College Profile

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB’s enrollment is approximately 30,000, including more than 5,100 international students from 113 countries. UB was the first public university in New York to be admitted (in 1990) into the Association of American Universities, joining North America’s other leading research universities. With more than 300 degree programs, UB is a leader and an innovator in higher education and in beneficial discoveries. UB’s work in education, research, and service is guided by its mission to improve the quality of life for the people of the Western New York region and to the world at large. UB spends more than $428 million annually on research, seeking knowledge that leads to new cures, improved processes, stronger materials, faster computers, smarter software, smaller machines, and thousands of other improvements to life that flow from a great research university.


30,380 Total Enrollment
19,118 Undergraduate Enrollment
11,262 Graduate Enrollment
5,100 International Student Enrollment
49% Male
51% Female
16:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
1201 Faculty: Full-Time
539 Faculty: Part-Time
113 Countries Represented

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

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?

Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?
Yes, the ESL Program offers credit-bearing ESL writing and spoken English courses during the academic year.

International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?
Yes, housing is available in traditional residence halls and student apartments (7,377 beds in total). Click here to learn more.

Collaborative Programs

Bilateral agreements with 80 Institutions in 30 countries. Offshore programs in China, India and Singapore, where some 1,400 students are enrolled in 5 undergraduate degree programs.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International students seeking to enroll as first-time undergraduates:

For detailed requirements click here.

Student Activities and Campus Life

UB offers an extensive program of cultural, artistic, athletic and recreational activities on campus throughout the year. The Center for the Arts offers first-rate performing arts, while Division I teams are fielded in many sports. Co-curricular programming is offered in campus housing, and there are dozens of international student clubs and organizations. International Student and Scholar Services offers an excellent program of trips, tours, and cultural activities, as well as workshops on making the most of life at UB and in Western New York.


Greater Niagara

University at Buffalo (SUNY)


Raymond Lew

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

Full-Time $24,990 per academic year (non-resident)
Per credit charge: $1,119
Fees: $7,185 per academic year.

Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes, Merit scholarships for undergraduates and assistantships and fellowships for graduate students.

Major Areas of Study

Architecture and Planning
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Communications Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Counseling and Social Work
Education, Teaching ESL
Engineering Technologies
English Language and Literature
Health and Medical Administrative Services
Health and Medicine
Health Sciences
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Law and Legal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Library Science
Math and Statistics
Mental and Social Health Services
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Nursing / Other Allied Medical
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Public and Social Services
Public Health
Rehabilitation and Therapy
Science Technologies
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences
Sports Medicine


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