For Parents and Families of Future UB Bulls

Welcome to the University at Buffalo! This is an exciting time for your student, and you have a big role in it. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been through this process before, we want to be your destination for information about college admissions, and especially admission to UB.

We understand the emotions and questions that go along with your college search. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about UB, what makes our university a top choice for excellence and value, and how, at the end of this journey, we can be the right fit for your student.

Programming note: Since the time of filming, it has been determined that orientation will be held virtually this year. For more information, visit the New to UB website.

What We’re Looking For

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review process. This means our counselors thoughtfully consider every application component when making a decision.

While high school averages and standardized test scores matter, we know that UB students are more than grades and test scores. As your student prepares to apply to college, encourage them to focus on the activities and pursuits that make them a well-rounded person, like volunteer experience, creative talents, community service and leadership experiences.

Read more about freshman admission criteria.

How to Apply

When your student is ready to apply to UB, they can choose from three online applications: the Coalition for College Application, the Common Application or the SUNY Application. Read more on our How to Apply page. (Please note: If your student is planning to transfer to UB, the application process may differ. Read about applying as a transfer.)

A Valuable Education

How will we manage college costs? If this question is on your mind, you’re not alone. With the rising costs of higher education, college can seem like a big expense. We encourage you to see it as an investment, and UB is a smart one.

One of the best things about UB is that, as a public institution, we offer an excellent education at a fraction of the cost of private colleges and universities. UB is consistently recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best Value Institution for our high graduation rate, low average student debt and abundant institutional aid. In fact, UB offers the most valuable merit scholarships in the SUNY system.

Our expert financial aid advisors can help illuminate any questions you may have about the cost of a UB education. Families are encouraged to contact UB’s Office of Financial Aid at any time during the admissions process.

Support for Your Student

Your student’s success should always be at the focus of their college experience. At UB, it will be.

Safety is one of UB’s highest priorities. Our staff of highly trained police officers are committed to excellence in community policing. And UB’s North Campus is located in Amherst, N.Y., which consistently ranks as one of the safest communities of its size in the U.S.

Finish in 4 is our commitment to your student’s graduation. They will get the support they need to graduate in four years, minimizing the costs and fees associated with extra semesters.

UB Seminar is the entryway to your student’s education. Small in size and centered around critical thinking, ethical reasoning and reflective discussion, students learn from distinguished faculty how to meet and manage the rigorous academic demands of college.

Tutoring is available to students in the residence halls, online, and in designated locations around campus. Best part? It’s free!

Terms to Know

Applicant Status Portal: An online location where students are able to check the status of their application, view check lists and stay informed through the process. Students will be provided with a link and unique login credentials upon submitting their application.

FAFSA: An application that collects the information needed to determine your eligibility for all of the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government.

Early Action: An option for students to apply early and receive a non-binding admission decision early in the admissions cycle. Students do not have to commit to the university, and can apply to other places.

College Planning Timeline

  • Encourage your student to take AP courses.
Junior Year
  • Finish identifying schools of interest.
  • Begin applying to colleges. UB’s application opens in August.
  • Make sure your student submits all application components by the stated deadlines. Tip: Create an email address just for the college admissions process. This will keep everything organized and in one account that you and your student can share. 
  • Remind your student to give recommendation letter writers ample notice.
  • File the FAFSA.
Senior Year
  • Discuss career and major options with your student.
  • If your student is unsure of what to study, encourage them to take a personality or career assessment.
Junior Year
  • Help your student stay organized by keeping copies of everything.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible.
  • Remind your student to keep their grades up.
Senior Year
  • Plan your finances now, together.
  • Investigate financial aid options, loans, grants and scholarships.
  • Participate in virtual college fairs.
Junior Year
  • Check your email and the mailbox for college decision letters, which can begin arriving mid-winter.
  • Review all financial aid award letters. Call financial aid offices if you have questions.
  • Send your student’s tuition and/or housing deposits by May 1.
  • Celebrate!
Senior Year
  • Start exploring ways to connect with colleges.
  • Encourage your student to find a job, internship and explore extracurricular experiences in the real world.
Junior Year
  • Be sure your student has submitted a final high school transcript.
  • Prepare for orientation.
  • Get ready to send your student on the next step of their journey!
Senior Year

Last updated: June 28, 2021 4:26 pm EST