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Non-Degree Seeking Students
A non-degree seeking student is someone who is enrolled on a semester-by-semester or course-by-course basis and has not been accepted as a regular student pursuing a degree.
Winter 2023 Session Applications
The Winter 2023 non-degree application will open on October 1 and will close on January 2. Please visit the Winter 2023 registration page for more information on dates and credit limits for the winter session.
Follow these steps to enroll in UB classes as a non-degree seeking student:
Step 1: Apply Here
You must submit an undergraduate or graduate non-degree seeking form, or international non-degree seeking form prior to enrollment. Please select your student group to find out more information and your non-degree seeking student form.
- Undergraduate form
- Search for your graduate program of interest on The Graduate School website. For information and application instructions regarding attending UB as a non-matriculated student, please use the contact information provided in the program listing.
- International (for all students who are non-US citizens)
To view available courses for the appropriate term you’d like to register for, please use our links to the public class schedule.
- undergraduate courses (numbered 100-499)
- graduate courses (numbered 500 and above)
Step 2: Obtain and Activate your UBIT Name
- Once your application has been approved and processed, you will receive two email communications; one with instructions to log back into your application status portal to retrieve your UB person number, and the second with your UBIT name and single-use password to log into HUB.
- Your UBITName and password will be required to access many different university resources, including your personal student account, which you will use for enrollment. Once your application for non-degree seeking student status has been approved, UB will assign you a UBITName and temporary, single-use password. You will need both your UBITName and temporary, single-use password to enroll.
If you have previously applied to or attended UB, you will use your existing username and password to log into HUB. If you do not remember your username and password, contact the UBIT Help Desk. Be prepared to answer several security questions to verify your identity. Once your identity is confirmed, UBIT Help Desk Staff will assist you with your login information.
Do you already have your UBITName and temporary, single-use password? Now, you can answer a few security questions to activate your UBITName. Once activated, you can begin using your UBITName to access UB’s online services.
Step 3: Provide Immunization Information
Immunization information provided to UB will differ for new and returning non-degree seeking students based on the term/semester, number of enrolled credits, and the instruction type (in-person, online) for your courses.
- UB and New York State require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all academic terms. Vaccine exemption forms for COVID-19 can be submitted for fully remote instruction, medical or religious reasons.
- COVID-19 fully remote instruction exemptions are term-based and need to be completed for each subsequent semester or term.
- Other exemptions may be granted for the measles, mumps and rubella immunization.
- You will not be able to enroll until your immunization information has been processed.
UB’s Immunization Requirements
Students planning to register for courses during a future term or semester must comply with immunization requirements prior to the next registration period.
Step 4: Review Non-degree Academic Policies
- A non-degree seeking undergraduate student must have earned either a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate prior to enrolling in any academic year course. The university reserves the right to validate this information at any time and, if found fraudulent, to take necessary actions.
- A non-degree seeking undergraduate student shall attain and maintain at least a 2.0 UB grade point average after attempting nine or more undergraduate credit hours. At most three courses taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis (grades of “S” or “U”) shall have grades of “U”.
- A non-degree undergraduate seeking student may enroll for a maximum number of credits as follows:
Maximum number of credit hours non-degree seeking students may take Semester/Time Period Maximum number of credits Fall or Spring 9 Winter 5 Single Summer Session 8 Two Overlapping Summer Sessions 11 Total Summer Session 14 Maximum Number of Credits 30
- A non-degree seeking student may register for fall or spring semester courses on a space available basis beginning Aug. 1 for fall semesters and Dec. 1 for spring semesters. Please check our summer and winter pages to see when enrollment begins.
- An undergraduate student dismissed from UB may enroll in the immediate summer or winter term following the term of their initial dismissal (enrollment in summer and winter terms following dismissal deferral is at the discretion of the Scholastic Standards Committee). Enrollment for any subsequent term not contiguous with the term after which a student was dismissed will only be permitted if the student applies for non-degree status, to which that application, is subject to review.
- A non-degree seeking student may apply for admission to UB baccalaureate study. In that case, he or she shall have the UB courses taken in non-degree seeking status included in the assessment for admission on the same basis as if he or she were a transfer applicant. If the student is admitted to baccalaureate study, all UB courses taken in non-degree seeking status shall be included in the student’s program and considered UB courses for purposes of credits attempted and completed and grade point average.
- International Students: Generally, non-degree seeking study is not allowed for international students unless they are currently in the U.S. and holding a temporary non-immigrant VISA that permits non-degree seeking study. Such non-U.S. citizens/non-Permanent Residents desiring to study in non-degree seeking status MUST use the International Undergraduate Application for Non-Degree Study (PDF). Additional criteria may be required for international students.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree are permitted to register for graduate coursework as non-matriculated students for a maximum of 12 credit hours. Information concerning this opportunity may be obtained from the individual department. Once registration reaches 12 credit hours a hold will be placed on the student’s academic record by the Graduate School prohibiting further registration until the student matriculates into a graduate degree program. Additional policies and procedures for graduate students are available on the Graduate School website.
Step 5: Register for Classes
When you have completed your holds and to-do items, simply log on to MyUB, click HUB Student Center, and click the Manage Classes tile and select class search. From there, select the appropriate term and follow the steps to put courses in your shopping cart and register.
- If you are trying to register for a course with pre-requisite requirements, you may not be able to register on your own and will likely need to work with the specific academic department who oversees that course to complete the registration process. If you need to reach out to a department and are unsure of who to contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with critical registration dates and deadlines on our fall, winter, spring, and summer enrollment pages. Non-degree seeking students can register beginning in mid-March for summer, Aug. 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for winter and Dec. 1 for spring semesters.
Last updated: September 23, 2022 3:22 pm EST