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University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY 4-Year Public

About SUNY Buffalo

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Buffalo, NY

Founded in 1846, SUNY Buffalo currently enrolls around 32,347 students a year, including 22,306 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $797,894,689. For each full-time student, SUNY Buffalo spends about $21,148.

Admissions Facts About SUNY Buffalo

Acceptance rate: 67%

Average GPA: 3.7

Mean ACT score: 26

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: February 1

SUNY Buffalo Acceptance Rate

Admission to SUNY Buffalo is moderately difficult. SUNY Buffalo accepts around 67 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 26.

In 2021, 3,393 applicants were waitlisted and 1,150 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is SUNY Buffalo a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 87 percent of students who start at SUNY Buffalo come back for their second year of college. Out of the 3,335 students who started at SUNY Buffalo as first-time freshman, 1,962 graduate within four years.

Around 75 percent of students who started at SUNY Buffalo earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $25,385 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SUNY Buffalo sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is SUNY Buffalo a good school for YOU?

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All applicants will receive an admissions decision by February 1.

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College Info

Capen Hall Buffalo, NY 14260

Campus Setting: Suburban

SUNY Buffalo Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Buffalo is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Buffalo is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY Buffalo ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


24 to 29


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Buffalo is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Buffalo. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Buffalo SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

590 - 690


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

SUNY Buffalo Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at SUNY Buffalo is like? There are approximately 31,923 students enrolled at SUNY Buffalo, including 21,921 undergraduate students and 10,002 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from NY and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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