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University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

About SUNY Buffalo

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York Overview

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Buffalo, New York. SUNY Buffalo was founded in 1846 and the school now enrolls around 32,332 students per year, including 21,467 undergrads. SUNY Buffalo provides housing for up to 7,405 students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SUNY Buffalo!

Love music or performing? At SUNY Buffalo you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SUNY Buffalo students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? SUNY Buffalo has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SUNY Buffalo has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SUNY Buffalo on the Student Life page.

2022 SUNY Buffalo Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 83%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 83%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28.8%
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $24,990
Percent of Need Met 45%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,299

Is SUNY Buffalo a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what SUNY Buffalo offers and if the college might be a good fit for you.

SUNY Buffalo Acceptance Rate 2022

SUNY Buffalo is moderately difficult to get into. SUNY Buffalo admitted 70% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 30,750 students applied to SUNY Buffalo and 21,552 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Buffalo

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 83% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SUNY Buffalocome back the next year. SUNY Buffalohas a six year graduation rate of 74 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for SUNY Buffalo Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with SUNY Buffalo directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

SUNY Buffalo's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University at Buffalo, the State University of New York's endowment was $788.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, SUNY Buffalo spends about $20,318 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Buffalo

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SUNY Buffalo meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SUNY Buffalo full-time are awarded $10,299 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,106 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Buffalo.

Based on this information, how does SUNY Buffalo sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is SUNY Buffalo a good school for you?

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Where is SUNY Buffalo?

SUNY Buffalo is located in the suburban setting of Buffalo, New York, less than an hour from Buffalo.

If you want to see SUNY Buffalo for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take New York State Thruway to Buffalo, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Buffalo-Niagara International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SUNY Buffalo and Buffalo are like without leaving home.

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College Info

12 Capen Hall Buffalo, NY 14260

Campus Setting: Suburban

SUNY Buffalo Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY Buffalo is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY Buffalo. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY Buffalo SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

SUNY Buffalo Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at SUNY Buffalo is like? There are approximately 32,332 students enrolled at SUNY Buffalo, including 21,467 undergraduate students and 10,865 graduate students. 92% 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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