Continuing UB students do not need to submit a tuition deposit. All students new to UB are required to send a $150 tuition deposit. A UB Person Number is required to pay this deposit. Students will receive a separate email with instructions for obtaining their UB Person Number.
International students will obtain their UB Person Number after being processed and accepted by UB's International Admissions (up to 4-6 weeks from departmental acceptance).
International students must upload the following items to the UB Online Graduate Application if an I-20 Form
will be needed to apply for an F1 Student Visa:
1. Passport biographical page - Scan a copy or take a picture of the page from your passport that includes your name, citizenship and date of birth.
2. Financial form - Complete the financial form with the person(s) who will be paying your tuition.
3. Bank statement - Provide a bank statement showing that you and your sponsor(s) have enough money to pay your first year’s total costs. See International Cost of Attendance.
4. Current US Immigration documents - If you are already in the US on a visa, provide copies of your current immigration documents. These may include your current I-20, visa, receipt/approval notice from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any legal documents pertaining to your immigration status.
*Requested documents must be uploaded to the UB Online Graduate Application as instructed. All items must be submitted electronically. Please do not send any mail, unless instructed to do so.
If you are a permanent resident, you must submit a Permanent Residency Verification Form, along
with proof of permanent residency (copy of Permanent Resident Card,
also known as a Green Card). Only accepted students entering the
upcoming academic year must submit the form. In addition, permanent
residents who are admitted into a graduate program at UB and who
have obtained their degree from a foreign institution will be
required to submit original and transcribed official transcripts
and official proof of degree (may be presented in person at
International Admissions and returned to student).
Drug Screen: Complete within 48 hours after accepting our
1. Visit Application Station.
2. Enter the Code: CERTAACPDS2018 (for PharmCAS accepts) or UBSOP-SCREEN (for Early Assurance accepts entering Fall 2018).
3. Click the "SIGN UP NOW" button to create a new account.
4. Follow the instructions on the Application Station web site to complete your consent forms.
5. Go to LabCorp within 48 hours.
You will simply take your account code and personal Photo ID to
any LabCorp location. The application lists the closest
LabCorp. If you need an alternate location, contact Certiphi's
Occupational Health Team directly at 800-803-7859. Students must
log on www.applicationstation.com before taking a drug
screen. If you do not live near a LabCorp, Certiphi can work with
you to do an electronic chain of custody - the instructions will be
on the Certiphi website when you login.
Note: do not drink too much or too little water - the results
will come back inconclusive and you will have to retake it at your
For additional information about this service, including details regarding the consumer report to be procured, visit AACP - Drug Screenings. If you encounter issues with the Application Station or have questions regarding the site, please contact Certiphi’s Help Desk at 888-276-8518, ext. 2006 or email@example.com.
Criminal Background Check: Complete within 15 days after accepting our offer
1. Visit Application
2. Enter the Code: CERTAACP2018 (for PharmCAS accepts) or UBSOP-CBC (for Early Assurance accepts entering in Fall 2018).
3. Click the "SIGN UP NOW" button to create a new account.
4. Follow the instructions on the Application Station web site to complete your Background Investigation Consent forms.
If you encounter issues with the Application Station or have questions regarding the site, please contact Certiphi’s Help Desk at 888-276-8518, ext. 2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. The state also requires that all students receive information about meningococcal disease and have made an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease. UB students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have fulfilled these requirements.
Current UB students have already complied with these requirements. Transfer students must complete the Health Background Form or have their immunization records faxed from their past or current health care provider, previous school or university, public health department or government agency.
Students will have a Service Indicator (hold) on their account until satisfying these requirements, which will prevent registration.
MyUB is a one-stop online destination for UB students, where you can access the hUB Student Center and find the latest news and events. Once you have your UBITName, Person Number and One-Time Password, you can activate your UBITName account. One-time passwords will be emailed in March. New international students will activate their accounts upon arriving on campus, during International Student Orientation. If you are returning to UB and do not remember your password, contact the CIT Help Desk. Shortly after you receive an offer of admission, you will be emailed instructions.
You will receive your UB Person number 72 hours after the Office of International Admissions has verified your application materials. This may happen days or weeks after you have been accepted by our department. Your One-Time Use Password will not be issued until you arrive on campus for orientation. This is also when you will register for classes.
All official UB email correspondence is sent only to your UB email account. Check your buffalo.edu email account regularly to view your UB business-related correspondence. Secure your UBITName and computer and get connected by visiting the UBIT New Student page. UB provides a wide range of technical services including computer repair, software downloads and a walk-in help desk.
White Coat Ceremony and Orientation are mandatory for all incoming PharmD students. Orientation will be held the Thursday and Friday before fall classes start.
Please be sure you dress professionally on Thursday in conservative business attire. For men: Dress shirt, tie and dress pants; neatly pressed, nothing flashy. Suits are optional but are preferred. Shoes cleaned and shined. Hair, moustaches, and beards should be neatly groomed; tattoos and body piercings must be fully hidden. For women: Dress blouse, skirt or dress pants; neatly pressed, nothing flashy. Suits are optional but are preferred. Shoes cleaned and shined. Hair should be neatly groomed; tattoos and body piercings must be fully hidden.
International PharmD students must also attend International Graduate Student Orientation. You will need a UB Person Number to register for the event, which will be emailed to you after International Admissions receives and processes all required documents. Continuing UB international students are not required to attend. We encourage students to attend as many sessions as possible. Canadian transfer students are only required to attend the I-20 immigration session.
Note: if you are a transfer student and wish to complete an undergraduate course at UB, see Enrolling in Classes as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.
All students must have official transcripts containing grades for all courses completed at all institutions other than UB sent directly to UB SPPS (270 Kapoor Hall, Buffalo, New York 14214-8033, USA). If you are currently taking classes or plan to take classes in the spring or summer, please wait for your grades to post on your transcript before sending your final transcript.
You do not need to provide your transcripts at this time. You may be asked to hand-deliver them to the Office of International Admissions during International Student Orientation in late August.
PharmCAS does not release official transcripts, so they must be requested again.
There are many choices for student housing, both on-campus and off-campus. From newly built on-campus housing specifically for graduate students to off-campus options both urban and suburban, UB and the Buffalo region is a great place to immerse yourself in learning.
The University Residence Halls and Apartments begin accepting apartment applications mid-January. Priority is given to UB students who apply early and have lived the longest on campus. All other applications will be assigned based on the date and time the application is received. Any requests for roommates or specific village/complex should be done at the time of application. Requests are honored based on availability. Please be aware that there is a $25 non-refundable application fee. Also, a security deposit and the ability to complete a W-9 or W8Ben tax form will be required to secure an apartment. Note: apartments are located on North Campus (we are on South, which is approximately 5 miles away).
Many of our students find off-campus housing. Students rent houses with roommates, reside in villages such as Collegiate Village, or find other apartments in the surrounding South Campus area. Be sure to join our class Facebook page to find other pharmacy students who are searching for housing.
Complete the pre-orientation form for new students, which includes information we need for the White Coat ceremony and advisor matching.
Please submit the SPPS Flu Immunization Information Form.
UB SPPS requires all PharmD students to receive an annual flu immunization by October 31st of each year (see Flu Immunization policy). Through an exciting, inter-professional partnership with UB SPPS Faculty, UB School of Nursing, and Middleport Family Health Center (MFHC), we are pleased to offer you an opportunity to receive your flu shot on during Orientation.
Deadlines for submission:
Form and insurance information: August 15
Flu shot and proof (if not getting at Orientation): October 31
Once you are registered for classes, you can get your UB Card.
Your UB Card is your official University at Buffalo ID and is used
across campus. Obtain it before Orientation. There will be
no breaks for errands in between sessions.
Parking permits are included in the transportation fee. There is
no additional cost to students. If you register before the end of
July, your permit will be mailed to you. Or, you may apply in
person at any Parking and Transportation Services Office, located
in 106 Spaulding Quad in the Ellicott Complex on the North Campus.
Obtain it before Orientation. There will be no breaks for
errands in between sessions. See Parking Permits for more information.
Feel free to call 716-645-8232 to make an appointment with a School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Financial Aid Advisor, Nicole Griffo or Colleen Long.
Financial Aid Links:
Your class will participate in the 5th year of new tradition here at the pharmacy school – our annual SPPS Reads Program. This year’s selection will be announced shortly. Please purchase either an e-book or a paper copy or borrow from a library, read the book and finish it by the first day of orientation. During orientation, we will be providing an overview of our SPPS Reads Program and you will engage with your classmates and faculty on topics related to the book. During the first week of class, you will also participate in small group discussions.
Previous UB SPPS Reads books:
Class of 2018
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Class of 2019
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Class of 2020
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Class of 2021
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The block schedule will be available on the Information for Current Students webpage. We will register you for your first semester for all required courses. It is recommended that you do not take electives during the P1 year. Be sure to submit your immunization form to avoid a hold on your account. To view your holds, log on to MyUB to access your HUB Student Center. International students will be registered after attending International Graduate Student Orientation.
After the first semester, you will be responsible for registering yourself. In order to become familiar with UB’s student system (HUB) please visit the Hub Student Center and see UB's Web Registration Tutorial. In future semesters and with advisement, you will also need to register for elective courses. Resigning from required classes, without first consulting with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Dean for Student, Professional and Community Affairs, may result in being dismissed from the PharmD program.
Students who have taken coursework prior to entering the PharmD
program may be waived from certain courses. See Course
You will be eligible to register for classes during International Student Orientation once you have completed important immigration processing.
All Pharmacy students must complete and return an Annual Immunization Review Form. Visit Student Health Services to obtain the form and send it directly to: University at Buffalo Student Health Services, Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14214-8003. Student Health Services can be contacted at 716-829-3316. Keep a copy for your records. This due by November 1.
The school cannot guarantee that students will be placed in
clinical rotation sites within UB transportation. Therefore, as a
student, you will be responsible for providing your own
transportation throughout all four professional years.
UB SPPS PharmD Program Computing Requirements for Incoming Professional Pharmacy Students
Students enrolled in the PharmD program at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be using electronic testing software (currently ExamSoft/SoftTest) for exams and assessments. Students will be required to have either a laptop (PC or Mac) to bring and use in the examination room, for the purposes of assessment. Students are responsible for the maintenance of their personal computing devices; the school is unable to provide computing support. The minimum computer specifications to run ExamSoft/SofTest are listed below.
Note: As a guide, see UB Student Computer Standards for the University at Buffalo's minimum recommendations for student owned computers.
- A privacy screen is required
- An iPad mini is not recommended because it is difficult to use with exam testing software
- Beta operating systems are not supported
Requirements for ExamSoft:
Mac Requirements [Click
here for a full list of Mac requirements]
PC Requirements [Click here for a ful list of PC requirements]
SofTest-M iPad Requirements [Click here for a full list of iPad