Freshmen Admission

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The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education works closely with the university’s Office of Admissions to review the applications of undergraduate freshmen applying to any of our undergraduate engineering and applied sciences majors.

To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), all you need to do is select the engineering or applied science major of interest on the standard application form. A separate application is not required. If you are undecided about the particular field within SEAS you would like to pursue, simply indicate “engineering.” If you decide on a major after you send in your application, contact the UB Office of Admissions with the update. You need not submit a new application. Enrolled students who remain in good standing can readily switch majors in their first year.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the university and SEAS majors is competitive. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each application, with factors such as an applicant’s high school academic performance, standardized test scores, Regents and Common Core Examination scores, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and noncognitive attributes considered.

Admissions Decisions

After a careful review of an applicant's academic record, one of the following decisions is processed:

  1. Admission to the approved major: When the applicant is deemed to have a high likelihood of success within an engineering or applied science major, they are 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: When concerns are identified in an applicant's academic history (e.g., low high school average, SAT/ACT score, and/or Regents or Common Core Examination scores), the applicant is placed into the intended major. To be eligible to earn a degree from SEAS, the student must be admitted to the approved major at a later point. This admissions process is fully described at our Admission to SEAS for Current UB Students web page. Intended engineering and applied science majors are permitted to enroll in math, science, general education, and 100- and 200-level SEAS courses required for the major.
  3. Declined admission: When significant concerns are identified in an applicant’s academic record, the applicant is declined admission to UB.