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Understanding Your Transcript


The State University of New York at Buffalo is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Regents. In addition, many schools, faculties or departments are accredited by outside associations in their fields.

Academic Calendar

The University operates on a semester system. The calendar consists of a fall semester and a spring semester during the academic year and summer and winter sessions of varying lengths.

Course Level Information

Rank in Class

The University at Buffalo does not rank its students.

Confidentiality of Information

This document has been released upon the written consent of the student in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. The recipient may not permit any other party or agency to have access to it without first securing the consent of the student.

Disciplinary Remarks

Per the State University of New York, disciplinary remarks must be included on the transcript in situations where hazing has occurred. No other disciplinary information is included on the University at Buffalo transcript.


Dean’s List

Full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence by earning a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 while completing a minimum of 15 or more credit hours, of which 12 are graded credits, are named to the Dean’s List at the end of each fall and spring semester. Letters of notification are sent to qualifying students to their UB email accounts in January for the previous fall semester; June for the previous spring semester; and a Dean’s List notation appears on student transcripts.

Academic Honors

Latin Honors

Students earning baccalaureate degrees are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative GPA on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.0 = A)

To qualify for Latin honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not satisfactory or unsatisfactory [grades of ‘S’ or ‘U’]).

Program Honors

Each department has the prerogative of awarding the designations “with honors” and “with distinction” to students who achieve a certain level of academic excellence and creativity in the major or minor program.

The award of Program Distinction is based on the UB GPA for the program. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. Although departments may set higher GPA minimums, the University requires a minimum of 3.20 for “with distinction”; 3.50 for “with high distinction”; and 3.75 for “with highest distinction.”

The award of Program Honors is based on criteria which may vary from department to department. Students must complete an honors thesis, project, or honors program seminar. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. Enrollment in a departmental honors program may be a prerequisite. Honors level (“with honors”; “with high honors”; “with highest honors”) may be based on GPA or faculty review of performance on the honors components of the program. Students should consult with their departmental advisor regarding the awarding of departmental honors.

Explanation of Grading System

Pre-1968 Explanation of Grading Systems

Prior to July 1968 the University at Buffalo utilized the three (3) point grading system noted below. All grade point averages have been recalculated utilizing our current four (4) point grading system.

Pre-1968 Grading System
Grade per Semester Hour Quality points
A (High Distinction) 3 quality points
B (Superior) 2 quality points
C (Average) 1 quality point
D (Minimum Passing Grade) 0 quality points
F (Failure) -1 quality points

UB Grading Policies

Undergraduate policies:  Visit the Undergraduate Catalog then search for

Graduate Policies: Visit the policy library.

Undergraduate Degree Policies

Note: Transcripts are accurate as of the print date.

Last updated: August 08, 2023 2:13 pm EST