University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University at Buffalo

The State University of New York at Buffalo commonly referred to as University at Buffalo (UB) or SUNY Buffalo, is a public research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York. The university was founded in 1846 as a private medical college and merged with the State University of New York system in 1962. As of Fall 2018, the university enrolls 31,503 students in 13 colleges, making it the largest public university in the state of New York.Since its founding by United States President Millard Fillmore, the university has evolved from a small medical school to a large research university. Today, in addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, the university houses the largest state-operated medical school, dental school, education school, business school, engineering school, and pharmacy school, and is also home to New York’s only state-operated law school. UB has the largest enrollment, largest endowment, and most research funding among the universities in the SUNY system. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 205 master's degrees, 84 doctoral degrees, and 10 professional degrees. The University at Buffalo, along with Vincennes University and the University of Virginia, are the only colleges founded by United States Presidents.The University at Buffalo is classified as an R1 University, meaning that it engages in a very high level of research activity. In 1989, UB was elected to the Association of American Universities, a selective group of major research universities in North America. UB's alumni and faculty have included five Nobel laureates, five Pulitzer Prize winners, one Prime Minister of Somalia, two astronauts, three billionaires, one Academy Award winner, one Emmy Award winner, and Fulbright Scholars.The University at Buffalo intercollegiate athletic teams are the Bulls. They compete in Division I of the NCAA, and are members of the Mid-American Conference.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 20,735 students
  • 0.26 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University at Buffalo

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, and Business.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

15,940 students out of 27,798 applicants were accepted into University at Buffalo. They had an average SAT score of 1197. 66% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 34% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University at Buffalo was $27,068, while for in-state students it was $9,828. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $36,669.

The average financial aid at University at Buffalo is $6,729. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $20,339 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University at Buffalo

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

55% of undergraduate students at University at Buffalo received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University at Buffalo

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University at Buffalo was of $12,477 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,177.

Diversity at University at Buffalo

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017