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First-Year Student Orientation

Welcome to Buffalo State

We are excited that you have chosen Buffalo State for your undergraduate study and hope that your experience as a Bengal is nothing short of excellent!

The New Student and Family Programs office has designed an orientation for new students who will be attending Buffalo State in the fall 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.

Registration for Fall 2017 Orientation will begin in the middle of March. Please see below for information on dates, cost and how to register for Orientation.

Fall 2017 Make-Up Orientation Dates

You will need to attend one of the sessions below.

FY Make-Up Session: September 6th

To sign up for Make-Up Orientation please follow the steps outlined at the bottom of the page.

*Students who are unable to attend one of the sessions listed above should contact our office via email at or phone at (716) 878-5336.

Program Requirements:

Make-Up Orientation will begin at 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. located in Bulger North.


The Orientation charge is mandatory and is used to cover the cost of running the New Student and Family Programs office and orientations. This includes the use of facilities, publications, materials, food, and staffing.

The cost for First-Year students is: $190
The cost for International students is: $250

Forms of Payment Accepted

  1. Pay by credit/debit card at the time of signing up for orientation.
  2. Pay by check/money order. If you pay by check/money order, please remit payments to "BSCF" or Buffalo Sate College Foundation and mail or bring payment to:

New Student and Family Programs Office
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Porter Hall 14K
Buffalo, NY 14222

  • Please include your banner number and full name on all forms of payment. We will not be accepting payments during check-in orientation. The orientation charge is NOT on the student bill and will not be taken out of your financial aid. The orientation payment is non refundable and if you need to make payment arrangements, please contact our office.
  • Reminder: Your $125 tuition deposit, applied to your tuition bill, is separate from the cost of summer/fall orientation.


Please note that the bookstore will be open during specified times during Orientation.

Step 1

Sign up for Orientation

Please sign up for one of the first-year session dates through your Banner. Students will complete the First-Year Orientation registration form. Registration will open mid-March.

Step 2

Submit Payment

If you would like to pay by credit card and did not do so at the time of signing up, please click on the "Make A Payment" button at the top of the page to submit your online payment. If you want to pay by check or money order, follow the steps outlined in the "Cost" section.

Step 3

Complete the First Year Pre-Orientation Tutorial

The tutorial is now available and will serve as a foundation of information that will help in your transition to Buffalo State. Please follow the link for the First Year Pre-Orientation tutorial.


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New Student and Family Programs

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Porter Hall 14G •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5336 •  Fax: (716) 878-3821