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1 International Student Orientation Overview of Important ACADEMIC INFORMATION International Student Orientation Overview of Important ACADEMIC INFORMATION For Undergraduate Students ONLY 1 Fall 2013

2 Please turn to the “Academic Information & Services” section of your orientation notebooks now so you can take notes on the PowerPoint handout.

3 Welcome to UB! What you need to know and where to find it! What you need to know and where to find it! UB Undergrad Catalog UB Undergrad Catalog Academic Advising Academic Advising Your UB Identity Your UB Identity Your Academic Plan (HUB) Register for Classes Professors & Classroom Professors & Classroom Grading Tuition & Billing Tuition & Billing UB Lingo Glossary UB Lingo Glossary Your Study Plan Your Study Plan Important Dates & Deadlines Your UB Contacts Your UB Contacts Fall 2013

4 -GPA: Grade Point Average -HUB: UB’s 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 UB Terminology - Definitions Looking for information? Use the Undergraduate Catalog Search function. Looking for information? Use the Undergraduate Catalog Search function. 4 Fall 2013

5 5 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?  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

6 6 Your UB Identity UBIT name (username) & Password. Use this to access MyUB, UBLearns, and your HUB Student Center. UBIT name (username) & Password. Use this to access MyUB, UBLearns, and your HUB Student Center. UB Person Number is found on your UB Card. Fall 2013

7 7 Your Identity: MyUB and HUB Student Center UBmail UBlearns Your HUB Student Center Need to Know announcements Fall 2013

8 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 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 regulations.”UB's Rules and Regulations “… 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 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 regulations.”UB's Rules and Regulations Source: Student Responsibility Statement, Undergraduate Catalog Source: Student Responsibility Statement, Undergraduate Catalog 8

9 The Undergraduate Catalog is available ONLY on-line at:  The Catalog is your CONTRACT with UB.  It explains the policies and procedures of the University.  It describes all academic degree programs as well as courses and careers related to each program.  Your Catalog Year is The Undergraduate Catalog 9 You will use the Catalog in conjunction with your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) found in HUB. Fall 2013

10 University Degree Requirements 10 What is required to earn my baccalaureate degree and graduate? Do you hope to complete your degree Finish in Four years? Fall 2013

11 11 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 ProgramComplete General Education program GraduationUndergraduate Students apply for graduation in your HUB Student Center Academic Advisement Report (AAR) - HUB Student Center Fall 2013

12 General Education Requirements 12 Fall 2013

13 General Education Requirements Source: General Education Requirements, Undergraduate Catalog Source: General Education Requirements, Undergraduate Catalog 13 General Education is the fundamental liberal arts core of your American education. To earn a bachelor’s 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). General Education is the fundamental liberal arts core of your American education. To earn a bachelor’s 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). Fall 2013

14 General Education Requirements 14   Fall 2013

15 15 Academic Programs Links to:  Majors  Non-Degree programs  Approved Minors  Department Abbreviations  Course Prefixes Links to:  Majors  Non-Degree programs  Approved Minors  Department Abbreviations  Course Prefixes Fall 2013

16 16 Academic Program Requirements Links to:  Overview of Department  Degrees & Policies (Acceptance Criteria courses & grade point average, Major requirements)  Courses – descriptions, prerequisites info  Faculty – where they earned their last degree  Careers – careers of graduates in this major Links to:  Overview of Department  Degrees & Policies (Acceptance Criteria courses & grade point average, Major requirements)  Courses – descriptions, prerequisites info  Faculty – where they earned their last degree  Careers – careers of graduates in this major Fall 2013

17 Have you earned credit from another college or university? Transfer Credit 17 Have you requested that a Final Official Transcript be sent to UB? Fall 2013

18 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: 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. 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: 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. Alternative Exam Credit Source: Alternative Methods for Earning University Credit, Undergraduate Catalog Source: Alternative Methods for Earning University Credit, Undergraduate Catalog 18 The College Board Code for UB is: 2925 Fall 2013

19 19 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

20 Managing Your Academic Plan More Information: HUB Information for Students Links to Undergrad Catalog & Calendars My Academics Fall 2013

21 How do I know what requirements I have completed? Fall 2013

22 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 major—they can range from 3 courses to 15—so planning ahead is critical! Get help if you are having trouble. Consider changing your major if things are not going well. 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 major—they can range from 3 courses to 15—so planning ahead is critical! Get help if you are having trouble. Consider changing your major if things are not going well. How do I know if I am making timely progress toward a degree? 22 Fall 2013

23 23 How and When Do I Register for Classes? Holds When you can begin to Register When you can begin to Register Registration links Fall 2013

24 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! Don’t miss your Enrollment Date (in HUB Student Center)! General information about course registration is located at: Course Registration Information Source: Class Registration, Office of the Registrar 24 Fall 2013

25 How do I find out which courses are offered each semester? How do I find out which courses are offered each semester? 25 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

26 26 Dates & Deadlines 1. Fall 2013

27 Late Fees & Holds / Service Indicators Source: Holds/Service Indicators, Office of the Registrar 27  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. Fall 2013

28 28 Creating your Time Management & Study Plan Creating your Time Management & Study Plan Planner 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 UB’s 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

29 29 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, Dropped classes will not appear on your Transcript. Resigning classes Resigning from a class can be done until the end of 11 th 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 Dropping / Resigning Classes Fall 2013

30 Always speak with an advisor BEFORE repeating a course! 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 classes. Some courses may only be repeated in a summer session. Examples include: BIO 200 & 201 ENG 101, 102, 201 CHE MTH COM 101 PHY 101 ECO 181 & 182 PSC 101 UGC 111 & 112 PSY 101 Repeating Classes 30 Fall 2013

31 31 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 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 haven’t forgotten something important before you leave. Source: Leave of Absence Information, Resigning a Course Information, Office of the Registrar Fall 2013

32 32 Academic Course Expectations The Academic Integrity Video and more information on this topic can be found on-line at: Fall 2013

33 33 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. 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

34 The UBlearns website is NOT THE SAMEUBlearns 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. UB Learns Source: UB learns Help, UB learns 34 Fall 2013

35 35 Tutoring Services at UB Fall 2013

36 36 Grading Letter GradeGrade Points A4.00 A-3.67 B+3.33 B3.00 B-2.67 C+2.33 C2.00 C-1.67 D+1.33 D1.00 F0.00 Fall 2013

37 37 Fall Semester Spring Semester Mid-semester ReviewOctoberMarch Last day to Resign a 15 week course End of the 11 th week of semester Final Grades posted to HUB Student Center End of 1 st week in January late May Do I have to maintain certain grades or standards? Fall 2013

38 38 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 < 2.0. Continuing students with cumulative UB gpa > 2.0 but most recent semester gpa < 2.0 Probations Cumulative gpa ≥ 2.0 but 2 most recent consecutive semester gpa’s < 2.0, OR cumulative gpa < 2.0 but Quality Point Deficit < 20 Dismissal Continuing students with cumulative GPA < 2.0 and Quality Point Deficit ≥ 20 Source:Undergraduate Catalog – Grading – Academic Review YES! There is an Academic Standards Review at the end of each semester Fall 2013

39 39 Dean’s 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 Academic Honors Fall 2013

40 Other UB Resources 40 UBE 101First Year Experience Course (freshmen only) - 1 credit hour course. Required for Finish in Four (FIF) FIF UE 141Discovery Seminars - 1 credit hour courseFIF The Learning Center Baldy Hall free math and writing tutoring Career Services Research majors and careers, help with resume writing and job searches, and much more! Capen 259 Undergradua te 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 Undergradua te 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

41 The Office of Student Accounts performs the following functions for the University: Provides Tuition and Fee RatesTuition and Fee Rates Processes Comprehensive Fee WaiversComprehensive Fee Waivers Manages UB BillingUB Billing Collects PaymentsPayments Provides Information about the 1098-T1098-T Administers Service Indicators/Holds on Students’ AccountsService Indicators/Holds Determines New York State Residency for Tuition PurposesNew York State Residency Provides Liability DeadlinesLiability Deadlines The Office of Student Accounts performs the following functions for the University: Provides Tuition and Fee RatesTuition and Fee Rates Processes Comprehensive Fee WaiversComprehensive Fee Waivers Manages UB BillingUB Billing Collects PaymentsPayments Provides Information about the 1098-T1098-T Administers Service Indicators/Holds on Students’ AccountsService Indicators/Holds Determines New York State Residency for Tuition PurposesNew York State Residency Provides Liability DeadlinesLiability Deadlines Tuition & Billing 41 Fall 2013

42 Student Response Center Location: Capen 232, North Campus Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 42 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 Fall 2013

43 Go to for more information on the following services and programs especially for new transfer students:http://sas.buffalo.edu “TRANSFERmation” workshop Transfer Peer Mentor Program - application and info on-line Tips from other Transfer Students Go to for more information on the following services and programs especially for new transfer students:http://sas.buffalo.edu “TRANSFERmation” workshop Transfer Peer Mentor Program - application and info on-line Tips from other Transfer Students Transfer Support Services Source: Transfer Student Services, Student Advising Services 43 University at Buffalo chapter since 2001 Over 1000 students inducted Leadership experience, campus and community involvement 3.5 GPA at UB required to join ---Will YOU become a Tau Sigma member? Fall 2013

44 Charting Your Progress in the First Year Charting Your Progress in the First Year 44 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

45 …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 account Read the “Need to Know section of MyUB regularly at Read the “Be Advised Web Log” at Read the Spectrum (student newspaper) 45 How Do I Remember All of This? Fall Semester First Day of Classes: Monday, January 27, 2014 Fall 2013

46 Special Opportunities for Undergraduates Watch these videos: Discovery Seminars Undergraduate Academies

47 Meet Your Academic Advisor Please look at your name tag and find the code for your major. (Example: SEAS)

48 48 Student Athletes Please call to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Office of Athlete Academic & Development Services Alumni Arena Please call to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Office of Athlete Academic & Development Services Alumni Arena

49 49 School of Management MG Knox Hall 20 North Campus MG Knox Hall 20 North Campus

50 50 College of Arts & Sciences CAS Park Hall 275 North Campus CAS Park Hall 275 North Campus

51 51 School of Engineering & Applied Sciences School of Engineering & Applied Sciences SEAS Bonner Hall 410 North Campus SEAS Bonner Hall 410 North Campus

52 52 Student Advising Services SAS Norton Hall 109 North Campus SAS Norton Hall 109 North Campus

53 53 School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences SMBS Sherman Annex 127 South Campus SMBS Sherman Annex 127 South Campus

54 54 School of Nursing NUR Wende Hall 103 South Campus NUR Wende Hall 103 South Campus

55 55 School of Architecture APX Diefendorf Hall 103 South Campus APX Diefendorf Hall 103 South Campus

56 56 School of Public Health & Health Professions PHHP Kimball Tower 104B South Campus PHHP Kimball Tower 104B South Campus

57 57 School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences PHM Kapoor Hall 270 South Campus PHM Kapoor Hall 270 South Campus

58 58 Non-matriculated and Visiting or Exchange Students EXCH Study Abroad Office Talbert Hall 210 North Campus EXCH Study Abroad Office Talbert Hall 210 North Campus

59 59 Undergraduate Catalog


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