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
Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.
Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university's transfer admission requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the SSC office for review and major course equivalency evaluation.
Transfer students must complete at least 50% of the undergraduate major course work at the University at Buffalo.
Transfer students will apply to the graduate portion of the degree through the regular application process. Please see “Current UB Students Applying to the Program” below.
For admission to the undergraduate portion of the degree
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.
For admission to the graduate portion of the degree
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
Completed eleven of fifteen courses for undergraduate major (see below)
Completed all undergraduate UB Curriculum requirements.
Completed 93 undergraduate credit hours.
Have significant employment, volunteer, or internship experience in a human service setting. Students are strongly advised to take SSC 496 HS1 Human Services Intern 1.
Students should begin the application process to the graduate portion of the degree in the fall semester of their junior year.
The School of Social Work accepts applications for admission in fall semesters only.
Admission to the graduate portion of the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School of Social Work.
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SSC 103 Introduction to Health and Human Services
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
BIO 129 Perspectives in Human Biology
A basic statistics course