SUNY College At Buffalo

SUNY College At Buffalo

Buffalo State College, often referred to as Buff State or SUNY College at Buffalo, is a public, liberal arts college in Buffalo, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It was originally founded in 1871 as the Buffalo Normal School. The college enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduate and over 2,000 graduate students. SUNY College at Buffalo confers many degrees and certificates in different areas of study.

The athletics department of the college offers various sports teams that go by the name of Bengals. Some of the notable graduates and faculties of the college are Diane English, TV producer; Tom Fontana, writer and producer; Les Krims, photographer; and Ginny Ryan, news anchor at 13 WHAM TV in Rochester.

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SUNY College at Buffalo
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo , NY 14222
General Phone: (716) 878-4000

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Buffalo State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,037multilingual education, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, education of speech impaired, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, agricultural teaching, ...
Liberal Arts534French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, applied economics, ...
Business and Management136business management
Media128communication studies, communication and journalism, radio and TV tech
Security and Law Enforcement94criminal justice and safety
Science78biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology
Family and Social Work66social work
Hospitality66hospitality management
Therapy and Counseling64psychology
Construction Trades59apparel and textiles
Computer Science and Engineering56information science
Design50design and visual communication
Mathematics39mathematics, systems science and theory
Engineering Technician38electronics tech, electromechanical tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering tech
Fine Arts26art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Art Studies23art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11dietitian
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Photography and Commercial Art3photography, printmaking

Number of programs and degrees for Buffalo State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,76758
Master's degree75726
Post-master's certificate112

Buffalo State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Buffalo State had a total enrollment of 10,993 students (9,635 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 13%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 24%
22-24 26%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York98%
(International Students)1%

Buffalo State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 36 %

Buffalo State Room and Board (2007)

Buffalo State offers campus housing for 1,700 of its 9,635 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Buffalo, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Buffalo State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450530
SAT Math460550
SAT Writing430520

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Buffalo State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,375
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,375
Room and board $ 9,064
Room charge $ 5,354
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,710
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,200

Financial Aid:
Buffalo State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 284200)

Buffalo State Faculty

Buffalo State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4379
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2131

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$98,7674$108,932
Associate professorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$97,5166$105,134

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year68$86,47825$86,129
Associate professoracademic year97$71,40861$69,071
Assistant professoracademic year39$60,14376$58,381
Lectureracademic year19$44,95231$47,817
All faculty totalacademic year223$71,779193$63,657

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Buffalo State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New Jersey Athletic Conference
Basketball State University of New York Athletic Conference
Track State University of New York Athletic Conference

Buffalo State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Science/Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Applied Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Buffalo State Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 6%Buffalo State % of degrees in education and teaching
Number of degree programs
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Top 6%Buffalo State Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Buffalo State Number of students
% of degrees in design
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 11%Buffalo State % of degrees in design
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Buffalo State % of degrees in mathematics
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Buffalo State Female % of student body
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Buffalo State Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Buffalo State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Buffalo State % of degrees in media
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 19%Buffalo State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in construction trades
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Top 20%Buffalo State % of degrees in construction trades

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