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Undergraduate Advisement

Prospective Students


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 pre-requisite courses they may apply directly to the School of Nursing , typically during their sophomore year.

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

We suggest that you attend one of the Open House events scheduled by the UB Admission office.  These events are comprehensive and offer an overview of UB as well as an opportunity to hear about the School of Nursing.

In partnership with the UB Honor's College, the School of Nursing offers a guaranteed seat to Honors Nursing Student who have satisfy the requirements of the Honor 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.

Student 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 student apply to UB they are admitted as a 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 Trad)
 x  x
Have not completed all the Minimum Requirement
(ABS or Trad)
 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 aticulations as described above.  If you 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 UB International Admission Office in order to determine which documents are need when you apply. Domestic applicants with international credentials should contact the UB Admission Office to determine what documents are required when you apply.


When can I visit or speak to an advisor?

Please e-mail with questions. An academic advisor will respond to you within 3 business days.

The School of Nursing offer 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 15th (application available January 15th- February 15th each year)

Accelerated Application

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

RN-BS Application

RN-BS Program Application Deadline: December 15th (application available November 1st- December 15th)

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