Do you know how to compute a Grade Point Average?

Posted December 19, 2012 in 101Essentials, Did You Know?

To compute a semester grade point average, you will need to find the total grade points earned for that semester.  At the bottom of this article you will find links to the Grading section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Each semester you register for courses.  Each course is taken for a set number of credit hours.  At the end of a semester the instructor will assign a Final Grade.  Each grade has an associated Grade Point Value (see Explanation of Grades – Undergraduate Catalog).  So let’s say that you took a 3.0 credit hour course, and your final grade was a B+.  To determine the grade point for that course you would multiply 3.0 (number of credit hours) times 3.33 (the grade point value for B+).  In this cases you would have earned 9.99 Grade Points.

Now let’s see how an example of how a Grade Point Average is computed. (To see a larger view, click on the image) :



Mandatroy Advising, Have You Scheduled An Appointment With Your Advisor?

Posted October 22, 2012 in 101Essentials, Did You Know?, HUB Tips, New Students

Many Advising Centers on campus require mandatory advising for their new students.  Some units will offer individual appointments, others will offer group advising sessions.  For those of you who have signed up for Finish in Four, you will need to be advised at least one each semester.

What Academic Advisors can do for you! An Academic Advisor:

  • Listens to your ideas, and helps you define them into plans to complete majors and or minors.  As such they help establish short, medium, and long terms goals based on your plan.
  • Reviews what you have done in order to accurately place you into courses, specifically math and English courses.
  • Teach/Train you how to access information at UB.  Understand Degree Requirements and Major Requirements.  Understand Grading and the Academic Calendar. Knowing how to access and use our tools: Undergraduate Catalog, HUB Student Center, Calendars
  • Suggest ideas and opportunities that might compliment or enhance your academic plan.  Tutoring at UB, Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad, Campus jobs, internships, etc.
  • Encourage you, in particular during your first semester as you make the transition to UB
  • Provide honest assessment, “tough love”, as need.  At times based upon prior performance you might need to change programs.

Where are advising offices:


Undergraduate Research Fair: Innovate…Create…Celebrate

Posted September 7, 2012 in 101Essentials, Academic & Other Workshops, New Students

Undergraduate Research Fair: Innovate…Create…Celebrate

Friday, September 14
Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Oscar A. Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Undergraduate research experiences engage you in hands-on projects, as you work closely with faculty mentors in laboratories, research centers, and independent environments. You will apply concepts and theories, extend your knowledge and competencies, sharpen problem solving, communication, and collaborative skills. Through these experiences, students often refine their academic and professional interests, and build toward scholarships, fellowships and graduate opportunities.

Within our changing economy, employers are increasingly prioritizing innovation, problem solving, team work, and communication; many of the same skills that are developed through mentored research experiences. Attend interactive workshops providing inside information about maximizing and leveraging research experiences toward academic and professional success. Workshops will be held in 107 Capen Hall inside the Oscar A. Silverman Library and will include:

  • Noon – 12:50 p.m.: Workforce 2020: Career Skills for The New Economy
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.: Finding a Research Opportunity through CURCA | Research Leads to Fellowships and Scholarships
  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.: Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research

Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to attend and can pre-register at

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Team: CADS, CURCA, SEAS, Undergraduate Academies, UB Honors College and UB Libraries.


Proficieny Exams for French, Italian, and Spanish

Posted September 5, 2012 in 101Essentials, Important Dates, New Students

French, Italian and Spanish Proficiency Exams to be offered this Fall semester.  Please note that these are the only 2 dates in which we will offer the exams so students should make the necessary arrangements. We also ask you to encourage first year students to take this exam now while their high school knowledge is still fresh in their memories; the probability of passing the test 2-3 years down the road is significantly reduced.

Friday, September 14, 2012, 3:00 – 5 ;00p.m., Fronczak 422

Friday, September 24, 2012, 3:00 – 5 ;00p.m., Fronczak 422

For all information on the tests and to Register:


Important Drop/Add/ Resign Dates – Fall 2012

Posted August 30, 2012 in 101Essentials, Did You Know?, Important Dates

Last day to Drop Fall 2012 15-Week (standard) session classes – Friday, August 31, 2012

Course Resign Period begins on Saturday, September 1, 2012 through Friday, November 9, 2012. Refer to Resigning from a Course – Office of the Registrar

Last day to Add Fall 2012 15-Week (standard) session classes – Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Preparing for Summer and Fall 2012 Registration

Posted February 24, 2012 in 101Essentials, Did You Know?, General, HUB Tips, New Students

Within the next few weeks you will see announcements that the Class Schedules for Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 are available for viewing in MyUB and your HUB Student Center

  • To find out when you can begin to register for classes for a Term, refer to Enrollment Date box in your HUB Student Center.  Click the Details link to view the specific time and date upon which you can begin to register.
  • Prior to your actual Enrollment time,  you will be able to add classes to your Enrollment Shopping Cart.

If you want to discuss your academic plans, schedule a meeting with an academic advisor.  They can help you review your Advising Report, which will show your progress toward getting into a major.  If you are going to take courses this summer at schools other than UB, an Advisor can show you how to use Taurus.  Taurus is a tool that show course articulations between UB and other schools. Link to UB Undergraduate Advising Directory

How to Register tutorial





Have You Checked Your Final Exam Schedule?

Posted February 14, 2012 in 101Essentials, Did You Know?, HUB Tips, New Students

At the beginning of each semester you should review your Final Exam Schedule to ensure that there are no conflicts.  Log into your HUB Student Center. In the Academics Section, click in the Other Academic drop-down menu and select Exam Schedule (MyUB > HUB Student Center > Other Academic drop down list > Exam Schedule)

Student Responsibility for Exam Conflicts

  1. Final exam information is available at the time of registration. Students should not register for courses that result in an exam conflict (two or more exams during the same examination period, or three exams scheduled on one day). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that s/he does not have any exam conflicts.
  2. Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take his/her exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.

Final Exam Scheduled for More Than One Classroom

If your final exam is assigned to more than one classroom, contact your instructor during the last week of classes to determine where to report for the exam.

Source: Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog – Course Syllabi


The Writing Place – Spring 2012 Hours

Posted January 27, 2012 in 101Essentials, General, New Students, Study Tips

Are you an undergraduate UB student? Do you need help with your writing? Whether you need to work on getting your ideas organized or formulating a strong thesis statement, the Writing Place can help you.


The Writing Place is a FREE tutorial center where undergraduate UB students can receive feedback on their writing. Our trained tutors will help you identify areas needing improvement and suggest techniques for revision.


While the Writing Place is NOT an editing/proofreading service and does not “fix” papers by simply correcting grammatical errors, our tutors are ready to respond to your writing and guide you through the writing process.


The Writing Place is a drop-in tutoring service; you do not need an appointment to meet with a tutor. Bring your essay and a copy of the assignment/writing prompt to the Writing Place. Your tutor will first focus on your thesis, organization, and development before helping you to improve other aspects of your writing (e.g. grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.). After meeting with your tutor, he or she may suggest a second conference to work on the same piece, depending upon how much progress is made.

Spring 2012 Hours of Operation:       Monday – Thursday:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm,  Friday – CLOSED.

The Writing Place, Thomas J. Edwards Learning Center, 209-A Baldy Hall, North Campus



Drop, Add, Resign Dates for Spring 2012

Posted January 18, 2012 in 101Essentials, HUB Tips, New Students, Uncategorized

The drop/add period has been shortened.

The last day to drop a spring 2012 regular 15 week session class is Monday, January 23 by 11:59 PM
Classes dropped after this date will incur financial and academic liability.

The last day to add a spring 2012 regular 15 week session class is Tuesday, January 24 by 11:59 PM

The Course Resign Period starts on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 and concludes at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 30, 2012.


Deadlines for classes in non-standard sessions differ. See your HUB Student Center or Drop/Add/Resign Dates – Fall (must log into HUB Student Center to review).


Looking for a Course to help you Explore your Interests?

Posted December 9, 2011 in 101Essentials, Exploring Majors & Careers, New Students

UBE 202 : Career Planning

This 3.0 credit hour class assists students in examining their career choice. Focuses on career awareness, personal awareness, and educational awareness as they relate to the process of making a career decision. Discusses planning skills and self-assessment instruments that help identify tentative career options. Also explores decision-making strategies, resume/cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies.

There are still a few seats available in UBE 202. If you are interested in this course, go to Career Services, 259 Capen Hall.