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 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 College,
State University of New York
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; numerous professional organizations for specific academic programs.
Carnegie Master’s 1 institution
Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D.
Faculty and Staff Profile
Full time: 1,232
Part time: 595
Student Enrollment (Fall 2018)
Admissions Acceptance Rate
58 percent (First-time freshmen; fall 2017)
More than 100,000 alumni living throughout the world; more than 57,000 in Western New York
2018–2019 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*
2018–2019 Graduate Tuition and Fees*
* Costs subject to change. Visit the Student Accounts Office for latest updates.
79 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options and numerous minors and certificates
64 graduate programs, including 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs
Full time: 7,278
Part time: 804
African American: 2,696
American Indian: 26
Pacific Islanders: 5
Non-Resident Alien: 114
Erie County: 3,848
Niagara County: 592
Metro NYC: 2,419
Other NY State: 996
Other States: 93
Under 25: 7,012
25 and over: 1,070
Full time: 416
Part time: 620
African American: 128
American Indian: 3
Pacific Islanders: -
Non-Resident Alien: 27
Erie County: 633
Niagara County: 93
Metro NYC: 83
Other NY State: 135
Other States: 61
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.