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University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

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University at Buffalo overview
Location Buffalo, New York
Online buffalo.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
University at Buffalo overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University at Buffalo (UB), part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is a public research university established in 1846 and located in Buffalo, New York, within close proximity to the Canadian border and Niagara Falls. Spanning three campuses, North, South, and Downtown, the university is noted for its distinctive mix of contemporary and historic architectural designs, including the iconic brutalist-style Furnas Hall. As one of the largest institutions in the SUNY system, UB offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, with a particularly strong emphasis on health sciences, engineering, and business. UB is regarded as a research-intensive public university, housing plentiful state-of-the-art facilities and promoting a diverse and collaborative academic environment. The school has a moderately selective admissions process and provides on-campus housing options to foster student engagement in the academic community. While UB's athletics, known as the Bulls, are a component of the university, they are not the primary focus of UB's identity.

In the most recent statistical year 30,939 prospective students applied, and 20,948 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,215 enrolled in the school.  26,541 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,558 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,070 plus fees of $3,712. UB is ranked 103 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UB is rated within the top 21% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
University at Buffalo overview
SAT 1190/1380
ACT 25/32
GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

University at Buffalo overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

New York Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University at Buffalo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,712
Room and Board $16,212
Budget for Other Expenses$2,972
Total One Year Cost$31,266

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University at Buffalo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,712
Room and Board $16,212
Budget for Other Expenses$2,972
Total One Year Cost$49,186

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

71% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University at Buffalo students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Social Sciences 16%
Engineering 11%
Psychology 11%
Communication 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196088 IPEDS survey data for University at Buffalo.

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