The policy described here applies to the following student
Students are eligible to be reconsidered after one academic year
following dismissal or denial of admission.
- Example 1: If a student is dismissed from the intended major
after the Spring 2016 semester, he/she can apply to enter SEAS for
the Fall 2017 semester.
- Example 2: If a student is dismissed following conditional
admission after the Spring 2016 semester, he/she can apply to enter
SEAS for the Fall 2017 semester.
- Example 3: If a student is denied admission for the Fall 2016
semester, he/she can again apply to enter SEAS for the Fall 2017
Such students must complete the following requirements to be
reconsidered for admission to an approved SEAS major.
- Complete the four
core courses for the desired major with grades of C- or
better. Note that students do not need to repeat core courses
previously completed with acceptable grades.
- Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of technical
coursework at UB and/or another academic institution after
dismissal or denial of admission and earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in
all technical coursework. A minimum of 9 of the technical credits
must be from courses that are not repeated and a minimum of 6 of
the technical credits must be at the 200-level or above.
- Complete the Career
and Degree Exploration Mini-project.
- Meet with an academic advisor a minimum of once per
- Meet with a career counselor at least once.
- Meet with a Financial Aid advisor at least once.
Students who would like to be reconsidered for admission to an
approved SEAS major are asked to compile the following items into a
single pdf file and email the document to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the subject “Reconsideration.”
- A statement outlining issues that negatively influenced their
previous academic performance and a description of the steps they
have taken to overcome these difficulties.
- A description/reflection of the issues discussed with academic
and financial aid advisors and career counselors. The names of
career counselors and advisors they met with and the dates of
appointments. If meetings were not at the University at Buffalo,
the institution where meetings took place should be noted.
- A table listing the technical courses completed following
dismissal or denial of admission (provide the course subject and
number, course title, term completed, credit hours, repeat status,
and grade for each course). If coursework was completed at another
institution during this period, a transcript should be
- The Career and Degree Exploration Mini-project.
Students must submit these materials at least four weeks before
the start of the semester of entry.
Upon a successful review, students are offered conditional
admission to the approved SEAS major. The student must then work
with a SEAS academic advisor to develop a one semester academic
plan. The academic plan provides a list of courses to be completed
during the first semester along with course letter grades that are
realistically achievable. The plan must be reasonable. Plans that
contain more than 15 total semester credit hours, more than 12
technical semester credit hours are generally considered
unreasonable. If a realistic plan cannot be developed, the student
will not be permitted to enter SEAS.
At the end of the first semester, the SEAS Office of
Undergraduate Education will examine the student’s academic
performance. Students are expected to follow their academic plan
and attain semester technical and UB GPAs of at least 2.5. If the
student successfully completes these performance requirements, they
will be fully admitted to the approved SEAS major. Failure to meet
these standards will result in academic dismissal.
Students who have acted in a manner that is inconsistent with
Code of Professional Conduct may be denied admission to
the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.