Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are a valuable resource for assisting students in the attainment of their educational goals and adjustment to the academic rigors of university life. Professional advisors offer a broad spectrum of information and services to all undergraduate students. A major aspect of the advisement process is to assist students in becoming independent, self-confident decision makers who are able to solve problems that arise in the process of pursuing their education. Advisors must be certain that all students, especially at-risk students, are kept abreast of the opportunities for academic assistance and support offered to enhance academic success. Students meet with advisors as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities available within the university and plan a course of study that is consistent with their abilities, achievements, interests, and expectations. Advisors also help students build individual strategies for academic success by assisting them in determining an appropriate course load; interpreting academic requirements, university procedures, and regulations; and consulting with students who are considering a particular major as a field of study. When appropriate, advisors will refer students to other university offices that provide student services, such as Counseling Services, Health Services, Wellness Education Services, Career Services, Financial Aid, the Student Response Center, and the Learning Center. The ultimate goal of academic advising is to empower students to use the tools and resources available to become active and responsible learners.

Academic Advising Centers

Academic Challenge and Enrichment (ACE) (716) 645-7301
Office of Athlete Academic and Student Services (716) 645-5530
Center for Academic Development (EOP) (716) 645-3072
College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services (716) 645-6883
Cora P. Maloney College (Acker Scholars) (716) 645-2234
Public Health and Health Professions Student Advisement and Recruitment Services (716) 829-3434, ext. 411
School of Architecture and Planning Office of Undergraduate Advisement (716) 829-3485
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Office of Student Services (716) 645-2774
School of Informatics (Communication) (716) 645-2141, ext. 1189
School of Management Academic Programs (716) 645-3206
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (716) 829-3005
School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs (716) 829-2537
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Advisement (716) 645-2825
Student Advising Services * (716) 645-6013
University Honors Program (716) 645-3020

* The Student Advising Services Office primarily provides advisement to students who are exploring potential majors; the office also provides programming for UB Scholars. The University's Preprofessional Health and Pre-Law advisors are also found in the Student Advising Services Office. Students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine are encouraged to discuss planning strategies with the pre-professional health advisor. Likewise, students interested in preparing for law school are encouraged to meet with the pre-law advisor. To schedule an advising appointment, students should call (716) 645-6013.