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Cheering Buffalo State students at commencement ceremony.

Our Reputation

Established in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State College'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.

Buffalo State at a Glance

Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall on Elmwood Avenue.

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.

Complete accreditation list.

Carnegie Master’s 1 institution

Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D.

Buffalo State faculty member addresses students in classroom.

Faculty and Staff Profile

Full time: 1,206
Part time: 578
Total: 1,784

  • Number of faculty with tenure: 240
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 76.8%
  • Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 84.1% 
  • Faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 53

Student Enrollment (Fall 2019)

8,658 students
7,647 undergraduate
1,011 graduate

Class Size

  • 94 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 16 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate
68 percent (First-time applicants; fall 2019)

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
Buffalo State students studying in library.

2019–2020 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $7,070 annual (in state)
  • $16,980 annual (out of state)
  • $1,402 fees

2019–2020 Graduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $11,310 annual (in state)
  • $23,100 annual (out of state)
  • $833 annual fees

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

Financial Aid 

  • 87.6 percent of students receive financial aid (fall 2019)
  • $15,687 average award package for full-time undergraduates

Academic Offerings
79 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options and numerous minors and certificates

64 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

College Data (Fall 2019)


Enrollment Status

Full time: 6,916
Part time: 731

Total: 7,647



African American: 2,404
American Indian: 28 
Asian: 341
Caucasian: 3,438 
Hispanic: 1,028
Multiracial: 294 
Pacific Islanders: 5 
Non-Resident Alien: 98
Undisclosed: 11  


Geographic Origin

Erie County: 3,748
Niagara County: 583
Metro NYC: 2,160
Other NY State: 989
Other States: 87
International: 76
Unknown: 4



Female: 4,390
Male: 3,257


Age of Students

Under 25: 6,582 
25 and over: 1,065 


Residence Halls Occupancy



Enrollment Status

Full time: 421
Part time: 590

Total: 1,011



African American: 133
American Indian: 2
Asian: 15
Caucasian: 755 
Hispanic: 59
Multiracial: 25
Pacific Islanders: 1 
Non-Resident Alien: 19
Undisclosed: 2


Geographic Origin

Erie County: 668
Niagara County: 95
Metro NYC: 64
Other NY State: 112
Other States: 61
International: 16
Unknown: 3



Female: 732
Male: 279


Residence Halls Occupancy


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.


Award ribbon

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; (267) 284-5000. 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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