Which program is right for me?

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing offers three undergraduate program that lead to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  Use the table below to determine which program fits you best.

High school student Traditional
BS in Nurisng
College student or
student with college credit
BS in Nursing
Bachelor's degree
(outside of Nursing)
Accelerated (ABS)
BS in Nursing
Associates Degree in Nursing
& a RN license
RN to BS
in Nursing

I am a prospective high school student. When can I apply?

Prospective high school students may apply to UB as incoming freshman intended nursing majors. Admission as a freshman does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. The first two years of college coursework entail a specific sequence of prerequisite courses. Students receive advising from staff at the School of Nursing to ensure they are registering for the correct sequence of classes. Once students have completed most of the prerequisite courses, they may apply directly to the School of Nursing, typically during their sophomore year.

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First year students have an opportunity to participate in Finish in Four. UB's commitment to your graduation.

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We suggest that you attend an open house scheduled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. These events are comprehensive and offer an overview of UB as well as an opportunity to hear about the School of Nursing.

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In partnership with the UB Honor's College, the School of Nursing offers a guaranteed seat to Honors Nursing Students who have satisfied the requirements of the Honors College and the nursing program. 

I am a transfer student. When can I apply?

The timing will vary from student to student depending on transfer credit, completion of prerequisite course work and achievement of admission requirements. Some transfer students will be able to apply directly into the nursing major (upper division), while others may need several semesters to complete the prerequisite requirements. Please note that the School of Nursing accepts applications only once per year for each program. Students can apply directly to the nursing major once they have met their minimum course requirements and the minimum GPA requirements. Please note that admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not not guaranteed admission.

Students who still need to complete remaining prerequisite courses can apply to UB as a transfer applicants. Admission to UB as a transfer student does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. When students apply to UB, they are admitted as an intended nursing major.

Which application should I submit?

  Apply to UB
as a Transfer Student
Submit  the supplemental
Nursing Application
Minimum requirements
fulfilled (ABS or Traditional)
 x  x
Have not completed all minimum requirements
(ABS or Traditional)
 x  not yet
RN to BS
You will have your nursing degree and license before
summer start term
 x  x
International Credentials

Prerequisite Courses
If you have taken a prerequisite course abroad, check TAURUS to see if the international institution you attended is listed. If so, you can look for articulations as described above.  If your course is not listed, the School of Nursing will require a syllabus in English and a WES or ECE Evaluation to determine if the course fulfills our prerequiste requirement.

Documents to Submit with UB Application:
International students should contact the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions in order to determine which documents are need when you apply. Domestic applicants with international credentials should contact the Office of Admissions to determine what documents are required when you apply.


When can I visit or speak to an advisor?

Please e-mail nursing@buffalo.edu with questions. An academic advisor will respond to you within three business days.

The School of Nursing offers information sessions specifically for prospective students on a regular basis. Sessions cover:

  • An overview of our undergraduate nursing programs
  • Application process
  • Evaluation of prerequisite course work

Students will also have an opportunity speak with an academic advisor about transfer credit and a plan for completing prerequisite course work. We encourage attendees to submit unofficial copies of college transcripts from UB and/or other institutions attended prior to the sessions. Registration is required.

How competitive is admission to the program?

Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis to those who present a strong overall academic record. Applicants must meet the minimum requirement and be able to complete the remaining prerequisites prior to the program start date. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and minimum overall undergraduate and pre-requiste GPA of 3.0.

How do I apply?

Application Tools:

Traditional Application

Deadline: February 15 (application available January 15 - February 15 each year)

Accelerated Application

Deadline: October 1 (application available August 15 - October 1 each year)

RN-BS Application

Deadline: December 15 (application available November 1 - December 15)