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Title: International Student Orientation

Fall 2013
International Student Orientation Overview of
For Undergraduate Students ONLY
Please turn to the Academic Information
Services section of your orientation notebooks
now so you can take notes on the PowerPoint
Fall 2013
Welcome to UB!
UB Undergrad Catalog
Academic Advising
UB Lingo Glossary
Your UB Identity
Your Academic Plan (HUB)
Important Dates Deadlines
Register for Classes
Professors Classroom
Your Study Plan
Tuition Billing
Your UB Contacts
What you need to know and where to find it!
Fall 2013
UB Terminology - Definitions
  • GPA Grade Point Average
  • HUB UBs Student Information System
  • Hold / Service Indicator electronic block to
    course registration
  • Waive (a course, requirement) not have to take
    the course or fulfill the requirement
  • Prerequisite course which must be taken before
    student can register for a higher level course

Looking for information? Use the Undergraduate
Catalog Search function.
Fall 2013
Campus Advising Offices
  • Meet with an Advisor at least once a semester.
    They will show you how to use UB academic tools,
    and to help you develop your academic plan.
  • Have you started your UB Contact list?

Fall 2013
Your UB Identity
UBIT name (username) Password. Use this to
access MyUB, UBLearns, and your HUB Student
UB Person Number is found on your UB Card.
Fall 2013
Your Identity MyUB and HUB Student Center
Your HUB Student Center
Need to Know announcements
Your responsibilities as a student
As a condition of enrollment, students are
responsible for reviewing, understanding and
abiding by the university's regulations,
procedures, requirements and deadlines as
described in official publications, including the
university's undergraduate catalog, UB web sites
and official university e-mail communications.
In addition, all students are required to
positively affirm their knowledge of, and
adherence to UB's Rules and Regulations prior to
their inaugural semester at UB. Asserting a lack
of knowledge of university regulations will not
be accepted as a basis for an exception to these
Source Student Responsibility Statement,
Undergraduate Catalog
Fall 2013
The Undergraduate Catalog
  • The Undergraduate Catalog is available ONLY
    on-line at
  • http//
  • The Catalog is your CONTRACT with UB.
  • It explains the policies and procedures of the
  • It describes all academic degree programs as well
    as courses and careers related to each program.
  • Your Catalog Year is 2013-2014.

You will use the Catalog in conjunction with your
Academic Advisement Report (AAR) found in HUB.
Fall 2013
University Degree Requirements
What is required to earn my baccalaureate degree
and graduate?
Do you hope to complete your degree Finish in
Four years?
Fall 2013
University Degree Requirements
Minimum Number of Credit Hours Earn at least 120 credit hours
Academic Residency Requirement Complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo
Minimum Academic Average Earn at least a 2.0 overall GPA (grade point average). Note Higher departmental and overall GPA may be required for some programs.
Major Requirement Be admitted to a major and complete requirements for that major
General Education Program Complete General Education program
Graduation Undergraduate Students apply for graduation in your HUB Student Center
Academic Advisement Report (AAR) - HUB Student Center
Fall 2013
General Education Requirements
Fall 2013
General Education Requirements
General Education is the fundamental liberal arts
core of your American education. To earn a
bachelors degree, you must acquire certain
skills and knowledge in areas outside your
major. All State University of New York students
are required to complete the same general
education program (specific course details may
vary by school). General Education requirements
are tracked on your Academic Advisement Report
(in HUB).
Source General Education Requirements,
Undergraduate Catalog
Fall 2013
General Education Requirements
Fall 2013
Academic Programs
  • Links to
  • Majors
  • Non-Degree programs
  • Approved Minors
  • Department Abbreviations
  • Course Prefixes

Fall 2013
Academic Program Requirements
  • Links to
  • Overview of Department
  • Degrees Policies (Acceptance Criteria
    courses grade point average, Major
  • Courses descriptions, prerequisites info
  • Faculty where they earned their last degree
  • Careers careers of graduates in this major

Fall 2013
Transfer Credit
Have you earned credit from another college or
Have you requested that a Final Official
Transcript be sent to UB?
Fall 2013
Alternative Exam Credit
  • Test credit, transfer coursework and other types
    of non-UB credit are listed on your Transfer
    Credit Summary Report (as well as in
  • HUB).
  • UB accepts a few types of alternative/exam credit
    (A-level, IB, AP, CLEP). Please refer to the
    following website http//
  • Minimum scores are usually required to earn
    credit and/or meet degree requirements.
  • Remember to tell your advisor about this credit
    as it could affect what classes you take.

Source Alternative Methods for Earning
University Credit, Undergraduate Catalog
The College Board Code for UB is 2925
Fall 2013
Your Major
Intended Major Intended A major you are considering or for which you are taking prerequisites, but to which you have not yet applied or been accepted
Approved Major Approved a major to which you were accepted at the time of entry to UB (only for certain majors) or after having completed the prerequisites and applied to the department
Undecided Undecided or Exploratory is not a major that you can declare. It describes a student who is not sure about a major or who is exploring multiple majors.
Fall 2013
Managing Your Academic Plan
More Information HUB Information for Students
Links to Undergrad Catalog Calendars
My Academics
Fall 2013
How do I know what requirements I have completed?
Fall 2013
How do I know if I am making timely progress
toward a degree?
  • Choose a major as early as possible and begin
    working on the prerequisite courses (also
    referred to as acceptance criteria).
  • Plan out most General Education requirements and
    major prerequisites in your first two years.
  • Aim at being accepted to a major by the time you
    have completed 60 credit hours.
  • Acceptance criteria vary by majorthey can
    range from 3 courses to 15so planning ahead is
  • Get help if you are having trouble.
  • Consider changing your major if things are not
    going well.

Fall 2013
How and When Do I Register for Classes?
Registration links
When you can begin to Register
Fall 2013
Course Registration Information
  • If you are not yet registered for classes, you
    MUST meet with an academic advisor later today
    and register.
  • Registration for the Fall 2014 semester begins in
    late March/early April. You will be assigned a
    start date and time based on your total number of
    completed credits.
  • Get the classes you want and need! Dont miss
    your Enrollment Date (in HUB Student Center)!
  • General information about course registration is
    located at http//

Source Class Registration, Office of the
Fall 2013
How do I find out which courses are offered each
Course offerings information is found on the
Registrar website and in HUB by doing a Course
Search. HUB course search will display
information such as sections, components (e.g.
lecture with lab, lecture with recitation),
times, location, teacher, description,
registration number of all course offerings for
each semester.
Fall 2013
Dates Deadlines
Fall 2013
Late Fees Holds /
Service Indicators
  • Financial penalties and/or registration holds
    apply if deadlines are missed!
  • REMINDER Avoid a hold on next semester
    registration by affirming the UB Rules
    Regulations in the Need to Know box on your
    MyUB homepage.

Source Holds/Service Indicators, Office of the
Fall 2013
Creating your Time Management Study Plan
UBmail powered by Google Use the Calendar function in Google to add the following dates, events,
Class Schedule Enter your classes (Repeating Event, date range)
Course Syllabi Enter the dates of test, papers, projects, etc. Create Study Plan based on test dates
Academic Calendar UBs Academic Calendars include dates for the start and end of semesters, official holidays and final exams
Student Calendars The Student Calendars include important dates and deadlines for course registration, drop/add and course resign.
Source Drop/Add Information, Resigning a Course Information, Office of the Registrar
Fall 2013
Dropping / Resigning Classes
Dropping Classes Earn a Cumulative gpa (grade point average) 2.0 and most recent semester gpa 2.0
Full-time Status To be considered a Full-time student, you must be registered for at least 12.0 credit hours.
Last day to Add or Drop The last day to add or drop a Spring 2014 class is Monday, February 3, 2014. Dropped classes will not appear on your Transcript.
Resigning classes Resigning from a class can be done until the end of 11th week of classes (Friday, April 18, 2014). Grade of R appears on your record. International students cannot resign a class if it means they will no longer be enrolled full-time without first consulting an International Student Advisor!
Financial Liability Deadlines Note Beginning on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, you will have a financial liability even if you resign classes.
Source Drop/Add Information, Resigning a Course Information, Office of the Registrar
Fall 2013
Repeating Classes
  • Always speak with an advisor BEFORE repeating a
  • Courses can be repeated whether you pass, resign
    or fail.
  • Credit is earned only once.
  • Second grade will calculate into the GPA. All
    grades will appear on transcript.
  • Students attempting a class for the FIRST time
    are given priority for enrolling in high demand
  • Some courses may only be repeated in a summer
    session. Examples include
  • BIO 200 201 ENG 101, 102, 201
  • CHE 101- 202 MTH 121- 241
  • COM 101 PHY 101
  • ECO 181 182 PSC 101
  • UGC 111 112 PSY 101

Fall 2013
Leaving UB
Academic Withdrawal By petition only. Grades for all courses in a semester are changed to W. Used for medical or extenuating circumstances. Deadline to apply is end of subsequent semester.
Undergraduate Leave of Absence You may request a Leave of Absence for one or two semesters from your enrollment at the university. Securing a Leave of Absence will preserve your status as of the time you begin your leave and will eliminate any re-application process or paperwork when you return. You will also have access to your UB e-mail during this time.
Not Returning to UB Checklist We recommend that you use this checklist as a guide to help you make sure that you havent forgotten something important before you leave.
Source Leave of Absence Information, Resigning a Course Information, Office of the Registrar
Fall 2013
Academic Course Expectations
The Academic Integrity Video and more information
on this topic can be found on-line at
Fall 2013
Course Syllabi
The course syllabus serves as a contract between
the student and professor regarding course
expectations and policies. The course syllabus
should clearly communicate what the instructor
expects of students and what students can expect
from the instructor. A course syllabus must be
finalized and distributed to the class during the
first week of classes.
  • All course syllabi should include, but are not
    limited to, the following components
  • Course Description
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Academic Content
  • Grading Policy
  • Office Hours
  • Academic Integrity

Fall 2013
UB Learns
  • The UBlearns website is NOT THE SAME
  • as the MyUB website!
  • UBlearns is a Blackboard application that SOME
    professors use as a complement to formal
    classroom instruction.
  • NOT ALL of your classes will be listed on
    UBlearns - your class will only be listed there
    if the instructor chooses to enroll the course.

Source UBlearns Help, UBlearns
Fall 2013
Tutoring Services at UB
Fall 2013
Letter Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00
Fall 2013
Do I have to maintain certain grades or standards?
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Mid-semester Review October March
Last day to Resign a 15 week course End of the 11th week of semester End of the 11th week of semester
Final Grades posted to HUB Student Center End of 1st week in January late May
Fall 2013
YES! There is an Academic Standards Review at
the end of each semester
Academic Progress Complete a minimum of 24 credits each academic year
Good Standing Earn a Cumulative gpa (grade point average) 2.0 and most recent semester gpa 2.0
Academic Warning First semester students with semester gpa lt 2.0. Continuing students with cumulative UB gpa gt 2.0 but most recent semester gpa lt 2.0
Probations Cumulative gpa 2.0 but 2 most recent consecutive semester gpas lt 2.0, OR cumulative gpa lt 2.0 but Quality Point Deficit lt 20
Dismissal Continuing students with cumulative GPA lt 2.0 and Quality Point Deficit 20
Source Undergraduate Catalog Grading Academic Review
Fall 2013
Academic Honors
Deans List By semester 3.6 gpa (grade point average) and at least 15 credit hours
Latin Honors Upon degree conferral 3.20 gpa Cum Laude 3.50 gpa Magna Cum Laude 3.75 gpa Summa Cum Laude
Departmental Honors With Distinction With High Distinction With Highest Distinction
Honoraries Honor Societies
Source Undergraduate Catalog - Grading
Fall 2013
Other UB Resources
UBE 101 First Year Experience Course (freshmen only) - 1 credit hour course. Required for Finish in Four (FIF) FIF
UE 141 Discovery Seminars - 1 credit hour course FIF
The Learning Center Baldy Hall 218 - free math and writing tutoring
Career Services Research majors and careers, help with resume writing and job searches, and much more! Capen 259
Undergraduate Academies Undergraduate Academies are scholarly communities composed of students, faculty, and staff that share a common mission, goals, and interests. Joining an undergraduate academy will enable you to focus on one of UB's strengths by participating in a unique curricular and co-curricular experience.
Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) The Center for Undergraduate Research Creative Activities (CURCA) serves as a hub for undergraduate students from all majors who interested in finding challenging research and creative opportunities that match their academic interests and career goals.
Fall 2013
Tuition Billing
  • The Office of Student Accounts performs the
    following functions for the University
  • Provides Tuition and Fee Rates
  • Processes Comprehensive Fee Waivers
  • Manages UB Billing
  • Collects Payments
  • Provides Information about the 1098-T
  • Administers Service Indicators/Holds on Students
  • Determines New York State Residency for Tuition
  • Provides Liability Deadlines

Fall 2013
Student Response Center
  • The Student Response Center (SRC)! The SRC is a
    single point of contact for our current and
    future students.
  • Strategically developed to bring resources
    together in one convenient location, the SRC
    staff can answer questions on
  • Billing
  • Registration
  • Academic records services

Location Capen 232, North Campus Hours Monday
Friday, 830 a.m. 430 p.m.
Fall 2013
Transfer Support Services
Tau Sigma National Honor Society
  • Go to http// for more information
    on the following services and programs especially
    for new transfer students
  • TRANSFERmation workshop
  • Transfer Peer Mentor Program
  • - application and info on-line
  • Tips from other Transfer Students
  • University at Buffalo chapter since 2001
  • Over 1000 students inducted
  • Leadership experience, campus and community
  • 3.5 GPA at UB required to join
  • ---Will YOU become a Tau Sigma member?

Source Transfer Student Services, Student
Advising Services
Fall 2013
Charting Your Progress in the First Year
Create a UB Contact folder in your UBmail account
Record Important Academic and Registration dates into a Planner
Develop your Time Management and Study Plan
Pay attention to your Mid-semester grades
Meet with your advisor
Know when and how to register for next semester classes
Think ahead develop a four-year academic plan
Fall 2013
How Do I Remember All of This?
  • all of this information, and more, is available
    on-line or in University publications and there
    are many people you can go to for help (e.g.
    academic advisors). Read your UB e-mail account
  • Read the Need to Know section of MyUB regularly
    at http//
  • Read the Be Advised Web Log at
  • Read the Spectrum (student newspaper)

Fall Semester 2013 - First Day of
Classes Monday, January 27, 2014
Special Opportunities for Undergraduates
  • Watch these videos
  • Discovery Seminars
  • Undergraduate Academies

Meet Your Academic Advisor
Please look at your name tag and find the code
for your major. (Example SEAS)
Student Athletes
Please call to schedule an appointment with your
academic advisor. Office of Athlete Academic
Development Services Alumni Arena
169 716-645-5533
School of Management
MG Knox Hall 20 North Campus
College of Arts Sciences
CAS Park Hall 275 North Campus 716-645-6883
School of Engineering Applied Sciences
SEAS Bonner Hall 410 North Campus 716-645-2775
Student Advising Services
SAS Norton Hall 109 North Campus 716-645-6013
School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences
SMBS Sherman Annex 127 South Campus
School of Nursing
NUR Wende Hall 103 South Campus 716-829-2537
School of Architecture
APX Diefendorf Hall 103 South Campus
School of Public Health Health Professions
PHHP Kimball Tower 104B South Campus
School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHM Kapoor Hall 270 South Campus
Non-matriculated and Visiting or Exchange
EXCH Study Abroad Office Talbert Hall 210 North
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014