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Admissions Criteria

The University at Buffalo wants students who excel academically and who will succeed in our rigorous and demanding academic environment.

You can learn about UB's international admission requirements by following the navigation links to the left, or if you know your English proficiency score, you can start by finding your score under your applicant type (freshman or transfer) below.

On this page:

Am I a freshman or transfer?

Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is based upon the facts of your educational background.

What is a freshman?

  • You have never studied or enrolled in any college / university or postsecondary studies after completing secondary school.
  • You are a freshman even if you have “advanced standing” for which you may receive university credits. This includes A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP).

What is a transfer?

  • You have completed secondary school and you subsequently enrolled or studied one or more subjects in a college or university.
  • You may or may not have passed the class(es); you may or may not have earned university credit for the class(es); you may or may not have changed your major or stopped studying because you did not like your major.
  • If you engaged in any study in a college or university, you must apply as a transfer applicant; you cannot “choose” to be a freshman.

Still not sure if you are a freshman or transfer? Take this test.

If a minimum of one item in statement 1 and all of statement 2 is true, then you are a freshman applicant. Otherwise you are a transfer applicant.

 

STATEMENT 1:   A minimum of one item must be true.

A.  I am currently studying in high school (secondary school).

B.  Even though I am not in high school, I am studying a secondary school curriculum.

C.  I have completed high school.

 

AND

 

STATEMENT 2:   This statement must also be true.

I have never enrolled in or studied at a postsecondary institution after completing secondary school.

 

Both are true?  You will apply as a Freshman.

Any part not true?  You will apply as a Transfer.

Am I an international student?

You are an international applicant if a visa is required for you to reside and study in the United States.

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident who currently lives and studies outside the U.S. is considered a domestic applicant with foreign credentials.

Freshman applicant

Below are the minimum scores to be eligible for consideration for admission to undergraduate programs at the University at Buffalo.

Find your score and then choose the admission type that is right for you by clicking on the box at the bottom of that column to learn more about the specific English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  University Admission Bridge Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 70
65
TOEFL (PBT) 523
500
IELTS 6.0
5.5
PTE 50
45
ACT
(English and Reading)
18
Admission not offered
SAT I
Critical Reading
(Old Version)
450
Admission not offered
SAT I
ERWS
(New Version)
500 Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn more Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION
CHOOSE BRIDGE ADMISSION

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the last column, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Transfer applicant

Below are the minimum scores to be eligible for consideration for admission to undergraduate programs at the University at Buffalo.

Find your score and then choose the admission type that is right for you by clicking on the box at the bottom of that column to learn more about the specific English proficiency requirements and other admission criteria.

  University Admission Bridge Admission
TOEFL (IBT) 70
65
TOEFL (PBT) 523
500
IELTS 6.0
5.5
PTE 50
45
ACT
(English and Reading)
18
Admission not offered
SAT I
Critical Reading
(Old Version)
450
Admission not offered
SAT I
ERWS
(New Version)
500 Admission not offered
Other recognized tests Learn more Admission not offered
 
CHOOSE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION
CHOOSE BRIDGE ADMISSION

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the last column, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Graduate applicant

The University at Buffalo wants students who excel academically and who will succeed in our rigorous and demanding academic environment.

UB offers two types of admission based on your English language abilities. Below are the different tests you can take to demonstrate your English proficiency and the minimum scores required to be considered for admission.

Select your test and then follow the link to learn more about the admission type that is right for you based on your score.

TOEFL (iBT)

Freshman

Transfer

TOEFL (pBT)

Freshman

Transfer

IELTS

Freshman

Transfer

PTE

Freshman

Transfer

ACT (English and Reading)

Freshman

Transfer

SAT I (Critical Reading - Old Version)

Freshman

Transfer

SAT I (ERWS - New Version)

Other recognized tests

Learn more about all of the ways you can demonstrate your English proficiency

Don’t see your scores here?

If your English Language Proficiency scores are lower than those listed in the chart, you will need to improve your English before you can be considered for admission to UB.

> Learn more about UB’s English Language Institute

Graduate applicant

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