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Welcome to the Acker Scholars Program

The University at Buffalo Daniel Acker Scholars Program is an individualized program for academically talented students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Students in the Acker Scholars Program will experience an individualized and transformative academic experience. Consideration is given to students with financial need, first-generation college students and underrepresented minority students (African-American, Latina/Latino American and Native American).

Acker Scholars have a long tradition of contributing to student leadership at UB and participating in community service. Participants have completed medical, dental and law school, MBAs, and various graduate programs nationally and at UB.

Acker Scholars come to UB as part of a community: they attend orientation together, live together during their freshman year, and learn from one another. This supportive, family-like atmosphere helps students develop friendships, realize their goals, get involved, and excel at UB.

Selection Criteria

First year students are selected to participate in the Acker Scholars Program each year. Students must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents of New York State. A limited number of out-of-state students may also qualify. The criteria for consideration for the scholarship program are as follows:

  • Minimum of 1200 combined math and critical reading SAT scores or a minimum ACT score of 27. (Note: The SAT writing score is not included.)
  • Unweighted high school average of 90 or higher.

Students who satisfy these criteria will be further screened and qualified applicants invited by the Office of Admissions to receive the Scholarship. During the first year of study, freshmen must complete at least 12 credit hours each semester, and achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher for the academic year. In order to continue the award Acker Scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade point average each year for up to four years of full time undergraduate study. Continuing students must also be full-time students, pursuing 12 credit hours or more each semester.

Last updated: March 12, 2014 6:57 am EST

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