Transfer Admission

Admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo comprises a two-step process:

  1. Students must first apply to and be admitted by the University at Buffalo
  2. Students then submit a Supplemental Application that is reviewed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to engineering or computer science as an approved major requires the following:

  1. Submission of the UB Application. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the end of March for fall admission and by early October for spring admission. Submission of an application by these suggested dates will allow ample time for processing and provide time for advisement before the start of the semester.
  2. Admission to the University at Buffalo.
  3. Submission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application
    Note: Incoming international students do not need to submit this application.
  4. Completion of four required core courses (see below) with grades of C– or better and a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.5. Students are permitted to repeat at most two core courses one time.
    Note: A ‘R’ (resign) grade does not count as a repeat. Students are also permitted to repeat test and college credit originally earned while attending High School without penalty from this policy.
  5. The minimum overall cumulative GPA required for the major. The GPAs required for admission vary by academic year and requested major. The table below provides the GPA requirement for the 2019-20 academic year. Learn more about overall cumulative GPA requirements for previous academic years.

Core Courses

Engineering Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
  2. Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
  3. General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
  4. General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)

Computer Science / Bioinformatics Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153; students applying for the BA computer science degree may complete MTH 121 or MTH 131)
  2. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 1 (CSE 115)
  3. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 2 (CSE 116)
  4. Discrete Structures (CSE 191 or MTH 191)

Overall GPA Requirements

Major Overall GPA
Aerospace, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering;
Computer Science (BA and BS); Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
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.

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: 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. Intended students with more than 60 credits completed who expect to receive financial aid should consult with a financial aid advisor since this status could affect certain types of aid.  

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.

Code of Professional Conduct

Students who have acted in a manner that is inconsistent with the SEAS Code of Professional Conduct may be denied admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Once You're Admitted

Submit Final Transcripts

Once you have been admitted to UB and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, please submit your final official transcripts from your current (or previous) institution showing all completed coursework. This is necessary for financial aid as well as courses posting to your UB account. More information about how to forward your final transcripts to UB can be found on the UB Admission Website.

Pay Your Tuition Deposit

Be sure to pay your tuition deposit and confirm your intent to enroll at UB!

Applying for Financial Aid

Please ensure your financial aid paperwork is submitted in a timely manner. This is especially important for transfer students who are currently receiving TAP and/or Excelsior aid from New York State. Work with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure all deadlines are met.

Late financial aid paperwork could create holds on your account and prevent you from registering for classes.