College Profile

Each year, more than 10,500 students choose Buffalo State for its superb academic programs, applied learning opportunities, affordable tuition, and metropolitan location. Our goal is to inspire a lifelong passion for learning and to empower a diverse population of students to succeed as citizens of a challenging world.

Broad Array of High-Quality Academic Programs
As the largest comprehensive “university college” in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Buffalo State offers more than 170 undergraduate programs with 11 honors options, 18 post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs, and more than 65 opportunities for graduate study. At the same time, the college is recognized for its excellence in classroom teaching and scholarship and is known for its small class sizes—nearly 90 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students. Buffalo State offers the perfect academic blend: small college learning environments coupled with large university opportunities.

Diverse and Creative Environment
Buffalo State is among the most diverse colleges in the SUNY system, a characteristic that’s reflected in the myriad of people, ideas, experiences, and program offerings found here. This diverse and creative environment fosters student growth and success.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities
Buffalo State takes advantage of its location in the second-largest city in New York State by offering extensive undergraduate research opportunities, internships, service-learning programs, and career development services that benefit students and the community. As a result, job possibilities for graduates are strong and varied.

Smart Educational Investment
Buffalo State is one of the most affordable universities—public or private—in New York and beyond and we offer financial aid to approximately 85 percent of our undergraduates, with an average award package of more than $12,000. Our graduates join a career network of more than 100,000 Buffalo State alumni (and more than 2.4 million SUNY alumni) living around the globe. A SUNY diploma has instant credibility wherever you go.

In the Heart of Buffalo’s Cultural Corridor
The campus is located on a 125-acre parcel in Buffalo’s museum district, adjacent to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Delaware Park. The Elmwood Village neighborhood is lined with a vibrant mix of trendy cafés, restaurants, shops, and Victorian-style housing. On campus, the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Warren Enters Theatre, Czurles-Nelson Gallery, and Bacon Student Art Gallery place the arts and creativity right at students’ fingertips.


10,661 Total Enrollment
9,316 Undergraduate Enrollment
1,176 Graduate Enrollment
Undergraduate 280, Graduate 56 International Student Enrollment
42.80% Male
57.20% Female
1:16 Faculty-Student Ratio
386 Faculty: Full-Time
453 Faculty: Part-Time
61 Countries Represented
Top 5 Canada, China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea

English as a Second Language Program and Services

ESL helps students with varying levels of English proficiency through coursework, interaction with native speakers of English, and individualized language practice. The program consists of six levels of English language study, each offered during our fall, spring, and summer terms. Each level has 20 hours of class time per week, plus an additional 3 hours of small conversation group practice. Students may study up to 1 year in the ESL program. ESL courses do not provide college credit.

For more information:
Robert Summers,
Assistant Provost for Global Engagement,
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


Additional ESL features?
Buffalo State offers a conditional admission acceptance into our ESL program for undergraduate and graduate students who do not meet our English language requirement. Students accepted into our ESL program will enroll full time and complete the required levels to reach our academic criteria. Once they have completed their ESL program, they may matriculate into an academic program of study.

International Student Housing Options

All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on-campus.

The College provides a variety of options from which students may choose. Some halls house first-year students exclusively, some house a mixture of students, and some are reserved for upper-division students. There is also specialty housing for specific groups and interests.

For more information:

Collaborative Programs

The Best of New York summer program is targeted to foreign students who want to gain a deeper understanding of one of the most culturally rich and diverse regions in North America–New York State.  Students that participate in this program will spend two weeks on the SUNY Buffalo State campus learning about contemporary American language and culture.  Field trips in the Buffalo area will include a visit to Niagara Falls, a true American baseball experience and a visit to some of the best shopping outlets in North America.  The last week of the program will be spent in New York City.  Students will visit important sites such as the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of course the famous Central Park.

The cost of the program is $4000 and is inclusive of all meals, lodging and transportation within New York State.  Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the United States.  For more information in English contact

For a brochure about the program, click the-best-of-new-york

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Undergraduate – click here
Graduate – click here

Student Activities and Campus Life

Over 80 clubs for students:
Greek Life
Academic & Special Interest Clubs
International Students Organization
Music & Dance Organizations


Greater Niagara

SUNY Buffalo State


Sandra Burnham
Assistant Director of International Admissions

Tricia Herritt
Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Visa Information

Does your institution issue an I-20 for F-1 or M-1 visa status?

and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

International Undergraduate Student – 2018-2019 academic year:
Tuition & Fees: $17,990.00
Residence hall rates (shared room): $8,176.00
Meal plan: $5,466.00
Mandatory SUNY international health insurance: $1,492.00
Books and supplies: $1,100.00
Miscellaneous expenses: $1,000.00
Total costs: $35,224.00 (USD)

International Graduate Student – 2018-2019 academic year:
Tuition & fees: $23,437.00
Off-campus Housing: $8,000.00
Meal plan: $5,050.00
Mandatory SUNY international health insurance: $1,492.00
Books and supplies: $1,000.00
Miscellaneous expenses: $1,000.00
Total costs: $39,979.00 (USD)

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