Next Steps for New Students

Congratulations on your decision to enroll in the University at Buffalo to pursue a major within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences!

Once you have paid your tuition deposit, here are the steps you need to follow to get started at UB.

Next Steps for First-year and Transfer Students

Step 1: Sign up for Orientation

University at Buffalo orientation is designed to introduce you to campus and help you make a successful start. Complete the Orientation Data Form to sign up for orientation and provide your academic advisor with important information about your academic background and interests. This information is necessary to help build your first semester course schedule.

New Student Tutorial Video Slide 1

Step 2: Set up Duo Two-Step Verification

For your security, your UBITName account is protected by Duo two-step verification. Duo is required to access important services like MyUB, HUB Student Center and UBlearns. For instructions on how to enroll in Duo and select your verification device, visit If you have not yet activated your UBITName, you will want to do so first at

Step 3: 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 4: Complete UB's Financial Agreement

The University at Buffalo (UB) Financial Agreement To-Do item must be completed every semester in order to be able to register for classes. You will not be registered for first semester classes until you have fulfilled this requirement.

Step 5: Verify Profile Information

All students must review and/or update Biographic/Demographic information (profile information review) on a semesterly basis. You will not be registered for first semester classes until you have fulfilled this requirement. 

Step 6: Course registration

For first-year students

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 the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education prior to orientation. Advisors from various units will work together to register students participating in special programs or activities, such as the Honors College, intercollegiate athletics, ACE, EOP, or Ackers.

We have already reserved seats in all of the required courses you will need to take this fall and placed them into learning communities 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 learning communities 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.

For transfer students

The academic advisement office will contact you once the tuition deposit and orientation data form have been submitted.   We will schedule a one hour advising appointment to assist you with your first semester course schedule. Fall semester admits can expect to hear from our office starting around May 1st and Spring semester admits can expect to hear from us around December 1st.

  • Please prepare for your appointment by looking over the SEAS program flow sheets and TAURUS for articulations.
  • Appointments can be by phone or by video conference.
  • Video conferences do not require you to have or use a webcam but will allow advisors to share their computer screen with academic materials relevant to you.
  • If setting up a phone appointment, having access to the internet is highly encouraged to access materials being used by the advisor.
  • Please schedule appointment for when you can dedicate the time to your course planning.

Step 7: Review your schedule

After your advisor notifies you about enrollment in classes required for your major, please log into the HUB and verify your schedule.  You will find the Course Flowsheets helpful in understanding the courses you are enrolled in. First-year students should also view the Academic Overiew video.

Watch the First SemesterAcademic Overview Video

Step 8: Finalize your schedule

Please review the email your adivisor sent you carefully, as it may be necessary for you to add one or more UB Curriculum (General Education) classes to your schedule. This will depend on your choice of major and AP/transfer credits. You will receive email communication from an advisor with detailed instructions if you need to add one or more of the following classes to your schedule:

UB Seminar

First-year 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.

Transfer students with 45 or more domestic transfer credits will be placed in EAS 198. Transfer students with less than 45 credits from a U.S. institution or have international transfer credits will be placed in EAS 199. 

Watch the UB Seminar Tutorial Video

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.

Pathway Webinars for SEAS Students

If you would like additional assistance understanding the UB Curriculum Pathway requirement please view our recorded webinar:

HUB Registration and Schedule Builder Tutorial

Step 9: Participate in Orientation

Through various Orientation programs, including our Incoming SEAS Student Zoom Chats, you will learn about academics and campus life at UB, connect with other UB students, faculty and staff, and learn about the many resources available to help you excel during your first year and beyond.  Please also check out our UB SEAS Resources for New Students video for a quick introduction to some really helpful tools we developed for you.

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