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University at Buffalo, SUNY - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Freshman admission is based on consideration of a student’s academic record: high school average, rank-in-class, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT score, and strength of the high school academic program. A student essay, recommendations, documented evidence of exceptional creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. If you submit both SAT and ACT scores, the higher score is considered. We also use the highest SAT critical reading and math scores from different test dates for a highest combined score. Note: The writing component of the SAT or ACT is required, but it is not currently used for admission decisions.
A student who has completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level work after graduating from high school is considered a transfer applicant. If more than 24 hours have been completed, the basis for consideration will be the previous college academic record; if fewer than 24 credits have been completed, a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores must also be submitted. In order to receive consideration for transfer admission to the University at Buffalo, it is recommended that students present a strong record of college study, earning a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. It should be noted, however, that requirements may vary depending on academic program. Some departments have supplemental admission criteria, higher GPA requirements, departmental application deadlines, and limited capacity.


One letter of recommendation from either a teacher or a high school counselor is required. A total of three may be submitted.