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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
University at Buffalo is a highly rated public university located in Amherst, New York in the Buffalo Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,941 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the University at Buffalo acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 75% of students, University at Buffalo alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,800.
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Branch of
SUNY System
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference

University at Buffalo, SUNY Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UB Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1160-1340
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,264/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,859/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.196 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.232 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.232 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    16%
  • On Campus
    84%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,941Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,666
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 140 responses
  • Diverse
    42%
  • Friendly
    19%
  • Work hard, party harder
    12%
  • Ambitious
    10%
  • Studious
    7%
  • Dreamers
    4%
  • Democrats
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.236 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.297 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 164 responses
  • Large
    36%
  • Diverse
    34%
  • Friendly
    9%
  • Too large
    8%
  • Dope
    5%
  • Opportunity
    4%
  • Incredible
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.138 responses
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I loved everything about Buff. The school community is very diverse and there are so many people to interact and establish long friendships with. Classes and teachers are basically the same everywhere; there is a wide variety of teaching methods so I would say that the courses mostly depend on how the teacher and student work out their syllabus. For the clubs and sports, there are so many ways to get involved, and it is impossible to not find a club where you feel belonging. Now talking about the school, Buff is ranked #1 in the state for a very good reason. Food is delicious and there are options for all the types of diets that there could be!
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Let's be honest. In order to have a good college experience, it really depends on how you make of it. College is the best time to "find" yourself. Once you finish high school, your college journey is a whole other ball game. Try new things, step out of your comfort zone, do things that make you feel "uncomfortable." Do these things, and im sure you'll have an interesting experience.

TLDR: I enjoyed my first year at this college. I definitely feel like a changed person compared to who I was in high school. Step out of your comfort zone and socialize with people. Don't forget to join clubs. Don't stay cooped up in your dorm!
Overall, it's a really good school. the majority of professors are understanding and aim to provide minimal assignments while holding many review sessions. The food is amazing, and there are also many chain restaurants on campus if you want to stick to something more familiar. The campus is well kept, and the shuttle buses to transport students between the campuses arrive on time no matter what, typically every 5-10 minutes. The only main drawbacks are the dorms, they're much smaller and more expensive than renting an apartment near the school. So overall, if you're not dorming, this school is a great choice!