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University at Buffalo Overview

University at Buffalo is a public institution situated in Buffalo, New York. The suburban atmosphere of Buffalo makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is University at Buffalo Known For?

5,623 Undergraduate Awards
$35,955 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at University at Buffalo have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at University at Buffalo.
  • In 2017-2018, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from University at Buffalo with a bachelor's degree make about $52,600 a year. That's 29% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University at Buffalo Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

University at Buffalo has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#113 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at University at Buffalo.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Journalism Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Communication & Media Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Journalism Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Communication & Journalism Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value English Language & Literature Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Writing Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Mental & Social Health Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Rehabilitation Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards University at Buffalo has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Criminal Law and Procedure Schools College Factual
#22 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Schools College Factual
#98 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search
#124 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#204 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#257 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is University at Buffalo?

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Contact details for University at Buffalo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1660
Phone: 716-645-2000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universityatbuffalo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UBCommunity

How Do I Get Into University at Buffalo?

You can apply to University at Buffalo online at: admissions.buffalo.edu/apply/index.php

Admission Requirements for University at Buffalo

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into University at Buffalo?

67% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores
University at Buffalo has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to University at Buffalo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800
University at Buffalo received ACT scores from 19% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University at Buffalo?

$35,955 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of University at Buffalo is $35,955. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At University at Buffalo, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $7,579 a year. That adds up to $30,316 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at University at Buffalo is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University at Buffalo Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,435 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,306 undergraduate students at University at Buffalo, with 20,435 being full-time and 1,871 being part-time.

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There are also 10,041 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,435 full-time undergraduates at University at Buffalo, 55% are male and 45% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University at Buffalo students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,381
Black or African American 1,781
Hispanic or Latino 1,621
White 9,754
International Students 2,324
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,574

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at University at Buffalo. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at University at Buffalo. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University at Buffalo

14,989 Took All Classes Online
29,770 Took At Least One Class Online
282.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 29,770 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at University at Buffalo has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 42nd most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of University at Buffalo

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University at Buffalo was $9,828 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $27,068. The following table shows how University at Buffalo is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Science, Technology & Society #1 #1
Other Library & Archives Assisting #4 #1
Industrial Engineering #34 #40
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #43 #61
Library Science #52 #67
Library & Information Science #58 #76

Online Affordability Rankings of University at Buffalo Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University at Buffalo was $10,526 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $28,196. The following table shows how University at Buffalo is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Science, Technology & Society #4 #4
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #38 #65
Teacher Education Subject Specific #45 #72
Instructional Media Design #52 #112

Online Growth Rankings of University at Buffalo

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University at Buffalo was 282.9%. This is the #226 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at University at Buffalo regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of University at Buffalo majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 22%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 28%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at University at Buffalo ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at University at Buffalo.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Science, Technology & Society #1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #7
Instructional Media Design #7
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #15
Teacher Education Grade Specific #20
Teacher Education Subject Specific #28
Nursing #32
Education #58
Health Professions #130

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University at Buffalo Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 770 1 182 0 953
General Psychology 0 648 0 20 0 668
Computer Information Systems 14 0 0 403 22 439
Communication & Media Studies 12 355 0 9 1 377
General Biology 0 322 0 32 3 357
General Social Sciences 0 333 0 0 0 333
Mechanical Engineering 0 250 10 51 11 322
Social Work 0 0 0 247 1 248
Computer Science 0 245 0 0 0 245
Electrical Engineering 0 133 0 65 8 206
Civil Engineering 0 135 0 49 15 199
Industrial Engineering 0 55 0 130 11 196
Accounting 0 131 0 64 0 195
Nursing 0 139 1 2 49 191
Sociology 0 152 0 17 4 173
Economics 0 137 0 21 4 162
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 11 0 20 125 156
Public Health 0 77 10 56 8 151
Medicine 0 0 0 0 148 148
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 43 1 58 44 146
Law 0 0 0 0 146 146
Political Science & Government 0 135 0 1 1 137
Chemical Engineering 0 82 0 36 13 131
Biomedical Engineering 0 68 0 47 7 122
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 101 0 17 3 121
General English Literature 0 69 0 32 13 114
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 79 0 18 10 107
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 107 107
Mathematics 0 102 0 2 1 105
Information Science 0 0 0 102 0 102
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 3 83 7 94
Communication Sciences 0 50 0 29 11 90
History 0 67 0 10 9 86
Educational Administration 0 0 34 45 6 85
General Architecture 0 74 0 9 0 83
Chemistry 0 55 0 5 23 83
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 78 0 0 1 79
Fine & Studio Arts 0 55 0 18 0 73
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 57 0 10 5 72
International Business 0 66 0 2 0 68
Geography & Cartography 0 36 0 20 7 63
Applied Mathematics 0 8 0 54 0 62
General Engineering 0 0 0 60 0 60
Physics 0 21 0 11 17 49
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 42 0 42
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 29 0 10 3 42
Computer Engineering 0 40 0 0 0 40
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 40 0 40
Anthropology 0 28 0 5 7 40
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 13 11 15 39
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 20 0 5 11 36
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 28 8 0 36
Environmental Design 0 34 0 0 0 34
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 26 0 1 6 33
Environmental Engineering 0 31 0 0 0 31
Romance Languages 0 27 0 1 3 31
Drama & Theater Arts 0 26 0 5 0 31
General Education 0 0 0 30 0 30
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 26 3 29
Educational Assessment 0 0 29 0 0 29
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 27 2 29
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 9 16 0 25
Philosophy 0 18 0 6 1 25
Area Studies 0 8 0 9 7 24
Music 0 9 0 6 9 24
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 22 0 22
Ethnic Studies 0 17 0 1 3 21
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 6 14 1 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 20 0 0 0 20
Real Estate Development 0 0 0 19 0 19
Biotechnology 0 14 0 5 0 19
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 19 0 19
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 19 0 0 19
Natural Resources Conservation 0 19 0 0 0 19
Criminology 0 19 0 0 0 19
Information Technology 0 0 18 0 0 18
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 2 1 8 6 17
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 8 9 17
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 17 17
Student Counseling 0 0 3 11 3 17
Statistics 0 16 0 0 0 16
Writing Studies 9 0 6 0 0 15
Dance 0 15 0 0 0 15
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 10 4 14
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 4 7 11
Classical Languages & Literature 0 5 0 4 2 11
Allied Health Professions 0 10 0 0 0 10
Special Education 0 0 9 0 0 9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 8 8
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 8 0 8
Sustainability Science 0 0 8 0 0 8
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 8 8
Genetics 0 0 0 6 1 7
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 7 7
Systems Theory 0 0 0 6 0 6
Urban Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Journalism 5 0 0 0 0 5
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 4 0 4
Computational Science 0 0 1 3 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 4 0 4
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 2 2 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 2 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 0 2 0 0 2
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 2 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 2 0 2
Historic Preservation 0 0 2 0 0 2
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 2 0 2
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 1 1
Quality Control Technology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Engineering Physics 0 1 0 0 0 1
Data Science 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0 0
Data Processing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dental Support Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Transportation & Materials Moving 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 40 5,583 218 2,450 987 9,278

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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