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Undergraduate Admissions

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing offers three distinct undergraduate programs that lead to a Bachelors in Science in Nursing. Admission to the undergraduate programs is competitive and based on a holistic review of your application materials, including essay responses, resume and GPA.

Which program is right for me?

Educational Background
Program
Program Description
High school student
(see additional info below)
 Traditional
BS
-Upper division program
-2 years + 2 years
-12 prerequisite courses
-Admission not guaranteed
-Fall start only
College student or
some college credit
 Traditional
BS
Bachelor's degree
(non-nursing)
or graduating college senior
 Traditional
BS
 Accelerated
(ABS)
-1 year program
-9 prerequisite courses
-Summer start only
Associates degree
or nursing diploma
RN to BS
(online)

-100% Online
-1 or 2 year program
-1 prerequisite (Statistics)
-Summer start only

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Traditional and ABS applicants must meet all the admission requirements in order to be eligible to submit the NursingCAS application. Traditional and ABS applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA(s) or prerequisite requirement are not encouraged to apply. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of your application materials in comparison with the applicant pool.

Item Traditional
BS
Accelerated
(ABS)
RN to BS
(online)
Minimum
Overall
GPA
3.0
required
3.0
required
2.5
required
Minimum
Overall
Prerequisite
GPA
3.0
required
3.0
required
3.0
Nursing GPA
recommended
Minimum
Number of
Prerequisites
All 12
complete and/or in progress by
application deadline
4 of 9
complete before
application deadline,
remaining complete
before program begins
Statistics
course
complete before program begins
Minimum
Grade in
Prerequisites
"C" or higher "C" or higher "C" or higher
Other
Requirements*
n/a Bachelor's degree completed before program begins 
Nursing degree
______________
Unencumbered US RN license**
______________
Min part-time RN employment**
Former Nursing Student
Traditional and ABS applicants who have been dismissed from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission. RN to BS applicants who have been dismissed from other RN to BS programs not eligible for admission. If you previously attended another nursing program but were not dismissed, you must submit the verification of good standing form.

*Must be complete by mid-May.
**Early Assurance Option:
May/June new RN graduates may apply to the two year plan and complete the RN license and RN employment before the second semester of coursework (fall). 

Application Deadlines

Freshman applicants and transfer students who still need to complete many of the prerequisite courses should contact the UB Office of Admissions regarding application deadlines.

Timeline Traditional
BS
Accelerated
(ABS)
RN to BS
(online)
Nursing
Application
Opens
Early
January
Late
August
Early
October
Nursing
Application
Deadline
February
15
October
1
December
1
Decision
Notification
April December
January
Program
Begins
Fall
(August)
Summer
(Mid May)
Summer
(Mid May)

Applicants who are not currently attending UB must submit both the NursingCAS application and the UB transfer and/or re-entry application. Official transcripts should be sent to the UB Office of Admissions. Current UB students only need to submit the NursingCAS application.

Admission Profile

Admissions and Enrollment Profile: 2016

  Traditional
BS
Accelerated
(ABS)
RN to BS
(online)
Total
Applicants
164 157 68
Total
Enrolled

72 56 40
Average
Overall
GPA

3.56 3.47 3.26
Average
Prerequisite
GPA

3.56 3.65 Nursing GPA:
3.14

Application Steps

Current UB Students

Recommended Steps
1. See your nursing advisor.
2. Attend group advising.
3. Review resources in UBLearns Nursing Advisement.
3. Develop nursing experiences.
4. Develop leadership experiences.
5. Monitor your GPA in HUB.
6. Utilize the Center for Excellence in Writing (application essays).

Required Steps
1. CONFIRM ELIGIBILITY.
    Check minimum GPA and prerequisite requirements.
2. CHECK YOUR CREDITS.
    Ensure your transfer and/or test credits are posted in HUB.
3. CREATE A NursingCAS ACCOUNT.
      a. Search for the UB School of Nursing program.
      b. Review the application essay questions.
      c. Pay the $45 application fee.
4. SUBMIT THE NursingCAS APPLICATION.

Applicants who are currently UB students who will be graduating must also submit a UB Re-Entry Application

Prospective or Former Students

Recommended Steps
1. Attend an information session.
2. Review our website: Admissions information and program description
3. Develop nursing experiences (ABS and Traditional applicants).
4. Develop leadership experiences.

Required Steps
1. SUBMIT UB TRANSFER APPLICATION, and $50 APPLICATION FEE
    or RE-ENTRY APPLICATION
(no fee required).
2. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS from all schools attended.
    UB transcript not required.
3. CREATE A NursingCAS ACCOUNT.
      a. Search for the UB School of Nursing Program.
      b. Review the application essay questions.
      c. Pay the $45 application fee.
4. SUBMIT THE NursingCAS APPLICATION.
 

International Applicants: Contact the UB International Undergraduate Admissions for additional requirements.

The nursing supplemental applications will utilize NursingCAS, a centralized application service.

Admission Details

Admission Policies and Process

High School Students & Freshman Applicants

The Traditional Bachelors in Science in nursing program is an upper-division program that consists of two years of prerequisite courses and two years of nursing curriculum. Students may apply directly to the nursing program (approved nursing major), typically in the spring semester of their sophomore year in college.

  • Contact UB Office of Admissions for questions about freshman applications and visit opportunities.
  • Apply to UB as a freshman intended nursing major.
  • Academically gifted students are also encouraged to apply to the UB Honors College, which offers the benefit of our guaranteed Dual Admission Program.
  • Admission to UB as an intended nursing major does not guarantee admission as an approved major to the School of Nursing.
  • Intended nursing majors are advised directly by the School of Nursing staff and advisors in planning prerequisite courses, completing university general education and compiling a competitive application.
  • Additional advising opportunities are available with the Finish in 4 pledge, UB's commitment to your graduation.
  • Intended nursing majors are also encouraged to develop alternate plans in consultation with their nursing academic advisor that may include alternate majors at UB and/or nursing programs at other institutions.

Transfer Applicants & Credits

Students with transfer credit can check course equivalencies at www.taurus.buffalo.edu and may submit a syllabus for review for credits that are not yet articulated by the university to satisfy the nursing prerequisites. Students may complete the remaining prerequisite courses at UB as an intended nursing major.     

  • Contact UB Office of Admissions for questions about transfer or re-entry applications.
  • Admission to UB as an intended nursing major does not guarantee admission as an approved major to the School of Nursing.
  • Intended nursing majors are advised directly by the School of Nursing staff and advisors in planning prerequisite courses, completing of university general education and compiling a competitive application. After you receive your admission to UB,  submitted you deposit, and submitted your data form, call 716-829-2537 to schedule an office or phone appointment.
  • Prerequisite courses at UB are not offered every semester, therefore it is recommended that prospective students attend an information session or contact the UB School of Nursing Office of Student Services for assistance well in advance of applying.

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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Pursuant to University policy, the University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.  The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment.  These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law.  These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 406 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260; Tel. (716) 645-2266; email aa-diversity@buffalo.edu.  Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26 Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Questions?
Please contact:

Office of Student Services
nursing@buffalo.edu
716-829-2537

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