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Chances of getting into University at Buffalo

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
67%
Admission Difficulty for University at Buffalo
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into UB and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UB is 67%.  It ranks #68 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. UB is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 20,251 out of 30,247 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 33 percent (SAT 1140/1310 ACT 23/29). University at Buffalo typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University at Buffalo is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UB SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1140-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for University at Buffalo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for University at Buffalo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University at Buffalo?

University at Buffalo typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. UB ranks #29 in New York and #206 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University at Buffalo admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1310 and Above Good >79%
1225 to 1310 Avg + 67%-79%
1140 to 1225 Avg - 52%-67%
1055 to 1140 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 1055 Low <36%
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UB ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
25%
ACT Scores for University at Buffalo
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University at Buffalo
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UB?

Admission data indicates that UB regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #36 in New York and #241 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University at Buffalo.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University at Buffalo admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >79%
26 to 29 Avg + 67%-79%
23 to 26 Avg - 52%-67%
20 to 23 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 20 Low <36%
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UB GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.7
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University at Buffalo?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UB. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University at Buffalo was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #23 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UB accepts 67% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University at Buffalo students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 31.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

61.1% of University at Buffalo freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University at Buffalo students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28.7%
Top 25% of class 61.1%
Top 50% of class 90%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University at Buffalo admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,601 14,646 30,247
Accepted 9,999 10,252 20,251
Acceptance Rate 64% 70% 67%
Enrolled 2,045 2,370 4,415
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 23% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University at Buffalo is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University at Buffalo and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University at Buffalo Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University at Buffalo
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196088 IPEDS survey data for University at Buffalo.

FAQs

Does University at Buffalo prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to UB. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University at Buffalo?

67% of those who apply are granted admission to UB. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University at Buffalo?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1310. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University at Buffalo?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.