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
- 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.
|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.
- 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.
|Success Tips: Check MyUB and Your UB Email Daily
||Refer often to the Need to Know section of MyUB as well as the Academics page.
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).
- Participate in Study Abroad during the fall, winter, spring and/or summer to enhance your educational experience and enrich your life through experiencing people, places and cultures from all around the world.
- Consider applying for the Advanced Honors Program to gain advanced, graduate-level research experience or participate in research projects as part of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA).
- Take advantage of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), which offers key preparation services, resources, and opportunities for underrepresented students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors.
- Participate in the McNair Scholars Program, which provides encouragement and services to low-income and first generation college students from underrepresented groups interested in pursuing doctoral study.
- Utilize Student Support Services (SSS), which provides comprehensive support to qualified students in the areas of academic, career, and personal assistance.
- Create your own undergraduate experience by participating in living and learning communities offered by The Academies, which focus on the themes of Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration, and Sustainability, and read one or more books from the 48 Good Books Project which embody the mission and spirit of these academies.
- 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
- Community Action Corps: student organization that promotes active involvement in volunteer and community service activities.
- UB Cares: UB faculty, staff, and students take part in community projects and events to enrich the quality of life in our local communities.
- The Office of Student Engagement: inspiring students to explore a life of active citizenship.
- Seek help in your courses from instructors, TAs and tutors.
- Attend a Life & Learning Workshop and learn about time management, study skills, leadership and career information, and much more.
- The UB Libraries provide information you need to complete your papers and projects, group and individual study spaces, and individual research help from librarians.
- Visit Counseling Services, Wellness Education Services, and Health Services ,which foster optimal academic functioning and social development through supportive life-long healthy behaviors.
- Participate in clubs and organizations, recreational activities, and/or volunteer and develop your Co-Curricular Record.
- Attend sporting events, the Distinguished Speakers Series, Late Night UB, art shows and more.
- Contact Accessibility Resources for information on services and accommodations for students with disabilities.
- If you are an international student, use International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for helpful information on immigration services, resources in Buffalo, and more.
Take Advantage of Financial Resources and Services