University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

#147 National Colleges

61.08% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

21,760 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential

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The State University of New York at Buffalo, commonly referred to as the University at Buffalo (UB), is a public research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York, United States. The university was founded in 1846 as a private medical college and merged with the State University of New York system in 1962. Along with Stony Brook, it is a flagship institution of the SUNY system. As of fall 2020, the university enrolls 32,347 students in 13 schools and colleges, making it the largest public university in the state of New York.

Since its founding by a group which included future 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 SUNY's only 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 140 areas of study, as well as over 220 master's programs and over 95 doctoral programs, and 55 combined degree programs. The University at Buffalo and the University of Virginia are the only colleges founded by people who became United States Presidents.

The University at Buffalo is classified as an R1 University, meaning 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 head of government, 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.

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Buffalo, New York

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 19.3%
Engineering 15.8%
Social Sciences 15.1%
Psychology 9.8%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 8.1%
Health Professions And Related Programs 6.9%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6.7%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 3.2%
Physical Sciences 2.9%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.4%
Architecture And Related Services 1.6%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.3%
History 1.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.6%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.3%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1254 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 690 640 590
Verbal 650 610 570

ACT Scores

27 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 29 27 24
English 28 25 22