Undergraduate Admissions

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Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is competitive, with an acceptance rate of 57%. 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 University Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Current UB Students Applying to the Environmental Geosciences Program

Current UB students seeking admission to the Environmental Geosciences major will be added upon request. 

Current UB Students Applying to the Environmental Studies Program

Current UB students seeking admission to the Environmental Studies major will be added upon request.