Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
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
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Students accepted to the university that indicate the Art History BA as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester introductory art history courses.
All Art History transfer courses must be evaluated and approved by the department. Generally, the following transfer courses will be accepted: the equivalent of AHI 101 and AHI 102 covering the history of art from ancient to modern, and any two of the area courses. Transcripts are required for all courses, and course descriptions are required for any of the area courses.
Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to apply to the Department of Art’s Art History BA degree program. VS 150, AHI 101, and AHI 102 are required in order to be accepted into this program.
AHI 101 Survey of Art History: Egypt to Renaissance
AHI 102 Survey of Art History: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary
VS 150 Visual Theory and Aesthetics
200-level courses are also suitable for students with little or no background in the material. 300- and 400-level courses are best suited to students who have already had one or more courses in art history or who are majoring in related disciplines such as history, English, philosophy or a foreign language.