#26 Best Public Universities in New York

SUNY College at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

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SUNY College at Buffalo overview
Location Buffalo, New York
Online buffalostate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
SUNY College at Buffalo overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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SUNY College at Buffalo, also known as Buffalo State College, is a public institution that was founded in 1871 as a teacher training center and now encompasses a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Occupying a 125-acre urban campus in Buffalo, New York, the college serves as a hub of academic activity near the Canada-U.S. border, just a short drive from Niagara Falls. Architecturally, the campus blends historic and modern styles, reflecting both its rich past and contemporary direction. With a heterogeneous student population, Buffalo State offers on-campus housing options to foster an inclusive educational environment. The college has a moderately selective admissions process and is noted for its strong programs in education, fine arts, and design, among others. While not primarily recognized for its athletics, it competes in the NCAA Division III as the Bengals across various sports.

In the most recent statistical year 12,292 prospective students applied, and 10,569 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,252 enrolled in the school.  5,247 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,198 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,070 plus fees of $1,416. Buffalo State College is ranked 665 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Buffalo State College is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
SUNY College at Buffalo overview
SAT 940/1178
GPA 2.84

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

New York Resident Tuition

In State Costs for SUNY College at Buffalo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,038
Other Fees$1,416
Room and Board $14,386
Budget for Other Expenses$3,788
Total One Year Cost$27,698

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for SUNY College at Buffalo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,038
Other Fees$1,416
Room and Board $14,386
Budget for Other Expenses$3,788
Total One Year Cost$37,608

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by SUNY College at Buffalo students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 26%
Business 12%
Social Sciences 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196130 IPEDS survey data for SUNY College at Buffalo.

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