Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
Buffalo State has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification.
This is an “elective” classification—institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.
The Carnegie Foundation noted that Buffalo State documented “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practice that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutional practices of community engagement.”
Washington Monthly: Best Bang for the Buck College
Washington Monthly magazine ranked Buffalo State 28th in the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast” category (out of 402 institutions) in the magazine’s 2015 ratings.
Buffalo State is the highest ranked four-year college in Western New York on the Best Bang for the Buck College list, which rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
In the overall rankings, Buffalo State ranks 95th nationally out of 673 institutions in the master’s universities category. Washington Monthly's overall college rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Colleges of Distinction
SUNY Buffalo State has been recognizard as a College of Distinction. This resource gathers the very best colleges and universities in North America and rates them on four qualities of distinctiveness: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
Colleges and universities are nominated for participation through high school counselors' recommendations as well as quantitative research. Each College of Distinction school represents the cutting edge of higher education including experiential learning, study abroad, and internships.
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award
Buffalo State received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the third year Buffalo State has been named a HEED award recipient.
The magazine selected SUNY Buffalo State based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and well as all others.
Buffalo State's College Relations Office is responsible for image and marketing, public and media relations, official web pages, select publications, and internal communication. The office has earned wide national recognition for its work from higher education marketing, advertising, and public relations organizations:
Council for Support and Advancement of Education • State University of New York Council for University Advancement
Addy awards • Admissions Advertising Awards • American Advertising Federation • Council for Support and Advancement of Education • Excalibur awards • Public Relations Society of America • State University of New York Council for University Advancement • University and College Designers Association
Military Friendly Schools
Buffalo State is included on Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Awards
Our students rated the financial aid services best among comprehensive colleges in the SUNY 2012 Student Opinion Survey.
Administered every three years, the survey assesses the quality of student life on campus. When compared with the other 11 university colleges within SUNY, Buffalo State scored highest in student satisfaction with the services provided by Weigel Health Center and the Financial Aid Office, followed by job search assistance, college bookstore services, student input in college policies/plans, and opportunities for community service.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Each year since the inception of the list in 2006, Buffalo State has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its strong commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.