University at Buffalo: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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State University of New York at Buffalo is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 56%. Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, University at Buffalo ranks as one of the top public universities in the state. The University at Buffalo is the largest of the SUNY schools with three campuses totaling over 1,300 acres. Because of UB's many excellent research centers, it was granted membership in the Association of American Universities. In athletics, the Buffalo Bulls compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Considering applying to University at Buffalo? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University at Buffalo had an acceptance rate of 56%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 56 students were admitted, making University at Buffalo's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 31,196
Percent Admitted 56%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University at Buffalo requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 650
Math 590 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University at Buffalo's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University at Buffalo scored between 570 and 650, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University at Buffalo.

Requirements

University at Buffalo participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. UB recommends that applicants submit the optional SAT essay, but it is not used in admissions decisions. University at Buffalo does not require SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University at Buffalo requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 25% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 29
Math 24 30
Composite 24 29

This admissions data tells us that most of University at Buffalo's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University at Buffalo received a composite ACT score between 24 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that University at Buffalo does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. University at Buffalo recommends that applicants submit the optional ACT writing section, but it is not considered in admissions decisions.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of University at Buffalo's incoming freshmen class had high school GPAs between 90 and 96. 25% had a GPA above 96, and 25% had a GPA below 90. These results suggest that most successful applicants to University at Buffalo have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University at Buffalo Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University at Buffalo Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University at Buffalo. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University at Buffalo, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. Most admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. However, University at Buffalo also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside University at Buffalo's average range. Note that some majors have additional requirements for admission.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or better, combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better.

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