Students Say

Offering “more academic programs per dollar than any other university in the state,” the University at Buffalo (UB for short) “is about choices. You can choose many different…combinations of academics and social activities with the support in place.” Students brag that UB’s “programs are all of the highest quality, translating [into] a best-value education for students.” The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in particular “is well respected” and “works with corporate partners in a variety of ways that range from joint-research ventures to continuing education to co-op work arrangements for our stu­dents.”

Overview

Applicants
24,444
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average HS GPA
3.20

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
26%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 600
SAT Math
550 - 660
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Offering “more academic programs per dollar than any other university in the state,” the University at Buffalo (UB for short) “is about choices. You can choose many different…combinations of academics and social activities with the support in place.” Students brag that UB’s “programs are all of the highest quality, translating [into] a best-value education for students.” The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in particular “is well respected” and “works with corporate partners in a variety of ways that range from joint-research ventures to continuing education to co-op work arrangements for our stu­dents.” Other stand-out offerings include pharmacy, physical therapy, a popu­lar business and management school “that is ranked highly,” “a solid under-grad and grad architecture program,” and “one of the top nursing programs in the state.” Of course, a school with this much to offer is bound to be large, making it “easy not to attend class and fall through the cracks, so one must be self-motivated to do well.” Administrative tasks are occasionally Kafkaesque, with “a lot of red tape to go through to get anything done. I feel like a pebble being kicked around when trying to get support or services,” notes one stu­dent. Many students point out that support services and contact with profes­sors improves during junior and senior years when students are pursuing their majors and forging stronger relationships within their departments.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,797
with Terminal Degree
1,546

1,080
Men
717
Women
363
Minority
91
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Wolf Blitzer
CNN Correspondent

Brad Grey
CEO and President Brillstein-Grey Entertainment

Millard (Mickey) Drexler
Chairman & CEO, J. Crew Group

Robert E. Rich
Chairman, CEO, Rich Products, Inc.

Wilson Greatbatch
Invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker

Harvey Weinstein
Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company

Tom Toles
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist -WashingtonPost

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

SUNY–Buffalo is able to provide great education at a low price. And at a fraction of the cost of comparable private colleges and universities, a UB education is also an exceptional value. Tuition for in-state students is $6,170; those from out-of-state can expect to pay $19,590 per year. Room and board will add another $12,400 or so. Ninety-eight percent of needy freshmen receive need-based scholarship or grant aid, with the average gift aid package being close to $6,000; the school is also able to meet 65 percent of demonstrated student need.

Bang For Your Buck

The talented freshmen of UB are considered for merit-based scholarships, which range from $2,500 to the total cost of attendance depending on academic performance. The university awards about $3.5 million in merit-based scholarships to their incoming class. Scholarship receipients may also be invited to participate in scholarly communities. These programs offer expanded educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom. The University at Buffalo has a variety of internship and experiential-education programs, which allow students to gain an advantage in the marketplace upon graduation. One student relates that “programs are all of the highest quality, translating [into] a best-value education for students.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,840

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,427

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,478

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,590
Required Fees
$2,701
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,164

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Because of UB’s size, “You can find just about every kind of person there is here. Everyone has a place in this large and diverse student population.” As one student notes, “Although the typical student is of traditional college age, there really isn’t a ‘typical’ student—the student body is very diverse in terms of religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, and orientation. ‘Atypical’ students fit in well because of the diversity of the student population.” Another student adds, “There are a lot of foreign and minority students, to the point that the actual ‘majority’ is the minority here at UB.” Geographically, UB draws “from urban areas, rural areas, NYC, Long Island, and most every country in the world.” Because UB is a state school, “a lot of the students are from New York State, but with differing areas of the state, there are many different types of students.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,829
Out of State
3%

International
20%
Foreign Countries Represented
110

Demographics

16.39%
Asian
8.33%
African-American
7.33%
Hispanic
58.34%
Caucasian
6.49%
Unknown
20.12%
International

46% female
54% male
3% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

Students Say

UB is divided into three campuses. Traditionally, South Campus in Northeast Buffalo has been where “the parties are,” though students say that “it’s much less safe than North Campus,” which is located in the suburban enclave of Amherst. The school also has a downtown campus but with no residence halls. The recent closing of several bars near South Campus has made it less of a party destination than it was in years past; these days many students report going to downtown Buffalo “to go clubbing.” Students living on North Campus describe it as “its own little city. We have food services, our own bus system, a highway, even our own zip codes. If you know how to play, North Campus is just as much fun as Main Street [which runs by South Campus]; you just need to know where to go.” The North Campus, which features “a lake and a nice bike path for when you want to escape from the hectic [atmo­sphere]” of academic life, is the more populous of the two; the intercampus bus system is “convenient,” although a car is preferred. Students tell us that “between all of the clubs and organizations, the Office of Student Life, athlet­ics, and the Student Association, there is always something to do” on campus. The school’s Division I sports teams “are a big hit around here. Even if we are the worst in the division, we still cheer hard and go crazy for our guys and girls.” Those who explore Buffalo extol its “amazing art and music scene.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
74%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
61

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
35

2% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bulls)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bulls)
9 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: UB has numerous minority group support services and other student organization groups

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Canisius College

Sustainability

SUNY Buffalo, which is the size of a small city with 40,000 students, faculty, and staff, aims for “climate neutrality” by 2030. With its hundreds of buildings and miles of roads, the university’s environmental impact is significant, which is why, for the past decade, SUNY Buffalo has been undergoing a series of environmentally friendly construction projects, with LEED-designed buildings opening on all three campuses. In the dining halls, 452 tons of waste are eliminated from landfills because of recycling and composting efforts, and 50 gallons of water per minute are saved in the school’s green dish rooms. Students are encouraged to use car-share services like Zip Car on campus, where five Zip Cars replace between 75 and 100 privately owned vehicles. The campus bus system, UB Stampede, is a popular alternative mode of transportation, and nearly 50 million pounds of carbon dioxide are kept out of the atmosphere every year due to student ridership. SUNY Buffalo is also the first SUNY school to institute a 100 percent smoke-free campus. There’s also a drug disposal drop-off on campus to help safely dispose of prescription drugs and keep them out of the water supply. In the classroom, students can pursue a career in sustainability without necessarily following the traditional environmental studies trajectory (though that’s definitely an option); many sustainability-focused courses focus on the interplay between ecological, economics, and social welfare by taking an interdisciplinary approach.

Green Rating
61
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
3167

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jose Aviles
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone
716-645-6900

Email
ub-admissions@buffalo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Arts
Alumni Arena and Athletic Stadium
Center for Computational Research
Apartment style student housing
The Commons (on-campus shopping)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Major League Sports
Shea's Theater
Niagara Falls
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
716-645-6900

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri and selected Sats
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
part of "Visit UB" program

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Buffalo International Airport is 20 minutes from campus. Taxis and buses are available for the trip from airport to campus. The taxis can be picked up at the airport; for bus departure times and routes call 800-231-2222. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses provide service to Buffalo.

Driving Instructions to Campus
To reach North Campus from the New York State Thruway (I-90), take Exit 50 to I-290 (Youngmann Memorial Hwy.). Take I-290 west to Exit 4 (I-990 North) and follow signs for State University (exit 1). Exit 1 will bring you to the Audubon Pkwy. Make the first U-turn (just before the traffic light), then get into the right lane. Turn right at the first exit (White Rd.). The Fronczak Lot (long-term parking, accessed through the Governors A Lot) and Hamilton Loop (short-term parking) will be on your right. The South Campus is located at the corner of State Routes 5 (Main St.) and 62 (Bailey Ave.). From the New York State Thruway (I-90), take Exit 50 to I-290, then Rte. 5 west, to Rte. 62. Available online at Web: www.buffalo.edu.

Local Accommodations
University at Buffalo has 3 campuses: North, South and Downtown. The admissions office and the majority of undergraduate academic departments are on the North Campus. The South Campus houses the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, and the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The Downtown campus is home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Because Buffalo is the second-largest city in the state, there are many nationally affiliated hotels and motels in the metropolitan area. Area maps and a list of accommodations and restaurants are available on our website at: www.buffalo.edu.
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Key Stats

24,444
Applicants
19,829
Size
58%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists