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.
Application for admission must be made both to the University and separately to the Department of Music. Information on applications and auditions can be found on the department's website. All students should be prepared to take a theory placement exam before beginning undergraduate music studies; students are encouraged to take this exam during their spring auditions.
Applicants requesting the MusB in Performance degree must pass an evaluation audition and as determined by the theory diagnostic examination.
Transfer students must first apply and be accepted into the University. Both transfer and current UB students must fill out a departmental application for both the MusB in Performance and the BA in music degree programs. MusB students must audition on their major instrument or voice to be fully accepted into the MusB major.
Applicants for both degree programs must take and pass a diagnostic music theory exam in order to enter MUS 105, Freshman Theory. These exams are given at either the audition or on the first day of class. Students must maintain a 2.0 average in all academic music courses in order to progress through the degree.
MusB students must maintain a 3.0 or higher in their applied music lessons or they will be required to reaudition for the degree program.
AP Music Theory
MUS 116 Theory of Music for Non-majors
Students interested in the music degree programs should prepare by taking private voice or instrument lessons prior to and throughout high school. While in junior and senior high school, students are advised to participate in ensembles and enroll in theory courses, if available.
Suggested Study Guides
Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm and Meter by Clough Conley & Boge, 3rd Ed.
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