Freshman Admission

Most successful students at the university come with strong preparation in basic academic areas. The following courses are not required for admission to UB, but are suggested as strong 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
  • at least three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Some students who haven’t completed such courses may still qualify for admission; however, it may be necessary to take additional courses to strengthen their knowledge in one or more of the recommended disciplines after they enter the university.

Freshman admission is based on consideration of a student’s academic record: high school average, rank in class (if available), SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT score, and rigor of the high school academic program. SAT or ACT standardized test scores, including writing, must be submitted directly from the testing agency. UB’s SAT code is 2925; the ACT code is 2978. A student essay, recommendations, community service, demonstrated leadership, special talents and documented evidence of exceptional creative talent are also considered.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate a choice of major on the application form. This information is used for planning purposes only, since application to a particular academic department as a major generally occurs during a student’s sophomore year at the university. The departments of Art and Music and the schools of Architecture and Planning, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Management, and Public Health and Health Professions review credentials at the time of initial application to the university and may offer direct admission to their programs. Architecture requires submission of a design assignment; music requires an audition; and art requires a portfolio in the spring semester of the freshman year.

For fall semester admission, submit an application early in the fall of your senior year of high school, using either the Common Application or the SUNY application. To receive full consideration for UB’s merit-based scholarship programs, it is recommended you apply by December 1 and submit all of the required supporting documents (test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation) by December 15. Scholarship notices are mailed, along with admission offers, beginning in early March.

Please be aware that there are two Buffalo SUNY institutions listed on both the Common Application and the SUNY application. Be certain that you are selecting the University at Buffalo when you complete your forms, or your application might go to the wrong school.

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