Undergraduate Admissions

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

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Which program is right for me?

Programs for Applicants According to Educational Background
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
Current UB Students
complete the Major Change Inquiry Form
 Traditional
BS
Bachelor's degree
(non-nursing)
or graduating college senior
 Traditional
BS
 Accelerated
(ABS)
-1 year program
-9 prerequisite courses
-Summer start only
Associate degree or diploma in nursing
(for registered nurses only)
RN to BS
(online)

-100% Online
-1 or 2 year program
-Summer & Fall starts

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.

Application Deadlines by Program
Timeline Traditional
BS
Accelerated
(ABS)
RN to BS
(online)
Nursing
Application
Opens
Mid
December
Mid
August
Early
August
Nursing
Application
Deadline
January
15
October
1
No Application Deadline
(rolling admissions)
Decision
Notification
March December
6 to 10 weeks
after completed
application
Program
Begins
Fall
(August)
Summer
(Mid May)
  • Fall (Late August)
  • Spring (Late January)
  • Summer (Mid May)

Admissions Information

The School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation and registration requirements.

Admission Requirements

Requirements by Program
Item Traditional
BS
 Accelerated    
(ABS)  
RN to BS
(online)
Minimum
Overall Undergraduate
GPA
3.0
required


(average admitted
GPA 3.65)
3.0
required


(average admitted
GPA 3.50)

2.5
recommended

below 2.5 GPA
must submit
a personal statement and
2 letters of reccomendation
Minimum
Overall
Prerequisite
GPA
3.0
required


(average admitted
GPA 3.65)
3.0
required


(average admitted
GPA 3.72)
N/A
Minimum
Number of
Prerequisites
All 12
complete and/or
in progress during
spring semester
4 of 9
complete before
application deadline,
remaining complete
before program
begins
1 Prerequisite**
Minimum
Grade in
Prerequisites
"C" or higher "C" or higher "C" or higher
Other
Requirements
  • Resume (NursingCAS)
  • Essay reponses (NursingCAS)
  • Resume (NursingCAS)
  • Essay reponses (NursingCAS)
  • Bachelor's degree*           
  • Resume
  • Nursing degree*
  • Unencumbered U.S. RN license*
  • Minimum part-time RN employmnet*
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 start of program. 
**Contact Louiza Case

RN to BS Early Assurance

Applicants completing their RN program may apply for the RN to BS program 2 year track.  Program acceptance is conditional pending successful completion of nursing degree. Students will also need to provide proof of licensure and RN employment before they start their second semester coursework.

How Competitive is the Program?

Meeting the minimum requirements for the Tradtional and Accelerated programs does not guarantee admission. Traditional and Accelerated admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of your application materials (essay and video responses, resume and GPAs) in comparison with the applicant pool.  All RN to BS applicants are encouraged to apply.  Admission to the RN to BS program is based on space availability so apply early.

Admissions and Enrollment Profile 2019
Item Traditional
BS
Accelerated
(ABS)
RN to BS
(online)
Total
Applicants
176 198 60
Total
Enrolled

72 56 45
Average
Overall
GPA

3.65 3.50 3.18
Average
Prerequisite
GPA

3.65 3.72 Nursing GPA:
3.14

High School, Transfer, Second Degree and Current UB Students

High School Students & Freshman Applicants

Admission to UB as an intended nursing major does not guarantee admission as an approved major to the School of Nursing.

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.
  • Intended nursing majors are advised directly by the School of Nursing in planning prerequisite courses, UB 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 & Second Degree Applicants

Admission to UB as an intended nursing major does not guarantee admission as an approved major to the School of Nursing.

Transfer students and second degree students may complete the remaining prerequisite courses at UB as an intended nursing major or they can apply directly to the upper division program if they have met all the admission requirements.   

  • Contact UB Office of Admissions for questions about transfer or re-entry applications.
  • Apply to UB as a transfer or re-entry intended nursing major.
  • Intended nursing majors are advised by the School of Nursing in planning prerequisite courses, UB general education and compiling a competitive application. After you receive your admission to UB, submit your deposit, and submit 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 for assistance well in advance of applying.

Application Steps

ABS & Traditional Programs

Current UB Students

Recommended Steps

  1. See your nursing advisor.
  2. Attend group advising.
  3. Review UBLearns nursing advisement.
  4. Develop nursing experiences.
  5. Develop leadership experiences
  6. Monitor your GPA in HUB.
  7. 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.
    •  Search for the program:
       SUNY University at Buffalo.
    • Application essay questions & resume
    • 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 Student

Recommended Steps

  1. Attend an information session.
  2. Request a transcript evaluation.
  3. Review Admissions Requirements.
  4. Develop nursing experiences (ABS and Traditional applicants).
  5. Develop leadership experiences.

Required Steps

  1. Submit UB transfer SUNY application,
    and $50 application fee or Re-entry application
    (no fee required).
  2. Submit transcripts to UB (not NursingCAS).  Transcripts from all schools attended are required.  UB transcript not required.  Send transcript to: UB Admission 12 Capen Hall Buffalo NY 14260-1660.
  3. Create a NursingCAS account.
    • Search for the program:
      SUNY University at Buffalo.
    • Application essay questions & resume.
    • Pay the $50 application fee.
  4.  Submit the NursingCAS application. 

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

RN to BS Program

Required Application Steps

  1. Submit UB transfer SUNY application and $50 application fee or if you previously attended UB, submit the re-entry application (no application fee required).
  2. Submit transcripts. Transcripts from all schools attended are required. UB transcript are not required. Send transcripts to:
    UB Admissions
    12 Capen Hall
    Buffalo NY 14260-1660
  3. Submit your resume. Email your current resume to nursing@buffalo.edu.

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

    If you did not attend college right after high school graduation, submit a gap statement. Email ub-admissions@buffalo.edu a brief statement describing what you did between the time you graduated high school and when you first attended college.

Recommended Application Steps

  1. Review our start terms:
    • Fall (Late August)
    • Spring (Late January)
    • Summer (Mid May)
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Request a transcript evaluation.
  4. Review our estimated costs.
  5. Speak to an advisor.
Please have official transcripts mailed to:

UB Admissions Office
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1660

Additional Information

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