Text us 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