Start Here First!

This overview will help you understand what you can expect when you apply to the University at Buffalo. We understand that applying to an overseas university can be challenging, so use this page to navigate the entire application process and find links to detailed information about each step.

Applying to UB

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.

Freshman or Transfer?

UB has specific criteria that determine whether you are a transfer or freshman applicant. Confirm your applicant status by checking out the glossary.

Stay organized

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 use later.

Set up your email preferences to make sure messages from International Admissions don’t go to your junk folder. Check your email often after you have applied.


A confirmation email will be sent immediately upon submission of your online application.

Applicant Status Portal

An email will be sent directly from UB when we have created your application account.  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.

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. 

More information about the documents you need:

Do not send anything to us in the mail

You will submit all of your documents electronically using the online Document Submission System.

SUNY Application or Common Application Users

If you submitted documents through one of these applications they will be sent to UB. You can use the Applicant Status Portal to upload any additional materials that may be required.


UB International Undergraduate Student Application: The second email will be sent approximately one day after application submission. 


SUNY Application or the Common Application: The second email will be sent 1-2 weeks after you submit your application.

Application review

Once you have completed your application and submitted your documents online, one of our experienced admissions counselors will review your application. We will review everything you have submitted in the Applicant Status Portal to determine if you will be a good fit here at UB.


You will receive a decision on your application 10-15 days after submitting all of the required application materials through the Document Submissions System.

Admissions decision

You will be notified as soon as an admissions decision has been made. We will send you an email telling you to login to the Applicant Status Portal where you will find out if you have been admitted to UB.

After you are accepted

Your acceptance package

Your official admission letter will arrive in the mail shortly. If you are a transfer student, this packet will also include information about how many credits will be transferred from your previous institution.


We know that you are eager to receive your acceptance packet, that is why we send your materials via express courier service

Tuition and housing deposits

You have decided that UB is the school for you, so it’s time to reserve your place here by paying your tuition deposit.

If you are planning to live on campus, this is also the time to reserve your room by paying the housing deposit.

Deposit deadlines

Spring Semester: December 1

Fall Semester: May 1

Missed the deposit date?

Tuition deposits are accepted after the deadline dates if seats are still available. But don’t lose your chance to study at UB; make your commitment by the specified deadlines.

Orientation registration

Now that you have reserved your place at UB as well as your room in the residence halls, it’s time to begin your New International Student Check-in. Activate your UB student account, register for the International Student Welcome Series and much more online. 

Final document review

Before we issue your I-20, your admissions counselor will do a final check of all your documents. If we are missing anything from you, you will receive an email from our office telling you exactly what we need.


Your admissions counselor will send you a verification email approximately 2 weeks after you submit the tuition deposit.

Immigration processing

Once you’ve paid your tuition deposit and sent in all the required documents, we will create your I-20 (F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa).


Make sure the Office of International Admissions has your current mailing address. If you have moved since you applied, you can update your address information at any time using the Applicant Status Portal.


Immigration documents are sent via express courier to students outside the U.S. We will send you emails throughout the process to let you know when your immigration document is ready, and how you can track the package online.

Welcome to UB!

You have your admission letter in hand. Now is the time to get your visa, arrange transportation to the U.S., and determine what you will need while living in Buffalo. We can’t wait to welcome you to our university community!

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