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Do you have what it takes?

Admission to UB is highly competitive, and our students are exceptionally talented. Of the incoming freshman class for fall 2013, 49 percent scored 1200 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and math); and 36 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

In addition, all of our applicants have completed rigorous coursework in high school. This year, UB awarded more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen.

Suggested High School Coursework

Most successful students at UB have taken high school courses in basic academic knowledge areas. The following courses are not required for admission to UB, but are 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
  • At least three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Some students who haven’t completed such a program still qualify for admission; however, it might be necessary to take additional courses to strengthen your knowledge in one or more of those areas after you enter the university.

How We Decide

Freshman admission is based on consideration of a student’s academic record: high school average, rank-in-class, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT score, and strength of the high school academic program. A student essay, recommendations, documented evidence of exceptional creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. If you submit both SAT and ACT scores, the higher score is considered. We also use the highest SAT critical reading and math scores from different test dates for a highest combined score. Note: The writing component of the SAT or ACT is required, but it is not currently used for admission decisions.

When are you accepted into your major?

You should indicate your intended major on the application form. In general, the admission consideration process is currently the same for all majors, including undeclared majors. Engineering majors do receive an additional review to ascertain their readiness in key science and math areas. Direct admission to accounting and business management is subject to limited enrollment. Due to the quantitative nature of these majors, it is recommended that students complete precalculus and be calculus-ready prior to enrollment.

Admission to the departments of dance, music and music theatre require an audition. Intended theatre majors with professional experience are also required to audition. The department of architecture requires submission of an admissions design assignment. The departments of architecture, business administration, engineering, exercise science and nuclear medicine technology admit freshmen directly to the major. All other departments evaluate students for admission during their second year of study at UB.

Departmental Requirements

All baccalaureate candidates must successfully complete a program of study, either in a specific department’s degree program, or in a Special Major program developed by the student. It’s important for you to consult with your academic advisor; he or she can help you identify and complete the requirements for acceptance into a degree program. Once you’ve been accepted into a major, you’re assigned a departmental advisor to help plan and implement your academic program.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is required to ensure that language skills don’t prevent students from successfully completing university-level courses in the United States. In general, the TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is not English, and if any portion of their high school studies was completed in a non-English speaking country. Additionally, students who speak English as a second language and have SAT critical reading scores below 440 are encouraged to take the TOEFL. Transfer applicants whose native language is not English may also be required to submit TOEFL results.

UB requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (Internet-based), or 550 (paper-based) in order to be considered for admission. Students scoring between 70 and 78 or 523 and 547 on the TOEFL may be admitted to the university on the condition that they register for and successfully complete additional English courses in their first semester.

Last updated: July 25, 2014 8:34 am EST