SUNY Buffalo State in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

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SUNY Buffalo State offers 417-degree programs and 6 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 62%. The most popular test is SAT - 84% of students submitted it in comparison to 7% of students who submitted ACT. 40.3% are women, and 59.7% are men. 13% percents of international students. SUNY Buffalo State is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at SUNY Buffalo State is 11899$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $12254 and $22474 per year. 47% of full-time SUNY Buffalo State students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $38,100, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The SUNY Buffalo State is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, SUNY Buffalo State students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,703
$30,001 - $48,000$9,883
$48,001 - $75,000$14,921
$75,001 - $110,000$16,738

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 7342

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    6684 of SUNY Buffalo State undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 71 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes SUNY Buffalo State number 55 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in New York.

    Students at SUNY Buffalo State awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in SUNY Buffalo State.


    ROTC - Army

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • Member of other national athletic association not listed above
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    SUNY Buffalo State graduation rate is below the national average.

    47% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to SUNY Buffalo State completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    7 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    • Secondary school rank
    • Recommendations

    Neither required nor recommended:

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      SUNY Buffalo State acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 5% only.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so SUNY Buffalo State acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 5% only.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The SUNY Buffalo State full-time retention rate is 71% and part-time retention rate is 38%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking SUNY Buffalo State students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      800 - 1000

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 400 - 500
      Math: 400 - 500
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking SUNY Buffalo State students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      16 - 22

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 0 - 0
      Math: 0 - 0
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at SUNY Buffalo State is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In SUNY Buffalo State the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at SUNY Buffalo State and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in New York.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Buffalo State College

      The campus located by 1300 Elmwood Ave address in Buffalo, New York.


      Buffalo State College in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of SUNY Buffalo State with 0.46% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Buffalo State College are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      SUNY Buffalo State offers 417 programs in total: 240 are for Bachelor's degree, 138 - for Master's degree, 33 - for Post-master's certificate, and 6 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

      This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 26 universities in Erie county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. SUNY Buffalo State is one of the few institutions in Erie that offers a Master's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 6 distance education programs that are offered in the SUNY Buffalo State: 3 are for Master's degree and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the New York state average data to help you compare.


      SUNY Buffalo State provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 8746 students with 262383 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 827 with 19840 credit hours.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for SUNY Buffalo State

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      This is a really wonderful University. The education is high quality for a low price. The teachers all have varied personal and professional life histories, and want students to succeed. The academic student body is one of the most diverse in Buffalo and actually represents the population of Buffalo. The school offers free admission to the Burchfield Penny and discounted admission to the Albright Knox, the two largest art museums in the area. And with your student fee, the school purchases a transit pass to encourage public transportation. There are gym facilities, a pool, a track, gym courts and an ice rink which is free for students to use. The art program is the most diverse in the SUNY system and is very highly rated. There are opportunities for woodshop, jewelry design, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, drawing, painting and independent exploration. I'm an Economics major and the teachers have all been excellent. Many of my teachers are professional CFAs and CPAs and are networking opportunities themselves. The Art department's student organization offers free figure drawing in Upton hall which is open to the public. The campus is also extremely safe and not only have I never had a problem, but don't know anyone who has. There are so many advantages to this college over others in the area. Please do not turn the college down based on the bad google reviews, they have to be outliers. Go to the school and ask around. Visit for the day outside of a tour and sit in the Union or go to figure drawing and meet current students. Drop by a building and sit in on a class, after politely asking the teacher. Or just look through the library's selection of books. These are ways to tell if you would really like a school, definitely not based on the opinions of another person including myself.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Transformational is how I would explain my experience at Buffalo State. Granted, I was enrolled in the online graduate program so I cannot comment on the location, facilities, or undergraduate offerings. I can tell you that the graduate staff at Buffalo State is tremendously helpful and accommodating. I enjoyed the Adult Education Program so much that I am continuing to take classes even after meeting my requirements for the M.S. so I can prepare for a transfer into a doctorate. If you're looking for quality distance learning, Buffalo State is the place to be.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      This school is great. I go here for the combined program of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. The professors in the Education program are passionate with what they do and are always willing to help you out. I know my professors on a one on one basis and even had the pleasure of going to a professor's house to eat dinner with her, other education professors, and fellow students in the Dean's Honors Program. I am in the Elementary Education Club and it is a great resume builder and a GREAT way to to get in touch with the education professors and seniors. They have given me so much advice and helped me out greatly in picking out classes. Every now and then they bring dogs into the Student Union to help with stress. My grades are awesome. If I am struggling, the professors are more than willing to help with office hours. Greek life is huge here. I am planning on joining a sorority once I get a GPA (I am a first semester freshman currently and it is is an honors sorority). There is no hazing with the Greek organization I am trying to get in to. I am also planning on joining the elementary education honor society as well! I love it here! DO NOT believe what people tell you about Buff State. The only people that say negative things about it are the ones that HAVE NOT attended this school and do not know what they are talking about. I am paying way less for my degree than my friends that chose to go the private route. Same degree but I am walking away with no debt. They didn't want to go to Buff State because of what they heard. I did not believe it and wanted to try it for myself. Best decision. Don't pay $20,000 a year for the same degree when you can go to Buff State and have an amazing 4 years.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I'm posting as a former prof. The great majority of the professors there are highly qualified, dedicated, but poorly-paid adjuncts. (I'm giving it a low rating partly because of the piss-poor pay.) I liked the place (the diversity, the challenges) but I just couldn't afford to keep working there. The caliber of the students varies wildly from year to year, dept. to dept. 1/3 of the students are what we'd normally consider "college material." Another 1/3 struggle, fail, get back up and keep going, w/ a ton of help and tough love from faculty and support staff (though they have to be willing to get and make use of that help) . The last 1/3 should not be in college at all -- they're not ready, interested, or willing to do the work., and are often very bad behavioral problems. The administration has been cracking down, but they HAVE to find better ways of weeding out the trouble-makers. Beyond that, the Buff State experience will be what you make of it.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I graduated from Buff State in 2005 and had a very positive experience here. Besides the infamous parking, which is the worst you can say about it, the classes for the most part were challenging but not impossible, a very good staff of professors (thanks again, after all these years, Dr. Ron Stewart) and a sociology degree that helped land me my career job within one year. A good, affordable 4-year college that I would recommend.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1300 Elmwood Ave


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +7168784000

      Institution is active in current year: 1

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