Posted March 19, 2019 in Did You Know?, Grading, Important Dates
Mid-term Grading Period
Instructors will be assigning Mid-term Grades through the tenth week of the semester (Sunday, April 7, 2019 through Saturday, April 13, 2019).
You can view your Mid-term Grades by going to the View My Grades section of your HUB Student Center, and click the Mid-term Grades tab.
- MS = Mid-semester Satisfactory, or Letter Grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C. Okay, so far!
- MU = Mid-semester Unsatisfactory, or Letter Grades: C-, D+, D, F. Not so good, discuss with your instructor immediately!
Source: Office of the Registrar: Mid-semester Review
What you should do if have Unsatisfactory Mid-term Grades
- Discuss your standing with your instructor. Depending on the guidance from an instructor, a student may need to consider the implications of resigning from a course.
- If you receive financial aid, discuss the impact of resigning a course or courses upon your financial aid eligibility.
- Resigning a course could increase your time to graduation. If you need to repeat the course, you may have to do it during a Summer or Winter Session (if offered). Discuss with an academic advisor.
The last day to Resign from a 15-week Class is Friday, April 19, 2019
To resign from a class a student will go to their HUB Student Center and click the Enroll Drop function. Resignation must be done no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT. It is advised that a student discuss matters regarding a course resign with their instructor, financial aid advisor, and academic advisor well before the last day to resign.
Source: Office of the Registrar: Important Dates for Spring Semester
Posted December 21, 2018 in Grading
Final grades for fall semester 2018 classes should all be posted to HUB between now and the first week of January.
You will earn a grade for each class that you take at UB. Your grade point average (GPA) is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of graded credits.
Access to Grade Information
Students may access their grades for a specific semester, or a complete record of their grades, in one of two ways:
Approximate dates each semester that grades are reported on the official transcript are:
- Fall grades available first week in January.
- Winter grades available first week in February.
- Spring grades available third week in May.
- Summer grades available third week in August.
Last updated: November 28, 2018 7:33 pm EST
Posted December 7, 2018 in Grading
Explanation of UB Letter Grades and Grade Point Values
For grading purposes each letter grade has a specific grade point value:
A = 4.00 (High Distinction)
A- = 3.67 (High Distinction)
B+ = 3.3 (Superior)
B = 3.00 (Superior)
B- = 2.67 (Superior)
C+ = 2.33 (Average)
C = 2.00 (Average)
C- = 1.67 (Average)
D+ = 1.33 (Minimum Passing Grade)
D = 1.00 (Minimum Passing Grade)
F = 0.00 (Failure)
To review UB’s Grading policies refer to the Undergraduate Catalog: Grading Section – Explanation of Grades.
Computing a Grade Point Average (gpa)
To compute a grade point average, determine the total number of “Letter Graded credit hours”. Then determine the Grade Points earned for each course (number of credit hours multiplied by the Grade Point value for that Letter grade). Next, add up the grade points earned for each course. Finally, divide the total number of grade points earned by the total number of “letter grade credit hours”.
Fall Semester Grades Posted to HUB
Final Grades for Fall Semester 2018 courses should be posted to student’s HUB Student Center during the first week of January 2019.
Posted December 3, 2018 in Grading, New Students
All final grades for Fall Semester 2018 should be posted to HUB during the first week of January 2019. Source: Registrar – Grading
Where to find your Grades in HUB
You will find your grades by term/semester via the HUB My Grades link. When reviewing your grades you may also want to view the Undergraduate Catalog – Explanation of Grades section.
Computing a Grade Point Average
- Determine the number of Grade Points Earned for each course. Formula: (number of credit hours for the course) x (Grade Point Value for the Letter Grade)
- Find the total number of Letter Graded Credit Hours
- Divide the Total Grade Points Earned by the Total Number of Credit hours. Ex: 56.35 / 26.0 = 2.17gpa
Posted November 7, 2018 in Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips, Important Dates
Tools and Resources used to Build a Class Schedule
An academic advisor can show you how to use various tools and also help you create a plan to complete prerequisites for a given major, and complete UB Curriculum requirements.
Undergraduate Catalog and HUB Academic Requirements report
You will use both of these resources to select courses to satisfy Acceptance Criteria and Major Requirements along with courses to satisfy the UB Curriculum areas. Generally speaking you find the HUB Academic Requirements report much easier to understand if you first start with corresponding information as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Use the Academic Requirements report to find which courses need to be taken for Acceptance Criteria for specified major.
- What-if report. If you are listed as an undecided student, or you are considering a different major you can run a What-if Report for that major. The What-If Report can depict an Acceptance Criteria section in which Prerequisite Course information can be found, and specific information regarding Acceptance Criteria grade point averages for Acceptance Criteria courses, and overall courses.
- Use the Schedule Builder to create a list of courses for the upcoming semester and then Generate Schedule scenarios. As you go through the schedule scenarios you will, hopefully, find one that you will choose to send to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart.
- You should choose your UB Curriculum Pathway courses by the end of your first semester at UB. Once selected you then send your choices to HUB, and in HUB you can go to the Plan tool to assign your courses to specific semesters.
- The timeframe in which you are planning for next semester also corresponds to the Mid-Semester Grading Period. You can checking your Mid-term grades via the Grades section. If you have any mid-semester grades of MU (mid-semester unsatisfactory) or letter grades lower than a “C”, you should speak with your instructor.
- Based upon Mid-semester grades and or test scores received to date, student in some instances the student may decide to resign from the class. However before actually resigning from a class, a student will want to determine ramifications for such action in terms of financial aid, scholarships, or for international students their visa requirements. The last day to resign from a Fall 2018 class is Friday, November 9, 2018.
- Students should on a weekly look at the HUB Holds box. A Hold until resolved may prevent you from adding, dropping/resigning classes.
- The day before your scheduled Enrollment Date, students should review their Enrollment Shopping Cart specifically looking at the Status column to ensure that the courses are still open. If closed the student will need to either select a new section of the course, or a course to satisfy a different area altogether.
- Registration for all Enrollment Dates currently start at 7:00 a.m. At this time a student would go to their Shopping Cart, and select depending on display either Enroll or Proceed to Step 2 of 3. The next page will give the student a chance to review before clicking the Finish Enrolling button. On the Shopping Cart Results page students will look at the Status column to determine if the course has been added to schedule, or if they need to continue the registration process by selecting other courses.
Posted June 21, 2018 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Exploring Majors & Careers, Grading
Have you reviewed your final grades? Have you also looked at the grades in Acceptance Criteria courses for your major? Are you at or above baseline threshold?
If no, you should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor as soon as possible.
You can find your assigned Academic Advising Office located in the Advisor Box on your HUB Student Center. You can also look up your advising office by the using the Undergraduate Advising Directory.
Posted May 14, 2018 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips
Final 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.
Posted April 27, 2018 in Exploring Majors & Careers, Grading
Many of our currents students will have already registered for Fall Semester classes. However that does not mean that there will not be points in the upcoming months in which a student might have to revisit and access their academic plan. Here are some scenarios in which a student initiate future discussions with an academic advisor:
- Final Grades for this semester should be posted by the end of May or early June. If a student’s Acceptance Criteria gpa (grades earned in Prerequisite courses) is below that major’s Acceptance Criteria baseline, it may be time to consider a different academic path.
- Repeat prerequisite courses over the summer. In some cases a student’s Acceptance Criteria GPA is below the required level, but close enough that repeating a prerequisite course might make sense.
- Student decides to switch to a new major and wants to know how to be accepted into that program, and also get a sense of how long it will take to complete.
- A student might also have completed a course whose initial purpose was to satisfy a UB Curriculum requirement, but now find that they want to take another course in that area. Should they consider a minor in that subject. A minor typically requires at least 18 credit hours (six courses).
Do you know where to go speak with an academic advisor? In your HUB Student Center, you will see an Advisor box on the right hand side of the page. In that box you will see the Advising Office that you are currently assigned to, and their address and phone number. You can also find contact information for Advising Offices using the Undergraduate Advising Directory.
Posted January 4, 2018 in Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips
You can find your semester final grades via your HUB Student Center – My Grades page.
Look at your Unofficial Transcript, via your HUB Student Center, to see all of your UB semesters. If you earn Dean’s List, you will see it noted for the semester in which you met Dean’s List criteria.
If you have a Grade Point Average below a 2.00, then you will have a Grade Point Deficit. Refer to your Unofficial Transcript, and look at the Points column. You will see GPD (Grade Point Deficit) and a number below. This tells you how many Grade Points you are below a 2.00 Grade Point Average.
Posted December 18, 2017 in Grading
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of graded credits. The GPA at UB is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at UB to the number of graded credits at UB. Only letter grades of “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “F” are utilized in determining GPA. GPA is also referred to as QPA (quality point average).
The overall GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at all institutions (UB and transfer) to the number of graded credits at all institutions. The student’s HUB Academic Advisement Report includes the overall average. Reports can be accessed on the HUB Student Center via MyUB.
Grade Points Earned
The number of grade points earned is the sum of the products of the credit hours associated with courses taken and the numerical equivalents of the grades earned for those courses.
Graded credits are the total number of credits for which the student has earned a letter grade.
Source: Undergraduate Catalog: Grading: Definitions of Grading Terms