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Your freshman year is a wonderful period in your life—a time for exploration, learning, gaining independence, getting involved in new activities—and having fun!  Remember, when it comes to academics, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services Office is here to help you with all aspects of your academic career at UB.

You can schedule an appointment with your College of Arts and Sciences academic advisor by  visiting 275 Park Hall or calling 716-645-6883 and speaking with a receptionist. Our office hours are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Generally, it is a good idea to meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester, especially before you register for the following semester. To determine who your advisor is, visit the academic programs page and select your major.

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Mid-Semester Grades
Every first-semester student will have a mid-semester review when your instructors are asked to submit satisfactory or unsatisfactory grades for each of your courses. These grades can be an early indicator of your performance in your classes. If you find yourself with an unsatisfactory grade, you should meet with your academic advisor as well as the instructor/s to develop an academic plan for success!

Service Indicators/Holds
A negative Service Indicator ('hold') will prevent you from registering for classes and means that you need to follow up with a particular office to complete some missing paperwork or task.  It is important that you check your records through HUB to find and take care of your holds before it is time for you to register.

Mandatory Advisement
An Academic Advising hold will be placed on the records of each first semester freshmen in CAS. You will be required to meet with your academic advisor before you register for classes for the following semester. In addition to discussing the current semester’s progress and your ultimate academic goals, you and your advisor will plan your next semester’s classes. Although you were registered for your first semester at UB by your academic advisor, it is now your responsibility to know when and how to pick out classes and register. You will need to know how and when to register.

Academic Responsibility
It is important that you know and fully understand your academic responsibilities and know how to be successful at UB. Be sure to utilize available resources by taking advantage of free life and learning workshops on time management and study skills, and becoming actively involved in your academics and student life here at UB.


Last Updated: February 27, 2017