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Freshman and Transfer Admission Criteria

The University at Buffalo wants students who excel academically and who will succeed in our rigorous and demanding academic environment.

You can learn about UB's international admission requirements by following the navigation links to the left, or if you know your English proficiency score, you can start by finding your score under your applicant type (freshman or transfer) below.

On this page:

Freshman applicant

Below are the minimum scores to be eligible for consideration for admission to undergraduate programs at the University at Buffalo.

Find your score and then choose the admission type that is right for you by clicking on the box at the bottom of that column to learn more about the specific English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  Standard Admission Conditional Bridge
Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 70
65
TOEFL (PBT) 523
500
IELTS 6.0
5.5
PTE 50
45
ACT
(English and Reading)
18
Admission not offered
SAT I
Critical Reading
(Old Version)
450
Admission not offered
SAT I
ERWS
(New Version)
500 Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn more Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION
CHOOSE CONDITIONAL BRIDGE ADMISSION

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the last column, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Transfer applicant

Below are the minimum scores to be eligible for consideration for admission to undergraduate programs at the University at Buffalo.

Find your score and then choose the admission type that is right for you by clicking on the box at the bottom of that column to learn more about the specific English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  Standard Admission Conditional Bridge
Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 70
65
TOEFL (PBT) 523
500
IELTS 6.0
5.5
PTE 50
45
ACT
(English and Reading)
18
Admission not offered
SAT I
Critical Reading
(Old Version)
450
Admission not offered
SAT I
ERWS
(New Version)
500 Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn more Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION
CHOOSE CONDITIONAL BRIDGE ADMISSION

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the last column, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Graduate applicant

The University at Buffalo wants students who excel academically and who will succeed in our rigorous and demanding academic environment.

UB offers two types of admission based on your English language abilities. Below are the different tests you can take to demonstrate your English proficiency and the minimum scores required to be considered for admission.

Select your test and then follow the link to learn more about the admission type that is right for you based on your score.

TOEFL (iBT)

Freshman

Transfer

TOEFL (pBT)

Freshman

Transfer

IELTS

Freshman

Transfer

PTE

Freshman

Transfer

Transfer Standard
Admission
Standard Admission
with Language Support
Conditional Bridge
Admission
55 +
50 -54
45 - 49

ACT (English and Reading)

Freshman

Transfer

SAT I (Critical Reading - Old Version)

Freshman

Transfer

SAT I (ERWS - New Version)

Other recognized tests

Learn more about all of the ways you can demonstrate your English proficiency

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the chart, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Graduate applicant

  • You are a freshman if you have never studied or enrolled in any college/university or post-secondary studies after completing secondary school. 
  • You are a transfer if you have engaged in any study in a post-secondary college or university.

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