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 balance.
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.
The SAT/ACT is required* for direct admission as a freshman to:
Freshman students without SAT/ACT scores or scores that do not meet the department’s minimum score requirements will be considered for admission as an intended major. They will then apply for admission to the major in their second year at UB after meeting prerequisites.
If possible, take both the ACT and the SAT early in high school. Choose the test (ACT or SAT) with your highest score and study to retake just that test. If you sit for either test more than once, UB will use the highest section score from those tests (SAT or ACT) to create a “super score” or “best score.”
Use these codes to submit your test scores to UB: