Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2017 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. Additionally, 92 percent* of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
(*Based on the percentage of students who reported a rank).
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.
The School of Management admits incoming freshmen directly to the accounting or business administration majors. For direct admission, prospective freshmen are required to select accounting or business administration on the UB application.
In the first two years, you will complete the UB Curriculum and seven prerequisite courses for your major. As a freshman admitted to the major, you must maintain the minimum standard required to advance to the upper-division curriculum. The main criterion for advancement is your academic performance in your freshman and sophomore courses. We don't require an additional application unless you're applying to change from business administration to accounting or vice versa.
Important note: We encourage high school students interested in the accounting or business administration majors to apply early for admission to UB. Because of the quantitative nature of these majors, we recommend you complete pre-calculus and be calculus-ready before enrolling at UB.
For students interested in transferring to UB, the first step is to gain admission to the university. After accepting admission to UB and submitting a deposit, new incoming transfer students who select business administration or accounting as their applied major will automatically have their transcripts reviewed by the School of Management. To be considered for direct admission at the lower-division or gain junior-year admission to accounting or business administration, students must meet the minimum standards before starting the junior-year curriculum.
Important note: To be eligible for the accounting or business administration majors, you must meet the minimum overall transfer GPA when entering UB.
If you are a current UB student in a non-management major and wish to add or change your major to accounting or business administration, submit a change of major request. Your request will be reviewed by the School of Management and you will receive an email with your admission decision and instructions for making an academic advisement appointment. Please see our admissions standards for more information.