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Next Steps for New Students

Congratulations, you have been accepted! This overview will help you understand how to navigate the process of successfully getting started at UB.

Step 1: Let us know you're coming!

We are looking forward to you joining our UB community of scholars. Your first step is to finalize your acceptance and confirm your intent to enroll with your department. Admission to UB is not final until you have acknowledged your intent to enroll with your department and have followed any additional instructions the department has issued. Often this is simply a confirmation via your online application, but departments may ask you to return a signed letter of intent. Requirements vary so be sure to check with your department for specific details. You can find department contact information on our list of Academic Programs.

Step 2: Join the UB community

MyUB is a one-stop online destination for UB students, where you can access the hUB Student Center and find the latest news and events. Once you have your UBITName, Person Number and One-Time Password, you can activate your UBITName account. Returning grads and previously accepted applicants will not receive a One-Time Password and should contact the CIT Help Desk if they do not remember their old password.

Shortly after you receive an offer of admission, you will be emailed instructions on how to access your UBITName and Person Number along with instructions for activating your account. 

International Credentials

You will receive your UBITName and person number 72 hours after the Office of International Admissions has verified your application materials. This may happen days or weeks after you have been accepted by your department. It is your department's responsibility to forward your documents to the Office of International Admissions for review.

Step 3: Provide us with proof of your immunizations

In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, UB requires that all students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) born on or after January 1, 1957 provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. The state also requires that all students receive information about meningococcal disease and have made an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease. UB students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have fulfilled these requirements. Click here to learn more about these requirements.

Graduate Student Health Insurance

If you have an assistantship, please visit Human Resources - Medical Benefits for information regarding:

  • Health insurance eligibility for state graduate student employees
  • Bi-weekly cost of health insurance
  • Registration for a mandatory Student Employee Health Insurance Program (SEHP) orientation and enrollment session

All others should read about student health insurance at the SBI Insurance website.

Step 4: Accept our rules and regulations

The State University of New York (SUNY) requires all UB students to acknowledge receipt of and affirm our UB Rules and Regulations. You may do this by logging on to the hUB Student Center through MyUB and reviewing your Holds box. Click on the Rules Hold to see the affirmation screen, where you can view and affirm the Rules and Regulations. We also recommend reviewing our Graduate School Policies and Procedures.

Step 5: Complete the online education requirement

The University at Buffalo requires all new graduate students to pass "Haven Plus - Understanding Sexual Assault", an online education requirement, in addition to coursework for your field of study.  Haven Plus is available on the Wellness Education Services website.

Step 6: Select your classes

Make a list of the courses you plan to take, along with the course registration numbers. The registration numbers are online at UB's Office of the Registrar or listed under the hUB Student Center in MyUB. Discuss your options with your department or assigned adviser. Please note if you need to take undergraduate courses while in your graduate program, you need to fill out the form below and get appropriate approval to register for the course(s). You will be charged graduate level tuition and fees for undergraduate coursework, as you are a graduate student. 

Step 7: Prepare to enroll

  • You will enroll in classes via the hUB Student Center, which is available in MyUB. Information about hUB, including how-to videos, is available at
  • Check your in-state tuition eligibility; to be eligible, you must show that you have established residency and that you have a domicile in New York State that is your permanent and principal home
  • Some programs require a tuition deposit; your place in class is not guaranteed until you submit payment in U.S. funds for that deposit

Registration and schedules are real-time; grades and service indicators information is updated once every 24 hours. Online services are available 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. EST daily. 

  • Watch for orientation information; departments will typically notify you about departmental and campus-wide new student orientations.
  • Be on the lookout for registration information that will come from the Office of the Registrar

International Student Registration

You will be eligible to register for classes during International Student Orientation once you have completed important immigration processing.  If you have questions about class selection you should contact your department.

Step 8: Get connected to UB Information Technology

Once you have activated your UBITName, you gain access to free software, UBmail, networks and other technology resources, both on and off campus. Take advantage of all of the resources and get help with technology problems at

Step 9: Get your UB Card

Once you have registered for classes you can get your UB Card. Your UB Card is your official University at Buffalo ID and is used across campus: Getting into your residence hall, buying food on campus, working out at the gym and attending campus events are all made easy with this multi-purpose card.

The UB Card Office has two locations:

North Campus
Student Union
Room 228
South Campus
Harriman Hall
Suite 104

Having your UBCard before you begin classes is not required, but highly recommended.

Step 10: Billing and financial aid

The hUB Student Center is your self-service online tool for billing, financial aid and course registration transactions.

  • Tuition e-bill notifications will be emailed to your account
  • Check your email account regularly to view your UB business-related correspondence
  • The Student Response Center, located in 232 Capen Hall on the North Campus and 104 Harriman Hall on the South Campus, is the customer service office for the Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounts offices.   
International Students