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Opening Weekend Schedule

Opening Weekend events are free to new students. No registration is required but many events are first come, first served.

Whether you're a commuter or a resident student, Opening Weekend is UB's way of welcoming you to our community. At these popular events, you'll meet new people and receive valuable information to help you get ready for life at UB. Plenty of volunteers will be ready to help you check-in at your residence hall and help you become familiar with campus.

When you arrive on campus, pick up an Opening Weekend Guide at your residence hall or the Student Union. It's a useful list of all the weekend's activities.

View the full Fall Into UB calendar for additional welcome activities and events to get involved in during your first semester at school.

Opening Weekend Picnic Opening Weekend Welcome Bash Opening Weekend Meet Ups Opening Weekend Movie Night
Thursday, August 27 Table Dropdown
TimeStudent ScheduleParent & Family Schedule
9 am - 8 pm Freshman Residence Hall Check-In
Designated Check-in Site
1 - 4 pm Welcome Tents
South Campus: Main Bus Loop; North Campus: Front of Student Union and Capen Bus Loop
Get your questions answered by faculty, staff and students. Pick up a campus map or Opening Weekend Guide and get acquainted with your new home away from home!
5 pm Family Dinner
Residential students can invite their families to join them for dinner as they get acquainted with what they'll will be enjoying every day.
*Dinner is free for families if you are with your UB student.
8 pm - 10 pm Residence Hall Ice Cream Social
Governors Dining Hall/Ellicott Atrium/Goodyear Dining Hall
Students! Enjoy ice cream while meeting other new students and your Campus Living staff.
 
Friday, August 28 (Morning) Table Dropdown
TimeStudent ScheduleParent & Family Schedule
9 - 11 am   Parent and Family Breakfast
Pistachios, Student Union
Meet other UB families, staff and administrators. Get your questions answered and enjoy a continental breakfast before you bid your student farewell!
9 am - 3 pm New Student Residence Hall Check-In
Designated Check-in Site
10 am - 2:30 pm Welcome Tents
South Campus: Main Bus Loop; North Campus: Front of Student Union and Capen Bus Loop
Get your questions answered by faculty, staff and students. Pick up a campus map or Opening Weekend Guide and get acquainted with your new home away from home!
10:30 am Orientation Session #4
Various Outdoor Locations
Meet up with your Orientation Leaders from the summer revisit your academic goals for the year, and plan your Opening Weekend schedule.
 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Family Resource Fair
Student Union - Near Pistachios (2nd floor)
Get to know the Western New York community with our sponsors from banks, hotels, area restaurants and more!
Sponsored by: Bank of America, Boulevard Mall, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Dancing Chopsticks, Ellicott Hospitality, Fashion Outlets, GEICO, Mash Urgent Care, T-Mobile, Tops, Wegmans
Bank of America Boulevard Mall Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Dancing Chopsticks Ellicott Hospitality Fashion Outlets Geico Mash Urgent Care T-Mobile Tops Wegmans
11:30 am Family Farewell
Take a moment to bid your student farewell, but save the date for Family Weekend, October 2-4.
Friday, August 28 (Afternoon) Table Dropdown
TimeStudent Schedule
12:30 pm North Campus Walking Tours
Various Locations
College of Arts & Sciences - Flint Loop
School of Management - Flint Loop
School of Engineering - Student Union Lobby
Undecided - Student Union Lobby
Bring your class schedule and map your route to class.
12:30 - 1:30 pm Transfer Meet Up
210 Student Union
Transferred to UB? Connect with other transfer students as well as UB staff. Learn how to get involved in Tau Sigma, the national honor society specifically for transfer students, and the Transfer Peer Mentor Program. Take a tour of both campuses and find out where your classes will be held. Light refreshments will be served and there will be prizes!
1:30 - 3 pm University Resources & Jobs Fair
Student Union: Lobby and Social Hall
Finish up your college checklist with UB representatives at our Resource Fair. Learn about student services, campus jobs, set up bank and cell phone accounts.
Sponsored by: Bank of America, Boulevard Mall, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Campus Dining & Shops, Dancing Chopsticks, Ellicott Hospitality, Fashion Outlets, GEICO, Mash Urgent Care, T-Mobile, Tops, Wegmans
Bank of America Boulevard Mall Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Campus Dining & Shops Dancing Chopsticks Ellicott Hospitality Fashion Outlets Geico Mash Urgent Care T-Mobile Tops Wegmans
1:30 - 3:30 pm Open House: Intercultural and Diversity Center
240 Student Union
Join us and learn about our UB's diversity resources, programs, and events. You can meet current students and staff and speak with us about ways you can get involved. All are welcome! For more info, please visit ub-diversity.buffalo.edu.
  Open House: Office of Student Engagement (OSE)
235 & 223 Student Union
As you begin your time at UB, it's important to know all the opportunities available to you. The Office of Student Engagement exists to help you discover those opportunities that will enhance your education through experiential learning activities. Stop by to speak with OSE staff to learn more about what the university has to offer and that learning happens everywhere!
  Academies Reception
17 Norton Hall
The UB Academies invite you to check out our lounge space in 17 Norton Hall and meet our faculty, staff, and other incoming Academies students. Enjoy light refreshments and good conversation as information about programs and activities planned for the year are shared. Come preview how you can build your own experience with the Academies!
2 - 4 pm Open House: Career Services
259 Capen Hall
Don't delay - get your career path on target today. Learn about all of the resources in BullsEye including part-time and on-campus jobs. Meet our career counselors as you begin your journey at UB! Light refreshments, prizes and a raffle drawing!
3:30 pm Opening Weekend Welcome & Interlocking UB Photo
Student Union Field (Rain site: Alumni Arena)
Join us as the University at Buffalo welcomes the Class of 2019! Watch on a huge screen as more than 2,300 people merge to form our school's logo. Get to know University leadership and talented student performers. We will see you there!
5 - 7 pm New Student Picnic
Baird Point (Rain site: Student Union)
Enjoy a Chicken BBQ at beautiful Baird Point. (First come, first served). Mingle with UB faculty and staff, and meet other new students. Free to all new students.
6:30 pm Picnic Entertainment: Buffalo Aerial Dance
Baird Point (Rain site: Student Union Theater)
7:30 pm Governors Complex - Hall Wars Kickoff
Dewey vs. Roosevelt vs. Lehman vs. Clinton
Come out and enjoy some music, glow in the dark capture the flag & a midnight cookout.
7:30 pm - 1 am Club Ellicott
Ellicott East - Richmond, Spaulding and Wilkeson
Come check out events in all the 2nd floor lounges of Richmond, Spaulding, and Wilkeson including a dance party.
9 pm Student Association Movie
Student Union Field (Rain Site: Student Union Theater)
Enjoy San Andreas, a Student Association sponsored film.
10 pm Main Street in the Dark
South Campus (Outside Goodyear Hall)
This event will feature a DJ, free food, free glow sticks, and more!
Saturday, August 29 Table Dropdown
TimeStudent Schedule
9 am - 8 pm Returning Students Residence Hall Check-In
Designated Check-in Site
9:30 am - 1 pm UB Pride and Service
Meet outside of the Student Union Lobby
Spend the morning participating in community service projects, meeting new people and working with local groups that make Buffalo a great place to live! Lunch provided. Space limited to first 60 participants. Please wear closed-toe shoes.
11 am - 2:30 pm Welcome Tents
South Campus: Main Bus Loop; North Campus: Front of the Student Union and Capen Bus Loop
Get your questions answered by faculty, staff and students. Pick up a campus map or Opening Weekend Guide and get acquainted with your new home away from home!
12 pm North Campus Walking Tours
Various Locations
College of Arts & Sciences - Flint Loop
School of Management - Flint Loop
School of Engineering - Student Union Lobby
Undecided - Student Union Lobby
Bring your class schedule and map your route to class.
  South Campus Walking Tours
Various Locations
School of Nursing - Main Bus Loop
Public Health & Health Professions - Main Bus Loop
Biomedical Sciences - Goodyear Bus Loop
Undecided - Goodyear Bus Loop
Bring your class schedule and map your route to class.
3 - 8 pm Getting to Know Buffalo Bus Tours to Niagara Falls, Elmwood Arts Festival, Canalside Buffalo
Leave from Student Union Lobby*
*Arrive before 3 pm to ensure a space on the bus.
9:30 pm - 12:30 am Welcome Back Bash
Student Union Field and Student Union
Students! Don't miss the annual welcome back party complete with music, a paint war dance party, game shows, crafts, food and prizes! Sponsored by: Latenight UB
Sunday, August 30 Table Dropdown
TimeStudent Schedule
12 - 5 pm Returning Students Residence Hall Check-In
Designated Check-in Site
12 - 8 pm UB Meet Up Groups
Various Locations
Pick a Meet Up that appeals to your interests! Meet like-minded students and learn more about UB and what it has to offer.

UB Meet Up Groups List: PDF (438KB) | Word (41KB)
3 pm Welcome Home Festival
Greiner Lawn
This event features craft projects to help make your residence hall room more homey and comfortable!
8 pm Have a seat, make a friend, play some BINGO!
Student Union Lobby
Students get a chance to play BINGO UB style, win prizes, meet new people and learn how to make UB feel more like home.
9 pm Movie Night
Student Union Field and Student Union Theater
Kick back under the stars and watch Jurassic World in the Student Union Field or go inside to the Student Union Theater and enjoy ALOHA. Free movie, popcorn and pop. Sponsored by: Latenight UB and the Undergraduate Student Association.
10:30 pm Late Night Pancake Breakfast
Student Union Lobby
Come to the Student Union for a free late night pancake breakfast. First come first served! Sponsored by: Latenight UB

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