Admission Requirements

Academic Performance

  • Admission is based on academic performance in high school and on space availability.
  • Successful applicants will be those who submit a completed application (i.e., completed Common App or SUNY application, essay, and high school transcript) with a demonstrated competitive high school curriculum.)

    NoteSubmission of SAT or ACT test scores is optional.

  • Students who apply without demonstrated success in a competitive curriculum may be reviewed using “holistic review,” which includes a variety of factors (i.e., Regents or other statewide test scores, letters of recommendation, strength of high school program completed, and extracurricular participation).

Special Consideration

  • Special consideration for admission is available to applicants with extenuating circumstances that may have affected their past academic record. Students admitted under the special consideration provision may have stipulations attached to their admission (e.g., specific course enrollment, academic skill development, mentoring). 

Civic engagement and social responsibility are hallmarks of a Buffalo State education. 
Future Bengals: Be assured that any disciplinary action associated with your participation in a peaceful protest will not jeopardize your admission to Buffalo State.

Buffalo State accepts about 68 percent of first-time applicants.

General Admitted Student Profile High School
Average: 79-89 (Middle 50%) | 84 (Mean)

Honors Admitted Student Profile High School
Average: 92–96 (Middle 50%) | 94 (Mean)

EOP Admitted Student Profile High School
Average: 76–81.8 (Middle 50%) | 79.4 (Mean)

Applications 13,690
First-Year 12,138
Transfer 1,552

Incoming 1,852
First-Year 1,365
Transfer 487

First-Year General
GPA 84
SAT 1010

First-Year Honors
GPA 94
SAT 1090

First-Year EOP
GPA 79
SAT 970

Transfer Students
GPA 3.03

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Dates and Deadlines

Buffalo State accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. 

Dates and Deadlines
Enrollment Deadlines Fall 2023
Common application deadline 7/28/23
SUNY application deadline 8/4/23
Required documents deadline 8/11/23
Readmit and Non-Degree deadline 8/23/23
Classes begin 8/28/23
Dates and Deadlines
Enrollment Deadlines Spring 2023
Common application deadline 1/13/23
SUNY application deadline 1/20/23
Readmit and Non-Degree deadline 1/20/23
Required documents deadline 1/20/23
Classes begin 1/30/23

International Students

  1. Please email for application deadlines.


A Note About Enrollment Deadlines

  1. Some programs and scholarships have limited availability and may close before the priority deadline so please apply well before these dates.

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