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Scholarly Communities

How to find yourself in the company of academic rock stars.

Our most academically talented students can join our scholarly living-learning communities, where individualized advisement, social activities and opportunities for collaborative research are just a few of the benefits. If you are invited to join one of these programs, you’ll find yourself in a true community of scholars who are as engaged in their studies as you are.

University Honors College

Expressing your intellectual curiosity. Living your commitment to diversity, inclusion and civic engagement. Taking ownership of your education. If this is your ideal college experience, we invite you to explore the University Honors College, a home where a diverse group of outstanding students inspire each other to be more than who they thought they could be. Where people are as intensely engaged with learning as you are, and where you find a place to be extraordinary.

Interested students must still apply for general admission to UB. Students submitting the Common Application can apply to the Honors College in the Academics section. Students applying with the State University of New York (SUNY) Application should email the Honors College to receive an additional application to the Honors College.

To be considered for a merit scholarship, your general application for admission to the University at Buffalo (either SUNY or Common Application) must be on file and complete (including all supplemental materials) by Dec. 8.

Daniel Acker Scholars Program

To participate in the University at Buffalo Daniel Ackers Scholar Program, candidates are required to be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status and demonstrate how they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the diversity of the student body by facilitating and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their academic programs and campus activities. Even though financial need is not a requirement for program eligibility, applicants may utilize economic disadvantage as a basis for eligibility. Preference will be given to candidates who are from a low-income background (e.g., Pell-eligible as undergraduates), are first-generation college students (students whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree), have overcome adversity, are AmeriCorps alumni, or are veterans. Our Daniel Acker scholars are committed to and passionate about their education, and demonstrate the potential to be future leaders and critical thinkers in our community, region, state, country and world.

The selection process for the Daniel Acker Scholars Program is competitive and you will be notified by the Admissions Office if you are selected to participate.