Applying: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
UB accepts both the SUNY application and the Common Application (freshmen only). Links to both, along with instructions, can be found here.
Do you require a supplemental application?
Students completing the SUNY application should use the SUNY Supplemental Application. If you completed the Common Application, you do not need to complete another supplemental form.
The SUNY Supplemental Application gathers information about your extracurricular activities, school and community involvement, leadership experience, volunteer activities, work experience, etc. There is also a short essay.
Do I need to provide letters of recommendation?
Yes, we require one letter of recommendation from either a teacher or a high school counselor. You may submit a total of three, but only one is required.
What grades are needed to be accepted?
Admission to UB is highly competitive, and our students are exceptionally talented. Among the fall 2012 incoming freshman class, 48 percent scored 1200 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and math), and 35 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. Information taken from the SUNY Supplemental Application is also considered. Learn more about UB’s admission criteria.
Why was I was asked to send mid-year grades?
We request mid-year grades from many applicants. It just means we want to learn more about you before we make a decision. Typically students who do not have scores at or near a 90% (3.1/4.0 grading scale) and an 1100 math and reading SAT score or a 24 ACT composite may be asked to submit mid-year grades.
How should I get my SAT/ACT scores to you?
It is our policy that we receive the standardized test scores directly from the testing agencies.
When will I hear about my admission decision?
Freshman decisions start to go out in early March.
What is the early decision application process like?
The deadline to get your application in for Early Decision consideration is Nov. 1. UB must have a complete application and application fee ($50), an official high school transcript, and official SAT or ACT score reports. If you are applying using the SUNY application, your Supplemental Application and letter of recommendation must be received by Dec. 1. Decisions are mailed in mid-December. Accepted candidates must withdraw all other college applications and accept UB’s offer by Jan. 15. If you miss the early decision deadline, know that our primary method of accepting students is through rolling admissions, and we stay open for new applications until spaces in our upcoming class are full.
When should I apply for regular admission?
We recommend that you apply by mid- to late November and get your most up-to-date standardized test scores to us by the end of December. For scholarship consideration you should have a completed application on file by Dec. 31.
What is the wait list?
UB uses a wait list due to space limitations. Each year we enroll approximately 3,250 new freshmen. Students placed on the wait list will be notified on a space-available basis beginning in May. If we are able to offer enrollment to students on the wait list, we consider a variety of factors. We take into consideration the application date, GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and any supplemental information provided. UB does not rank students who are on the wait list.
I didn’t complete high school, but I did get my GED. Can I apply to UB?
UB does accept GEDs. Students must achieve a total score of 3000 or better, with at least a 550 on each exam.
I am a veteran. Is there any information that can help me with the admission process?
UB has a website for Veteran Services that will help you with this process.
How does UB support students with disabilities?
Please note the disability information on the application. To learn more about how UB supports specific disabilities, visit the website of the Office of Accessibility Resources.
Last updated: March 13, 2014 10:37 am EST