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 the Undergraduate Admissions office to learn more.
The UB Office of Admissions coordinates the review of freshman applicants with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Admission to the university and SEAS majors is competitive. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each application, with factors such as an applicant's high school academic performance, standardized test scores, Regents and Common Core Examination scores, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and noncognitive attributes considered.
View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Freshmen Admission Policy
Admission of transfer students is granted on the basis of previous college academic performance. Transfer students must complete the University at Buffalo transfer application process, submit all transcripts to the UB Office of Admissions, and complete the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application by the relevant deadlines.
View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Transfer Admission Policy
Current UB students not enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible for acceptance to an engineering or computer science degree program if they meet the admission criteria.
View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Current Student Admission Policy