UB Academic Calendar – Spring Semester 2021

Spring Semester 2021

Spring Semester 2021
Date Event
Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 Classes Begin
Friday, May 7, 2021 Last Day of Classes
Saturday, May 8 – Sunday, May 9, 2021 Reading Days
Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15, 2021 Semester Final Examinations
Friday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16, 2021 Commencement Weekend

The University at Buffalo academic calendar is set by the Faculty Senate and University President, and dates may change at their discretion.

Source: UB Office of the Registrar: Official Academic Calendar

Note: The spring 2021 academic calendar has been updated so that classes will begin on Feb. 1. Class dates on the spring 2021 schedule and weekly student calendar may not yet reflect the revised dates. Class dates will be corrected prior to the start of the spring term.

HUB Wait List

HUB Wait List

When a department has designated a class to allow Wait List, the student has the option during registration to Wait List the class if the class is full. Students who select this option are given a position on the Wait List; if a seat opens in the class, eligible students are moved from the wait list in the Wait List order. Learn more by reading the wait list overview.

Source: UB Office of the Registrar: Registration Tips


The last day to Resign from Fall 2020 Classes

The last day to Resign from Fall 2020 Classes: Friday, November 13, 2020

The last day to resign from a Fall 2020 class (15-week Standard Session) will be Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Before you Resign from a Class

Academic Advisor

Before resigning from a class you should speak with your academic advisor to determine if there may be consequence.  Your advisor or advising office contact information can be found in your HUB Student Center.  Click the Academic Progress tile.  This will bring you to the Advisors page where you will see the contact email for your advisor or advising office.

Financial Aid

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes and you receive Financial Aid you need to speak with a financial aid advisor, 716-645-8232 or via email at

International Student – Undergraduate

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes, then you must first schedule an appointment with one an International Student Services advisor to see if you can submit a Reduced Course Load form (this can only be done once during your Undergraduate career). Go to the International Student Services Contact Us page and  follow the instruction listed in the Schedule Appointment section.

How to Resign from a class

  1. Log into your HUB Student Center
  2. Click the Manage Classes tile
  3. This will bring you to the View My Schedule page.  On the left hand side of the page you will see a series of tabs, select the Drop Classes tab.
  4. You may then be asked to select a Semester or Term
  5. You will then see a listing of your current courses. Check the box of the course that you want to Resign and then click the Next or Continue button.
  6. On the next page you will see just the course you wish to Resign. Click the Finish Dropping button.

Have you selected your UB Curriculum Pathways Courses?

Graphic that show how to begin the process of selecting your UB Curriculum apathways courses.

UB Curriculum Pathways

The UB Curriculum Pathways are a series of courses linked together by a broad topic that you choose and examine through multiple perspectives. Through the Pathways you will develop a deep knowledge base in a chosen topic and learn how different disciplines approach a similar line of study.

You will find the Path Finder tool located in the Academic Progress tile or your HUB Student Center.

You should select your Pathway courses in your first semester at UB.

  • Use the Path Finder tool to select your Pathway courses.
  • When you save your Pathway selections to HUB, they first to your HUB Planner.
  • Use HUB Planner to assign  the courses to the semester in which you plan to take the course.
  • Once you have saved your semester choices in the Planner, your selections will then appear in your Academic Advising Report (AAR).
  • May be able to select Pathway courses from Schedule Builder


HUB Training Guides:


Functions behind the HUB Tiles that you will use to plan and register for Spring 2021 classes.

Graphic showing some of the functions that associated with some of the HUB Tiles that you will use to plan and register for next semester's classes.


A redesign of the HUB Student Center was unveiled at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. This post will point to some of the most frequently used functions behind the Hub Tiles and associated Tabs that students will use as they plan for their Fall 2020 class registration.

Academic Progress tile

Advisors tab

  • Undergraduate students use this tab for find their assigned advising office, location, telephone number, and departmental email. In some cases student’s will see their assigned academic advisor and that person’s email address.  Additionally many advising offices allow students to schedule an advising appointment from the Advisors tab.

Academic Advising Report (AAR) tab

  • The HUB Academic Advisement Report is an advising tool that tracks progress toward graduation by showing how courses taken meet graduation requirements for all approved undergraduate programs, and some graduate programs. Further information: Registrar: HUB Academic Advising Report

Path Finder tab

  • The Pathways are a series of courses linked together by a broad topic that you choose and examine through multiple perspectives. Through the Pathways you will develop a deep knowledge base in a chosen topic and learn how different disciplines approach a similar line of study. Video tutorial – Path Finder Tool.

Helpful Resources tab

  • The primary university resource that you will use as you develop and manage your academic plan is the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog. Use the Catalog Degrees and Programs section to view a complete listing of majors. For any major click the Program Requirements tab to view Acceptance Criteria/Prerequisite Courses and Required Courses for the major. From the Catalog: Policies and Procedures tab, you will find many rules and regulation.  Refer to the UB Curriculum Areas. A first semester freshman should plan to finish your UB Curriculum requirements over the course of your first six or seven semesters

To-Do tile

To-do List and Holds tabs

  • A service indicator/hold is an action used by the university to prevent students from registering for classes, receiving grades, and/or releasing student records, including diplomas, enrollment certification or transcripts. Holds may be placed by various offices on campus for outstanding financial obligations or for failing to submit required documents requested by the university. To review your holds visit your HUB Student Center via MyUB (UBITName and password required). Detailed information about the hold, including steps for resolving it, is available in HUB.

Grades / Awards tile

Grades tab

  • Use the Grades/Award tile to find your Mid-semester Grades. Mid-semester grades of MS (or A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, or C) indicate that you are okay thus far.  Mid-semester grades of MU (or  C-, D+, D, or F) indicate that your performance to date should be of concern.  You should speak with your instructor, or other member of the teaching team for feedback and suggestions.  Further information: Mid-Semester Review Process, Tutoring and Academic Support Services

Manage Classes tile

Enrollment Dates tab

  • To view your Enrollment Date for the upcoming term. Undergraduate enrollment appointment dates will display on the Manage Classes tile when enrollment appointments are assigned for a term. For information regarding a particular terms assignment view the class registration page.

Planner tab

Select Classes tab

  • Use the Select Classes function to search for and select courses to add to your Shopping Cart.

Schedule Builder tab

  • Students can search for courses and plan their schedule utilizing the Schedule Builder tool.  Similar to the Select Classes function,  Schedule Builder uses the power of computing to generate anywhere from on to a thousand schedule scenarios.  This is a very popular tool with students. HUB Student Center Training Guide – Schedule Builder

Shopping Cart tab

  • Using either the Select Classes or Schedule Builder tabs you can select courses to send to your HUB Shopping Cart. The day before your Enrollment Date, you should check your Shopping Cart to ensure that your courses are still “Open”.  If a course is closed you will want to add another course.

View My Schedule tab

  • You can begin to register for your classes on your Enrollment Date. You will be able to see the results of your registration in the View My Schedule tab. HUB Student Center Training Guide – View My Schedule – List View


Creating your Study Plan Template in an on-line Calendar – Step 1: Entering your Semester Classes

Where are you going to enter information for your Study Plan?

  1. From each course syllabi ,use a color high lighter to highlight the date, time, and location for each assignment, quiz, test, paper, project, or presentation.
  2. Decide upon what type of planner you will use.  Some students prefer to use a paper planner, others use an on-line calendar. Your UBmail is powered by Google, so some UB students are creating a Study Plan in Google Calendar.
  3. Some students may use a desk sized calendar
  4. Some students will also incorporate a wipeboard.

A graphic showing showing a weekly view of a class schedule

Enter your Class (Synchronized courses)  into Calendar

Is one of your semester goals to do well in your semester classes?  If so, then you will want to start by creating your own Study Plan Template using your online Calendar.  Once you have this calendar set up for the semester, you can synch it with your phone, and even add reminders.

Synchronous Courses Synchronous” describes remote courses that occur at a set day and time. At UB, this means all faculty and students will participate in the course at the same time per the schedule. Course information will be shared during this scheduled time. All students are required to participate in class activities at the scheduled time. You will know your class is synchronous because there will be a specific day and time listed on your class schedule. Source: Important Fall 2020 Schedule Information

  1. Print out a copy of your Semester Class Schedule
  2. Open up your on-line Calendar.  Your UBmail is Powered by Google, so you might find it beneficial to use the Google Calendar.
  3. In most cases you want to initially just view the week from Monday through Friday. But if you have a Lab on Saturday, you will want to see Monday through Saturday.
  4. Enter the first class from your schedule into the first meeting of the class. A pop up box will show up
  5. Add Title – example PSY 101 – Lecture
  6. Select the Time Range for the class (Start time and End time) – Example 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  7. Click the “Does not repeat” drop down arrow.  Then select Custom, from here you can select the days of the week that the course is offered. Example: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you have an in-person class, then you will also enter the Location (Building and room number) for that class.
  8. End date, select Custom recurrence and from the calendar select the last meeting time for this course.

Create your own meeting pattern for courses on your schedule that do not list a meeting pattern.

Asynchronous Courses: “Asynchronous” describes remote courses that do not occur at a set day and time. At UB, this means students are able to participate in and complete their coursework on their own schedule. Faculty may provide recorded lectures or videos for review. Students may also be asked to participate in discussion boards with their classmates. You will know your class is asynchronous because there will not be a specific day and time listed on your class schedule. Source: Important Fall 2020 Schedule Information

  1. Look at the your calendar, and find time slots that are open ideally either three days a week for an hour, or two days a week for an hour and a half.
  2. Try to keep breaks of at least an hour between your classes.







Study Abroad Information Sessions – Fall 2020

Dear Students,

We hope this message finds you all safe and well! The Study Abroad Programs Team is available remotely this fall to help you plan your future study abroad experience. Connect with us during our Virtual Office Hours via Zoom, by phone (716) 645-3912, or email on Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM! An appointment is not required to join the Virtual Office Hours via Zoom. We are also happy to schedule one-on-one advising appointments with our Study Abroad Program Advisors to answer any questions you may have.

You are also invited to attend our Study Abroad Information Sessions as well as the UB & SUNY Virtual Study Abroad Fairs!


Thinking about participating in a future study abroad program? Don’t know where to start? Join one of our Study Abroad Information Sessions on Zoom to learn more. Study Abroad Programs Staff will present on 80+ UB programs, hundreds of SUNY programs, and information on financial aid and available scholarships—focusing on 2021 programs and beyond! There will also be time for Q&A to answer any questions you may have.

  • Tuesday, September 8 from 2:30PM – 3:30PM – Zoom Link
  • Monday, October 5 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM – Zoom Link
  • Friday, November 13 from 3:00PM – 4:00PM – Zoom Link


Every year study abroad offices across SUNY come together to host fairs at each participating campus to showcase the many opportunities students have to go abroad. This year the fair will be completely virtual via CareerEco! The fair will consist of chat rooms hosted by each participating campus. Students can sign in anytime during the three hours and use text or video to ask questions to program representatives and advisors. Click here to pre-register for the SUNY Virtual Study Abroad Fair.

  • Wednesday, September 9 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM

   **SAVE THE DATE: UB will also host its own Virtual Study Abroad Fair via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM. Registration details coming soon!

We wish you a successful fall semester and look forward to connecting with you soon!



Karen & the Study Abroad Programs Team

 Karen Joppe

Study Abroad Advising Assistant

P: 716-645-3912  |  E:

201 Talbert Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1604

When will #UBabroad?

*Virtual office hours via Zoom are available M-F from 8:30am – 4:30pm*


Have you download the UB Navigate App?

Navigate is an app that will help you manage your academic journey and connect effectively with the full range of resources at UB.

Use Navigate to:

  • Make an appointment. Instantly schedule a meeting with an academic advisor or tutor.
  • Set alerts and reminders. Stay on top of your to-do list and important deadlines.
  • Locate campus resources. Connect to resources and support throughout campus.
  • Sync your class schedule with your phone calendar. See your whole schedule in one calendar view.
  • Find Study Buddies. Start or join a study group with other students from your classes.
  • Explore majors. Discover best-fit majors and career information.

Student Success Gateway – Introducing Navigate


Course Information You Will Need When Ordering Your Textbooks

Ordering your textbooks

You will need to know some specific course information when ordering your text books.  You will find this information in your HUB Student Center.  With this information you will order your textbooks through the University Bookstore.

Graphic showing where to find course information to use when ordering textbooks. Refer to body text for written steps

Step 1 – Create a list of your Classes + Class Sections

  1. Open your HUB Student Center, and select the Manage Classes square. The default page for the Manage Classes section is View My Classes.
  2. You will want to know the Course abbreviation and Number (example PSY 101) and the Section. Some courses only has one component (example LEC = Lecture, or SEM = Seminar)
  3. Some courses may have more than one component, and there may be materials required for each component.

Course Component Abbreviations

  • LEC = Lecture
  • LR = Lecture + Recitation
  • LLR = Lecture + Lab = Recitation
  • LLB = Lecture + Lab
  • LD = Lecture + Discussion
  • SEM = Seminar

Step 2 – Visit the University Bookstore On-line

  1. Go to the University Bookstore.  The University Bookstore is a private company and therefore you will need to create an account with them. Your UB ID and password will not work for their site.  To create a University Bookstore account, click on the Sign in link at the top of the page. You should then see a Create Account link.
  2. Have you list of courses and sections
  3. Once your account has been created and you have logged in, then follow the steps in the Get Your Textbooks section.





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