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Urban and Public Policy Studies BA - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.1201 Urban Studies/Affairs)

Becoming an Urban and Public Policy Studies BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
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 Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All entering first-year students who select Urban and Public Policy Studies BA on their UB application will be listed as approved majors. Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSC 101 and SOC 101 with a minimum grade of C in each, and attaining a UB grade point average of 2.000, within three semesters of admission to the major. 

The Urban and Public Policy Studies BA is coordinated by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (SSC) program. Ongoing advisement concerning program requirements and expectations for maintaining good standing in the program will be provided by the SSC staff in 203 Clemens Hall.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university's transfer admission requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the staff in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (SSC) program, which oversees the major, for review and major course equivalency evaluation.

All entering transfer students with an interest in the Urban and Public Policy Studies BA will be listed as approved majors. The SSC office will provide all transfer students in the major with information and expectations for maintaining good standing in the program.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Current UB students seeking admission to the Urban and Public Policy Studies BA will be added to the major upon request. Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSC 101 and SOC 101 with a minimum grade of C in each, and attaining a UB grade point average of 2.000, within three semesters of admission to the major. Students should visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (SSC) program in 203 Clemens Hall for advising and assistance.

Suggested Introductory Courses

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

 
Published: May 26, 2020 15:54:54