Students receiving awards.


The Honors College offers Presidential Scholarships. Additionally, Honors students may be eligible for the Provost and Pride of New York Scholarships, awarded by the Office of Admissions. To be considered for a merit scholarship, your general application for admission to the University at Buffalo (either SUNY or Common or Coalition Application) must be on file and complete (including all supplemental materials) by Dec. 15.

The Presidential Scholarship

UB’s top entering freshmen are awarded Presidential Scholarships. This scholarship is valued at $15,000 annually (when combined with other scholarships and grants, this amount may not exceed the cost of attendance), renewable for four years of undergraduate study. While there is no minimum criteria for consideration as it is based on each year’s incoming class, for the 2020 Presidential scholar class, the unweighted GPA ranged from a 94% up to 100%. The University at Buffalo is test optional this year and standardized test scores are not required to apply for this scholarship. Students must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students who receive Presidential Scholarships are automatically admitted to the Honors College.

Contact Tim Matthews, assistant director, at to request the Presidential Scholarship Application or with your questions for fall 2022 enrollment. Applications for the fall 2021 Presidential Scholarships are closed.

Other Admissions Scholarships

Each year Admissions selects high-achieving freshmen applicants from across the U.S. for Merit Scholarships. No additional application is needed, but to guarantee consideration, students must submit all UB application materials by Dec. 15. International Merit Scholarships are also available upon admission to non-U.S. residents.

Last updated: April 12, 2021 12:09 pm EST