Admission to SEAS for Transfer Students
Admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo comprises a two-step process. Students must first apply to and be admitted by the University at Buffalo. Students must then submit a Supplemental Application that is reviewed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Note: the policy described below applies to fall 2016 (and beyond) applicants to SEAS. Our previous policy is available here.
Admission to engineering or computer science as an approved major requires the following:
Overall GPA Requirements
In addition to these specific requirements, 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.
When a student enters UB with ungraded transfer credit for the core courses, they will be required to develop a graded record of coursework at UB before being considered for admission to SEAS. In some cases, such students may be offered conditional admission to SEAS.
Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition 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.
Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit may satisfy core course requirements for Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry, depending upon the exam and the score achieved. Please see the UB Advanced Placement Exam Articulation Chart to see credit awarded for each AP exam.
International Baccalaureate (IB), General Certificate of Education (GCE), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams may also satisfy core course requirements. Details of credit awarded for these exams can be obtained from the UB International Baccalaureate Exam articulation chart, the General Certificate of Education articulation chart, and the College Level Examination Program articulation chart.
Please note that completing a university course after receiving test credit for the equivalent course is not considered a repeat (admission criterion #4). In fact, academic advisors often recommend that students complete core courses at UB after receiving test credit for a course.
Access to Courses
Intended and approved SEAS majors are permitted to enroll in 100- and 200-level SEAS courses (EAS, BE, CE, CIE, CSE, EE, IE, MAE) on a space-available basis.
Enrollment into upper-level (300+) SEAS courses requires admission to SEAS as an approved major.
Transfer students are encouraged to utilize our electronic flowsheets for help in identifying courses required for their desired major. Transfer students should pay particular attention to the course requisite sequences identified by the flowsheets to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to enter our courses in a timely manner. For example, students without EAS209 Mechanics of Solids cannot take the recommended sequence of junior year classes in mechanical, aerospace, or civil engineering.
SUNY Seamless Transfer
SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.
Information about the Transfer Path for various majors is available from the SUNY Website.
For information about how your college credits will transfer please begin by visiting Will your Credits Transfer? You will be introduced to the university’s transfer articulation system, called TAURUS, which will show you how transfer courses match UB courses and requirements. When you are admitted you will receive a detailed report showing these articulations. Whatever your situation however, an appointment with an engineering advisor can be helpful in interpreting this more fully.