Have you looked at the Spring 2019 Class Schedule?

Posted October 8, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

Picture announcing that the Spring 2019 Class Schedule is available for viewing

Spring 2019 Class Schedule is available for viewing in your HUB Student Center.

You can also now use HUB Schedule Builder to create a list of courses to take for Spring semester and then generate sample schedules.   Once you identify a specific schedule, you can send it to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart.

In the next week or so, you should see the specific date upon which you can begin registering for Spring 2019 classes. This will appear in your HUB Enrollment Dates box.

You should check your Shopping Cart the day before your Enrollment Date, to ensure that all of your courses have the of Status: Open.  If the course status is closed, the you will want to select other courses or times.  Even if the course status is open on the morning of registration, a course could still close before you get into the registration queue.  If this happens, you will also look for alternative courses or times.

To discuss your plans, schedule an appointment with your assigned advising office which you can find in your HUB Advisor box.


STUDY ABROAD FAIR – Wednesday, September 19

Posted September 17, 2018 in Did You Know?


Learn more about the hundreds of study abroad programs available to UB students. UB faculty and staff will be representing their faculty-led study abroad programs. Additionally, representatives from other SUNY campuses will be on site to advertise the study abroad programs they sponsor (and which are available to UB students). Come chat with students who have studied abroad and learn how you can fit studying abroad into your degree program at UB!

Wednesday, September 19th

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Union Lobby

UB Study Abroad website


Winter Session 2019 – Dates

Posted September 12, 2018 in Did You Know?, Important Dates

Listing of Winter Session 2019 Important Dates.

Winter Session 2019 – Important Dates

  • Winter Session Class Schedule available: September 4, 2018
  • Winter Class Registration begins: October 1, 2018
  • Winter Sessions Classes begin: Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Last day to Add/Drop: Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Last day to Resign: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Last day of classes: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Winter Session Final Grades available: First week in February

For more information refer to UB This Winter



Week 2 – Fall Semester 2018

Posted August 31, 2018 in Did You Know?, Important Dates, New Students

Calendar view of Fall Semester - Week 2Week 2 – Fall Semester 2018

Sunday, September 2 – Saturday, September 7, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

  • Labor Day – no classes

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018



Last Day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 Classes is Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Posted August 30, 2018 in Did You Know?, Important Dates, New Students

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes  byTuesday, September 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes

  • 15-week Standard Session (full semester courses)
  • 7-week 1st half of semester courses

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Undergraduate Full Time Status:  Must be registered for at least 12.0 credit hours


Discuss with an Academic Advisor.  To find your assigned Advising Office, refer to the Advisor Box in your HUB Student Center.


Credit Hour – Definition

Posted August 21, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students


The State University of New York (University), like most American higher education, has adopted a variant of the traditional “Carnegie Unit” as a measure of academic credit. This unit is known in the University by the familiar term, “semester credit hour,” and is the primary academic measure by which progress toward a degree is gauged. It is recognized that such a unit measures only a part, albeit a major part, of a composite learning experience, based upon formally structured and informal interactions among faculty and students.


Over the past several years, for academic purposes, some faculties have allowed modifications of the classical Carnegie definition of a semester credit hour, which has stipulated that one semester credit hour be awarded for fifteen sessions of 50-minutes duration in classroom lecture-recitation each requiring two hours of outside preparation by the student. Today there are many types of educational experiences with which credit hour assignment may properly be associated.

In the interest of accurate academic measurement and cross-campus comparability, the following definitions and practices apply in controlling the relationship between contact and credit hours. These definitions constitute a formalization of current and historic policy in order to ensure consistency throughout the University. Courses may be composed of any combination of elements described, such as a lecture course which also has required laboratory periods or a lecture course having an additional requirement for supervised independent study or tutorial activity.

A semester credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks. This basic measure may be adjusted proportionately to reflect modified academic calendars and formats of study. Semester credit hours are granted for various types of instruction as follows:

I. Lecture, seminar, quiz, discussion, recitation

A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions.

II. Activity supervised as a group (laboratory, field trip, practicum, workshop, group studio)

A semester credit hour is awarded for the equivalent of fifteen periods of such activity, where each activity period is 150 minutes or more in duration with little or no outside preparation expected. Forty-five 50-minute sessions of such activity would also normally earn one semester credit hour. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, the equivalent of fifteen periods of 100 minutes duration each will earn one semester credit hour.

III. Supervised individual activity (independent study, individual studio, tutorial)

One credit for independent study (defined as study given initial guidance, criticism, review and final evaluation of student performance by a faculty member) will be awarded for the equivalent of forty-five 50-minute sessions of student academic activity.

Credit for tutorial study (defined as study which is given initial faculty guidance followed by repeated, regularly scheduled individual student conferences with a faculty member, and periodic as well as final evaluation of student performance) will be awarded on the basis of one semester hour credit for each equivalent of fifteen contact hours of regularly scheduled instructional sessions.

IV. Full-time Independent Study (student teaching, practicum)

If a student’s academic activity is essentially full-time (as in student teaching), one semester credit hour may be awarded for each week of work.

V. Experiential Learning

At its discretion, an institution may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution which is an integral part of a program of study. When life or work experience is to be credited as a concurrent portion of an academic program design, as in an internship, one semester credit hour will be awarded for each 40-45 clock-hour week of supervised academic activity that provides the learning considered necessary to program study.

VI. Credit by Examination

At its discretion, an institution may award semester hour credits for mastery demonstrated through credit-by-examination. When such credit by examination is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree.

VII. Short Sessions

Credit hours may be earned in short sessions (summer sessions, intersessions, etc.) proportionately to those earned for the same activity during a regular term of the institution, normally at no more than one credit per week of full-time study.

VIII. Appeal and Review

Institutions may present educational justification for departures from these policy provisions to the office of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, which will be responsible for their interpretation. Credit hours to be earned in approved overseas academic programs will continue to be considered on an individual basis following established procedures. Other special arrangements suggested by campuses will be considered on an individual basis by this office.


Semester credit hour – normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks.

Source: Credit/Contact Hour


What is a Recitation, and do I have to go to it?

Posted August 21, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

Picture showing the various course component combinations for UB undegrad classes

Recitation – a definition

A recitation is a small interactional meeting that combines formal presentation, review and interaction between the students and an instructor, and it is
usually combined with a lecture as the primary component. Recitations are often lead by teaching assistants (TAs) or graduate assistants (GAs) to supplement a lecture.  TAs/GAs will review the lecture, expand on the concepts and usually allow for question-and-answer time.  Source: Arizona State University – Defining Course Components

Do I have to go to my Recitations?

Yes.  You should prepare for and go to each and every class component.  You and your family are making a huge investment in your future.

Preparing for Fall Semester Checklist

Posted July 31, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

Fall Semester checklist

1. Did you send your AP (Advanced Placement) results to UB? If so, have you checked your HUB My Requirements report to ensure that they are listed? If not, then contact College Board to have scores sent to UB (UB’s code is 2925)

2. If you have earned credit for college work completed in high school, or courses taken this past spring or summer, have you requested that an Official Transcript sent to UB (Office of Admissions, University at Buffalo, 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1660)

Refer to the image of a sample HUB Student Center page to see where you can find your My Requirements report.

Generic HUB Student Center page with Advisor box
(Click on image to view full size)

3. If you have questions about your schedule or plan, contact your Academic Advising Office. You can find your advising office by looking at the Advisor box on your HUB Student Center (see image above). The Area-code for all UB phone numbers is 716.

4. Look at your schedule in HUB. Opening Weekend, do a walk-through of your schedule.

5. You will need your HUB Class Schedule to get your textbooks.


When You Will Be Billed

Posted July 18, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

The Office of Student Accounts provides timely and accurate billing information, ensuring that payments and credits are received and properly applied to students’ accounts in accordance with departmental, university, state and federal policies and procedures.

To see when your bill will be sent, click the Billing Dates link and then select appropriate semester or session.

If the upcoming semester will be your first at the University at Buffalo, you will want to read the page How to Access and Read Your Bill.

Student Accounts – Walk-in Assistance: 1Capen, North Campus, Monday — Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Student Accounts – Business Office:
Phone: 716-645-1800
Monday — Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Final Grades

Posted May 14, 2018 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips

UB Grading diagram: Letter Grades and their Grade Point ValueFinal grades for Spring Semester 2018 should all be posted by the end of the third week in May.   A student’s grades can be found on the View My Grades page in their HUB Student Center.

To be considered in Minimal Good Standing at the University at Buffalo (UB), a student must have a semester grade point average and an overall UB grade point average of 2.00.

To determine a student’s Acceptance Criteria gpa and course completion, a student would refer to their Academic Requirements report in their HUB Student Center.

If a student’s Academic Requirements report is not configured to the major desired, a student will need to run a What- if Report.

In early June the University will begin the Academic Standards Review Process.  Students whose overall grade point average is below a 2.0 will either be placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Academic Dismissal.  If a student falls into any of these categories, they should immediately contact an academic advisor.  A student can find their Advising Office location and phone number in the Advisor Box in their HUB Student Center, or refer to the Undergraduate Advising Directory.  If the student receives financial aid, or scholarships the student should immediately contact a financial aid advisor to determine how this might affect their continued eligibility to receive financial aid.