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First-Year Students

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First Year Orientation
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First Year Orientation Presentation
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First Year Orientation Welcome
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First Year Students

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

For students entering Buffalo State in Fall 2020, the First-Year Orientation program is a mandatory two-day program in multiple sessions. Commuter students will commute from home and residential students will stay in their assigned rooms. An email will be sent to students with a personal link to register. This email will go out when registration for orientation opens. 

International students will attend a multi-day orientation program. For more information regarding this program, visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website.

Summer 2020 Sessions

Session 1: June 29 - 30

Session 2: July 9 - 10

Session 3: July 16 - 17 (EOP Students only)

Session 4: July 23 - 24

Session 5: July 30 - 31



Beginning in January 2020the associated charge for Orientation will be automatically applied to you 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 or 716-878-5336 if you have any questions.

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 an academic adviser will develop your spring 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


If you are bringing any family members or guests, please visit the following page for information and to register: Family or Guest

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