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 generally admitted fall 2014 incoming freshman class, 48 percent scored 1200 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and math), and 33 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 Early Action?
The university’s Early Action option is designed for students who have identified UB as their intended college choice. The deadline for Early Action applications is Nov. 15. Early Action plans are nonbinding - candidates will receive an early response to their application, but they do not have to commit to the university until the May 1 deadline.
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: August 27, 2015 11:54 am EST