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Colleges / University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

SUNY Buffalo Admissions

If you want to apply to SUNY Buffalo, the application fee is $50.

SUNY Buffalo Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of SUNY Buffalo's admissions stats.

SUNY Buffalo 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28.2%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28.8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4.5%
Waitlist Yes

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 November 19

Want to Apply Early to SUNY Buffalo?

SUNY Buffalo does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. SUNY Buffalo will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 19.

SUNY Buffalo accepts approximately 83% of early action applicants and 70% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, SUNY Buffalo admitted 7,719 of the 9,311 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University at Buffalo, the State University of New York Admissions

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

For more information on transferring to University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Buffalo has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into SUNY Buffalo?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Buffalo

What does SUNY Buffalo consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with SUNY Buffalo for more information on admission factors.

SUNY Buffalo 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements portfolio for architecture; audition for dance, music theatre, theatre and music
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Buffalo?

Students admitted to SUNY Buffalo have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 32.9% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Buffalo 28.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62.3% were in the top 25% and 93.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 30.2%
3.75 and 3.99 15.4%
3.50 and 3.74 24.7%
3.25 and 3.49 7.5%
3.00 and 3.24 19.8%
2.50 and 2.9 2.4%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to SUNY Buffalo directly.

About GPAs

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. 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.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY Buffalo looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Buffalo is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 28.8% of SUNY Buffalo's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for SUNY Buffalo?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Buffalo students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Buffalo students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SUNY Buffalo?

To be most competitive at SUNY Buffalo, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Buffalo's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

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

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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

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?

✅ The acceptance rate for SUNY Buffalo is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Buffalo?

❌ SUNY Buffalo does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at SUNY Buffalo?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at SUNY Buffalo was 83% in 2021.

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SUNY Buffalo Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Buffalo? SUNY Buffalo is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Buffalo acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.


SUNY Buffalo Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Buffalo is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Buffalo. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Buffalo SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

SUNY Buffalo GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Buffalo, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. 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 Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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