Preparing for Course Registration
Your academic advisor will register you for some or all of your first term classes. For each term thereafter, we give you the tools to register on your own.
Between now and the beginning of the on-campus orientation conferences you can expect to be contacted by your advisor. Each advising unit on campus selects their own outreach method for registering new students:
- Some advising offices will contact you to schedule an in-person or phone appointment;
- Others may reach out by mail or email to review your interests and develop your class schedule
See the Orientation website for the specific course registration process for your advising unit. Look for the Process/Timeline for First Year Students.
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/advisor based upon their declared or approved major and special population affiliation if applicable.
Students who have not selected a major will be advised by the staff in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center.
To locate your academic advisor see your HUB Student Center, Advisor Channel (PDF) or use the Advising Directory.
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. Use school code 2925 to distinguish UB (SUNY Center Buffalo) from SUNY College Buffalo (Buffalo State).
- In some instances new students will not know their AP score when they speak with an advisor for course registration. It is important that you contact your academic advisor when you find out your AP scores as it may affect your first semester course registration.
- Transfer students must have their original score sent to UB from the College Board. UB will not accept scores from a previous institution.
If You Have College Credit
Some students will transfer credits earned at other accredited colleges or universities to UB. 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.
From the catalog’s homepage you will find a navigation bar that includes Degrees & Programs, Courses and Policies & Procedures.
- Degrees & Programs: View a complete listing of all the majors available here at UB, along with minors and certificates.
- Courses: Use this feature to search UB courses.
- Policies & Procedures: This leads you to information on University Degree Requirements (including the UB Curriculum), Finish in Four information, among many topics.
The UB Curriculum (Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog) 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.
Once You Are Registered for Classes
- Go online to see your class schedule in the HUB Student Center via MyUB (UBIT Name & Password required). Your advisor will also mail you a copy of your schedule along with the Your Academic Schedule brochure.
- Review the Understanding Your Class Schedule Tutorial. The tutorial contains a sample schedule with explanations to help you understand how it works.
- If you have any questions about your schedule contact your academic advisor. Contact information for your advisor is typically in with your schedule brochure. If you are not sure who to contact use the Advising Directory to locate your advising center.
As a registered student at UB, you are financially and academically responsible for the courses in which you are enrolled.
If you will not be able to attend UB this semester:
- Contact your academic advisor to be sure your courses are dropped.
- Cancel your enrollment in any other campus services (housing, dining services, etc.).
- Consult the When You’re Not Enrolling at UB Checklist.
What is Finish in 4?
Finish in 4 is an initiative to help UB students complete their four year degree in four years! It is UB’s commitment to provide students with the resources and guidance needed to achieve this goal. New freshman are encouraged to take the Pledge to Finish in 4 upon enrolling at the University. Review the Finish in 4 website for more information.
How do I sign up for Finish in 4?
Look for the “Finish in 4” question on the Orientation Data Form. This is how new freshmen (entering in the fall term only) can opt to take the Pledge. Please be sure to first review all information on the Finish in 4 website and discuss any questions you may have with your advisor. If you do not take the Pledge on the Orientation Data Form and decide later that you wish to do so consult with your advisor.
What classes will I take my first year?
A typical freshman schedule is made up of courses that fulfill major or UB Curriculum (general education) requirements. To graduate, students need a minimum of 120 credits consisting of requirements from their major, UB Curriculum, and electives. New students typically take approximately 15 credits a semester. Some majors require more than 120 credits.
What is a major?
A major is a focused concentration in one area of study. Major requirements vary from 31 to 85 credits or more, depending on the field and degree chosen. Many majors have introductory or prerequisite courses — from two to 10 courses — that must be completed before acceptance into the major.
What if I don’t have a major yet?
Don’t worry. If you enter UB as an Exploratory student you will be assigned an academic advisor who will suggest courses to help meet the UB Curriculum (general education) requirements and also help you explore majors.
Note: If you are transferring to UB with 60 credits or more, it is highly recommended that you be accepted into a major, talk to your advisor right away.
What is the UB Curriculum (general education)?
The UB Curriculum is a unique program of general education for all undergraduate students at UB.
How does my advisor know I’m ready for a particular course?
Placement is based on the following criteria:
- Writing — SAT/ACT/AP scores and/or previous writing course experience.
- Math — SAT scores, previous math course experience and for calculus courses ALEKS placement.
- Foreign language — previous language course experience and for some languages WebCAPE placement.
What if I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
Have the College Board/ETS send your scores to UB — and be sure to tell your UB advisor, because this may affect your course selection. Review How to Request Official Score Reports for Exam Credit or contact the College Board for further information.
What if I’ve taken college courses?
If you’ve taken or are currently taking college-level courses, tell your advisor and have an official transcript sent to the UB Admissions Office. Review Forward Your Transcripts for further information.
Why don’t I have the same schedule as my friend?
Class schedules are designed to meet each student’s individual interests, needs, and abilities, and to fulfill different UB Curriculum or major requirements. You may not take the same required courses at the same time as your friends.
What if I change my plans and choose not to attend UB?
You must complete the Not Enrolling at UB (PDF) form. If you believe you will be able to enroll at UB for a future semester, please contact the Office of Admissions. They can retain your application for entry at a future time.
If you are enrolled for courses and then choose not to attend UB be aware that 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.