New Student Advising and Course Registration

The first step in helping you as a new student explore your options is completing the online Course Registration Guide — an interactive tutorial that gives an overview of UB academic programs, university degree requirements and policies and academic and career resources.

As a Major Explorers student, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you develop an individualized academic plan, as well as register for first-semester courses.

Exploratory Focus Areas & Majors

The University at Buffalo has over 100 majors, 60 minors and several certificate programs. When meeting with your advisor, you can begin to evaluate your academic interests and strengths using the Exploratory Focus Areas worksheet. Selecting a Focus Area can help to narrow your choices.

Choosing Your Major Resources

There are many tools and resources to help you make informed academic decisions. Read about the common myths and realities of choosing a major, as well as the experiences of other Major Explorers students.

Summer Orientation Program

At new student orientation you will learn what it takes to be successful at UB. You will also meet your academic advisor and other Major Explorers students, explore the campus and more!

Online Self-Assessment Tools

Gain valuable insights from Career Services’ self-assessment tools about how your interests, personality, values and skills, relate to possible major and career choices.

UE 101: Major and Career Exploration Course

Taught by Career Services counselors and Major Explorers advisors, this 1-credit freshmen lecture will introduce you to a variety of tools and resources to help choose a major and explore career options. The course will also help to ensure you make a successful transition from high school to college.

UBE 202: Career Planning Course

This 2-credit seminar is a great option if you are a second-semester exploratory student who wants to further focus on career awareness, personal awareness and educational awareness as they relate to the process of career and life choices. Planning skills and self-assessment instruments will be utilized to assist students in identifying tentative career options.