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 2020)

8,339 students
7,309 undergraduate
1,030 graduate

Class Size

  • 91 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Average undergraduate class size is 19
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 16 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate

80 percent (First-time applicants; fall 2020)

College Data


Enrollment Status

Full time: 6,582
Part time: 727
Total: 7,309


African American: 2,346
American Indian: 39 
Asian: 361
Caucasian: 3,205 
Hispanic: 999
Multiracial: 278 
Pacific Islanders: 2 
Non-Resident Alien: 73
Undisclosed: 6  

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 3,597
Niagara County: 495
Metro NYC: 2,174
Other NY State: 848
Other States: 122
International: 73
Unknown: 0


Female: 4,212
Male: 3,097

Age of Students

Under 25: 6,341 
25 and over: 968 

Residence Halls Occupancy



Enrollment Status

Full time: 451
Part time: 579
Total: 1,030


African American: 127
American Indian: 2
Asian: 21
Caucasian: 759 
Hispanic: 67
Multiracial: 26
Pacific Islanders: 3 
Non-Resident Alien: 20
Undisclosed: 5

Geographic Origin

Erie County: 667
Niagara County: 86
Metro NYC: 53
Other NY State: 121
Other States: 82
International: 20
Unknown: 1


Female: 747
Male: 283

Residence Halls Occupancy


Faculty and Staff Profile (Fall 2019)

Full time: 1,207
Part time: 560
Total: 1,767

  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 78%
  • Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 84% 
  • Faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 53

Honors and Distinctions

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

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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
Eight years in a row

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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 for Sixth Straight Year

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Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, 2016