SUNY Buffalo State

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About SUNY Buffalo State

Commonly known as Buffalo State College, this public school is located in Buffalo, NY, and is one of 64 college campuses composing the State University of New York (SUNY) educational system. The college's first class graduated in 1873. Today, this 4-year public school is one of the largest in the state.


Buffalo State College is home to five schools and 41 academic departments, not to mention a Graduate School and Continuing Professional Studies division. It currently offers 169 undergraduate programs to more than 10,000 students every year. Some of the more popular majors include business administration, journalism, education, criminal justice and hospitality administration. In addition to small class sizes, students can take advantage of several academic centers on campus, including the International Center for Studies in Creativity and the Small Business Development Center.

Additionally, several faculty members have been recipients of academic awards, including 47 winners of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members have also received the honor of being SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors.


The college accepts applications from prospective undergraduate students on a rolling basis, though an early admissions program is also available. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Once accepted, they might be able to receive up to 30 course credits through AP (Advanced Placement) and CLEP (College Level Examination Program) proficiency exams. Undergraduate applications can be completed online using the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR). As of Fall 2012, the acceptance rate for first-time freshman was 44%.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The undergraduate tuition rate for in-state students is $5,570 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Out-of-state undergraduate students pay an annual tuition of $14,820. An additional fee of $1,124 is also required.

Prospective students should note that there are campus residency requirements for full-time freshmen and sophomore students who come from outside the Buffalo area. This adds an additional room and board fee of $11,192 per year. Full-time students are also required to carry health insurance. The school will automatically provide this coverage for a fee unless students carry their own health insurance and sign a waiver.

Students have several options for financial aid, including loans, work-study aid, fellowships and scholarships. Approximately 87% of undergraduate students receive financial aid, with an average award of $10,625. The college also offers the option of signing up for a deferred payment plan.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees, post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 10,002 undergraduate students and 1,657 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 11 residence halls available, including freshmen dorms and apartment-style complexes for upper-class, graduate and transfer students*
Schools and Programs Five schools; 169 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (155), Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (116), Communications and Journalism (84), Hospitality Administration (75)
Master's: Special Education and Teaching (108)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 47% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 44% in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time students; 36% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 430-540 in critical reading, 430-550 in math for Fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions; November 1st for Early Decision Program*
Decision Notification Date December 15th for Early Decision Program*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013 are $6,694 for New York residents and $15,944 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (52%), state and local government grants or scholarships (62%), student loans (69%), school grants or scholarships (25%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 87% for 2010-2011**

Sources: *SUNY Buffalo State College, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Buffalo State College, Moot Hall 110, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 878-4017
  • Website:

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