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Special Clubs and Programs

“When you arrive and you just fit in, it’s like, ‘This is the right school for me.’ That’s what’s happening here. There’s a place for me here, and that’s what I like about it.” ~ Angel Reyes Mota, computer science and Spanish

Transfer Peer Mentor Program

This program is designed especially for new transfer students in their first semester at UB. The idea is to pair up new students with returning UB students who had transferred to UB. It is a great way to get to know other students and learn about the student culture on and off campus. There are plenty of campus faculty and staff willing to help new students, but there is nothing like getting the perspective from one of your peers. We encourage all new transfer students to consider signing up for this program at your orientation session. It’s fun and rewarding!

Transfer Honor Society

In 2001, UB established a charter of the National Transfer Honor Society—Tau Sigma. You will be eligible for membership in the honor society if you complete 12 or more credits in your first UB semester and earn a 3.5 or greater GPA. You will pay one-time membership dues of $45, and each spring new members are inducted in a formal ceremony. Tau Sigma sponsors activities throughout the year aimed at helping new transfer students make a smooth transition to UB life. Tau Sigma is run by a few elected student leaders and it is a great way to get involved, meet other students, and develop leadership skills.

The Advanced Honors Program

The Advanced Honors Program is designed for academically high-achieving students, usually sophomores and juniors with a minimum UB GPA of 3.5. Students can apply to the program after having completed at least 45 credit hours (includes AP, IB, and college credits). Transfer students are encouraged to apply as they are applying to UB. Deadlines are Oct. 1 and March 1.

Advanced Honors Scholars have the unique opportunity to do advanced, graduate-level research while working closely with faculty who are experts in their fields, as well as to carry out research projects that culminate in senior theses of publication quality. The program provides a stimulating and diverse academic curriculum; honors course requirements ensure in-depth coverage in the major field, while experiential course requirements provide students with an opportunity to transfer the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom to practical settings. Advanced Honors scholars can also apply for funding to participate in research projects, to study abroad and to help defray the costs of other co-curricular activities. For more information and to apply, visit or contact the University Honors College at 716-645-3020.

Last updated: August 17, 2016 2:40 pm EST