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How to Apply

We invite you to apply for fall 2017 admission to UB!

Apply Online

Applying online to UB is fast, easy and secure. Just choose EITHER the Common Application or the State University of New York (SUNY) application. A $50 non-refundable fee is required with each option. You only need to submit ONE of these applications.

When to Apply

For fall semester admission, submit an application early in the fall of your senior year of high school. Regular decision students should have their completed applications on file at UB by Feb. 1. To be considered for a merit scholarship, we recommend that you apply by Dec. 1 and submit all of the required supporting documents (test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation) by Dec. 15.

Please complete and submit ONLY ONE:

The Common Application

The Common Application allows students to apply to any of the more than 500 selective member colleges and universities using a single application.

The SUNY Application

The SUNY application allows students to apply to several SUNY institutions with one application. If you apply using the SUNY application, you are required to also complete the SUNY supplemental. Once you complete both parts of the SUNY application, you can check its status here: Application Status.

Please Note:

  • SAT or ACT standardized test scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. UB’s SAT code is 2925; the ACT code is 2978.
  • Please be aware that there are two SUNY Buffalo institutions listed on both the Common Application and the SUNY Application. Be certain that you are selecting the University at Buffalo when you complete your forms, or your application might go to the wrong school.
    • **On the SUNY Application, select "Buffalo, University at."
    • **On the Common Application, select "University at Buffalo (SUNY).
  • Your school transcript and only one teacher or counselor recommendation are required. You may self-report your transcript or have an official copy sent from your school (see below).
    • We strongly recommend that you self-report your academic records using SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR), SUNY’s new online reporting system. Please visit the SOAR page to self-report your information. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, you will contact your high school to ensure that UB receives an official final transcript.
    • If you choose not to self-report, you must request that your school send an official copy of your transcript to us as part of your application.
  • If you would like to be considered for financial aid and are filing a FAFSA, please include your Social Security number on your application for admission to UB.
  • A downloadable copy of UB’s teacher/counselor recommendation form is available here (PDF). While only one recommendation is required, you may choose to submit up to three, total.

Early Action Option

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.

After You Apply

We will be using email to communicate with you about any items missing from your application, so it is essential that you monitor your email for this important information. It is your responsibility to check your email regularly for updates.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to ensure that a student’s language skills don’t prevent them from successfully completing university-level courses in the United States. In general, the TOEFL is required of 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 380 are encouraged to take the TOEFL.

Last updated: August 17, 2016 12:37 pm EST