Course Planning and Registration

Plan-Connect-Register and stay on track for graduation.


Planning for course registration keeps you on track for graduation, helps to give you the best choice of classes and class times, and helps you to avoid fees associated with late registration. It is in your best interest to enroll in classes as soon as you are able to register.

When do I register for classes?

Your enrollment appointment will appear in the Enrollment Dates channel of your HUB Student Center about a month before enrollment begins. Enrollment begins in March/April for fall and summer registration and October/November for spring and winter registration.

The earlier you register for classes, the more choices you will have!

How to be prepared to register when your enrollment date begins:

What courses do I need to take?

Students should review their Academic Advisement Report (AAR) and curricular plan before every class enrollment cycle to determine what requirements are outstanding for both their major and UB Curriculum programs.

To stay on track for timely graduation, students should register for the courses that satisfy these requirements. The following advising tools help students determine what courses to register for each semester and track their progress towards graduation.

  • The HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is an advising tool that students and advisors use to track students’ progress towards completing UB Curriculum and major requirements.
  • Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog curricular plans exist for every major at UB. These plans list all of the required courses needed to complete the degree. View a curricular plan by selecting the major of your choice from the Degrees & Programs tab in the catalog. You will then find the "Curricular Plan" tab along the top of the page.
  • The Path Finder is a planning tool to aid in the selection of UB Curriculum Pathway courses (available for students enrolled fall 2016 and after). Students access the Path Finder through a link on their Academic Advisement Report (AAR). When using the Path Finder Tool, students should be sure to save course selections to HUB by selecting the Save to HUB button in the upper right hand corner of the Path Finder page.
  • The Planner allows students to plan courses based on their requirements for an individual term, multiple terms or for their entire program of study.
  • The Schedule Builder is a web-based class planning and registration tool that allows students to plan their class schedule and register for classes. Students can import classes directly from My Planner.

Considering changing your major?

Review Changing Your Major information and speak to your academic advisor or a career counselor. The HUB What-if Advisement Report gives you the ability to run a simulated Academic Advisement Report (AAR) that compares your transcript against a proposed major. The report is a valuable resource for students to use when they are considering changing their major. The report is accessed through the My Academics link in the Academic section of the HUB Student Center.


Connect with UB academic advisors and career counselors:

  • Academic advisors help students understand requirements for their major (or help to explore majors) and the UB Curriculum. Contact your academic advisor/advising unit at least two weeks before your enrollment date to schedule an appointment. If you are changing majors locate the appropriate advising unit using the Advising Directory.
  • Career counselors help students explore majors and related careers, find jobs and internships, prepare for the world of work and more. Contact the Career Design Center to schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor.

Connect using UB’s online resources: Do you know how to register for classes? Review the Enrollment tutorials found on the HUB Support website:

From the HUB Student Center you can also:

Students can also view the class schedule on the Office of the Registrar website.


Prior to your Enrollment Appointment, you will be assigned a Shopping Cart Appointment. This allows you to place the classes you would like to take into your Shopping Cart and validate them to see if there are any time conflicts, requisites (courses that need to be taken prior to or with another course) and unit-limit issues. For more information see Register for Classes.

  • You can import your complete schedule of courses and times from Schedule Builder to your Shopping Cart.
  • You may have put courses in your Shopping Cart weeks before enrollment begins, so check to ensure course availability the moment before you intend to enroll.

Finish Enrolling in HUB

Placing courses in your Shopping Cart does not mean you are enrolled in classes! Be sure to click the last “Finish Enrolling” button and view your results.

  • Pay attention to error reports. Do NOT ignore them!
  • View/print your schedule. Check back the first week of classes, as rooms may have changed.

When adjusting your schedule, be aware of continued eligibility requirements for state and federal financial aid and the registration deadline dates associated with Adding, Dropping and Resigning Courses.

To graduate on time and qualify for financial aid and some scholarships, students need to complete at least 15 credits a semester (or 30 credits a year). This gets you to the 120 credit hours needed for graduation in four years.   

Last updated: April 13, 2021 10:11 am EST

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