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 nearly 10,000 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, nearly 10,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality and distinctive academic programs.
Enrollment (Fall 2016)
85 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 source of excellence."
1,239 full time
572 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.
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
Buffalo State College,
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.
Faculty and Staff Profile
Full time: 1,239
Part time: 572
- 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%
- 85 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
- Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 15 students
Admissions Acceptance Rate
64 percent (First-time freshmen; fall 2016)
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
2017–2018 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*
- $6,670 annual (in state)
- $16,320 annual (out of state)
- $1,306 fees
- $13,142 room and board
2017–2018 Graduate Tuition and Fees*
- $10,870 annual (in state)
- $22,210 annual (out of state)
- $759 annual fees
* Costs subject to change. Visit the Student Accounts Office for latest updates.
- 77 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid (fall 2016)
- $17,677 average award package for full-time undergraduates
- $13,557 average award package for part-time undergraduates
- $18,838 average award package for first-time freshmen
181 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options
64 graduate programs, including 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs
College Data (Fall 2016)
Full time: 7,598
Part time: 884
African American: 2,620
American Indian: 44
Pacific Islanders: 10
Non-Resident Alien: 118
Erie County: 4,512
Niagara County: 661
Other NY State: 3,691
Outside NY State: 95
Under 25: 7,772
25 and over: 1,415
Residence Halls Occupancy
Full time: 416
Part time: 577
African American: 125
American Indian: 6
Pacific Islanders: -
Non-Resident Alien: 44
Erie County: 676
Niagara County: 100
Other NY State: 250
Outside NY State: 48
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.
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.