Students at orientation outside at Upton


Name:  SUNY Buffalo State University

Founded:  1871

Location:  Buffalo, NY  | 125-acre campus

Interim President:  Bonita R. Durand, Ph.D.

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 2022)

6,445 students
5,464 undergraduate
981 graduate

Class Size

  • 91.5 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Average undergraduate class size is 18
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 25 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate

86 percent (First-time applicants; fall 2022)



Enrollment Status

Full time: 4,861
Part time: 603
Total: 5,464


African American: 1,635
American Indian: 25
Asian: 354
Hispanic: 666
Multiracial: 210 
Pacific Islanders: 3 
Non-Resident Alien: 35
White: 2,523 
Undisclosed: 13    

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 2,875
Niagara County: 357
Metro NYC: 1,412
Other NY State: 659
Other States: 126
International: 35
Unknown: 0


Female: 3,083
Male: 2,381

Age of Students

Under 25: 4,820
25 and over: 644

Residence Halls Occupancy



Enrollment Status

Full time: 386
Part time: 595
Total: 981


African American: 123
American Indian: 1
Asian: 35
Hispanic: 57
Multiracial: 15
Pacific Islanders: 1 
Non-Resident Alien: 15
White: 718
Undisclosed: 2 

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 606
Niagara County: 106
Metro NYC: 64
Other NY State: 105
Other States: 85
International: 15
Unknown: 0


Female: 725
Male: 256

Residence Halls Occupancy - Currently Open


Faculty and Staff Profile (Fall 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: 56

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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AmeriCorps School of National Service

Community Engagement logo

Community Engagement Classification 2015 

CASE award logo

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

CollegeNET Logo

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

EDM Awards logo

Education Digital Marketing Awards winner

CUMU logo

Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative Member

HEED 2020 logo

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

Logo for IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness)

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

President's Higher Ed Community Service Logo

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Since 2006


U.S. News Best Colleges logo

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.

Voter-Friendly Campus logo

Voter Friendly Campus 2023-2024

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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