Transfer Admissions Criteria

The University at Buffalo welcomes international transfer students who are prepared to meet the rigorous academic demands of a flagship university.

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.

What is required for transfer admission?

While transfer admission 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.

What do admissions counselors consider?

Academics English Language Standardized Tests Optional Criteria

Students who are ready for academic success:

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale, and we expect transfer applicants 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. 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 at UB.

We need an electronic copy of your transcripts from every college and university that you have ever attended. For students in an Indian university, we need marksheets for all attempts in all semesters.

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

Note about transfer credits: If you are transferring from a foreign university, you may want to bring course descriptions and syllabuses from the classes that you have already taken when you arrive on campus. This will help your academic department determine if these classes can be applied toward your degree at UB.

Transfer Applicant Documents Checklist

You will upload these documents electronically to your Applicant Status Portal. Please do not send documents through the mail. Please note: Any document not written in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

We encourage you to collect and scan all the necessary documents as early in the application process as possible, even before you apply.

  • Copies of your transcripts from every college and university that you have ever attended. Students in Indian universities should provide marksheets for all attempts in all semesters.
  • English Language Proficiency test scores
  • Supplemental requirements for special majors (if applicable)