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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.  We recommend you attend the program associated with your major.  However you may attend a different session (1, 2 or 3) if you have a date conflict.  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 for January is:
    • $75 for First-Year (freshman) students.
    • $60 for Transfer Students.
    • The Orientation charge is non-refundable.
  • The Orientation charge for Summer is:
    • $190 for First-Year (freshman) students.
    • $60 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 $45 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, 2017.

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?

  • Summer: First-Year students (freshman) will stay on campus in the residence halls during Orientation.

Can I choose my roommate for Orientation?

  • Summer: 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