Can you earn better grades? But unsure how to go about it?

Need to improve your grades? Consider take LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Consider taking: LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Course Description:
This course is designed for continuing students who need more focus on study skills and time management to be able to meet the challenges of academic courses.

The course provides opportunities to develop a mindset and series of strategies that if used and applied will help the student to achieve success.

The course will give the student exposure to critical thinking skills and theories along with application throughout the semester and beyond.


Financial Liability Deadlines

Per SUNY policy, when you register, you assume responsibility for paying all tuition and fees associated with your enrollment/registration. You must pay even if you did not attend a single class unless you have dropped or resigned your courses according to the published deadlines. This applies to those who are withdrawing from the university OR those who have fallen below full-time status.

If you have received Title IV financial aid (Pell, Perkins, SEOG, Direct Loans) for the semester you resign, you should examine the Policy Statement for the Adjustment of Financial Aid Due to Discontinuance of Study.

Source: Student Accounts – Financial Liability Deadlines

Graphic showing the Spring 2020 Financial Liability Deadlines

Financial Liability Deadlines – Spring Semester 2020

Spring Semester 2020 Financial Liability Deadlines

  • 30% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 4 –   Monday, February 10, 2020
  • 50% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 11 – Monday, February 17, 2020
  • 70% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 18 – Monday, February 24, 2020
  • 100% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 25 – last day to resign, April 17, 2020

Before you Drop or Resign Classes

Before Dropping or Resigning from classes you should always consult with an academic advisor and a financial aid advisor (if you receive financial aid).


Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates

Graphic listing important dates for the Spring 2020 semester

  • Spring semester classes begin: Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Spring Recess: Monday, March 16   – Sunday, March 21, 2020
  • Classes resume: Monday, March 22, 2020
  • Last day of classes: Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Reading Days Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10
  • Semester Final Examinations Monday, May 11 – Saturday, May 16, 2020
  • Commencement Weekend Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Final Grades Posted 3rd week in May 2020

Source: Official Academic Calendar 2019-2020 and Registrar – Grading


Have you Checked your Fall Semester Final Grades

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Finding your Final Grades in HUB

  1. To view your Final Grades you will need to login into MyUB and then click the HUB Student Center tab.
  2. Click the Grades and Awards tile.
  3. You will land on the Grades page, and this will show you the Final Grades for the most recent completed semester/session.

How a Grades Point Average is Computed

A Grade Point Average (gpa) is computed by diving the total number of Grade Points earned by the total number of Credit Hours attempted. How to Compute a Grade Point Average.

Assessing your Final Grades

To further understand your final grades, you will want to become familiar with the Undergraduate Catalog: Explanation of Grades section.

Assessing your Final Grades and your Progress to Satisfying Acceptance Criteria for your Major

Graphic to show which tile to select to access your Academic Advisement Reports (AAR or What-if AAR)

You will find your Academic Advising Report (AAR), in the Academic Progress tile of your HUB Student Center.

After selecting the Academic Advising Report link, scroll down the report the Acceptance Criteria Section.  Here you will find the listing of the Acceptance Criteria courses that have been completed, in-progress, or yet to be taken.  You will also find your Acceptance Criteria grade point average in this section.

If your semester Grade Point Average is below a 2.00, you are not in Good Academic Standing.  If you receive Financial Aid, this may affect your aid eligibility for the upcoming semester.  You should discuss with a Financial Aid Advisor as soon as possible by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.   Additionally, you may need to either adjust your schedule and or change your major. To find your assigned Advising Office click the Advisors link in Academic Progress tile.







What is behind the tiles in New HUB Student Center layout?

The new HUB Student Center Layout has seven tiles. This article will list the functions behind the four academic tiles: To-Do, Manage Classes, Academic Progress, and Grades/Awards

Your HUB Student Center has a new look. On the HUB Student Center Page, there are currently seven tiles:

  • To-Do
  • Manage Classes
  • Academic Progress
  • Grades / Awards
  • Billing / Payments
  • Financial Aid / Scholarships
  • Profile

What’s behind the Tiles?

To-Do tile

  • Holds and Completed Agreements
  • Helpful Resources

Manage Classes

  • View My Class Schedule
  • Weekly Schedule
  • Schedule Builder
  • Select Classes
  • Shopping Cart
  • Search by Requirements (AAR – Academic Advising Report)
  • Drop Classes
  • Swap Classes
  • Enrollment Dates
  • View Exam Schedule
  • Browse Course Catalog
  • Planner
  • Enrollment Verification

Academic Progress

  • Your Academic Advisor
  • Academic Advising Report (AAR)
  • Path Finder (component of the UB Curriculum)
  • Transfer Credit Report
  • Academic Program Information
  • What-if AAR Report
  • Milestones
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Helpful Resources

Grades / Awards

  • Grades
  • Course History
  • Request Official Transcript
  • View Unofficial Transcript
  • Honors and Awards

Spring Semester 2020

Spring Semester 2020 – Academic Calendar

Date Event
Monday, January 27, 2020 Classes Begin
Monday, March 16 – Saturday, March 21, 2020 Spring Recess
Monday, March 23, 2020 Classes Resume
Friday, May 8, 2020 Last Day of Classes
Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, 2020 Reading Days
Monday, May 11 – Saturday, May 16, 2020 Semester Final Examinations
Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2020 Commencement Weekend

How much time will you need to devote to a Winter Session Class?

Do you know how many hours you will need to devote to a Winter Session course?

Let’s start by looking at the time required for a 3.0 credit hour 15-week course.  Over the course of the semester a student would attend 45 hours of lecture.  Faculty typically expect that student will spend two hours outside of class per credit learning the material.  For a 15-week class this would mean 90 hours spent learning the material and preparing for test, projects, papers, and or final exam. Over the course of a semester a student is expected to devote 45 hour of classroom and 90 hours on out of class learning, for a total of 135 hours per 3.0 credit hour course.

Winter Session courses are typically three weeks in duration.

So if a student is supposed to devote at least 135.0 hours per 3.0 credit hour class, how many hours should a student plan on devoting to a winter session course? If we divide 135.0 by 3 (the number of weeks in a Winter Session course), a student should spend 45 hours per week on a 3-week winter session course.

Minimal hours required for Winter Session courses

  • 3.0 credit hour class:  45 hours of instruction + 90 hours outside of class = 135 hours in total, or an average of 45 hours per week
  • 4.0 credit hour class: 60 hours of instruction + 120 hours outside of class = 180 hours in total, or an average of 60 hours per week
  • 5.0 credit hour class: 75 hours of instruction + 150 hours outside of class = 225 hours in total, or an average of 73 hours per week



Once Semester Grades are Posted you will want to Review your Academic Plan and Goals

Building, Evaluating, and Adapting your Academic Plan

By now you should have met with an academic advisor to map out course selection for next semester and beyond, and hopefully registered for those classes.  Final Grades for this semester will be posted to your HUB Student Center by the first week or early second week of January 2020.

Evaluating your Academic Plan

Once your final grades have been posted, it is wise to review your results using your HUB Academic Advising Report (HUB Training Guide – Viewing your Academic Advisement Report) to see then how your are progressing with respect to completion of UB Curriculum areas, and with respect to progress in completion of Acceptance Criteria requirements for your major.  Each major has course completion and grade point average baselines that you must minimally meet.  If your are not meeting those baselines, then it is time to personally exam what you need to do differently and or think about a different major.  In either case you will want to discuss your thoughts and ideas with an academic advisor during the semester break. We advise not to wait until the beginning of the semester, as class availability may be much reduced.

If your are an Undecided student, do know how to run a What-if Report?

If you are not coded as the major you are working toward, you will want to run a HUB What-if Report for that major to see your courses applied to that major. If you do not know how to select a HUB What-if Report refer to the  HUB Training Guide – How to create a HUB What-if Report.

If your Semester or Overall GPA is below 2.00, you are not in Good Academic Standing

Your final grades are posted to your HUB Student Center at a specified time range after the conclusion of the Final Exam Period (refer to Registrar – Grades). If you do not understand UB’s Grading System refer to the Undergraduate Catalog – Explanation of Grades.

If your UB Semester GPA and or your UB Overall GPA is below a 2.00, then you are not in Good Academic Standing (Refer to Undergraduate Catalog – Academic Standards Review), you will want to speak with an academic advisor as soon as possible.  A student who is not in Good Academic Standing may not be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities.  Not being in being in Good Academic Standing may also impact a student’s eligibility  to receive financial aid.

Your Plan and Financial Aid and Scholarship Eligibility

If you receive financial aid and or a scholarship, you will want to ensure that you are minimally meeting the Financial Aid Eligibility requirements. If you are not meet this criteria you may not be eligible for next semester or future aid (depending on your Financial Aid Package),  you must speak with a financial aid advisor over winter break.


Last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session Course

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Last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session Course

The last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session course is Friday, November 8, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EDT, via HUB Student Center.

Before you Resign a Course, discuss implications with…

  • Academic Advisor
    • Course Repeat Policy
    • Increased semesters to graduate
    • Finding a new major
  • Financial Aid Advisor (Satisfactory Academic Progress [SAP], TAP Award, Excelsior Scholarship). Go to 1Capen.
  • International Student Advisor If course resign drops you below 12. 0 Credit Hours. Go to International Student Services, 210 Talbert Hall.

How to Resign a Class


Last day to Resign a 15-week course is Friday, November 8, 2019

The last day to resign from a 15-week Standard Session Course is Friday, November 8, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Before resigning a course:

  • Student should discuss with course instructor
  • Student should speak with an academic advisor to discuss the pros and cons of resigning a course.
  • Student should consider if h/she will need to register for the course in a future semester. If so, then h/she will want to see if the course is listed among the Course Enrollment Control List.  If it is, then a student may need to repeat during a Summer or Winter Session.

How to Resign a Course

Students electing to Resign from a course will log into their HUB Student Center.

  1. In the HUB Academic section they will select Enroll link.
  2. They will next be asked to select the semester, or session, for which they want to resign a course.
  3. For the selected semester, a student will now see a listing of all of the courses in which they are registered. Next to each course there will be a check box. Select the course to be resigned.
  4. Click the Drop Selected Classes button.
  5. Click the Finish Dropping button.
  6. To confirm that the course has been dropped, go to the HUB Academic section and click the View My Grades link.
  7. Select the appropriate semester/session and find the course. In the Grade Column, you will see that an “R” is listed.  A resigned course does not have a grade point value, and therefore is not used in the calculation of your grade point average (gpa).
  8. If you receive financial aid, a resigned course will be used in the calculation of a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  9. Before you resign a course, and if you receive financial aid, discuss implications of resigning a course upon your financial aid eligibility.  Go to 1Capen and ask to speak with the next available financial aid advisor.


Undergraduate Catalog: Grading> Repeat Policy> (Course Enrollment Control Policy). You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page.

UB Registrar – Drop / Add/ Resign Courses

UB Financial Aid – Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)