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Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Buffalo State 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.”

Community Engagement at Buffalo State

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CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index (SMI)

The SMI ranks four-year U.S. colleges and universities according to how effectively they enroll economically disadvantaged students and graduate them into well-paying jobs. Buffalo State has risen 100 positions on the SMI, ranking 132nd in 2016, 102nd in 2017, 82nd in 2018, and 32nd in 2019. Buffalo State is the highest-ranked four-year institution in Western New York on the list, and the second highest among SUNY schools.

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Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative Member

Buffalo State has been selected as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative. It joins 30 other U.S. college and universities for inclusion in the national collaboration designed to develop and share new strategies for deploying higher education’s intellectual and place-based resources to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities they serve.

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award

Buffalo State received the 2019 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 seventh year Buffalo State has been named a HEED award recipient.

Equity and Campus Diversity

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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.

Veterans and Military Programs


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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.

Civic and Community Engagement

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SUNY Student Opinion Survey

Buffalo State students rated the financial aid services as the best among SUNY comprehensive colleges in the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey. High marks were also recorded for the college’s computer network, student health services, and job search assistance, among others.



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Washington Monthly: Best Bang for the Buck College and Master's Universities

Washington Monthly magazine ranked Buffalo State 76th (out of more than 600 institutions) in the master’s universities category in the magazine’s 2019 ratings.

Buffalo State was also recognized in the regional “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast” category, ranking 49th out of more than 360 four-year colleges and universities in the northeast. Buffalo State’s undergraduate in-state full-time tuition and fees are the lowest among all four-year colleges and universities in Western New York.

Tuition and Fees

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The Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

Buffalo State is among five colleges and universities from across the country chosen to share in the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards presented by The Washington Center. Recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars established this award to celebrate institutions in higher education where the commitment to leadership extends into civic roles in the communities beyond their own campuses. The award aims to highlight, in particular, institutions that are forging transformational partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional, or international level.


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Market Recognition

Buffalo State's Marketing and Communications 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

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