SUNY Buffalo State

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1300 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#101 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY Buffalo State is a public institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,747, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 125 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY Buffalo State's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,022 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,972 (2013-14).

SUNY Buffalo State stands out from other SUNY schools with its large variety of about 160 undergraduate programs. Students have more than 40 clubs and organizations to consider joining, as well as more than 20 fraternities and sororities. The Buffalo State Bengals compete in the NCAA Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference, though the Bengals football team is a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Since SUNY Buffalo State is largely considered a commuter school, it offers a Commuter Assistance Program (CAP) to help local freshmen transition into college life without living on campus. For graduate students, SUNY Buffalo State has a Department of Speech-Language Pathology, among other academic departments. Notable alumni of SUNY Buffalo State include Stan Szymanski, senior vice president of digital production at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and author David Lazerson.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

SUNY Buffalo State is committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the college is to inspire a lifelong passion for learning, and to empower a diverse population of students to succeed as citizens of a challenging world. Toward this goal, and in order to enhance the quality of life in Buffalo and the larger community, the College is dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship, cultural enrichment, and service. SUNY Buffalo State will be a nationally recognized leader in public higher education, known: for the intellectual and creative accomplishments of its faculty, staff, and students; as a caring academic environment where lives are transformed through education and each individual is valued; and as an institution that serves to improve our region, our nation, and our world, one student at a time. SUNY Buffalo State has established the following priorities that reflect our values and will enable the college to implement its mission statement during the next three to five years: to promote success in teaching and learning both within and beyond the classroom; to maintain a nurturing and intellectually vital environment; and to recruit and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We, the SUNY Buffalo State community, are committed to: 1) Access to quality public higher education 2) The rigors, joys, and fulfillment of intellectual discovery 3) The opportunity for individuals to realize their potential and 4) Service to society.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $24,056,765


Interested in applying to SUNY Buffalo State? The application fee at SUNY Buffalo State is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.8 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.8%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY Buffalo State is 16:1, and the school has 49.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY Buffalo State include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 24%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

SUNY Buffalo State has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,747, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84 percent of students live off campus. SUNY Buffalo State is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,781
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY Buffalo State offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY Buffalo State also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY Buffalo State, 52 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY Buffalo State.

Students who have cars on campus 52%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY Buffalo State, 73.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,966.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,022 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,972 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,288 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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