Students gather with Nicholas Henshue, in the department of Environment and Sustainability at the Letchworth Teaching Forest and the vernal ponds to find salamanders in April 2023.

Accepted Students

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University at Buffalo, and welcome! You earned a seat here because of your potential—to develop your future, to help shape our university, and to contribute your unique gifts to our larger society. This is UB’s tradition of excellence, and we’re so proud that you’re part of it.

Why choose the College of Arts and Sciences?

Small college feel, big university benefits

With 30 departments, 16 academic programs and 23 centers and institutes, the College offers more academic options than any other unit on campus. You’ll have the resources of a major research institution – like cutting-edge facilities and faculty at the forefront of their fields – as well as the support of a small university setting where your individual needs are recognized and respected.

Music students meeting with Julian Lee, a saxophonist with “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis” during a class at Baird Hall in October 2022. The group later performed at the Center for the Arts in October 2022. Photographer: Douglas Levere.
Teacher reading to kids.
A group of ambassadors pose for a photo in matching blue shirts.
Members of the UB community showed their UB pride by attending the “blue out” men’s basketball game.

Hear from students and faculty

What's it like to be a student in the College?

Our panel of student ambassadors share about life at UB and in the College of Arts and Sciences: everything from making your mark in a large university to switching your major to where to grab a bite to eat!

A community of big thinkers

As a top 40 public research institution, our students have the opportunity to learn from and work closely with incredible faculty on projects and research that solves our world's biggest challenges.

Outside the classroom

Hands-on opportunities

Learning by doing is the key to our students' success. In the College of Arts and Sciences, we encourage our students to take advantage of the life-changing opportunities happening around them every day. 

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning opportunities let you apply your knowledge and insight within real-world contexts outside the classroom. You'll gain a heightened sense of civic responsibility, sharpen your critical thinking skills and share your unique talents, interests and passions. 

These opportunities — which are typically under the mentorship of researchers, faculty and community leaders — may include internships, volunteer assignments, part-time jobs, clinical experiences, faculty-mentored research and faculty-mentored engagement projects.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to intern for the NFL on game day? Department of Media Study student Michael Hunter turned his love of sports and video-editing skills into an internship filming crucial plays for the Buffalo Bills.

Take the next step

In the Center for the Arts atrium, students visit with various departments to ask questions and talk about the programs.

Next steps for newly accepted students

1. Submit your tuition and housing deposit: Before signing up for orientation or registering for classes, all students must complete enrollment by submitting their housing and tuition deposits.

2. Start the orientation process: There are several additional steps new undergraduate students must take before they begin taking classes at UB. The Office of Admissions has prepared easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure that your entry into the UB community is smooth, efficient and comfortable. 

3. Let the world know: Download the mobile wallpapers and screen backgrounds below to show off your UB pride wherever you go.


Few things in life are more challenging – or exhilarating – than beginning your college career. The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to contact us with any questions or concerns that arise during the enrollment process.

Show off your UB Pride 🤘

Check out our downloadable virtual/desktop backgrounds and mobile wallpapers to show off your UB pride wherever you go.

How to download backgrounds

  1. Click an image below to enlarge.
  2. Right click and "save image as..." to download.

Desktop Backgrounds

Mobile Wallpapers