The University at Buffalo welcomes international first-year students (freshmen) who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a top-quality public research university.
Admission to the freshman class at the University at Buffalo is
based on more than just your grades. We perform a holistic review
of your application that considers your academic marks, test
scores, essay and recommendations.
We are looking for students who excel academically, engage in
extracurricular activities, and maintain a good school-life
Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is
based upon the facts of your educational background.
If a minimum of one item in statement 1 and all of statement 2 is true, then you are a freshman applicant. Otherwise you are a transfer applicant.
STATEMENT 1: A minimum of one item must be true.
A. I am currently studying in high school (secondary school).
B. Even though I am not in high school, I am studying a secondary school curriculum.
C. I have completed high school.
STATEMENT 2: This statement must also be true.
I have never enrolled in or studied at a postsecondary institution after completing secondary school.
Both are true? You will apply as a Freshman.
Any part not true? You will apply as a Transfer.
Beyond your grades and test scores, we want to learn more about you as an individual. That is why we ask you to submit a personal essay. The essay topic will be determined by the application method that you choose. The SUNY, Common and UB International applications all have specific topics for you to write about.
You must submit 1-2 teacher recommendations written by teachers who are familiar with your academic work. You can also ask for recommendations from staff at your school, or from people in your community who are familiar with your work outside the classroom.