Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Transfer Admission

The University at Buffalo reserves the right to determine its own policies for the admission of transfer students from other institutions, as well as the acceptance and placement of credit. A student who has completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level work after receiving a high school diploma (or its equivalent) will be considered a transfer applicant. If 24 or more credit hours have been completed at the time of application, the basis for consideration will be the previous college academic record; if fewer than 24 credits have been completed, a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores must also be submitted.

An official transcript from each college attended must be received before a decision can be rendered. An official transcript is sent directly from the registrar's office of the college to the University at Buffalo's Office of Admissions. Transfer students who enroll at UB are required to submit proof of high school graduation. Acceptable proof includes: a final high school transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a G.E.D. score report.

Provisional admission is offered when courses are currently in progress. Final admission offers are made when official transcripts of all completed courses have been evaluated.

In order to receive consideration for transfer admission to the University at Buffalo, it is recommended that students present a strong record of college study, earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. It should be noted, however, that requirements may vary depending on the academic program.

Admission to the university is granted on a space-available basis. Candidates are urged to submit applications and transcripts early in the semester preceding their intended entry date. Some programs with limited enrollments require supplemental application materials and have specific deadlines. Students may wish to arrange an appointment with the academic department in which they are interested. Department phone numbers are listed in the Academic Programs of Study section.

University Transfer Credit Policy

The University at Buffalo reserves the right to evaluate all credit-bearing courses.

All credit-bearing courses from accredited institutions of higher learning are considered transferable to the University at Buffalo; the grades earned in these courses are used in overall GPA calculations. The term "accredited," as used here, refers to the following regional accreditation organizations:

  • MSA/CHE, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission of Higher Education
  • NEASC, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NASC, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • SASC-Comm. on Coll., Southern Association of Schools and Colleges-Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-Sr., Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges
  • WASC-Jr., Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Credit courses from institutions with other than regional accreditation are evaluated for transfer purposes on a case-by-case basis.

Transcript Evaluation

GPAs are computed in accordance with the grading policies in effect at the University at Buffalo.

Courses will be transferred with full semester credit value as received from the sending institution. Conversion of trimester, quarterly, and other calendar systems will be completed based on nationally accepted practices. For example, trimester hours are generally equal to semester hours; quarterly hours are equal to two-thirds semester hours.