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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 nsfp@buffalostate.edu

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:

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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   nsfp@buffalostate.edu