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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 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.

A group of Buffalo State students gather outside of Rockwell Hall.

Our Students

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

Enrollment (Fall 2016)
9,475 students
8,482 undergraduate
993 graduate

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

Buffalo State faculty and staff march at annual Convocation ceremony.

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.

A large, diverse group of students and alumni cheer from the bleachers of Buffalo State's homecoming game.

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

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: 1,232
Part time: 595
Total: 1,827

  • Number of faculty with tenure: 261
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 77.8%
  • Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 86% 
  • Faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 53

Student Enrollment (Fall 2018)

9,118 students
8,082 undergraduate
1,036 graduate

Class Size

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

Admissions Acceptance Rate
58 percent (First-time freshmen; fall 2017)

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.

2018–2019 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $6,870 annual (in state)
  • $16,650 annual (out of state)
  • $1,340 fees

2018–2019 Graduate Tuition and Fees*

  • $11,090 annual (in state)
  • $22,650 annual (out of state)
  • $787 annual fees

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

Financial Aid 

  • 89 percent of students receive financial aid (fall 2017)
  • $17,443 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 2018)


Enrollment Status

Full time: 7,278
Part time: 804

Total: 8,082



African American: 2,696
American Indian: 26 
Asian: 292
Caucasian: 3,600 
Hispanic: 1,047
Multiracial: 291 
Pacific Islanders: 5 
Non-Resident Alien: 114
Undisclosed: 11  


Geographic Origin

Erie County: 3,848
Niagara County: 592
Metro NYC: 2,419
Other NY State: 996
Other States: 93
International: 114
Unknown: 20



Female: 4,578
Male: 3,504


Age of Students

Under 25: 7,012 
25 and over: 1,070 


Residence Halls Occupancy



Enrollment Status

Full time: 416
Part time: 620

Total: 1,036



African American: 128
American Indian: 3
Asian: 25
Caucasian: 749 
Hispanic: 78
Multiracial: 25
Pacific Islanders: - 
Non-Resident Alien: 27
Undisclosed: 1


Geographic Origin

Erie County: 633
Niagara County: 93
Metro NYC: 83
Other NY State: 135
Other States: 61
International: 27
Unknown: 4



Female: 730
Male: 306


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; (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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