Students at orientation outside at Upton

College Overview

Name:  SUNY Buffalo State College

Founded:  1871

Location:  Buffalo, NY  | 125-acre campus

President:  Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D. | Inaugurated 2014

Designation:  Carnegie Master's 1 institution

Accreditation:  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools | Complete accreditation list

Alumni:  100,000+ around the world; 57,000+ in Western New York

Athletics:  NCAA Division III | 8 men's and 11 women's varsity sports

Enrollment

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)

College Data

Undergraduate

Enrollment Status

Full time: 6,916
Part time: 731
Total: 7,647

Ethnicity

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

Gender

Female: 4,390
Male: 3,257

Age of Students

Under 25: 6,582 
25 and over: 1,065 

Residence Halls Occupancy

2,228

Graduate

Enrollment Status

Full time: 421
Part time: 590
Total: 1,011

Ethnicity

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

Gender

Female: 732
Male: 279

Residence Halls Occupancy

4

Faculty and Staff Profile

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

  • 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

Honors and Distinctions

Community Engagement Classification 2015 

CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index (SMI)
Ranked 32nd nationally, 2019

Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative Member

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award
INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

Military Friendly Schools list

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Since 2006

Washington Monthly: Best Bang for the Buck College and Master's Universities
Buffalo State ranked 76th (out of more than 600 institutions) in the master’s universities category, 2019

Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, 2016