University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content

Transfer Academic Requirements

Admission to the transfer class at UB is selective. Your admission is based in part on the quality of your academic record and on the number of spaces available in the class.

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale, and we expect transfer students applying here to have the equivalent of a 2.5 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B- or 78 on a 100-point scale in the U.S.

You do not need to obtain an evaluation of your transcripts. Just provide your official transcripts with an English translation and we will make the grade conversions in our office. Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world and they know how to translate your country’s grading scale into the one we use here at UB.

If you have completed fewer than 24 credits at your previous college or university, we will also review your secondary school transcripts.

Admission to your intended major

Some transfer students will be admitted to their intended major directly at the time of university admission. All other students are evaluated by their departments during their studies at UB and are admitted only after all requirements have been met.

Each academic department can have different requirements for admission to their majors and degree programs.

Additional supplemental materials may be required by certain departments or schools.

Arts and Sciences

Students with 60 or more transfer credits and minimum grades in prerequisite courses may be admitted to majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exceptions of programs in the arts (media study, art, theatre and dance, and music) which require a portfolio or audition.


Admission to engineering as a transfer student is competitive and minimum grades in prerequisite courses are required. Students will be notified about admission to engineering when they receive the university’s admission decision.

Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Management, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions

Admission to these professional programs is competitive. Their excellent reputation makes them popular with many students and admission is selective.

Check your major’s requirements before you apply!

Find your major in the UB Undergraduate Catalog. If you have any questions about requirements for your intended major, you should immediately contact your department for more information.