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Our Reputation

Established in 1871, 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 more than 10,500 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.


Our Students

Each year, more than 10,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality and distinctive academic programs.

Enrollment (Fall 2014)
10,661 students
1,176 graduate

Class Size
88 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 15 students.

Faculty and Staff

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 source of excellence."


1,220 full time
600 part time

51 faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching since 1973


Our Alumni

There are 100,000+ Buffalo State alumni in the U.S. and around the world; more than 57,000 in Western New York.

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

Buffalo State will open your eyes to new ways of thinking seeing, imagining, and doing. You'll become a critical and creative thinker—skills that employers value in the real world.

What Makes Us Different

Hands-On Learning

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.

Diverse and Creative Environment

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.

In the Heart of Buffalo Cultural Corridor

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.

Smart Educational Investment

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.

High-Quality and Distinctive Academic Programs

We offer more than 170 high-quality undergraduate programs with 11 honors options and more than 60 opportunities for graduate study, including 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs.

Did You Know?

Buffalo State in the Fall

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.

Science and Technology Building

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.

Great Lakes

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.

Fine Arts Students

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.

Mission, Vision, Values


Buffalo State is a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment.


Buffalo State will be a nationally recognized leader in public higher education known for:

  • A caring and rigorous academic environment where lives are transformed through education.
  • The intellectual and creative accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Serving the community, region, state, and nation.


We, the Buffalo State community, are committed to:

  • Access to public higher education.
  • Excellent learning experiences in and out of the classroom.
  • Being student centered.
  • The rigors, joys, and fulfillment of intellectual discovery.
  • Engagement and partnerships with the community.
  • Service to society.
  • Respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Supportive and collegial relationships.
  • Opportunities for individuals to realize their full potential.

Buffalo State at a Glance

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Buffalo State,
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 1 institution

Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner

Students on campus

Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • 10,661 students
  • 9,316 undergraduate
  • 1,176 graduate

Faculty and Staff

  • 1,220 full time
  • 600 part time
  • 51 faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Class Size

  • 88 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 15 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate
49 percent (First-time freshmen)

Alumni Profile
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
Students studying

2015–2016 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $6,470 annual (in state)
  • $16,320 annual (out of state)
  • $1,199 fees
  • $12,472 room and board

2015–2016 Graduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $10,870 annual (in state)
  • $22,210 annual (out of state)
  • $695.28 annual fees

* Costs subject to change. Visit the Student Accounts Office for latest updates.

Financial Aid

  • 84 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid
  • $12,248 average award package

Academic Offerings
176 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options

60 graduate programs, including 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs

Five schools: School of Arts and Humanities; School of Education; School of Natural and Social Sciences; School of the Professions; The Graduate School

Our History

Buffalo State through the Decades

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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.

Our Presidents


Leadership Legacy

A timeline of our presidents—From the principals of the Buffalo Normal School to President Katherine S. Conway-Turner.


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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.

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