Freshman Application Documents Checklist

To apply to the University at Buffalo as a freshman, please collect, prepare and scan the following materials. You will need to save them on your computer and upload them later during the application process.

Academic materials

We know that the school systems are different in every country. To evaluate your grades, we may be looking for a copy of your most recent high school transcript, exam result certificate or even an assessment form.


Any document not written in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

English proficiency

You can fulfill the English proficiency requirements by submitting a passing test score or by qualifying for one of our exceptions.

Accepted Test Scores

  • PTE Academic
  • SAT I
  • ACT


SAT I or ACT scores are recommended but not required for your UB application. You should request that official copies of each of your standardized test results be sent directly to the University at Buffalo. But until those arrive, all we need is a scanned copy of your test scores.

If you don’t have a paper copy to scan, try accessing your scores online. Then take a screenshot of the scores (make sure it includes your name) and save it to your computer.

Personal essay

We want to learn more about you!

This essay can be about anything you want us to know. You can use the essay topics provided in the application you choose, or you can pick an essay topic of your own.

Why did you apply to UB? Who is an important influence in your life? What about your life makes you different from all the other applicants?

Recommendation letters

We know what you do in school is more than just your grades. Hearing from your teachers, principals and advisors helps the admissions counselors get a complete picture of who you are as a student and as a person.

Special Major Requirements

If you are applying to the dance, music, theatre or music theatre programs, you may be required to audition before being admitted to the program. For information on supplemental requirements or to schedule an audition, you may contact:
       Music +1 (716) 645-2758
       Dance, Music Theater and Theater +1 (716) 645-6897

Be Honest

When you apply to the University at Buffalo, you must be honest at all times. Be sure that all documents and information that you submit with your application are correct and accurate. You are responsible for everything that is submitted with your application, even if someone else helps you to complete it.


Withholding or omitting information and documents or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission, subject to dismissal and/or be ineligible for transfer credit.