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.
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.
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.
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.