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First-Year Student Information

Congratulations on your decision to enroll in the University at Buffalo to pursue a major within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and your decision to attend UB this fall. Here are the steps you need to follow to get started at UB.

Step 1: Sign up for Orientation

University at Buffalo orientation is designed to welcome you to campus and help you make a successful start. The Orientation Data Form provides your academic advisement team with important information about your academic background and interests. This information is necessary to help build your first semester course schedule. 

Step 2: Health immunization records

New York State law requires that students provide these records in order to enroll in classes. You will not be registered for first semester classes until you have fulfilled this requirement.

Step 3: Course registration

Starting college and preparing for a new and different academic experience can be a bit overwhelming. To make this easier for freshmen, an academic advisor will enroll you in first term classes. For each term thereafter, we give you the tools to register on your own.

First year students majoring in School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) programs will be registered by either the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education or the UB Honors College prior to orientation. Advisors from various units will work together to register students participating in other special programs or activities, such as intercollegiate athletics, ACE, EOP, Ackers, or the Undergraduate Academies.

We have already reserved seats in all of the required courses you will need to take this fall and placed them into block schedules designed for each of you. This system of advance registration takes into account your high school background as represented in your transcript, SAT/ACT scores, and the data you submit on the orientation data form. Therefore, you do not need to create your schedule on your own. In addition, most engineering block schedules have approximately 10-20 students following a similar course schedule. Even though your largest class this semester might be your chemistry class with almost 200 students in the lecture, you will know a handful of other students because they are also in your required engineering, math, and some UB Curriculum classes.

Note: Students placed into MTH 141, Calculus 1, must successfully complete the ALEKS placement assessment.

Step 4: Finalize your schedule

After your advisor enrolls you in first semester classes required for your major, it may be necessary for you to add one more UB Curriculum (General Education) class to your schedule. This will depend on your choice of major, status within SEAS (approved or intended) and AP/transfer credits. You will receive email communication from an advisor with detailed instructions if you need to add one or both of the following classes to your schedule:

UB Seminar

Students admitted to UB as approved SEAS majors are automatically enrolled in either EAS 199 (Engineering UB Seminar) or CSE 199 (Computer Science and Engineering UB Seminar). These students DO NOT need to add a UB Seminar to their schedule.

Students admitted to UB as intended SEAS majors are not automatically enrolled in EAS 199 or CSE 199. These students MUST register for a three credit hour UB seminar from the list of seminar offerings.

UB Curriculum Pathway Class

Some students will be advised to enroll in one (1) Global or Thematic Pathway class in the first semester.

Once you’ve selected the UB Seminar and/or Pathway class that you wish to add to your fall schedule, you must register for the class using the HUB Student Center.

Step 5: Attend Orientation

At your on-campus orientation, you will learn about academics and campus life at UB, while meeting other new students as well as current UB students. You will also begin to navigate campus and complete final tasks to get you closer to a successful start at UB!

Here are some of the SEAS Presentations provided to new students during orientation:

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