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First-Year Students

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First Year Orientation
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First Year Orientation
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First Year Orientation

Welcome First-Year Students!

The Student Leadership and Engagement Office is excited to welcome you to Buffalo State!

Our Student Leadership and Engagement Office has designed an orientation for new students who will be attending Buffalo State that provides programs, events, and information, which create a common experience and promote school spirit by connecting students to each other and fostering learning and development both in and out of the classroom.

First-Year Orientation


Further information regarding registering for the upcoming January 2020 orientation will be available in the near future. 


The January First-Year Orientation program is one day program. Commuter students will commute to orientation and residential students will stay in their assigned rooms

International students will attend a multi-day orientation. For information regarding your orientation program please click here to visit the International Student and Scholar Services office.


Please view the costs section of the website for information. The Orientation charge cannot be waived.

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

Academic Schedule

It is important that First-Year students register for orientation and submit their Weigel Health Forms as soon as possible. After submitting the Intent to Enroll deposit, registering for orientation and submitting your health records and academic adviser will develop your fall semester class schedule.

Buffalo State Orientation App

Please download the Buffalo State Orientation App. This is where our schedules for the day of orientation will be located for both students and family members.

What Should I Bring to Orientation

Please see the Before You Arrive section for more information.

Step 1

Sign up for Orientation
Please check your personal and Buffalo State email for instructions on how to sign up for Orientation.

Step 2

Submit Payment
You may pay for orientation electronically when you register for your orientation. If you want to pay by money order, follow the steps outlined in the "Cost" section.
First-Year student - $225
First-Year Parent/Family - $100, $75 for each additional person, $50 for family under 16 years old.

Step 3

Complete the First Year Pre-Orientation Tutorial
Students will be notified when the First Year Pre-Orientation Tutorial is available. Students should take the "First-Year Pre-Orientation Tutorial" to gain insight on what it is like to be a Buffalo State student and get a jumpstart on learning important information that will help you both inside and out of the classroom.


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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