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

Admission Requirements

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*           
Nursing degree*
______________
Unencumbered US RN license**
______________
Min part-time RN employment**
Former Nursing Student
Traditional and ABS applicants who have been dismissed from a nursing programs are not eligible for admission. RN to BS applicants who have been dismissed from an RN to BS programs are 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). 

Deadlines

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

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.

Admission Profile

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.

Admissions and Enrollment Profile: 2016

Item 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 GPAs 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 program: SUNY University at Buffalo.
      b. Review and complete the application essay questions and supporting information resume section.
      c. Pay the $50 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 program: SUNY University at Buffalo.
      b. Review and complete the application essay questions and supporting information resume section.
      c. Pay the $50 application fee.
4. SUBMIT THE NursingCAS APPLICATION.
 

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

Additional Information

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 your 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.

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.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here: www.buffalo.edu/equity.html