Transfer Admissions Criteria

The University at Buffalo welcomes international transfer students who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a top-quality public research university.

What is required for transfer admission?

Admission to the transfer class at UB is based primarily on your college/university grades. We are looking for students who excel academically, engage in extracurricular activities, and who maintain a good school-life balance.

Am I a freshman or transfer applicant?

Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is based upon the facts of your educational background.

What is a freshman?

  • You have never studied or enrolled in any college / university or postsecondary studies after completing secondary school.
  • You are a freshman even if you have “advanced standing” for which you may receive university credits. This includes A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP).

What is a transfer?

  • You have completed secondary school and you subsequently enrolled or studied one or more subjects in a college or university.
  • You may or may not have passed the class(es); you may or may not have earned university credit for the class(es); you may or may not have changed your major or stopped studying because you did not like your major.
  • If you engaged in any study in a college or university, you must apply as a transfer applicant; you cannot “choose” to be a freshman.
Still not sure if you are a freshman or transfer? Take this test.

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.

 

AND

 

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.

What do admissions counselors consider?

Not Required

Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) are NOT required for transfer admission.