Admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo comprises a two-step process:
Admission to engineering or computer science as an approved major requires the following:
Computer Science Courses:
|Aerospace, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering; |
Computer Science (BA and BS)
|Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, |
and Industrial Engineering; Engineering Physics
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will consider a student's entire academic record in reaching an admission decision. Factors such as a history of repeating, resigning, or failing classes, or low grades in classes relevant to the student's desired discipline may result in conditional admission or denial of admission.
After a careful review of an applicant's academic record, one of the following decisions is processed:
1. Admission to the Approved Major: The applicant meets the criteria to join the major, and is placed into the approved major. This represents the final step in the admissions process to SEAS. Students are eligible to participate in all courses required for the major.
2. Admission to the Intended Major: The applicant does not currently meet the criteria for the major, but could be admissible in the future, and is placed into the intended major. For example, this case applies to an applicant who has not completed all of the core courses relevant to the major. To be eligible to earn a degree from SEAS, the student must be admitted to the major in a subsequent term. To facilitate this review, SEAS periodically examines the academic records of all students in an intended engineering or computer science major. As a result of this review, students are either (1) admitted to the approved major, (2) maintained in the intended SEAS major, or (3) placed into the UB undecided major. Intended engineering and computer science majors are permitted to enroll in 100- and 200-level SEAS courses (EAS, BE, CE, CIE, CSE, EE, IE, MAE) required for the major.
3. Conditional Admission: The applicant has ungraded transfer credit for the core courses or has legitimate extenuating circumstances and has petitioned for exemption from the course repeat restriction. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, military orders, or other significant personal hardships. A semester course plan is required with consultation of an academic advisor.
4. Declined Admission: The applicant is not currently admissible and will not be admissible in the future, and is placed into the UB undecided major. For example, this case applies to an applicant who has completed all of the core courses with one core course repeat and has a core course GPA below 2.5. In this case, we recommend that students planning on pursuing an engineering or computer science program explore engineering/technology or computer science programs at other institutions. Students are welcome to attend UB, but will not be able to pursue an engineering or computer science degree. UB undecided majors are not permitted to enroll in SEAS courses. Following a decline decision, students are not eligible to be reconsidered for admission to SEAS for one year. The applicant must then present a convincing case that circumstances have changed and that there is now a reasonable likelihood of success within the major of interest.