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 department encourages students to apply by January 15th of their sophomore year. Students can obtain an application on the department website. As part of the application review process, the Admissions Committee will review the applicant's prerequisite GPA, entire transcript (including non-UB courses), research experience and other application materials.
The Admissions Committee will look at the applicant's GPA for prerequisite courses and other accomplishments. Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5 to be considered, but this does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The program is very competitive as the department receives about 50-80 applications and enrolls about 35-40 per year. The fall 2018 incoming class had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.2.
The department strongly encourages all students to complete all general education requirements before they apply to the BS degree program.
Although not required for majors, PMY 302 and PGY 300 are good courses for those students who are interested in exploring Pharmacology and Toxicology. These courses are required for the minor.