Thursday, January 24, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: Part 2--The Graduate School at SUNY Buffalo

International students in Norton Hall on the North Campus. [Source: University at Buffalo]

International Admissions:
Student Body
28,952 (Fall 2012)
  • 19,506 Undergraduate
  • 9,446 Graduate and Professional
Degrees Awarded
7,515 (2010-11 Academic Year)
1,552 Full-time (2011)
746 Part-time (2011)
219,673 in 130 countries (February 2012)
More than 121,000 in New York state
More than 100 undergraduate degrees, including combined degrees
  • 205 master’s degrees
  • 84 doctoral degrees
  • 10 professional degrees
22% Acceptance Rate
  • Applied 29,337
  • Accepted 6,681
  • Enrolled 2,888
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Public Health and Health Professions
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division
  • Social Work

Academic Qualifications for International Graduate Admissions:

Each department has its own requirements and weights them differently. In general though, most graduate programs look for the following academic qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited / government recognized university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.
  • B average or higher from your Bachelor degree (or the equivalent); grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated and determined by the University at Buffalo Office of International Admissions. If you have questions about your admissibility, please check with the academic department to which you intend to apply.
  • Many programs require that you take a standardized graduate or professional admission exam. Test preparation has been proven to make a difference, so be sure to study from preparation guides, attend a review course, and/or use online study tools. 
    • GMAT - The Graduate Management Admission Test
    • GRE - The Graduate Record Examinations Program
    • LSAT - The Law School Admission Test
    • MCAT - The Medical College Admission Test
    • PCAT - The Pharmacy College Admission Test
    • TOEFL - The Test of English as a Foreign Language
    • IELTS - International English Language Testing System
  • Many programs require letters of recommendation, personal statements, writing samples and resumes.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (A few programs permit Conditional Admission based on a slightly lower TOEFL score)
Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT)
Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT)
(with no subsection score below 6.0)
PTE Academic
(with no subsection score below 50)

International Graduate Admissions Process:

  1. Apply directly to the graduate school/department in which you are interested. 
  2. The academic school or department will inform you of their admissions decision in spring (usually March or April).
  3. Some departments require that you confirm or accept their offer of admission. Adhere to all deadlines.
  4. Academic schools and departments then submit your application file to the office of International Admissions for final review (usually April - June).
  5. If the application file is in proper order, the office of International Admissions prepares the Certificate of Visa Eligibility (I-20 form).
  6. The office of International Admissions then issues the Admissions Packet (with I-20 form) and sends it by express courier delivery service. 
    • The Admissions Packet includes your official letter of acceptance, the Certificate of Visa Eligibility, and in formation about International Student Orientation, on-campus housing, international student clubs, and health insurance. Most of graduate admissions packets are sent in May and June.
  7. Upon receiving the official Admissions Packet, you should make arrangements for housing, register for International Student Orientation, apply for your student visa, and arrange for travel to Buffalo, New York.

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