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Scholarly Communities

Our most academically talented students can join our specialized scholarly communities, such as the University Honors College, the University Scholars Program and the Daniel Acker Scholars Program. These programs provide a range of benefits, including individualized advisement, social activities, and opportunities for collaborative research.

The staff, students, and faculty of each of these programs will work with you from day one as you build your skills and refine your academic pursuits. If you are invited to join one of these programs, you’ll find yourself in a true community of scholars who are as engaged in their studies as you are.

The University Honors College

The University Honors College was created to provide exceptionally talented students with the personal attention of a small college within the vast resources of a large research university. Each year, approximately 325 academically talented freshmen are admitted to the University Honors College. Honors College scholars are given the opportunity to live and study in an environment that facilitates advanced independent learning. Some of the benefits that Honors Scholars enjoy include special seminar courses, early registration, library privileges, priority honors housing, faculty mentors, an undergraduate research and creative activities fund, a scholarship for Honors College scholars who study abroad, and involvement in the Evening with Faculty programs.

Interested students must apply for admission to UB and complete a brief Honors College online interest form by Jan. 5. Honors Scholars may also benefit from a range of merit-based scholarships which, for our top academically talented students, could cover the entire cost of undergraduate education at UB, including tuition, room and board, fees, and books. To be considered for a merit scholarship, students should apply to UB by Dec. 1 and submit all required supporting documents by Dec. 31.

Advanced Honors Program

The Advanced Honors Program is another opportunity to create an Honors experience during your undergraduate career. Current UB students can apply to the program after having completed at least 60 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. As an Advanced Honors scholar, you’ll receive priority registration, your own faculty mentor, and advisement from Honors College staff. In addition, in your senior year, you will work with your mentor on a senior thesis of your own design. Upon graduation, your transcript will include a special notation as an Advanced Honors Scholar. Contact 716-645-3020 for more information regarding the Advanced Honors Program.

The University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program provides talented students with access to a number of enhanced benefits that are designed to ease the transition to college and help them make the most of their undergraduate experience at UB. These opportunities include individualized advisement, participation in the University Scholars Mentoring Program, involvement in community service/leadership activities, and conducting research with faculty members. In addition to special educational opportunities tailored to students’ unique talents, interests and individual goals, the program offers a learning community of fellow scholars and renowned professors, all within a supportive environment. University Scholars may also benefit from two-and four-year merit-based scholarships awarded on the basis of academic performance and cost of attendance.

University Scholars are invited to join the program as freshmen, based upon a careful review of each applicant’s high school grades, standardized test scores and the rigor of your high school curriculum. To receive full consideration, your completed university application should be on file in UB’s Office of Admissions by January. No additional application is required. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 1-888-UB-ADMIT.

Daniel Acker Scholars Program

The Daniel Acker Scholars Program selects academically talented students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education for an individualized academic experience. Consideration is given to students with financial need, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented backgrounds (African-American, Latina/Latino American, Native American). Services include individualized advisement and counseling services, freshman experience course, research skill courses, tutoring, enrichment and community service activities and preferred housing for first year students. Students have access to additional support programs through Cora P. Maloney College including the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. Through these programs, students can engage in scholarly or clinical research activities, gaining valuable skills toward a career or preparation for graduate study. Merit-based scholarships are also available. For more information contact Cora P. Maloney College at 716-645-7301.

Learning Communities

All UB students are invited to participate in one or more of our close-knit learning communities, where students and faculty work closely and share their discoveries among small groups.

The Academies

The Academies are learning communities where students and faculty scholars work together on topics of mutual interest. The academies provide guidance and support for in-depth exploration of an interest. Students can participate in a range of activities, inclduing seminars, guest speaker events and field work. UB currently offers five academies: civic engagement, global perspectives, entrepreneurship, research exploration and sustainability. Each is led by a faculty academic director who guides discussion and helps to integrate classroom work with informal out-of-class experiences. Members may choose to live with others who share their interest in an academy-based residence hall community.

Discovery Seminars

UB's Discovery Seminars, small-group opportunities for first- and second-year students, provide an opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty member on a thought-provoking topic. These seminars help students understand the challenges and rewards of attending a research university and allow them to improve skills in critical thinking and written and oral expression. A list of current seminars being offered can be found here.


Last updated: March 13, 2014 10:34 am EST