Admissions Policies

NUThe Office of Admissions strives to make the application process for prospective students as smooth as possible. An applicant can expect to be evaluated on both personal and academic qualities.

Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria

  • A student's scholastic achievement in high school (transcript)
  • Evidence of past performance and character
  • Recommendations from teachers, counselors and others
  • Optional: Results from either the SAT or ACT

Applications are processed on a rolling basis and applicants are usually informed of the admissions decision within a few weeks of the time the completed application is received. Candidates for admission should request an application from Niagara University's Office of Admissions. Admissions counselors are available to answer questions and offer assistance to prospective students. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University welcomes all students regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or disability.

SAT/ACT Requirements for Fall 2019 Applicants

Niagara University has a test optional admissions policy for first-year undergraduate applicants.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to accept standardized test scores from students who believe their results are reflective of their academic abilities to succeed at the university. If they feel that it does not reflect their academic skills they have the option of not submitting.

Niagara will utilize the best score from among the three exams (ACT, new SAT, old SAT) for admission and scholarship consideration. Super-scoring the subsections of a test will occur within each test type only, providing students with the best possible outcome on that exam. Subsection super-scoring will not occur across the different test types.

For additional information regarding standardized test scores and their impact on Niagara University’s review of applications for admission and scholarship, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 716-286-8700 or

Freshmen Applicants

Niagara University evaluates applicants based on the entirety of their academic history throughout high school.

A minimum of 16 academic units of secondary school coursework in areas such as English, mathematics, history, foreign language and the sciences is required. A completed application will include:

  • An official high school transcript
  • Teacher or counselor recommendation
  • A 250-word, untimed essay.
  • Optional: Results from the SAT (critical reading and math score) and/or ACT, in concordance with our test optional policy

Students who have not completed four years of high school should have an official GED record forwarded to the Admissions Office.

Transfer Students

Niagara University recognizes the special needs of transfer students and welcomes applications from students who are considering transferring to Niagara University. Students are admitted from other accredited junior and senior colleges and universities, provided that they are in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of transfer. Courses assigned a grade of C or better will be reviewed for transfer credit, however transfer credit is evaluated individually by the dean of each division. High school records and college transcripts sent to the Admissions Office must be official and complete. Niagara University has established articulation agreements with many community and junior colleges. Learn more


Students seeking readmission to the university must file an application. Additional records of college work attempted or completed after their last attendance at Niagara University must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Candidates for readmission must have been in good standing at the time of their separation from Niagara University. Any student seeking readmission who was not in good academic standing at the time of their separation must file an Appeals Form with the Appeals Committee.

International Students

International students are a valued part of Niagara's student body. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit the results of their TOEFL examination. Documentation for F-1 Visa is required. Learn more

Early Admission/Early Decision

Students who complete high school in less than four years, or those who are committed to pursuing a Niagara University education, may apply to Niagara University under the Early Admissions or Early Decision Plan. The plan allows a student to apply during the summer between their junior and senior years.

Advanced Placement

In general, Advanced Placement credit is awarded for scores of 3, 4 and 5 earned on the Advanced Placement tests administered by the College Board. The credits earned through this program are subject to the guidelines established by the various university departments. Students planning to take any of these tests should check with the Office of Admissions to make certain that the test is applicable to their degree program.