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Scholarships for International Students

Each fall semester, UB awards more than $1 million to international undergraduate students. Scholarships are awarded for academic merit, creative excellence and to student athletes.

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The International Merit Scholarship

The University at Buffalo offers merit-based scholarships in varying amounts to qualified international freshmen. Scholarship awards vary from $2,500–$15,000 per academic year and are renewable for up to four years with good academic standing. Each year, 20–25 of these prestigious scholarships are awarded. The International Merit Scholarship may be combined with other UB scholarships (see information about other scholarships below).

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to qualified incoming freshman (first-year) students who have no course work or credits completed at a postsecondary institution
  • Open only to full-time international students who will hold an F1 student visa (or in the case of Canadian citizens, be eligible for the F1 visa status) at the time of enrollment
  • Available to students initially enrolling in the fall semester
  • Most scholarship recipients have a high school average of at least 88 percent or a B+ average (or the equivalent).
  • Most scholarship recipients have an SAT (Critical Reading and Math) test score of at least 1250 or an ACT Composite test score of at least 27.

Fall semester only

International Merit Scholarships are not offered for those students entering UB in winter, spring and summer terms.

Application and review process

  • There is not a separate scholarship application form. All qualified freshman applicants will be considered for the scholarship as part of the regular application review process.
  • Scholarships are awarded using a holistic review process. While GPA and test scores are the most important criteria, they are not the only criteria we consider.
  • Submit a one-page essay about why you want to study at UB. This essay can be the same as the standard application essay; you do not need to submit an additional essay.
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher who can comment about your potential as a university student and about your extracurricular activities. This recommendation letter can be the same as the standard application recommendation letter; you do not need to submit an additional letter.

Deadlines

Apply early!

Only complete applications received before April 15th will be given scholarship consideration.

Scholarship awards are announced in three rounds on:

  • March 1st
  • April 1st
  • April 23rd

In some cases, a Scholarship Wait List is established and awardees will be notified in the summer.

The Provost Scholarship

The University at Buffalo offers a limited number of Provost Scholarships to international students who do not meet the F-1 visa requirement for the International Merit Scholarship, or that may be combined with the International Merit Scholarship. Provost Scholarships awards start at $2,500.

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to qualified incoming freshman (first-year) students who have no course work or credits completed at a postsecondary institution
  • Available to students initially enrolling in the fall semester
  • Most scholarship recipients have a high school average of at least 93 percent or an A- average (or the equivalent).
  • Most scholarship recipients have an SAT (Critical Reading and Math) test score of at least 1320 or an ACT Composite test score of at least 27.

Fall semester only

Provost Scholarships are not offered for those students entering UB in winter, spring and summer terms.

Application and review process

  • There is not a separate scholarship application form. All qualified freshman applicants will be considered for the Provost Scholarship as part of the regular application review process.
  • Scholarships are awarded using a holistic review process. While GPA and test scores are the most important criteria, they are not the only criteria we consider.
  • Submit a one-page essay about why you want to study at UB. This essay can be the same as the standard application essay; you do not need to submit an additional essay.
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher who can comment about your potential as a university student and about your extracurricular activities. This recommendation letter can be the same as the standard application recommendation letter; you do not need to submit an additional letter.

Deadlines

Apply early!

  • Before January 15th: Applications must be received
  • February 15th: Scholarships awards are announced 

The Presidential Scholarship

UB’s top entering freshmen may be awarded Presidential Scholarships. This scholarship covers full tuition, fees, housing, board and books for four years of undergraduate study. Students who receive Presidential Scholarships are automatically admitted to the Honors College and must maintain good standing within that program to keep their scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to qualified incoming freshman (first-year) students who have no course work or credits completed at a postsecondary institution
  • Available to students initially enrolling in the fall semester
  • Most scholarship recipients have a high school average of at least 95 percent or an A average (or the equivalent).
  • Most scholarship recipients have an SAT (Critical Reading and Math) test score of at least 1470 or an ACT Composite test score of at least 33.

Application and review process

  • A separate scholarship application form is required.
  • Contact the Honors College to request a scholarship application.
  • An on-campus interview may be required.
  • Scholarships are awarded using a holistic review process. While GPA and test scores are the most important criteria, they are not the only criteria considered. Factors such as SAT II subject test scores, Advanced Placement scores, extracurricular activities and leadership skills may be taken into consideration.

Deadlines

Presidential Scholarship applications are typically reviewed in late December and early January. You must be accepted to UB before you will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

Apply early

You should submit your application (with all supporting documents) for admission to UB as early as possible. We recommend that you apply to UB no later than early November.

Athletic scholarships

The University at Buffalo is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and offers top-tier, NCAA Division I athletics. We recruit athletes from all over the world, especially among our neighbors in Canada. Student athletes are usually at the top of their division or conference levels in secondary schools. We offer athletic scholarships for the following sports:

  • Baseball (men’s)
  • Basketball (men’s and women’s)
  • Crew (women’s)
  • Cross country (men’s)
  • Football (men’s)
  • Soccer (men’s and women’s)
  • Softball (women’s)
  • Swimming and Diving (men’s and women’s)
  • Tennis (men’s and women’s)
  • Track and field (men’s and women’s)
  • Volleyball (women’s)
  • Wrestling (men’s)

Interested students must contact coaches directly, and should first fill out the UB athletic recruitment questionnaire.

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