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Undergraduate Admissions and Transfer

Entering Freshmen

The current Mechanical and AerospaceEngineering (MAE) and Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS) degree programs may be viewed at:



Preparation to join Mechanical Engineering

Candidates from secondary schools (high schools) must have completed mathematics through trigonometry, and should have completed higher-level courses such as pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, and physics. Four years of English are recommended, since the ability to read, write, and speak effectively will greatly influence one’s potential for the success in the engineering profession.  Students applying to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) from secondary schools must meet the minimum requirements of the University. The Office of Admissions coordinates the review with the School of Engineering. High school grades, class standing, Regents exam scores, and either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores are considered in the admission process. When appropriate, advanced placement credit and course waivers may be granted.

Acceptance Criteria for Mechanical Engineering

Please see http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/undergrad/admissions/current for general admission requirements to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences department.

Students may apply for admission to Mechanical Engineering when they enter the University as freshmen, as transfer students, or later in their academic careers. To remain in Mechanical Engineering and to be permitted to take upper-level (300/400 level) Mechanical Engineering Courses, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of the following five courses with at least a 2.2 GPA: MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 107, MAE 204, and EAS 207. If a course is repeated, the grade that is counted is the grade earned the second time, even if this grade is lower than the grade earned the first time.
  2. Minimum overall and UB GPA of 2.0 to be considered in academic good standing with the University

Application materials to begin Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering studies at the University at Buffalo may be obtained from any New York State high school counselor or by writing to the Office of Admissions, Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260. An online application is also available.

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Transfer Information

Admission of transfer students is granted on the basis of previous college academic performance.  Student transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Education, 410 Bonner Hall, (716) 645-2774.  Course content, contact hours, and grades are evaluated to determine acceptance.  Courses completed at other universities and colleges are not automatically accepted for credit.  Admission to engineering as an approved major requires the following:

  1. Admission to the University at Buffalo
  2. Submission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. The deadlines for the supplemental application are May 1 (fall semester submission) and November 15th (spring semester submission).
  3. Completion of at least three courses in a student's desired major.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all math, science, and engineering courses relevant to the student's desired major.

In addition to these specific requirements, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will consider a student's entire academic record in reaching an admission decision. Factors such as a history of repeating and resigning classes, or low grades in classes relevant to the student's desired discipline may result in denial of admission.

Enrollment into UB Engineering courses requires admission into UB Engineering as an approved major.

Normally, transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four additional years of study at the university to complete the engineering degree requirements.

Applications may be submitted online at www.admissions.buffalo.edu/apply/index.php.  If online access is not available, applications can be obtained from any New York State high school counselor, or by writing to the Office of Admissions, Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260.

  • To learn more about transferring to MAE, e-mail the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering or e-mail the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Aerospace Engineering.
  • To learn more about applying to University at Buffalo, see http://www.buffalo.edu/admissions
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