Reconsideration for Admission to SEAS

The policy described here applies to the following student groups

Students are eligible to be reconsidered after one academic year following dismissal or denial of admission.

  • Example 1: If a student is dismissed from the intended major after the Spring 2016 semester, he/she can apply to enter SEAS for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Example 2: If a student is dismissed following conditional admission after the Spring 2016 semester, he/she can apply to enter SEAS for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Example 3: If a student is denied admission for the Fall 2016 semester, he/she can again apply to enter SEAS for the Fall 2017 semester.

Such students must complete the following requirements to be reconsidered for admission to an approved SEAS major.

  1. Complete the four core courses for the desired major with grades of C- or better. Note that students do not need to repeat core courses previously completed with acceptable grades.
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of technical coursework at UB and/or another academic institution after dismissal or denial of admission and earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all technical coursework. A minimum of 9 of the technical credits must be from courses that are not repeated and a minimum of 6 of the technical credits must be at the 200-level or above.
  3. Complete the Career and Degree Exploration Mini-project.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor a minimum of once per semester.
  5. Meet with a career counselor at least once.
  6. Meet with a Financial Aid advisor at least once.

Students who would like to be reconsidered for admission to an approved SEAS major are asked to compile the following items into a single pdf file and email the document to ubengineer@buffalo.edu with the subject “Reconsideration”.

  • A statement outlining issues that negatively influenced their previous academic performance and a description of the steps they have taken to overcome these difficulties.
  • A description/reflection of the issues discussed with academic and financial aid advisors and career counselors. The names of career counselors and advisors they met with and the dates of appointments. If meetings were not at the University at Buffalo, the institution where meetings took place should be noted.
  • A table listing the technical courses completed following dismissal or denial of admission (provide the course subject and number, course title, term completed, credit hours, repeat status, and grade for each course). If coursework was completed at another institution during this period, a transcript should be included.
  • The Career and Degree Exploration Mini-project.

Students must submit these materials at least six weeks before the start of the semester of entry.

Upon a successful review, students are offered conditional admission to the approved SEAS major. The student must then work with a SEAS academic advisor to develop a one semester academic plan. The academic plan provides a list of courses to be completed during the first semester along with course letter grades that are realistically achievable. The plan must be reasonable. Plans that contain more than 15 total semester credit hours, more than 12 technical semester credit hours are generally considered unreasonable. If a realistic plan cannot be developed, the student will not be permitted to enter SEAS.

At the end of the first semester, the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education will examine the student’s academic performance. Students are expected to follow their academic plan and attain semester technical and UB GPAs of at least 2.5. If the student successfully completes these performance requirements, they will be fully admitted to the approved SEAS major. Failure to meet these standards will result in academic dismissal.

SEAS 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.