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Scholarships: Being Smart Pays

The University at Buffalo offers the most valuable merit scholarships in the State University of New York system. We make a commitment of more than $12 million annually to academically talented freshmen from across the nation.

About 25 percent of each incoming class will earn one of these prestigious awards. Most awards are renewable for four years.

If you would like to be considered by Undergraduate Admissions for a merit scholarship, we strongly recommend that you complete and submit your application and all supporting documentation by December 15. The University Honors College manages the Presidential Scholarship selection process and requires a separate application.

Scholarship recipients may also be invited to participate in one of our comprehensive scholarly communities, which offer an even greater breadth and depth of engaging learning opportunities.

Presidential Scholarship

Academically exceptional freshmen may earn a four-year UB Presidential Scholarship, the most selective and highly valued award in all of SUNY. The required application is available through the Honors College. Finalists interview on campus. Presidential scholars participate in the Honors College and must maintain rigorous academic standards to retain their award.

Provost Scholarship

High-achieving freshmen are considered for Provost Scholarships. Award amounts are based on academic merit and cost of attendance. No additional application is needed. These scholarships are renewable for either two or four years for students who maintain continuing eligibility requirements.

Empire State Diversity Honors/Daniel Acker Scholarship

These four-year scholarships are awarded to academically competitive freshmen who are eligible for the Daniel Acker Scholars Program. No additional application is needed. These scholarships are renewable for four years for students who maintain continuing eligibility requirements.

Transfer Student Merit Scholarships

Two-year merit scholarships are available to New York State transfer students applying as full-time undergraduates. No additional application is required but you must have a 3.5 GPA, have completed 45 college credits and be a U.S. citizen to be considered. The Office of Financial Aid summarizes other scholarship opportunities for transfer students and manages continuing eligibility requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholarship

Prospective freshmen majoring in College of Arts and Sciences academic programs who earn Provost Scholarships, may also be selected for a Dean’s Scholarship upon admission. No additional application is needed. These special awards are made available through the generosity of alumni and friends of UB.

School of Architecture and Planning Dean’s Scholarships

Prospective freshmen accepted in the B.S. in Architecture program who submit a portfolio or design project, may also be selected for a Dean’s Scholarship upon admission. No additional application is needed.

*Continuing eligibility for all Undergraduate Admissions and International Merit Scholarships is handled by the Office of Financial Aid.

For information on other merit-based and need-based UB scholarships you may be eligible to compete for as a prospective freshman, transfer student, and throughout your academic career, see the Office of Financial Aid.

For international students, the equivalent awards are International Admissions Scholarships.

Last updated: February 08, 2016 9:09 am EST