Get $150 Scholarship!


Buffalo, New YorkLOCATION
Estd 1846Established Year

University at Buffalo 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
Study Abroad Expert

University at Buffalo (UB) offers admissions in a number of programs through its three campuses. This university has an acceptance rate of 57% which makes it moderately selective. University at Buffalo also offers online as well as summer programs. The total number of students enrolled as per Fall 2019 statistics is 31,923 with over 10,000 students pursuing different graduate and professional courses.

University at Buffalo has 13 different schools and colleges across a wide spectrum of academic choices. The university offers over 125 undergraduate programs, 40+ combined degree programs, 205+ master's programs, and 90+ doctoral programs. The international student population makes up at least 16.2% of the total students studying at UB.

The university accepts applications for summer, spring, fall, and winter sessions but enrollment for major courses happens during summer and fall sessions. 


Application PortalUG: UB International Application form / State University of New York (SUNY ) Application / Common/Coalition Application
PG: Varies with every school
Application FeeUG: 50 USD
PG: 50 USD – 100 USD
Acceptance Rate57%
Mode of paymentVisa, MasterCard, and Discover
ACT Score25-30
SAT Score1190 - 1350
International application deadlineFall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Academic CalendarSemester
IntakeFall and spring
Work experienceRequired for graduate courses
ScholarshipsScholarships available for international students

University at Buffalo Admission Deadlines

Application deadlines for many graduate programs at UB may vary. The application deadlines for undergraduate and graduate programs are :

Fall Regular DeadlineFebruary 1
Spring Regular DeadlineOctober 1
Scholarship consideration applicationDec 15

University at Buffalo International Admissions

All students who have not completed their previous education from a US school or college need to provide some necessary requirements.

Academic Requirements

  • Academic materials 
    • Transcripts
    • Exam result certificates or assessment form
  • English language proficiency
  • Different standardized exams scores
  • Personal essay
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Special major requirements
  • Proof of funding

University at Buffalo Language Requirements

International students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below to be eligible for admission:

English proficiency testsMinimum Score (UG)Minimum Score (PG)
TOEFL (PBT)523550
Pearson Test of English (PTE)5055

If a student fails to demonstrate the required proficiency he/she has to apply for a bridge admission and study in UB’s English Language Institute Intensive English Program for two semesters.

Immigration and Final Documents Required for International Students

  • Send a scanned copy of your passport that includes your name, citizenship, date of birth and picture.
  • Students also need to fill a financial form that explains the payment of tuition fees.
  • To apply for a US student visa, students need to provide bank statements from their account or parent's account which reflects that they can afford the first year’s tuition fee.
  • After this, the University at Buffalo will issue your I-20 and DS-2019 required for admission.
  • Upon receiving their visa documents, international students can schedule their visa interviews at the nearby US consular/embassy

University at Buffalo Undergraduate Programs 

More than 125 different undergraduate programs are offered by various schools and colleges of the University at Buffalo. 

Application Portal: Common Application/ Coalition Application/ UB International Application/ SUNY application

Basic instructions

  • The candidate needs to review the transcripts or state exam results and show that he/she has earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • If one has already completed secondary school, then they need to submit a graduation document along with transcripts when completing their application.
  • If the candidate is still in college, he/she can take proof of completion of secondary school when leaving for the school and later submit transcripts.
  • Candidates must have an equivalent score of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0


The candidates need to submit their SAT/ACT scores to the University at Buffalo admissions office electronically.

Test neededScores

The candidate can also take direct admission on the basis of SAT/ACT for the following courses:

  • Engineering Biological Sciences
  • Dental Medicine Combined BS/DDS
  • Architecture

SAT/ACT Score for International Students

Test typeScore required
ACT (Reading and English)18
SAT I (old version)450
SAT I (new version)500

Other Requirements

Personal Essay

A personal essay describing how one excels beyond the scores and grades must also be submitted for admission at the University at Buffalo. The title of the essay varies according to the course chosen.


Finally, you need to submit a teacher recommendation written by a teacher familiar with your academic work.

University at Buffalo Graduate Programs 

A number of graduates, professional and doctoral programs are available at the University at Buffalo. All graduate programs have their own admission requirements and deadlines, so it is recommended to carefully check your program page before applying.

Application Portal: Varies with program, can be applied directly to the concerned department

  • Students need to have a bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university.
  • The grade required is a B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. For international students, the scores are evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • An internship or relevant work experience (for some programs).

Tests Required for Graduate Admission at the University at Buffalo:

Students are required to check whether the course they are applying to requires any special test like DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT or PCAT.

Required documents

  • Copies of transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Scholarship essay
  • CV/resume
  • Portfolio
  • Writing sample
  • Proof of certification/licensure

Popular courses at the University at Buffalo

Some of the most popular graduate programs offered by the University of Buffalo are mentioned below.

Course nameMode of applicationDeadline
Communicative Disorders and Sciences Master of Arts (MA)SOPHAS online application formJanuary 15
MS Computer ScienceDepartment of Computer Science and EngineeringMarch 1
Aerospace EngineeringSchool of Engineering and Applied SciencesMarch 1
School of Law Juris Doctor (JD)LSAT and GRE Scores and application formEarly decision: Nov 15
Regular decision: March 1
School of Management (MBA)GMAT or GRE along with application formMarch 1

Application status can be checked through the Applicant Status Portal. A PIN number will be issued to you within 10 days of submitting your application. 

Applicants should contact their departments if they are unable to see their application status or if they have any related queries.

Most freshman decisions are given on a rolling basis. Graduate programs have varying timelines hence the time needed to assess an application may vary.

Get free counselling

Follow & Share this college to get information about admission