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.
Incoming students are designated as ES major and begin taking prerequisite courses as freshman. Freshman students who enter the university as declared ES majors are directly admitted to the program.
Students may also be accepted into the BS/MS program as freshmen if they are accepted to the University Honors College and meet the requirements to remain in the program.
Students who transfer to UB from another institution for the purpose of completing prerequisite courses will be directly admitted to the ES major.
Courses must be articulated to UB to be used towards required coursework for the major.
Students who wish to change their major to Exercise Science should complete our web form and schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs.
Current students must apply online to UB’s Graduate School for the graduate portion of the BS/MS program in year three. The deadline to apply is the first academic day in March. To be eligible, students must have ≥ 2.8 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework and prerequisite grades of C or higher. An overall undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 is required to be eligible to start the graduate portion as of the fall of year four. GRE scores are required. The admissions process for the combined program is available on the department website.
Students considering the ES major or already part of the major should take ES 200 Introduction to Exercise Science and ES 207 Human Form and Function as these courses provide an overview of the discipline and fundamental concepts in human anatomy and physiology that are essential for the major. Refer to the required prerequisite courses for additional courses that should be completed prior to taking upper level courses in the major.