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Orientation FAQ

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer students must complete orientation prior to enrolling in classes.

What if I cannot attend Orientation?

All new students must attend an orientation session.  If you have additional questions about the date, please contact the Student Leadership and Engagement office at

How much does Orientation cost?

The cost of Orientation varies depending on if you are a first-year or transfer student. Beginning in January 2020, this cost will be applied automatically to your student bill. Please refer to the page to which group you belong for specific costs. 

NOTE: If you attended Orientation prior to January 2020 the charge will not be automatically applied to your student bill. Any past due payments must be made directly to the Student Leadership and Engagement office. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 716-878-5336.

Do parents/guests have to pay?

Yes, parents and guests do have to pay to attend Orienation. Please see the Families and Parent Orientation page.

How do I pay for orientation if I and/or a family member(s) attended prior to January 2019

Use the Make a Payment Button here:

Make a Payment

When do I have to pay my Orientation Charge?

The Orientation charge will be directly applied to your student bill. No direct payment is required or will be accepted through our office.

What is the deadline to register for Orientation?

  • Fall: In March students who have submitted their Intent to Enroll Deposit will receive an email with a personalized link to register for their orientation.
    • First-Year students need to submit their intent to enroll forms, register for orientation and submit their Weigel Health Forms/Immunization records in order to have their schedule built in advance.
    • Transfer Students should complete the Transfer Pre-Registration tutorial in order to be able to register themselves for classes in advance of orientation. Transfer students will also have to submit their Weigel Health Forms/Immunization records in order to be able to register for classes.

Where will I stay during Orientation?

Commuter student will commute to and from Orientation. Residential students will stay in their assigned rooms. Families and guests are responsible for arranging their own accomodation (please see a list of some local hotels here).

What Should I Bring to Orientation?

  • Banner ID information and student username
  • Official form of I.D.
  • Please note that the bookstore will be open during specified times during Orientation.

Will my food be included?

Your Orientation charge covers all student meals during Orientation. 

Do my parents/guests have to come with me to orientation?

  • We welcome and strongly encourage students to register parents/guests for orientation. In past years, the vast majority of students who attended orientation brought at least one guest.
  • While at orientation, parents and guests participate in a parent Orientation program that will provide them with the opportunity to have all of their questions answered about various University resources (Student Financial Services, Student Leadership and Engagement, etc.).
  • All of the programs are targeted for parents/guests, and we are unable to provide daycare services for younger siblings.

Can I bring more than one family member with me?

We welcome your parents and your family members to attend the Parent and Family Member Orientation that runs concurrently to the student orientation.  

Can I add a guest after I have already registered for Orientation?

Yes, please see Family and Parent Orientation

If I am living on campus during the academic year when can I move in to my housing assignment?

Students and family members should follow the information provided by Residence Life regarding the Spring 2020 move in dates and times.

If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

Students with additional questions should contact Student Leadership and Engagement at or 716-878-5336.


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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