Established in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State's long history and commitment to education are the cornerstones of its respected reputation.
The largest comprehensive four-year college in the SUNY system, Buffalo State educates over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year and has an alumni population of 100,000. The college is known for its strong community connections and a continuing commitment to providing high-quality lifelong learning opportunities.
Each year, more than 11,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality and distinctive academic programs.
Enrollment (Fall 2012)
88 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 15 students.
Our Faculty and Staff
Our faculty members are well known for their research and professional practice in their field. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools called Buffalo State's faculty a "major souces of excellence."
1,220 full time
615 part time
48 faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and seven have been honored as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors
There are 100,000+ Buffalo State alumni in the U.S. and around the world.
Our graduates work in the fields of education, the arts, business, computer science, media, politics, and many others.
The Buffalo State Alumni Association coordinates events, services, and benefits for our graduates.
Imagine What Your Life Will Be Like at Buffalo State
What Makes Us Different
Through research, scholarly, and creative activities in all academic disciplines, Buffalo State students become bolder and more confident. At Buffalo State, students learn by doing.
Buffalo State has one of the most diverse student bodies in the SUNY system and has been called the flagship for diversity in the SUNY system. We're diverse in terms of student demographics and in ideas and experiences. It's true: our students come from all walks of life.
Buffalo State's beautiful 125-acre campus is located between the bustling Elmwood Village and the pastoral Delaware Park. Our central placement provides easy access to museums, parklands, shopping, and restaurants.
At Buffalo State, you have access to a top-caliber education that includes small class sizes, personalized attention, and high-quality academics—at a fraction of the cost charged by private institutions.
We offer more than 160 high-quality undergraduate programs with 11 honors options and more than 60 opportunities for graduate study, including 18 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs.
Did You Know?
The campus anchors Buffalo's Elmwood Village, which has been named one of the "Top 10 Great Places in America" by the American Planning Association.
Buffalo State has the newest and most advanced science and technology educational facilities in the area. The $52.3 million Science and Mathematics Complex (Phase I) building and the $36.5 million Technology Building, with smart grid laboratories, opened in 2013.
Buffalo State operates the high-profile Great Lakes Center. The center, with a field station on Buffalo's waterfront and offices on campus, is the leading institute dedicated to the study of the largest system of accessible freshwater on Earth.
Buffalo State's visual arts programs were ranked 13th on College Database’s “Top 50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound” list. The website ranked Buffalo State ahead of Cornell and Yale and just behind the University of Southern California.
Founded in 1871 as a teacher’s college, Buffalo State remains the area's leader in teacher education. Buffalo State is internationally recognized for its Professional Development Schools program and is the only SUNY institution to receive continuous accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since the agency was founded in 1954.
Buffalo State at a Glance
State University of New York
- City of Buffalo
- 125-acre campus
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; numerous professional organizations for specific academic programs [more.]
Carnegie Master’s L institution
Dr. Howard Cohen
Enrollment (Fall 2013)
- 10,665 students
- 9,338 undergraduate
- 1,327 graduate
Faculty and Staff
- 1,220 full time
- 615 part time
- 48 faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and seven have been honored as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors
- 88 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
- Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 15 students
Admissions Acceptance Rate
46 percent (First-time freshmen)
More than 100,000 alumni living throughout the world; more than 57,000 in Western New York
- NCAA Division III
- 8 men's and 11 women's varsity sports
2014–2015 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*
- $6,170 annual (in state)
- $15,820 annual (out of state)
- $1,177 fees
2014–2015 Graduate Tuition and Fees*
- $10,370 annual (in state)
- $20,190 annual (out of state)
- $684.28 annual fees
* Costs subject to change. Visit the Student Accounts Office for latest updates.
- 84 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid
- $12,248 average award package
169 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options
65 graduate programs, including 19 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs
On September 13, the first day of classes, the complement of the new normal school consists of 86 students (75 women, 11 men), Principal Henry B. Buckham, 15 faculty members, and 195 children in the School of Practice.
Buffalo State is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. Buffalo State also is accredited by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York.