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.

Admission Criteria

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

  1. Submission of the UB Application by June 15th (for fall semester admission) or November 15th (for spring admission). Please note that these are deadlines and that students are encouraged to submit an application much earlier (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.
  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 one core course 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 2016-17 academic year.

Core Courses

Engineering Programs
  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
  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153; students applying for the B.A. 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 and Mechanical Engineering2.8
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Industrial Engineering; Computer Science; Engineering Physics2.5

Additional Considerations

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.

Test Credit

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.

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: In this case, 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: In this case, 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 on a space-available basis.
  3. Declined admission: In this case, 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 reapply to SEAS for two years. The applicant must then present a convincing case that circumstances have changed during this two-year period and that there is now a reasonable likelihood of success within the major of interest.

Coursework Advisement

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.

Course Articulations

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.