Student Support

Student affairs.

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.

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

The UBSDM community is dedicated to provide academic support to students who are in need of help. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs helps assist students through tutoring services, workshops, and more. 

Counseling Services

Counseling Services promotes the personal well-being and academic success of students by providing brief mental health services, educational programs, crisis intervention, and campus community consultation.

Wellness

Our Student Wellness Commitee organizes a variety of activites to help students take a break from the academics. Here at UB we offer many services that help students relax from schoolwork and encourage a positive healthy lifestyle.

Residency Applications

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.

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.

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