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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


At this time we are asking all students who have submitted their intent to enroll deposit and have not yet attended the mandatory​ orientation to please keep an eye on your emails. Information about a make up session will be released in the upcoming weeks. Once the information is available students can register for the session.


First-Year Orientation is a 3 day program. Orientation 101 requires a mandatory overnight stay at Buffalo State during the summer and Orientation 102 a mandatory 1 day program during Bengal Bound on August 23, 2019. All students are required to stay on campus and will be provided a double occupancy room upon check-in during the summer program. Commuters will commute on August 23rd. The orientation requirement and associated charge cannot be waived.


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.

*Student Athletes may have an extended orientation session on day 2.  During that session student athletes will meet with the Athletic Director, coaches, and complete their required physical.  

**Honors students will have an extended orientation session on day 2.  During that session the honors students will meet with the Honors program.  

***EOP Students will move into their summer housing assignments on Sunday, July 14th



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