Why Choose Honors

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The Honors College is a community filled with opportunties. Think of it as a force multiplier—a way for you to get even more out of your college experience, starting on your very first day here.

We Don’t Want to Change You—We Want You to Change the World

At UB, Honors scholars inspire each other to be more curious, more accomplished, and more than who you thought you could be. Here, you will work alongside distinguished faculty, learn amazing things (including learning more about yourself), and create connections with accomplished alumni worldwide.

We Make it Easy to Work Hard

Honors scholars enjoy many benefits designed to promote your academic and personal success. In a community where the small moments are as important as the big milestones, we offer many resources that keep the everyday interesting.

Academic Benefits & Curriculum

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Priority Registration

Honors students register for classes first, before all other university students—guaranteeing they receive the courses needed each semester to achieve their academic plans.

Peer Mentoring

The Honors Connections Peer Mentoring Program is designed to help first-year students adjust to life at UB and the Honors experience.

Research Opportunities

Honors students have unique opportunities to earn credit for research, and frequently conduct advanced, graduate-level work with faculty who are experts in their fields.

Early Assurance and Dual Admissions

Honors students have access to early assurance and dual admissions programs throughout UB.

Access to Special Funding

In addition to Presidential Scholarships and other funding for prospective and current students, Honors students receive personal guidance in applying for national fellowships and scholarships.

Personalized Advisement

The Honors staff will work with you one-on-one to plan your semester schedule, share unique opportunities throughout UB (and beyond), and outline the best methods for achieving your long-term academic goals.

Faculty Mentors

During your first year as an Honors student, you’ll have the opportunity to be paired with a faculty mentor from your major who will help you build, finesse and fulfill your academic plan.

Honors-Only Classes

As an Honors student, you’ll take Honors-only seminars and colloquium during your first year at UB, which makes it easier to be more engaged, meet more Honors classmates, and get to know faculty.

Guided Curriculum

When you’re in the Honors College, we help you find opportunities—and earn Honors credit for them—from research on campus, to study abroad programs around the world.

A Close-Knit Community

Honors Kickoff

All incoming Honors College students will kick off their academic career by attending Honors First-Year Kickoff.

Fully Integrated Into UB

As part of the Honors College, you’re fully integrated into everything happening at UB (unlike some other schools, where honors students are isolated from the rest of their classmates).

Honors-Only Student Lounge

The Don Schack Student Lounge is a unique space where Honors students meet, study and relax. Here conversation turns into collaboration and studying is taken seriously.

Honors Living Communities

Honors students with similar interests may live together in the Governors and Greiner residence halls.

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Find Your People

Honors is a community where outstanding individuals bond over a shared commitment to excellence, inclusion and civic engagement. Here, you’ll take classes, study, and hang out with other people like you—people who are doing amazing things, committed to their academic goals, and ready to make a difference.

Graduation and Beyond

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Transcript Notation

When graduating from UB, Honors students receive a permanent notation on their transcript indicating their special status as a University Honors Scholar.

Special Graduation Ceremony

The Honors College hosts a personalized event where all Honors scholars are celebrated and their accomplishments are recognized. This is in addition to the academic department commencement ceremony.

A Lifelong Network

The Honors community extends far beyond graduation. With a supportive group of alumni around the globe, Honors students make connections with great people doing great things.

Earn More Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

UB students consistently win more prestigious scholarships and fellowships than students at any other State University of New York (SUNY) institution. Honors College students are often the recipients of these scholarships and fellowships. Our students have earned:

Exceptional Internships, Job Opportunities and Graduate School Placements

Honors College students go above and beyond—during their time at UB, and throughout their lives.

High-Level Internships

Our students have interned at leading organizations throughout Western New York and beyond, including:

  • Boston Leadership Institute
  • Buffalo Bisons
  • Buffalo Philharmonic 
  • Disney College Program
  • EBICS/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • ESPN
  • Fisher-Price
  • Harvard Summit for Youth Leaders in China
  • John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • Journeys End Refugee Services 
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • Oregon State University Robotics
  • Moog
  • Palo Alto Research Center
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • UB Vortex Dynamic Lab
  • UCLA Wireless Health Institute
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • YWCA of Niagara

Extraordinary Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy remarkable careers at leading institutions and organizations around the world, including:

  • Amazon
  • AmeriCorps 
  • Calspan SLED Facility 
  • Delaware North
  • Ernst and Young
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Fisher-Price 
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Motors
  • Global Foundries
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase 
  • Lockheed Martin
  • M&T Bank
  • Meta
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Northrop Grumman 
  • Pfizer/UIC
  • Pratt and Whitney 
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

Acceptance to Top Graduate Schools

Many of our students go on to graduate school at some of the world’s most prestigious universties, including:

  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve 
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University 
  • Harvard University
  • Institute of Culinary Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University 
  • Syracuse University 
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech 
  • Washington University