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University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

  • Buffalo, NY
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 46%54%
    student ratio
  • 19,831
    total students
  • $5,870 | $17,810
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • 56%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 605
    sat math
  • 556
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 26
    act composite

Overview

About the University at Buffalo, State University of New York

At the University at Buffalo, students and faculty members change the world every day. UB's thinking, research, people, and creative activity transform life around the planet as UB's community members develop the solutions that make real differences.

A History of Prestige

Founded in 1846 as a private medical school, the University at Buffalo is now one of the nation's premier public research universities and SUNY's largest and most comprehensive campus. It was the 1st public university in New York to join North America's leading research universities in the Association of American Universities, and is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. And UB students are frequently recognized for their achievements. Each year, students receive national and international awards such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Morris K. Udall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarships, National Science Foundation grants, and more.

Award-Winning Faculty

At UB, students can work side by side with world-renowned professors who are teachers and mentors deeply committed to students' successes. UB's faculty members have won such prestigious awards as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Science, and the MacArthur Foundation "genius award." More than 180 UB professors have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching -- the most of any SUNY campus.

More Programs, More Options

The University at Buffalo has more than 100 undergraduate degree programs to choose from, so students can explore almost anything they like. In addition to nearly 30 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, UB has schools of architecture and planning, dental medicine, education, engineering and applied sciences, law, management, medicine and biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, public health and health professions, and social work, all in addition to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division.

UB also has more than 50 study abroad programs, with hundreds more available to UB students through the rest of the SUNY system. And the university's student body is so culturally diverse that UB is a national leader in international enrollment.

Academic Life

UB's engaging learning environment means students will have the tools to get serious real-world experience as undergraduates, giving them great advantages when they move on to graduate school or the workplace. A vast array of research opportunities, creative projects, and internships are available to equip students for success in the 21st-century marketplace. The Undergraduate Academies, the Honors College, Discovery Seminars, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities are just a few of the resources that will help students get ahead by getting involved.

UB'sFinish in 4 program guarantees that students graduate on schedule, saving them time and money as they prepare for their careers or graduate school. Eligible freshmen begin personalized contracts that outline conditions both they and the university must fulfill. Students who meet all the conditions of the plan, but are still unable to graduate in 4 years, will have the opportunity to complete the UB courses they need free of any tuition or comprehensive fee charges.

Campus Life

Students come for the great education, but there's far more to life at UB than that. Sports are a big deal, and the UB student identification card gets students into all sporting events free. UB's championship-caliber Division I athletic teams are strong contenders in the Mid-American Conference year after year.

UB sponsors more than 200 student clubs and organizations, from boxing to gospel choir to anime. And with nearly constant events like films, concerts, festivals, and the Distinguished Speaker Series, there is always plenty to do without even leaving campus.

Most of UB's core academic programs take place on the North Campus, just north of the city in suburban Amherst. The university's picturesque South Campus, dedicated mainly to architecture and the health sciences, sits nearby in a residential section of Buffalo. The Stampede bus system connects the 2 campuses, and a subway line takes students right from the South Campus to the city center and the waterfront.

UB's downtown campus, strategically located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Corridor, is in a state of continual growth. The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is breaking ground on new construction and plans to move to downtown by 2016, joining the brand-new Center for Translational Research as well as the New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, the Educational Opportunity Center, and the Jacobs Executive Development Center.

Financial Aid

Students get their money's worth at UB. In 2012 "U.S. News and World Report" ranked UB 19th in the nation for graduating students with the smallest amount of debt -- with more than half of UB students graduating with none at all. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine included UB on its 2013 list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, ranking UB as No. 33 in the nation for in-state student tuition and fees and 27th in value for out-of-state students.

In 2013, UB awarded more than $4 million in merit scholarships to its incoming freshman class. About 70% of students receive some form of financial aid each year. UB attracts academically talented freshmen from across the country and supports the most gifted students with 2- and 4-year merit-based scholarships.

Admissions

Admission to UB is highly competitive and based on consideration of a student's academic record: high school average, rank in class, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT score, and strength of the high school academic program. A student essay, recommendations, documented evidence of exceptional creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service, and special circumstances are also considered.

Among the fall 2013 freshman class, 49% scored 1200 or higher on their SATs (critical reading and math), and 36% were in the top 10% of their high school classes.

Interested students can visit Admissions to learn more about applying to UB. Prospective students can also call UB's Office of Admissions with any questions: 716-645-6900 or toll free: 888-UB-ADMIT

Location

Buffalo is a Great Lakes city on an international border with a metropolitan area population of more than 1 million. It's a place of friendly neighborhoods, with big-city activity for all tastes: professional sports, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and a vibrant theater, restaurant, arts, and music scene, all in a dramatic, historical setting on Lake Erie and the Niagara River -- and just a stone's throw from Canada. Boating, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, and the natural wonder of Niagara Falls are all nearby.


Location & Contact

Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
USA

Barry Taylor

Director of Admissions

Email: ub-admissions@buffalo.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Design/Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioinformatics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biostatistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacology and Toxicology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Structural Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nuclear Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

56% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied23,207
    • Accepted13,134
    • Acceptance Rate56%
    • Enrolled19,831
    • Female Applicants11,441
    • Females Accepted6,330
    • Female Acceptance Rate55%
    • Male Applicants11,766
    • Males Accepted6,804
    • Male Acceptance Rate57%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Architecture requires a portfolio and Dance, Music Theatre, Theatre and Music require an audition
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.20
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 556 500 600
    • SAT Math 605 550 660
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 26 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$5,870
    • Out-of-state tuition *$17,810
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,556.00
    • Room and board *$11,857.00
    • Room only *$6,867.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionMinority Students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students19,831
    • Male Student Percentage54%
    • Female Student Percentage46%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.63%
    • Black or African American6.79%
    • White or Caucasian49.29%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.2%
    • Asian12.78%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races2.02%
    • Unknown5.65%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout16.56% representing 79 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students4% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 35%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other self-defense and awareness programs, security cameras

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes Division 1 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football No No No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,771
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 18,319 students to 1,311 faculty


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