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University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY 4-Year Public

SUNY Buffalo Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to SUNY Buffalo, the fee for the application is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than February 1.

SUNY Buffalo Admissions Stats at a Glance

SUNY Buffalo 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28.7%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 73.4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18.7%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to SUNY Buffalo?

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! SUNY Buffalo will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Buffalo is 0%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 67%.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SUNY Buffalo?

SUNY Buffalo is a moderately difficult school to get into. SUNY Buffalo evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, SUNY Buffalo accepted 67% of students, around 20,251 of the 30,247 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SUNY Buffalo, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

In 2021, SUNY Buffalo waitlisted 3,393 students. Of those, 1,443 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important to Get In to SUNY Buffalo?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Buffalo

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Class Rank Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

SUNY Buffalo Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SUNY Buffalo must submit the following items. Double check with SUNY Buffalo's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements portfolio for architecture; audition for dance, music theatre, theatre and music
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Buffalo?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to SUNY Buffalo have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7

Out of all students that were admitted, 40.8% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Buffalo 28.7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61.1% were in the top 25% and 89.7% were in the top 50%.

At University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 40.8%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 22%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 8%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

SUNY Buffalo does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

SUNY Buffalo does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 73.4% of SUNY Buffalo's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18.7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SUNY Buffalo?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Buffalo students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Buffalo students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SUNY Buffalo?

To be most competitive at SUNY Buffalo, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Buffalo's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Buffalo students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

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Transferring to University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Buffalo during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

SUNY Buffalo Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Buffalo?

Students who are admitted to SUNY Buffalo must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does SUNY Buffalo accept transfer credits?

SUNY Buffalo accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SUNY Buffalo accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does SUNY Buffalo accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SUNY Buffalo accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Buffalo?

SUNY Buffalo is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is SUNY Buffalo's acceptance rate?

SUNY Buffalo's acceptance rate is 67%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Buffalo?

SUNY Buffalo's early decision acceptance rate was 0% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About SUNY Buffalo?

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SUNY Buffalo Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

67%

How hard is it to get into SUNY Buffalo? SUNY Buffalo is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Buffalo acceptance rate is 67%. This means that the institution accepts 66 out of every 100 applicants.

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SUNY Buffalo Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Buffalo is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Buffalo is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY Buffalo ACT Scores

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ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above

Good

23 to 29

Avg

23 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Buffalo is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Buffalo. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Buffalo SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

Not available

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Math SAT Range

580 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

560 - 640

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SUNY Buffalo GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.7

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Buffalo, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

* Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

32,347

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

67%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$10,525

Out-of-State

$28,195

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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