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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Orientation Mandatory?

  • Yes, all incoming freshman 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 New Student and Family Programs office at

How much does Orientation cost?

  • The Orientation charge is:
    • $225 for First-Year (freshman) students.
    • $100 for Transfer students.
    • The Orientation charge is non-refundable.

Do parents/guests have to pay?

  • Yes.
  • Summer:
    • First-Year student family member cost: $100 for the first person and $75 for each additional person. Children under 16 years old are $50.
    • Transfer student family cost is $75 per person. 

If I register for Orientation and decide to cancel my admission to Buffalo State, can I get a refund?

  • The orientation charge is non-refundable. Deciding not to attend Buffalo State College does not qualify you to receive a refund.

When do I have to pay my Orientation Charge?

  • Summer: To guarantee your selected Orientation date, the orientation charge should be paid by May 1, 2018.

What is the deadline to register for Orientation?

  • Summer: May 1st is the priority date to be guaranteed your selected Orientation date.
    • First-Year students need to submit their intent to enroll forms, register for Orientation in order to have their schedule built in advance.
    • Transfer Students should sign up right away and complete the Transfer Pre-Registration tutorial in order to be able to register themselves for classes in advance of Orientation.

Where will I stay during Orientation?

First-Year students (freshman) will stay on campus in a residence halls during Orientation.

Can I choose my roommate for Orientation?

  • Students will share double-occupancy rooms with assigned roommates. We cannot accommodate student roommate requests.  Students are required to stay in the residence hall throughout the Orientation program.

What Should I Bring to First-Year Orientation?

  • Bed linens (Twin XL)
  • Pillow
  • Water Bottle
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Room fan (optional, as it may be hot outside)
  • Flip Flops or shower shoes
  • 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 summer orientation?

  • We welcome and strongly encourage students to register parents/guests for Summer Orientation. In past years, the vast majority of students who attended Summer 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 Life, etc.).
  • All of the programs are targeted for parents/guardians, 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 Summer Orientation?

  • Yes

Where will my guests stay during Summer Orientation?

  • Parents and guests are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Some area hotels do offer discounts and/or hold rooms for Orientation.

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

If I have additional questions, who do I contact?


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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