Academically talented students at UB are invited to participate in one of several close-knit scholarly communities, including the University Honors College, the University Scholars Program, and the Daniel R. Acker Scholars Program. These programs provide a range of benefits, including individualized advisement, social activities, and opportunities for collaborative research. The staff, students, and faculty of each of these programs will work with you from day one as you build your skills and refine your academic pursuits. If you are invited to join one of these programs, you’ll find yourself in a true community of scholars who are as engaged in their studies as you are.
The University Honors College was created to provide exceptionally talented students with the personal attention of a small college within the vast resources of a large research university. Each year, approximately 325 academically talented freshmen are admitted to the University Honors College. Successful applicants typically represent the top 10 percent of incoming freshmen, though we welcome applications from all students who are interested in becoming a part of, and contributing to, our Honors College community. We strive to build a community that is diverse in its talents, interests and background. Students who are intellectually curious, demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement, have shown resilience in the face of adversity and take ownership of their education are excellent matches.
Interested students must apply for admission to the University at Buffalo and complete a brief Honors College online interest form, which will be available in early fall. To be considered for a merit scholarship, we recommend that you apply to UB by Dec. 1 and submit all of the required supporting documents (test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation) by Dec. 31. The Honors College online interest form is due by Sunday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. EST. Honors College forms submitted by this deadline will be given first preference. Submissions received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, if space permits.
Honors Scholars may also benefit from a range of merit-based scholarships which, for our top academically talented students, could cover the entire cost of undergraduate education at UB, including tuition, room and board, fees, and books.
Students who submit an application for the Presidential Scholarship do not need to complete the Honors College online interest form.
The Advanced Honors Program is another opportunity to create an Honors experience during your undergraduate career. Current UB students can apply to the program after having completed at least 60 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. As an Advanced Honors scholar, you'll receive priority registration, your own faculty mentor, and advisement from Honors College staff. In addition, in your senior year, you will work with your mentor on a senior thesis of your own design. Upon graduation, your transcript will include a special notation as an Advanced Honors Scholar. Contact (716) 645-3020 for more information regarding the Advanced Honors Program.
The University Scholars Program provides talented students with access to a number of enhanced benefits that are designed to ease the transition to college and help them make the most of their undergraduate experience at UB. These opportunities include individualized advisement, participation in the University Scholars Mentoring Program, involvement in community service/leadership activities, and conducting research with faculty members. In addition to special educational opportunities tailored to students’ unique talents, interests and individual goals, the program offers a learning community of fellow scholars and renowned professors, all within a supportive environment. University Scholars may also benefit from two-and four-year merit-based scholarships awarded on the basis of academic performance and cost of attendance.
University Scholars are invited to join the program as freshmen, based upon a careful review of each applicant’s high school grades, standardized test scores and the rigor of your high school curriculum. To receive full consideration, your completed university application should be on file in UB’s Office of Admissions by January. No additional application is required. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 1-888-UB-ADMIT.
The Daniel Acker Scholars Program selects academically talented students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education for an individualized academic experience. Consideration is given to students with financial need, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented backgrounds (African-American, Latina/Latino American, Native American). Services include individualized advisement and counseling services, freshman experience course, research skill courses, tutoring, enrichment and community service activities and preferred housing for first year students. Students have access to additional support programs through Cora P. Maloney College including the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. Through these programs, students can engage in scholarly or clinical research activities, gaining valuable skills toward a career or preparation for graduate study. Merit-based scholarships, up to the full cost of tuition, are also available. Admission to the program requires a supplemental application which will be made available by the University Office of Admissions. For more information contact Cora P. Maloney College at (716) 645-7301.
Last updated: June 12, 2013 10:54 am EST