SUNY at Buffalo - University at Buffalo

About the University at Buffalo

As a flagship university of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the University at Buffalo (UB) serves as a prominent public research institution in western New York. UB was founded in 1846 and has grown into the largest SUNY institution, consisting of three campuses: two in the city of Buffalo and the main campus in the northern suburb of Amherst, NY.

The Amherst campus, known as the North Campus, houses 125 buildings and serves as the basis for most of UB's academic programs. The university's South Campus is located in residential North Buffalo and offers many of the school's health care, medical science, and architectural programs. The Downtown Campus, in the heart of the city of Buffalo, includes studies in life sciences and will be the future home to many of the university's medical programs in order to better align them with community hospitals.


The University at Buffalo offers more than 100 undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate degree programs. Students enrolled at UB can earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the university's 13 schools and colleges, staffed by over 1,500 full-time faculty members. Undergraduates can choose majors in a myriad of science or liberal arts areas, including engineering, exercise science, foreign language, and business administration. Master's and doctoral degree options are plentiful as well. Additionally, there are ten professional degree programs, including architecture, urban planning, and nutrition.

The College of Arts and Sciences at UB is home to the bulk of the university's undergraduate student body. Here, students can pursue undergraduate and also graduate degrees in the natural sciences, philosophy, the fine arts, and political science, among many other areas. Because of UB's proximity to the Canadian province of Ontario, students can pursue a unique graduate-level certificate program in Canadian studies.

As one of the oldest of the UB schools, the Law School dates back to 1887 and stands out as the only law school in the SUNY system. The school offers the traditional law degree program, the Juris Doctor (J.D.). Among the J.D. concentrations are civil litigation, environmental law, family law and intellectual property. The UB Law School also has Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree programs in general law and criminal law. The general law program can be tailored for U.S. lawyers who would like to investigate particular research issues or for international lawyers looking to pass the New York bar exam.

Another unique feature of UB is the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Graduate Division. Located in downtown Buffalo, RPCI is the world's oldest comprehensive cancer care center. This graduate and research center offers five Ph.D. programs, including immunology, cancer pathology, and molecular pharmacology. Also offered are Master of Science programs in natural and basic biomedical sciences, designed to give students experience in research as well as a broad-spectrum background in life sciences.

UB has eight libraries available to students and faculty among the campus locations, as well as an extensive digital media collection and access to over 500 computer workstations. Specialty media collections include the Charles B. Sears Law Library, the Health Sciences Library, the Music Library, and an extensive poetry collection containing over 140,000 works.

In addition to domestic studies, UB also offers both short- and long-term study abroad programs. Exchange programs are available in cooperation with universities in 30 nations across the globe, and 11% of the student body participates.


Prospective UB undergraduate students should apply online during the fall semester of their senior high school year, with applications for merit scholarship consideration submitted by December 1st. A $50 non-refundable fee must be paid when the application is submitted. At least one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor is required, in addition to the student's school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores; these documents should be submitted by December 31st. Admissions and scholarship offers typically begin arriving to students from the university by early March.

Some UB majors have additional requirements for admission. Engineering, accounting, and business management students must demonstrate a higher level of performance in mathematics than other students. Dance, music, and theater students are required to perform auditions, and architecture applicants must submit design projects.

Requirements vary significantly for each UB graduate program, so prospective students should check into their programs of interest. Many programs require applicants to complete standardized graduate or professional admission tests, such as the GRE or GMAT.

In Fall 2010, 51% of UB's nearly 22,000 undergraduate applicants were admitted to the school, and 30% of those actually enrolled. In Fall 2011, 91% of undergraduate students attended full-time, while 63% of graduate students were full-time. Over 90% of undergraduates were age 24 or under, with 46% of the student body being female.

As of Fall 2011, 53% of undergraduate students were White, while 11% were Asian, 7% were African American, and 7% were Hispanic. Alaska Native and American Indian students made up 1% of the population, and 21% of students were non-resident aliens or from unknown ethnicities. In 2010, the vast majority, 80%, of undergraduates resided within the state of New York, while an additional 5% were out-of-state students, and 15% resided in foreign countries.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at UB can vary greatly depending upon which of the school's programs students are enrolled in and whether or not they are from out-of-state. For the 2012-2013 school year, an in-state undergraduate student with at least 12 credit hours (the minimum required for full-time status) can expect to pay $5,570 in basic tuition. However, school fees, living costs, books, personal expenses, and transportation costs will bring the total tuition costs for nine months of attendance to roughly $21,300 for those who live in off-campus housing and $22,500 for those who live on the UB campus.

In-state students who are commuters living with parents or relatives will save thousands of dollars, and only pay a total of around $14,500. Out-of-state students can expect to pay approximately $10,620 more than NY state residents regardless of their housing choice. Additionally, students who are not covered by a parent's health insurance policy are also required to enroll in the UB student medical plan. The basic annual fee for this coverage is $2,084 for the 2012-13 school year.

UB students may be eligible for several types of financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition. Prospective students should fully explore their options, including any scholarships, grants, loans, or work-study programs that may be available. The university assigns each student a financial aid advisor to help navigate the process.

School Type Public, 4-years and above**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation N/A**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburban**
Student Body About 19,300 undergraduate and 9,500 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing All students eligible for residence halls; apartments available to undergrads with at least 4 semesters in residence halls or 60 UB/transfer credits*
Schools and Programs 13 colleges and schools; roughly 400 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, and related (773)
Master's: Engineering (341)
PhD: Health professions and related (403)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 42% in 4 years
63% in 6 years
66% in 8 years (students who started school in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 51% in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Almost 6,600 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 88% (Full-time students)
86% (Part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1196 for entering 2012 class*
Undergraduate Application Due Date By December 31st for the following academic year*
Decision Notification Date Early March for incoming freshman*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees (excluding books, supplies housing, transportation, and other costs) for 2012-13 is roughly $7,990 for NY residents and $18,610 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011: Federal grants (29%), Pell grants (28%), other federal grants (25%), state and local grants/scholarships (53%), institutional grants/scholarships (36%), federal loans (71%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% in 2011**

Sources: * University at Buffalo, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260
  • Phone: 716-645-2000
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