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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 9,100 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 2015)
9,187 students
8,137 undergraduate
1,050 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."


1,226 full time
631 part time

Number of faculty with tenure: 273
Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 78.7%
Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 86.5% 

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.

Buffalo State at a Glance

Rockwell Hall

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

Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D.

Students on campus

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

  • 9,187 students
  • 8,137 undergraduate
  • 1,050 graduate


  • 1,220 full time
  • 600 part time
  • 49 faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and seven have been honored as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors

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
62 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

2016–2017 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $6,470 annual (in state)
  • $16,320 annual (out of state)
  • $1,231 fees
  • $13,142 room and board

2016–2017 Graduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $10,870 annual (in state)
  • $22,210 annual (out of state)
  • $711.28 annual fees

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

Financial Aid

  • 82 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid
  • $12,451 average award package

Academic Offerings
177 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options

63 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

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 College will be a nationally recognized leader in public higher education known for

  • its caring and rigorous academic environment where lives are transformed through education;
  • the intellectual and creative accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni;
  • its cross-culturally competent community dedicated to developing leaders for an increasingly global society.


We, the Buffalo State community, are committed to:

  • actively facilitating 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, applied learning, and partnerships with the community;
  • social responsibility;
  • respect for diversity and individual differences;
  • supportive and collegial relationships;
  • opportunities for individuals to realize their full potential.

History: Buffalo State Through the Decades


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 Interim President Howard Cohen.


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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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