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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:
    • January:
      • $90 for First-Year (freshman) students - Please pay at the time of registering for orientation.
      • $75 for Transfer students  - Please pay at the time of registering for orientation.
    • The Orientation charge is non-refundable.

Do parents/guests have to pay?

  • Yes
  • January:

    • First-Year student family member cost: $40 per person
    • Transfer student family cost is $40 per person. 
    • All family members registered will be responsible to pay the orientation charge.

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.

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?

  • January: As soon as you receive an email from us you should register for your orientation
  • 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?

  • January: Mid-November the registration form will be available.
    • 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?

Students who are living on campus will move in the day prior to their orientation. Commuters will commute to orientation.

What Should I Bring to First-Year 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 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 Orientation?

  • Yes

Where will my guests stay during 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  •  Campbell Student Union 400 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5336 •  Fax: (716) 878-3821