Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Psychology BS - Applying to the Program


283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110
Peter Q. Pfordresher
Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor
Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program
(HEGIS: 20.01 PSYCHOLOGY- GENERAL, CIP: 42.0101 Psychology, General)

Becoming a(n) Psychology BS Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2017 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. Additionally, 92 percent* of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

(*Based on the percentage of students who reported a rank).

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions office to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Freshmen who have identified psychology as their area of study will be listed as intended psychology majors at the time of acceptance to UB.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students who have completed 60 credit hours but have not completed or have not earned the minimum-required 2.5 GPA in prerequisite courses may be provisionally accepted into the major.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

  • Students who have completed 60 credit hours but have not completed the prerequisite courses or achieved the minimum GPA of 2.5 may be provisionally accepted into the major
  • Students who are provisionally accepted must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisites to be fully accepted into the major
  • Students who do not have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisites must repeat appropriate prerequisite coursework. The second grade in the repeated course is honored by the department for the purpose of admission to the psychology major.
  • To apply for major status, contact the Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology

To apply to the program, go to the Department of Psychology website.

Suggested Introductory Courses

Published: September 21, 2018 01:33:13 PM