UB Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Applying for a Major

Students must be accepted into a major and complete all of the requirements for that major in order to graduate from UB. Particularly for continuing students, a great number of UB majors require that students complete a prescribed set of courses/requirements (pre-requisites) to gain admittance into the major and/or upper level courses. Meeting with an academic advisor each semester will help students stay on track with completing pre-requisite requirements and/or developing an appropriate course plan of study.

Intended vs. Approved Major

  • Intended Major is an intention to pursue a major. The Acceptance Criteria requirements (pre-requisite course(s), minimum GPA, etc.) are in progress but not yet completed; the student is not yet eligible to officially apply to the major.
  • Approved Major is when the student has been accepted to the major (either upon admission to UB or by completing all Acceptance Criteria and applying to the major).

Students who have completed 60 units (credit hours), need to have an Approved Major in order to maintain appropriate academic and financial progress.

When to Apply

Continuing students normally apply to their major during the semester that they are completing the last of their prerequisite courses or during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Application deadline dates vary by department; some departments review applications and accept students continuously while other departments admit students once per year. Application deadlines can be found in the Academic Program section of the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog for the appropriate major. Remember that students should be accepted into their major no later than the spring semester of their sophomore year or before having 60 credit hours completed.

How to Apply

  1. Continuing students need to have the Acceptance Criteria met for their major: An academic advisor can review these requirements with students to ensure students are eligible to apply to their major.
  2. Review the department website for application deadlines and processes: Department information can be accessed through the Academic Programs tab in the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog for the appropriate major.
  3. Apply online or go to the department: Majors either require continuing students to apply online or go to the department with their application materials, including a copy of their Academic Advisement Report. Be sure to bring any additional documents that may be required by the department for admission (e.g. references, evidence of volunteer work, etc.).

Once you are accepted into your major, your HUB Student Center will be updated to reflect that you are an Approved Major. Your Academic Advisement Report will also reflect this change. You will then be eligible to register in majors-only courses. If you already have an Approved Major on your record and are adding another major, your Academic Advisement Report will show both approved majors.

Last updated: May 06, 2016 2:13 pm EST

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