Academic advising at Buffalo State reflects the college’s strategic position as a transformational learning environment focused on student success. Academic advisers and students at SUNY Buffalo State share responsibility for quality academic advisement. Students must commit to taking responsibility for actively, regularly, and honestly engaging with their academic advisers to develop their personal and professional plans.
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New first-time students
Once accepted to Buffalo State, every new, first-time freshman (with under 24 earned credits) is assigned a professional staff adviser. Some departments also choose to connect students with major (faculty) advisers in their first year. As a result, every incoming, first-time freshman will have one or more adviser listed in their Bengal Success Portal (BSP), Banner account, and Degree Works. Each adviser will provide academic guidance, help you select your courses, and assist you as you adjust to life in college. Once you earn 24 credits (generally, in your sophomore year), you will transition to a faculty adviser, who will provide further guidance on specific career possibilities and postgraduate options.
Three ways to find your adviser’s name and contact information:
The drop-in center enables students to obtain immediate and accurate answers to pressing questions about degree program requirements. However, students are still required to meet with their Professional Academic Adviser or major faculty adviser to discuss academic advisement and course registration requirements. Staff in the drop-in center will not give out alternate pins. Students should meet with their assigned adviser (s) to receive their alternate pin.
When you arrive to the drop-in center, please sign-in at the kiosk. A member of our advising team will meet with you when they are available. Please be patient as we could be working with other students. The drop-in center is open during the following days and times:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Can’t make it to the drop-in center? That’s okay! You can chat with us virtually through LibChat. Our advising team is available virtually during the following days and times:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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