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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During the second term of the freshman year, the prospective majors should apply for admission to our programs directly through the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Office located at 363 Natural Science and Math Complex.
Transfer students from accredited institutions generally have little difficulty in making the transition to SUNY at Buffalo even though their freshman and sophomore degree requirements may not have been completed. It is recommended that applicants complete General Chemistry and College Calculus I and II in the freshman year. Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Calculus III and the calculus-based Physics sequence should be completed by the sophomore year. If there is any doubt about the courses needed to meet our departmental requirements, courses which are specifically designated as being for science or engineering majors are the natural choice. Chemistry, Physics and Calculus courses which are designed to satisfy the needs of Social Science or Pre-med Majors should be avoided. Advanced Placement credit in Chemistry will transfer only as elective credit. Advanced Placement credit in Calculus will transfer.
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications I (preferred) or CHE 101 General Chemistry I
MTH 141 College Calculus I