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

Admission to the program is contingent on completion of the prerequisites with a 2.33 minimum GPA and a 2.33 minimum overall GPA.

Mandatory Introductory Courses for the Environmental Geosciences major

GEO 101 (Earth Systems Science), 105 (Earth, Environment, and Climate Lab) and 106 (Global Climate Change); OR GLY 101 (Natural Hazards), 102 (Climate Change), 105 (Natural Hazards and Climate Change lab); BIO 200 (Evolutionary Biology)

Upon completion of the four introductory courses, students can submit an application to the Environmental Geoscience major for full acceptance to the program. Prior to that, students at any time can submit the same application as an INTENDED major. Applications can be found in Clemens 602, or by emailing the department. 

Current UB Students Applying to the Environmental Studies Program

Students should complete the pre-requisite course(s) and apply for admission to the major no later than the end of their sophomore year.

Upon completion of the introductory course (ENV118), students can submit an application to the Environmental Studies major for full acceptance to the program. Prior to that, students at any time can submit the same application as an INTENDED major. Applications can be found in Clemens 602, or by emailing the department. 


Students are expected to follow major requirements as listed in the catalog for the academic year during which they are admitted to the major. 

To be eligible for admission to Environmental Studies students are required to attain a grade of C or better in the prerequisite course and to have a minimum UB grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

Suggested Introductory Courses for the Environmental Studies major

SSC 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies 
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology 
GEO 101 Earth Systems Science and GEO 105 Earth & Climate Lab OR GLY 101 Natural Hazards & GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change Lab 
A statistics course