Steps for New On-Campus Students

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This step-by-step guide will assist you in navigating the process of successfully getting started at UB. Use this guide if you are taking classes on campus, including hybrid/blended programs.

Step 1: Get Accepted

Wait to receive your official acceptance letter from the Graduate School of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission. This will give you all of the information you need to get started as a new student.

Step 2: Confirm Enrollment

To accept your offer of admission and confirm your enrollment, please log in to your applicant status page at to complete the reply form (and pay your enrollment deposit, if applicable) by the date listed in your acceptance letter.

Step 3: Set Up Electronic Access

  1. Wait to receive email notification that your Person Number and UBITName are available in your applicant status page
  2. After you access your UBITName and person number, you will receive an email with your one-time password approximately 2 to 7 business days later. If you have previously been a UB student, you will not receive a one-time password; contact UBIT Help Desk at 716-645-3542.
  3. Once you have these three pieces, go to the UBIT activation page to activate your account and create your new password. If you have trouble accessing your UBIT account and/or email, please contact the UBIT Help Desk at 716-645-3542 and identify yourself as a new student.

Step 4: Meet Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

  1. All students taking 9 or more credits are required to have health insurance. If you have private health insurance that meets the minimum requirements, you can request a waiver for the premium.
     ›  Learn more at UB's health insurance website

  2. Before registering for classes, all students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. New York State also requires that all students receive information about meningococcal disease and make an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease.
     ›  Learn more about immunization documentation

Step 5: Select and Enroll in Your Classes

Make a list of the courses you plan to take, along with the course registration numbers. Registration numbers are available online and listed under the HUB Student Center in MyUB. Discuss your options with your assigned faculty advisor.

If you need to take undergraduate courses while in your graduate program, you need to fill out this form and get appropriate approval to register for the course(s). According to the Office of Student Accounts, you will be charged graduate-level tuition and fees for all undergraduate coursework, as you are a graduate student.

You will enroll in classes via the HUB Student Center, which is available in MyUB. Information about HUB, including how-to videos, is available on the online support site for HUB.

Registration and schedules are real-time; grades and service indicator information is updated once every 24 hours. Online services are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Step 6: Complete the Online Education Requirement

The University at Buffalo requires all new students to pass “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students,” an online education requirement, in addition to coursework for your field of study. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students is available on the Student Life Gateway:

Step 7: Activate UBmail

It's important to learn more about your UBmail because faculty and academic departments utilize UBmail for all communication. If you do not wish to use your UB email account, please read the directions to forward your email to another account.

Please contact the UBIT Help Desk at 716-645-3542 if you have trouble accessing your UBIT account or email.

Step 8: Obtain Parking Permit

If you wish to park on university campuses, you are required to register your motor vehicles annually with Parking and Transportation Services. Registration is fast and easy online. Student parking is by permit only, which can be obtained on MyUB. We strongly encourage you to obtain a parking permit before you arrive on campus for classes.

You can find information online about all parking and transportation related matters, including bus and shuttle schedules, maps and directions.

Step 9: Get UB Card

Once you have registered for classes, you can get your UB Card. Getting your card before you begin classes is not required, but it's highly recommended. You will need your UB Card to access certain university services, such as the library and GSE computer labs.

The UB Card office is located in 1 Capen on the North Campus and 1 Diefendorf on the South Campus. You will need a photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. Please visit the UB Card website to access their hours of operation.