Looking for information about test-optional admissions? Read our FAQ.
How do I apply?
UB accepts the Coalition Application and the the Common Application (freshmen only) or SUNY Application (freshmen and transfers). Read our How to Apply section for instructions.
Does UB require a supplemental application?
Students completing the SUNY Application need to also complete the SUNY Supplemental Application. If you completed the Coalition Application or the Common Application, you do not need to complete another supplemental form.
Do I need to provide letters of recommendation?
UB strongly recommends one letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, community member or employer. While only one is recommended, you may choose to submit up to three.
What grades are needed in order to be accepted?
Admission to UB is competitive, and our students are exceptionally talented. Learn more about UB’s admission criteria.
Does UB require test scores?
UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles. Students can share their scores as part of their application if they choose by selecting this option on their application. If submitting scores, 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. UB welcomes students from all backgrounds, and each application goes through the same holistic review process. Read our test-optional admissions FAQ.
Why was I was asked to send midyear grades?
We request midyear grades from many applicants. It just means we want to learn more about you before we make a decision.
When will I hear about my admission decision?
Freshman decisions are on a rolling basis. A majority of decisions are sent in March.
What is Early Action?
The university’s Early Action option is designed for students who have identified UB as their intended college choice. For the fall 2021 application cycle, UB’s Early Action deadline has been extended to Nov. 30, 2020. 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 May 1.
What is the waitlist?
UB uses a waitlist due to space limitations. Each year we enroll approximately 3,800 new freshmen. Students placed on the waitlist will be notified on a space-available basis beginning in May.
I didn’t complete high school, but I did get my GED. Can I apply to UB?
Yes. 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 admissions process?
Veterans and spouses of veterans who apply to UB will have their application fee waived. Please visit UB’s Veteran Services website for more information about applying to UB as a veteran.
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.
Test Optional FAQ
Test optional means students have the choice to include or not include test scores in their application review. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles.
Students will indicate their choice by answering “Yes” or “No” to the following question on the application: “Do you wish to have your standardized test scores considered as part of the admissions process?”
Read on for answers to frequently asked questions about test-optional admissions.
What other criteria will we use if a student selects test optional?
We may require letters of recommendation if you don’t submit them as part of your original application, and/or additional letters of recommendation if they are initially provided. Letters of recommendation should be from someone who knows you well, like a teacher, high school counselor, community-based organization leader or employer. We may also ask you to submit a personal statement and/or mid-year grades. These items will be added to your checklist in the Applicant Status Portal.
Are test scores needed to be considered for merit scholarships?
All students who complete their application by UB’s Dec. 15 deadline will be given priority consideration for scholarship awards, including students who have selected not to have test scores considered in their application review.
UB reserves the right to request additional information that we feel is necessary to help make an informed decision when reviewing your application for scholarship consideration, including, but not limited to, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and/or mid-year grades.
Will any degree programs require test scores for admission to the major?
All UB undergraduate programs will honor test-optional admissions policies. However, please note that academic programs may require additional information to support your application. Additional information will be posted as soon as possible.
What if I requested not to have my test scores considered on my application, but already submitted my SAT/ACT scores?
By selecting “No” to the question on your application asking if you want to have your test scores considered, your SAT/ACT scores will not be used during your admissions evaluation and decision.
What if I requested to have my test scores considered on my application, but since submitting it have changed my mind and would like to revise my application?
Once your application is submitted, you are not allowed to make changes to the test optional question. If the testing agency postponed or canceled your exam, please see the next question.
What if I requested to have my test scores considered on my application, but my SAT/ACT exam was canceled or postponed?
Please complete the Canceled/Postponed Test form. This form will only be processed if your SAT/ACT exam was canceled or postponed and you selected to have your test scores considered on your original application.
- What if I requested not to have my test scores considered on my application, but since applying, I have received test scores I would like to submit and would like to revise my application?
Does UB require any additional information from a test-optional applicant?
UB reserves the right to request additional information that we feel is necessary to help make an informed decision when reviewing your application for admission.
I am being recruited by UB Athletics. Am I eligible for test-optional admissions?
Yes. Test scores are not required for an admission decision to the university. However, as a Division I student-athlete, you must meet all NCAA initial eligibility requirements. These requirements have changed depending on your anticipated high school graduation year. More information can be found on the NCAA website. If you have additional questions, contact our Office of Athletics Compliance at email@example.com or call 716-645-7978.
I am an out-of-state student. Am I required to submit test scores?
No. All undergraduate applicants are eligible to select test-optional admissions.
I am an international student. Am I required to submit test scores?
All undergraduate applicants are eligible to select test-optional admissions. Please note, however, that international students are required to demonstrate English proficiency (unless waived from this requirement). UB accepts the following tests demonstrating English proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, PTE, SAT and ACT. Transfer students who have completed at least one term of an English composition class with an earned grade of B or better and an overall college GPA of at least 3.0 may be considered for an English test waiver.
Will UB be test optional for the fall 2022 semester?
At this time, while some third party websites may indicate otherwise, the official SUNY decision to suspend SAT and ACT requirements for all SUNY schools, applies only to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. We will update this information as it becomes available. Please continue to check the Admissions apply page for changes.
Last updated: February 26, 2021 3:55 pm EST