Students at orientation outside at Upton

College Overview

Name:  SUNY Buffalo State College

Founded:  1871 (150 years)

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


Student Enrollment (Fall 2021)

7,173 students
6,147 undergraduate
1,026 graduate

Class Size

  • 93.4 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Average undergraduate class size is 18
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 16 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate

84.5 percent (First-time applicants; fall 2021)

College Data


Enrollment Status

Full time: 5,384
Part time: 763
Total: 6,147


African American: 1,810
American Indian: 27
Asian: 342
Hispanic: 790
Multiracial: 266 
Pacific Islanders: 1 
Non-Resident Alien: 57
White: 2,847 
Undisclosed: 7    

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 3,124
Niagara County: 440
Metro NYC: 1,665 
Other NY State: 726
Other States: 135
International: 57
Unknown: 0


Female: 3,487
Male: 2,660

Age of Students

Under 25: 5,270
25 and over: 877

Residence Halls Occupancy



Enrollment Status

Full time: 383
Part time: 643
Total: 1,026


African American: 121
American Indian: 1
Asian: 27
Hispanic: 61
Multiracial: 19
Pacific Islanders: 2 
Non-Resident Alien: 18
White: 773
Undisclosed: 4 

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 646
Niagara County: 98
Metro NYC: 64
Other NY State: 116
Other States: 84
International: 18
Unknown: 0


Female: 762
Male: 264

Residence Halls Occupancy - Currently Open


Faculty and Staff Profile (2021-2022)

Full time: 1,133
Part time: 437
Total: 1,570

  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 77%
  • Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 82% 
  • Faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 53

Honors and Distinctions

Logo for All In - Presidential Commitment

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
Supporting full student voter participation of all eligible students.

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Community Engagement Classification 2015 

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Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE)
Best of District II Award winner

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CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index (SMI)
Ranked 35th nationally, 2020

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Education Digital Marketing Awards winner

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Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative Member

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

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Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness (IDEA) Award
Presented by Buffalo Business First and sponsored by M&T Bank and Phillips Lytle LLP.

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President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Since 2006


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U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges
Buffalo State ranked 10th in the North Region for economic diversity, 20th for social mobility, and tied in 32nd place for top public colleges in the North out of more than 170 institutions in the region.

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Voter Friendly Campus 2021-2022

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

Washington Monthly: Best Colleges for Student Voting

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Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, 2016