University at Buffalo

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Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo (UB) was purchased by the State of New York in 1962. Prior to that it was a private institution. The university became a flagship school in the State University of New York system. The school is a research-intensive institution and prides itself on the innovative thinking, resilient optimism and pragmatic dreaming of their students. The school offers over one hundred undergraduate degrees, over two hundred master’s programs, nearly ninety doctorates and about ten professional certificates.

The University at Buffalo offers a wide variety of student activities including student clubs and organizations, Greek life, an NCAA athletics club, and both club and intramural sports. The school also has an expansive study-abroad program that has exchange agreements with nearly eighty institutions around the world.


UB has an impressive array of 13 colleges and schools in which students may earn a degree including Architecture & Planning, Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Public Health & Health Professions, Law, Management, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Social Work and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division. The administration advocates a robust technology plan, and was recognized on the Yahoo! list of “Most Wired Universities.”

The University at Buffalo offers more than one hundred undergraduate degrees in many standard subject areas, such as anthropology, biology, art, physics, psychology and literature; but it also offers degrees in many not-so-standard subjects as environmental geosciences, nuclear medicine technology, global gender studies and bioinformatics and computational biology.

Students who are motivated have the opportunity to earn a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in as little as five years in numerous areas including aerospace engineering/business administration, civil engineering, economics/business administration, geography and exercise science/nutrition. Most of these programs shorten the time that it would traditionally take to earn both degrees by nine to fifteen credit hours.

Students seeking a graduate degree have an extensive array of choices at the University at Buffalo. The university offers such professional schools as a law school, a med school, a pharmacology school, a dental school and literally hundreds of individual programs. Students may pursue master’s degrees or doctorates as well as professional certificates.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Research Institute on Addictions has been studying the etiology, prevention and treatment of numerous addictions for over forty years. It studies the psychological, social and neurophysiological aspects of addiction as well as the medical and health aspects in an attempt to understand, treat and prevent numerous forms of addiction.

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides degrees and majors in chemical and biological engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and several other options. It is consistently ranked as one of the country’s best engineering schools.

The University at Buffalo believes that study abroad provides students with a wonderful opportunity to earn a degree in global environment, and the school works in conjunction with nearly eighty institutions all over the world to provide students with this chance. Compared to other institutions, an inordinate number of UB students take advantage of the chance to learn abroad for either a term, a semester or a full year.


Because admissions are highly competitive at the University at Buffalo, its students are exceptionally talented. Admitted students should have completed a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. This coursework is not required but is highly suggested as adequate preparation. The curriculum includes four years each of English and social studies and three years each of science, a second language, and college-preparatory mathematics (for example, Algebra I, Algebra II, calculus and trigonometry).

Students who are admitted to UB but have not completed the above curriculum may be required to complete coursework in addition to the general undergraduate requirements. UB admissions personnel consider high school grade point average, class rank, and standardized test scores equally when determining a student’s eligibility for admissions. The highest standardized test scores from different dates are used as considerations. Letters of recommendation are not required, nor are students’ personal essays, but both are considered helpful when determining an applicant’s eligibility.

Because graduate programs have varying requirements, students should contact the program in which they are interested in order to determine admission requirements.

Financial Aid

UB advocates students filling out their FAFSA prior to any other financial aid inquiries. It is this document that will determine a student’s eligibility for Pell Grants, SEOG, Work-Study, Perkins Loans, and Federal Direct Student Loans. The Honors Program provides top freshman students with renewable awards up to the full cost of attendance, as well as various benefits such as priority registration, faculty mentorship, research opportunities, and special seminars.

The University at Buffalo Scholars Program recognizes talented freshman students with renewable scholarships support, as well as special advising opportunities. Other scholarship opportunities exist for students in specific fields and who demonstrate particular abilities and accomplishments. The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the FAFSA which is available online starting in January.

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UB welcomes high-profile entertainment and provides culturally valuable diversions for its student body. Entertainers and speakers to visit the UB campus include Andy Rooney, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, and Jane Goodall. The Center for the Arts is a $50 million facility that can accommodate thousands of guests for theatrical and musical performances. The University provides “Shared Interest Housing” that incorporates small groups of like-minded and similarly interested students creating an opportunity for discussion, debate, and community learning.

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The University at Buffalo Bulls compete in the NCAA Division I-A and in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Sports include football, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, women’s rowing, and men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track. The Bulls’ football team play home games in UB Stadium, as do the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The $23 million facility seats just over 29,000 visitors and has hosted some of the most prestigious track, field, and intercollegiate athletic competitions in the world. It includes a 400-meter, eight-lane track and houses administrative offices as well as locker space for 800 athletes. Alumni Arena is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, wrestling team, and the volleyball team. It boasts the country’s largest “free-floating” hardwood floor and $1.5 million in outdoor playing fields as well. It can seat over 6,000 spectators and includes facilities for weight and endurance training, and Olympic-size swimming pool, diving well, a triple gymnasium, and a dance studio. Playing fields include soccer fields, field hockey facilities, softball fields, and multipurpose fields.

Local Community

Among its many recognitions, Buffalo has been called the “City with a Heart,” an “All-America City,” and the “20 Minute City,” signifying its location near a plethora of entertaining and enjoyable venues. Cultural attractions include the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hallwall’s Contemporary Arts Center. Buffalo is also home to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, a Triple-A baseball team, a professional soccer team, and a Major Indoor Lacrosse League team. It has also been recognized as having the highest percentage of summer sunshine in the State of New York.


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Ranks 37th in New York and 326th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 376th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 14 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.03
Robbery 19 0.07
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 73 0.25
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 11 0.04
Arrest 81 0.28

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,634 0.62
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 36 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.05
Robbery 1,459 0.56
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,473 1.70
Larceny 8,711 3.32
Vehicle theft 1,121 0.43

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3626

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 931st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $17,810
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,341 $2,341 $2,341
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $742
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,832 $1,832 $1,832
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,316 $23,316 $35,256
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,266 $24,266 $36,206
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,699 $12,699 $24,639

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $32,190 $57,380
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,832 $1,832
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $27,740 $62,950
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $1,832 $1,832
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $22,610 $43,840
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,832 $1,832
Law Degree — Tuition $21,970 $38,040
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,832 $1,832

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,482 $7,989 $7,482 $7,989 $16,932 $18,609
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,004 $1,034
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,728 $11,310
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,937 $1,994
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,728 $11,310
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,085 $3,177
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,085 $3,177

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 23,093 (11,730 male / 11,363 female)
Admitted 13,053 (6,773 male / 6,280 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 3,669 (1,996 male / 1,673 female)
FT Enrollment 3,650 (1,986 male / 1,664 female)
PT Enrollment 19 (10 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment29,850

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-American Conference

ACT Test Admission

236th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 32%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

278th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 72%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 660
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,606
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,867
Board Fee$4,700

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 182nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $103,571 ($111,905 male / $88,014 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,121 (700 male / 421 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,242
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $119,500,460
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