How to Apply to the University at Buffalo

You’ve done your homework, and you know that UB is one of the top public research universities in the country. We invite you to apply and see for yourself how exciting, fulfilling and affordable your educational journey can be!

Here are the steps to complete the application process:

Step 1: Choose your application

You can apply using any of these methods, but only choose one! Carefully follow the instructions on the application that you choose, and then your information will be sent to the Office of International Admissions.

Step 2: Prepare your documents for scanning

You will submit all your documents to UB electronically. We encourage you to collect and scan all the necessary documents as early in the application process as possible, even before you apply. Save them on your computer to then use during Step 3.

More information about the documents you need:

Step 3: Upload your documents to the online Applicant Status Portal

After our office has created your application account an email will be sent directly from UB.  This email will include a one time use Pin number and link to the online Applicant Status Portal, where you will upload and submit all your application documents.

Follow the instructions carefully and upload each of the required documents, selecting the appropriate label for each document from the dropdown menu.

You can access the Applicant Status Portal at any time, as many times as you need to.

Remember, the sooner you submit your documents for review, the sooner your admissions counselor can send you your admissions decision. 

Recommendation Letters

Your teachers can mail us your recommendation letters directly to:
Office of International Admissions
University at Buffalo
115 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Step 4: Your application review

We will make a decision on your application 10-15 days after you have uploaded and submitted all of the required documents through the Applicant Status Portal. You will be notified by email once a decision has been made.

Application Status Portal

You can track updates to your application through the same Applicant Status Portal where you will submit your documents. This is also where you will access your admission decision.

Step 5: Collect your final documents

Like most students, you probably applied to UB while you were still taking classes in high school, or when you were at another college or university. In order to finalize your admission, our office will need to see the final grades from these classes.

Don’t worry, you do not need to mail anything to us.

We will tell you what we need you to bring in the Provisional Sheet included in your I-20 Welcome Packet that you will receive approximately 10-15 days after paying your tuition deposit and submitting your financial form and bank statement (if you will need an I-20). Bring the specified documents with you when you come to UB during orientation week. You will have the chance to drop them off directly to the admissions counselors in our office.

Be Honest

When you apply to the University at Buffalo, you must be honest at all times. Be sure that all documents and information that you submit with your application are correct and accurate. You are responsible for everything that is submitted with your application, even if someone else helps you to complete it.


Withholding or omitting information and documents or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission, subject to dismissal and/or be ineligible for transfer credit.