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Student Support

Pursuing a DDS degree requires a substantial investment of time, effort, intellectual energy and financial resources. At UB, we are keenly aware (and appreciative) of these investments. Whether you need help adjusting to dental school, or you just need someone to talk to, we’re here for you.

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Caring About Your Success

When we accept a student into the dental school, it is with the intention that he or she will graduate — which is why we offer a variety of support services for students. We believe that the motivation to provide quality care comes from within the student; we expect our students to be committed, and we are committed to them.

At UB, students pursue a rigorous, challenging dental program (taking 22-27 credit hours each semester) in an environment that fosters collaboration, prizes professional and personal ethics, and supports academic and professional excellence. We support our students in every way we can, including:

  • Helping them adjust to dental school
  • Providing financial guidance
  • Individualized tutoring
  • Setting up mock board examinations
  • Helping them find the best possible placements at graduation

Academic Support

Our faculty are available-we keep no posted office hours because we believe that students should get help when they need it. All dental students have access to:

  • Academic advisement
  • Tutoring services
  • Personal counseling
  • Workshops on study skills, time management and stress management

In addition, students experiencing academic difficulty receive assistance through retention programs at the department level.

Free Tutoring

Upperclass students are available to provide academic support — including free tutoring — for first- and second-year students.

Support From Your Classmates

Each class of approximately 90 students progresses through the DDS program as a unit, with the same classes and schedule for the first three years. While students entering the program are usually highly competitive, once they are here, we want our students to support one another.

We have structured our academic environment to encourage collaboration. Reviewing challenging course material with classmates, working in study groups, discussing what's happening in the clinics, and simply having a fellow classmate to talk with helps students excel.

Big Brother / Big Sister Program

In addition to support from fellow classmates, we coordinate a big brother/big sister program to help first-year students make a smooth transition into the program. Mentoring students are members of the second-year class, and they are full of information, guidance, and advice. This volunteer program, which is popular with our students, has resulted in many long-lasting friendships over the years.

Involving Students in School-Wide Decisions

We are committed to working with all of our student body to create an environment that fosters collaboration and communication. Our Office of Student Affairs, Faculty-Student Committee, Dental Student Association, and two Student-Administration Communications Committees hold meetings throughout the year for students, faculty members, and administration to share information and discuss issues of concern. We have established these various organizations and committees to involve students in the school-wide decision-making and to provide a forum for students to discuss issues affecting the school and their lives within it.

Making Dental School More Affordable

As a public university, UB offers an excellent dental education that is substantially less expensive than most of our peer institutions, especially when you factor in Buffalo's relatively low cost of living. As part of our commitment to our students, we strive to keep our program affordable and to help our students obtain financial aid and plan wisely for their financial future.

Financial Aid Information and Forms

The Office of Student Affairs maintains a current file of financial aid information and forms for dental students and helps students find additional sources of scholarship support whenever possible. The office also monitors the amount borrowed by each student and offers financial guidance; we don't want our students graduating with such heavy debt that they have to spend more than half of their professional careers paying back student loans.

Performance-Based Scholarships

In addition to financial support services, the school offers performance-based scholarships to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. (First-year students are not eligible for these scholarships; we don't want to entice them to choose the School of Dental Medicine because of scholarship support that might not be granted for their remaining years in the program.)

Who Can Help You?

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs promotes student growth and development by establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with each class of dental students. This is accomplished via class officers, informing faculty and administration of student issues and concerns, maintaining an academic counseling system, publishing and distributing a Student Handbook and a Student Directory, in addition to overseeing an awards and scholarship program.

Office of Academic Affairs

Our office provides the following services:

  • Tutoring
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Academic advising

Office of Student Affairs

Our mission is to help students be successful. Our office works with students to identify problems that are interfering with their studies. Examples can include:

  • Difficulty with coursework or exams
  • Conflict with faculty or peers
  • Personal relationships
  • Family demands/expectations
  • Motivation issues, procrastination
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness

Counseling Services

Students can experience stress during dental school. The level of stress and its cause may vary from student to student. The most common stresses are academic, social, family, work and financial. While the majority of students are able to cope successfully with the demands of Dental School, some students find themselves in an overwhelming situation they cannot manage on their own. Our student counselor acts as a facilitator to help students cope with the demands of dental education.  

Students with Disabilities

UB’s Reasonable Accomodation Policy provides a procedure for requesting accommodations for a disability or medical condition. Please contact Student Affairs for more questions regarding disability accomodations.

The Graduate School

Master’s degree students can also get support from UB’s Graduate School.

LGBTQ Support

UB is committed to ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all members of the UB community, including our LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and community members. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) can provide you with support, information and assistance.

Military & Veteran Programs

UB has been named a Military Friendly School, a Yellow Ribbon School. We’re here to help student veterans (and their dependents) make the transition to college and be successful at UB. Whether you need help with your benefits paperwork, a connection to local and national groups that support veterans, or just someone to talk to, we’re here for you.

Personal Safety and Security

Your University Police strive to provide police services that meet the specialized needs of our diverse and vibrant university community. Our key services include emergency response, crime prevention, criminal investigation and personal safety education. We are an internationally accredited police agency.

Residency Support

The UB Dental Alumni Assocation has a program called DDSConnect, which is a free service of the UB School of Dental Medicine. Its goal is to help current dental students find residencies and jobs after graduating and help contining their dental career with the correct placement.

Spiritual Life

UB offers multiple different religious clubs that students can join to feel more connected to others and be able to practice their religion away from home.

Student Life Gateway

Here, you’ll find information and links to resources available throughout UB, including parking and transportation information, health and wellness services, housing information and much more.