Academic Planning and Registration
Your academic advisor will contact you to discuss your plans and help you to devise a class schedule. Each advising unit has its own unique way of connecting with new transfer students, so wait to hear from your advisor (either by phone, email, or regular mail).
Be sure to watch for and respond to any communications you receive.
Who is My Advisor?
Academic advising at the University at Buffalo is delivered through a network of professional advising centers. Students are assigned to an academic advising unit based upon their declared or approved major (in a professional school or the College of Arts and Sciences).
Students who have not selected a major will be advised by the staff in Student Advising Services.
Students enrolled in the programs below will be served by their unique program offices, these students will also have access to advisors within their chosen major area:
Use the Advising Directory to locate your academic advisor.
How Can I Best Prepare for Working with My Advisor?
Most importantly respond to any communications from your advisor and complete any supplemental materials/assignments that your advisor may require.
If You Have Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Some students will enter UB with AP credit; this credit can count towards a UB degree or in some cases credit towards major and UB Curriculum (general education) requirements.
AP credit reminders
- Official transcripts from the College Board must be sent to UB. Please use school code 2925; be sure to use this code to distinguish UB (SUNY Center Buffalo) from SUNY College Buffalo (Buffalo State).
- To avoid any duplication of coursework tell your advisor about your AP credit as it may affect the courses you registered for in your first semester.
- Transfer students must have their original score sent to UB from the College Board. UB will not accept scores from a previous institution.
Previous College Credit
It is important that you tell your advisor about any college credit you have earned. Your advisor will need to know the school, course name, and number for all college level credit completed.
To obtain an official transcript of your college credit contact the institution’s academic records or registrar’s office. These official transcripts should be sent to:
- Office of Admissions
- 12 Capen Hall
- University at Buffalo
- Buffalo, New York 14260-1660
Transferring Course Credit from a SUNY School
Students who are transferring SUNY courses to UB and wish to appeal the transfer credit evaluation and course equivalencies awarded by UB may utilize the SUNY Transfer Appeal Process.
The university online Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog is a resource that will help you research majors and courses at UB. The catalog contains information about UB’s majors, degree requirements, UB Curriculum (general education) requirements, and academic policies. In this section we will introduce you to a few components of the catalog.
From the catalog’s homepage you will find a navigation bar that includes Academic Programs (majors), Policies & Procedures, and Course Search.
- Academic Programs: View a complete listing of all the majors available here at UB, along with course descriptions.
- Policies & Procedures: This leads you to information on University Degree Requirements, Finish in Four Curricular Plans, among many topics.
- Course Search: Use this feature to search UB courses.
Under the Academic Programs tab you will find a listing of all of the University at Buffalo’s degree granting programs, along with non-degree granting and special programs. You will be able to review this list of one-hundred plus majors and look at ones that are the most interesting to you.
When you click on a department link you will find the following information: overview, about the program, degrees and policies, courses, and careers. Pay particular attention to the Degrees & Policies section link which contains information about:
- Acceptance Criteria: This section tells you which courses you need to complete to apply to the major and what grade point average you need to earn.
- Required Courses: This section lists all of the courses required for the degree. The list can include courses from other departments.
- Finish in Four Sequence: This section contains the Curricular Plan or recommended sequence of courses to help you complete the degree in four years.
The Courses link leads you to a listing of the courses offered by the department. The course information is displayed like the example below for a Psychology course:
In the course description above you see the department abbreviation for Psychology (PSY), the course number (101), the course title (Introductory Psychology) and the course type (Lecture). You also see the number of credits for the course (3) and the semesters when the course is offered. If Prerequisites (courses that must be completed prior to taking this course) or Co-requisites (courses that should be taken along with the course) apply to this course you will also see them listed.
Under the Course Search tab you will find two search options, you can search using a department abbreviation or a search term.
Using the Course Search we typed in "gender" and below is a listing of some of the results we received. Notice that the search results list classes by department abbreviations (i.e., AS is for Asian Studies and ENG is English ).
This type of search will assist you in identifying your academic interests and connecting your interests to majors.
The new UB Curriculum (General Education) Requirements will start with the incoming freshman/transfer class of fall 2016, students enrolled before this date will complete the previous general education requirements.
The UB Curriculum is a unique program of general education for all undergraduate students at UB. Serving as the core academic experience, it celebrates the joy of intellectual discovery and prepares students for life, career and citizenship in a diverse and dynamic world.
Your academic advisor will recommend courses for your first semester at UB. This recommendation is based on your major and any course work you have transferred to the university. After speaking with your academic advisor you will register yourself for classes using the HUB Student Center via MyUB.
MyUB is UB’s online portal for students that contains links to the many UB tools, resources, and services, such as UBmail, the UBlearns course management system, and the HUB Student Center. You will need your UBIT Name & Password to access MyUB.
The HUB Student Center is accessed from a tab on MyUB. The HUB Student Center is an online one-stop shop for students, from the center students can register for classes, check their grades, request transcripts, manage their finances/financial aid, maintain their personal information, and much more.
Before Registering for Classes Review the Following Information:
To be a full time student you need to be registered for at least 12 credit hours. If you have any questions about registration contact your academic advisor.
Once You are Registered for Classes:
As a registered student at UB, you are financially and academically responsible for the courses in which you are enrolled. If you find that you will not be able to attend UB this semester, please contact your academic advisor to ensure that your courses are dropped. You should also make sure you cancel your enrollment in any other campus services (housing, dining services, etc.) Please consult the When You’re Not Enrolling at UB Checklist for guidance.
What if I am not sure yet what I want to major in?
If you are undecided about your major it is important that you work with your academic advisor to plan a course of study that will help you choose. Please be aware that:
- General/liberal studies is not a choice of a major at UB.
- A general guideline for making “academic progress” is that students with 60 or more credits have an accepted major.
- Majors vary in the number of units (credit hours) they require and length of time they take to complete regardless of your class year or already completed units.
- Upon choosing a major, especially if you are changing, you should complete a detailed academic plan with your advisor.
What is the difference between declared (intended) and an accepted major?
A declared or intended major is a major that you would like to pursue; an accepted major is the status of a student who has been formally admitted into a major.
Most majors at UB have specific acceptance criteria that must be completed before entrance into the major. These requirements can include: certain courses, minimum grades, applications, deadlines, portfolio reviews or auditions, etc.
Degree requirements and acceptance criteria for all UB majors can be found in the Academic Programs section of the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog.
What if I have changed my mind about the major I indicated on my application?
If you decide that you are interested in pursuing a different major, please contact Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs (UNLESS you have already registered for classes, then contact your advisor). Remember, the courses that we have recommended are based on your intended major. We will work with you to make any necessary changes to your schedule should your declared (intended) major change.
What is an Advisement Report?
The Advisement Report is an advising tool that tracks your progress towards graduation by showing how courses taken meet graduation requirements at UB. You can generate an AAR from your HUB Student Center via MyUB. For instructions on how to generate and understand an AAR see the My Advisement Report Overview (PDF).
What is a Transfer Credit Report?
The Transfer Credit Report (TCR) is an advisement tool that lists incoming transfer courses including units and grades. The report also provides the UB course equivalencies for incoming credit. The Transfer Credit Report is used in conjunction with the Advisement Report to track progress towards completing university degree requirements. For instructions on how to generate and understand a TCR see the My Transfer Credit Evaluation Overview (PDF).
How do I register for classes?
Students register for classes using the HUB Student Center via MyUB. Step by step directions on how to register for classes are available on the HUB Support website, see the Enroll using Class Search How to (PDF) tutorial. Prior to registering for classes students should consult with their academic advisor to discuss appropriate courses.
How can I tell if UB has received all of the transfer credit from my former school?
The Transfer Credit Report provides a listing of all the incoming courses, units, and grades along with UB course equivalencies. If you have questions about how your transfer credit counts towards UB requirements, contact your academic advisor.
What if I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
You MUST have the College Board/ETS send an official report of your scores to UB. This transcript information is not sent by your previous school. Be sure to tell your advisor if you have AP credit, because this may affect your course selection. See Advanced Placement (AP) or Prior College Credit for more information.
What if I change my plans and choose not to attend UB?
You must complete the Not Enrolling at UB form (PDF). If you believe you’ll be able to enroll at UB for a future term, please contact the Office of Admissions, they can retain your application for entry at a future time.
There is a deadline date for dropping courses without financial penalty in each semester. Refer to the Student Calendars to see the deadline date for the semester you are enrolled.