Buffalo Colleges and Schools

Students attending colleges in Buffalo may belong to a relatively young city population, given the high percentage of college students and millennials. Located on Lake Erie, Buffalo has a rapidly developing waterfront and one of the nation's most advanced medical corridors. The city has a neighborly vibe, and the cost of living is low. For recreation, students can enjoy skiing less than an hour from downtown, and hiking trails in Allegheny National Forest and Letchworth State Park.

The Buffalo Public Schools has a Middle Early College High School that allows students to earn dual credits — their high school diploma and college credits from local colleges in Buffalo.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Buffalo

There are several trade and vocational colleges in Buffalo that can provide education programs in a wide range of fields, from healthcare and cosmetology, truck driving, and business and information technology, among many others.

At Trocaire College, a coeducational Catholic school, their most popular certificate program is licensed practical/vocational nurse training; their most popular associate degree program is for registered nurse training.

Erie Community College is the largest two-year institution in Buffalo. It offers 30 certificate and associate degree programs, some of which are available online. Child care and transportation services are available to students.

Fun Facts about Buffalo Colleges and Universities

There are two major universities in Buffalo as well as smaller institutions that award bachelor's degrees.

The University at Buffalo offers an extensive array of undergrad degree programs and campus activities, with more than 300 student clubs, Greek life and a Division I athletics program. Students can study abroad in 30 countries. One summer architecture program takes place in the parks, cafés and museums of Barcelona.

Students at SUNY Buffalo State University can choose from dozens of undergraduate degree programs and 100 clubs and activities. Buffalo State has a history of community engagement; in 2015, the university was awarded the Community Engagement Classification from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation.

Graduate Schools in Buffalo

At the University at Buffalo, popular graduate degree programs are business administration, speech communication and social work.

The most popular graduate degree programs at SUNY Buffalo State University are in Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies.

At three private nonprofit Buffalo colleges — D'Youville College, Canisius College, and Medaille College — students can pursue advanced degrees in fields such as business, education, nursing, counseling, and natural sciences.

Additional opportunities for higher education can be found throughout the state. Visit our New York colleges page to learn more.


  • Buffalo, NY Official Website, Accessed June 2019, https://www.buffalony.gov/
  • Canisius College, Accessed June 2019, https://www.canisius.edu/
  • D'Youville College, Accessed June 2019, http://www.dyc.edu/
  • Erie Community College, Accessed June 2019, https://www.ecc.edu/
  • Living in Buffalo, NY, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed June 2019, https://realestate.usnews.com/places/new-york/buffalo
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed June 2019, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • SUNY Buffalo State, Accessed June 2019, https://suny.buffalostate.edu/
  • Trocaire College, Accessed June 2019, https://trocaire.edu/
  • University at Buffalo, Accessed June 2019, http://www.buffalo.edu/

Education Institutes in Buffalo
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Buffalo
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Buffalo
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
D'Youville College3,045Four or more years$26,75066
Erie Community College10,529At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,57591
Villa Maria College544Four or more years$23,01022
Canisius College3,244Four or more years$28,488120
Medaille College2,146Four or more years$29,50038
University at Buffalo31,503Four or more years$10,099446
SUNY Buffalo State9,118Four or more years$8,210178
Trocaire College1,349Four or more years$17,65030
National Tractor Trailer School Inc-Buffalo100Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Bryant & Stratton College-Buffalo499Four or more years$17,21617
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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