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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.

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Freshman applicant

Below are the scores ranges for the three types of admission offered at UB.

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 English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  Standard Admission Standard Admission
with Language Support
Conditional Bridge
Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 79 +
70 - 78 65 - 69
TOEFL (PBT) 550 +
523 - 549 500 - 522
IELTS 6.5 +
6.0 5.0
PTE 55 +
50 - 54
45 - 49
ACT (English and Reading) 20 +
18 - 19
Admission not offered
SAT I (Critical Reading) 500 +
450 - 499
Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn more Admission not offered Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION WITH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
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 for the three types of admission offered at UB.

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 English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  Standard Admission Standard Admission
with Language Support
Conditional Bridge
Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 79 +
70 - 78
65 - 69
TOEFL (PBT) 550 +
523 - 549
500 - 522
IELTS 6.5 +
6.0
5.0
PTE 55 +
50 - 54
45 - 49
ACT (English and Reading) 20 +
18 - 19
Admission not offered
SAT I (Critical Reading) 500 +
450 - 499
Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn More Admission not offered Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION
CHOOSE STANDARD ADMISSION WITH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
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

freshman or transfer?
A freshman student on UB's North Campus.
  • 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.

STILL NOT SURE?

Am I an international student?
Still Time to Apply!
Student filling out application form

UB is still accepting applications from international freshmen and transfer students.

Graduate applicant