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Visit SEM

Visitor Days

Spend a day on our cozy campus, which is on the National Register of Historic Places in the lively and beautiful center of the city of Buffalo, NY.

Full-day Visitor Days are for girls in 8th grade. 

In the Spring, 7th grade girls are encouraged to spend half a day at SEM.

Click here to schedule a Visitor Day

Students will connect with a current student guide to visit classes and have lunch.

Note: The SEM school day begins with Morning Meeting at 7:55 AM and we recommend that visitors arrive between 7:30-7:45 AM. Your daughter should enter through the main doors on Bidwell Parkway to meet with a member of the Admission team and her SEM student guide.

For any questions or to make any changes to your reserved date, please contact Director of Day Admission Alexandra Tramposch at 716-885-6780 or atramposch@buffaloseminary.org

Entrance and Scholarship Exam


Entrance and Scholarship Exam
December 14, 2019


The Entrance & Scholarship Exam is also offered on an individual basis throughout the year. 

SEM offers more than 30 endowed student scholarships, both need- and merit-based. A list is here and in the Giving section of this site. 

A list of merit scholarships and submission guidelines is here and can be found under Affording a SEM Education.

Exam Reminders: 

The exam runs from 9am - 12pm; students should arrive no later than 8:45am.
There is a $35 fee payable the day of the exam.

Open House


Discover the Power of All-Girls at SEM...


five girls in school courtyard

Open House
Thursday, October 24, 2019
6-8 PM

One of the oldest girls' schools in the U.S., SEM has designed a constantly innovating culture of achievement, scholarship, creativity, and leadership for girls since 1851.

How? It's our program and our people. 

Highly credentialed and awarded teachers who mentor ~ Small Classes ~ Harkness table seminar-style learning ~ Independent curriculum integrated with technology ~ 4-year computer science curriculum and VR class ~ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, mathematics), fine arts, theater, foreign language, and humanities exploration culminate in a capstone senior project ~ Study skills are built ~ Opportunities to participate in community service, 34 clubs, and 16 athletic teams ~ Best fit, personalized college counseling ~ Traditions that nurture character ~
Sisterhood for life

At Open House:

  • Meet students, faculty, parents, trustees & alumnae
  • Get information about scholarships and financial aid
  • Consider living at SEM for 5-day or 7-day boarding! Take a tour of our historic home student residences.
  • RSVP below to let us know you will join us! (Note: RSVP is not required - walk-ins welcome)



RSVP for Open House