Second Year Students

Welcome to Your Second Year at UB!

Your second year in college can bring exciting opportunities and new challenges. UB’s second year student resources include programming and activities designed especially for students transitioning into their second year of college. These resources focus on three themes important for second year student success:

Our goal is to help second year students be successful and get the most out of their second year at UB. For second year advising help, please email us at

Confirm Your Major &
Explore Careers
Maximize Your
Academic Experience
Engage in UB &
the Community
Sophomore Tips &
Campus Partners

Timely graduation is important for all students so it is essential that students take the steps that are necessary to make an informed decision to be accepted into their major before they have 60 credit hours completed (45 credit hours recommended).

Whether you are in the process of confirming your major or have already been accepted into your major, it is important that you consistently work with an academic advisor to stay on track for graduation.

Take advantage of the resources described within this section to confirm and apply to your major and explore careers.

Make an Appointment to Meet with an Academic Advisor at Least Once a Term
Course Planning
  • Plan your schedule for each semester and year with the goal of graduating at the end of four years.
  • To complete an undergraduate degree in four years, full time students need to complete at least 30 credits per academic year (at least 15 credits in fall and spring semester), as students need at least 120 total credits to graduate.
  • Confirm a major: narrow down your major interests.
  • What are your UB Curriculum (General Education) and pre-requisite course requirements?
  • Have you been accepted into a major by the time you have 60 credits completed (45 credits recommended)? Be mindful that some majors have application deadlines to apply.
Academic Concerns
Prehealth or Pre-Law
  • Are you considering pre-professional programs, such as prehealth or pre-law? Be sure you are meeting with both a specialized advisor as well as your major advisor.
Finding Help
  • Access valuable learning tools, tutorials and information on succeeding in college and obtaining your educational goals by referencing UB’s Undergraduate Advising and Sophomore Segue websites.
Continue to Affirm Majors and Minors and Explore Careers
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog Utilize the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog and read Academic Program overviews, Acceptance Criteria Information, Course Descriptions, Career Information and more.
Career Services
Success Tips: Check MyUB and Your UB Email Daily
MyUB Refer often to the Need to Know section of MyUB as well as the Academics page.
HUB Access your HUB Student Center via MyUB and check your:
  • Record: Ensure your current intended or approved major is accurately reflected.
  • Degree Status: Be sure you know how to review your Academic Advisement Report.
  • Grades: Verify your mid-semester grades halfway through each semester and review your final grades at the end of each term.
  • Holds: Ensure you do not have a Hold on your account.
  • Contact Information: Verify your updated personal contact information (address, cell/phone) are correctly listed.
  • Understanding of tutorials and guides on how to use your HUB Student Center for academics, grades, registration, financial services, personal information and more.

Stay informed and read the Be Advised weblog frequently.

Involvement in activities such as internships, community service projects, and leadership development programs will greatly complement and enhance your overall educational experience.

In conjunction with pursuing your academic goals, you should investigate and take advantage of extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for learning, personal growth, and career enhancement. University faculty, staff, and your peers, help connect you with these opportunities.

Establish Meaningful Relationships with Peers, Faculty, and Staff
Connect with a Faculty Member:
  • Your college experience will be enhanced if you make an effort to meet with faculty outside of the classroom. You are encouraged to seek them out during office hours or by appointment. This time is not reserved solely for problem resolution (although certainly you should reach out promptly if you are having a problem).
  • Become an Orientation Leader, a Diversity Advocate, or Career Peer Advisor and offer your support and share your experiences with other UB students.
  • Become a Campus Living paraprofessional staff member (Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, or Academic Assistant) to mentor and support other students and develop leadership abilities.
  • Participate in programs offered by Campus Living that cover a wide range topics, such as academic skills, life skills, diversity, service, and health and wellness.
Student Clubs and Organizations:

The university has over 300 student clubs and organizations, recreational activities, and opportunities to volunteer on campus and in the local community. Involvement in these activities enhances the student experience and builds new skills and abilities.

Utilize Campus Resources

Take Advantage of Financial Resources and Services

Campus Partners

Last updated: October 26, 2016 9:53 am EST

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