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can a 1150 (cr+math) sat get you into University at Buffalo engineering?

bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
edited November 2011 in College Admissions
Im a first gen student and in state. What sat scores do you need for eng at UB???Syracuse?
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Replies to: can a 1150 (cr+math) sat get you into University at Buffalo engineering?

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 34,338 Super Moderator
    If you go to the Common Data Set for Buffalo http://apb.buffalo.edu/facts/cds/cds2010.pdf Section C7 shows that GPA, Rigor and Scores are very important in admission (you'll also see First Gen is only considered). The 25%ile for Scores (Section C9) is 1050 while the 75%ile is 1260. You're in the middle but those scores are for the entire U. The engineering program may have higher stats. Also I have no idea about your GPA or class rigor, rank, recs or interview. Do the same analysis for Syracuse.
  • sacchisacchi Registered User Posts: 2,133 Senior Member
    Given that your SAT scores are right in the middle of the 25-75 range, and Buffalo's acceptance rate is pretty high, you should have pretty decent odds getting accepted there, as long as your GPA is reasonable. I've heard that the engineering program there is pretty good.
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    should i retake the sats to try and get a higher math score or would i have a chance at getting in right now? also what is there difference between applying to a specific school and listing your intended major?
  • sk8rmomsk8rmom Registered User Posts: 5,746 Senior Member
    At UB, the engineering school will also review your regents scores, if you're from NY, and will look at your math sequence. I believe they admit only a certain number of freshmen to engineering each year so it's probably in your best interest to retake if you think you can increase your scores. There is a frequent poster here named crazed whose son is a junior engineering major at UB. You might send her a PM for more info on engineering at UB.
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    thank you.... im aiming for a 700 on the math.... my regents math scores arent that great but my final grades for the each math course are.. will that hurt me?
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    You have a shot, but no shot at buffalo's honors college
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    yea i just want to get in i dont care about the honors college
  • floridadad55floridadad55 Registered User Posts: 2,262 Senior Member
    Not sure you would make a good engineer with only an 1150 SAT score, unless you did much better on math than CR.

    The course work is very tough. You better be a math whiz.
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    i did 50 pts higher in the math and i plan on retaking it to get a 700 on the math
  • sonsamisonsami Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    My son is a freshman in engineering at UB now. Says the classes are TOUGH and he has to work WAY-harder than in high school. Also, required engineering course-load is 17 credits; pretty heavy when 12 credits=full-time student.

    He was admitted into engineering with a 1160 SAT (520cr/640m) and a 3.3ish GPA. No APs but took college level Pre-Calculus and college level Spanish. He had some ECs but nothing super stand-out. Saw last year here on College Confidential that some kids with similar and sometimes even higher stats were admitted to UB but not directly in engineering. Admissions is obviously not an exact science but things worked out well for my son.

    Your stats sound similar so that's why I am sharing. If you think you can score higher by taking the SAT again and there is time to do it, then go for it. But if not, you should still have some good options.

    FWIW, he had also applied in engineering and was accepted to West Virginia University (awarded a Blue&Gold Level 2 scholarship of $3,000 per year), and UMASS Amherst $3,500 per year Director's Scholarship). Visited UMASS and while he liked it, he liked UB way better. And the family's wallet liked UB better than UMASS out-of-state even with the $ offered. Never got to visit WVU as he really liked UB and decided to commit there.

    He applied in engineering and was wait-listed (nicer than a rejection but. . .) at North Carolina State, a school I think you mentioned in an earlier post --- a tough admit, especially to engineering and even more so if out-of-state because NC State has to take something like over 90% of its acceptances from North Carolina residents. He was also wait-listed at UCONN and SUNY Stonybrook.

    Also, you may want to look into SUNY New Paltz for electrical engineering. My son did not apply because he was interested in civil engineering but he liked the school when we visited. Cute little town, "artsy" diversified students on campus, and only 90 minutes from NYC.

    Good luck to you and I hope some if this info helps you.
  • crazedcrazed Registered User Posts: 1,972 Senior Member
    Hi Sk8rmom!! (Can you believe we now have juniors!!! We'll have to meet up at graduation next year!

    BFG- Yes, son is now a Junior at UB majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical engineering. The engineering program (as well as many sciences) at UB has a great reputation. IT is a tough program as stated above. There are few required classes outside of the eingineering curriculum. Son usually takes 18-19 credits a semester and they all require lots of work.

    FYI- during the summer between freshmen and sophomore year, my son took 4 online classes (Eric community and Farmingdale) to take history, english and world civ 2, to get them out of the way. It did not lighten his class load, but maybe he will graduate on time.

    Son opted out of honors program...to much work as it is. (My other son was in Honors Program at his school. Other than having extra work to do in the classes, and our praise, I don't know how prestigious grad schools or employers look at this accomplishment.)

    Good luck. Feel free to PM me.... or post on the SUNY UB thread too.
  • sk8rmomsk8rmom Registered User Posts: 5,746 Senior Member
    Hey crazed! I would love to meet up but D's in a BS/MS program so she'll be a grad student next year...no diplomas til the end of the tunnel:(

    It's interesting that you mentioned the extra classes you S took - mine did the same and has been taking classes year round since freshmen year, always at least 2 in the summer, and sometimes takes an extra SUNY online or WNY consortium during regular semesters. She has several good friends with engineering majors who were there over the summer too. It never really seemed to get her ahead either, but at least she's staying on track for the 5 year program (which, naturally, now requires summer coursework). I think much of it had to do with scheduling difficulties and having so many pre-reqs and gen-eds to take, as she's never had to drop or repeat anything. Probably not unusual for a large public school but definitely something to consider.
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    thanks for all the useful info!!!.. i feel relieved to know i may have a chance at UB @sonsami im going to consider north carolina state
  • bfg2012bfg2012 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    I just applied early decision for UB for electrical engineering hopefully i get in
  • crazedcrazed Registered User Posts: 1,972 Senior Member
    Good luck bfg. Please post your acceptance on the UB thread so we can be happy along with you. (Didn't know UB had ED??)
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