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IPEDS ID: 196130
OPE ID: 00284200
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Buffalo State SUNY
1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, New York 14222
General information:  (716) 878-4000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  11,091 (9,355 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty416426
Research and public service10
Total graduate assistants-38
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$990$990$1,020$1,0200.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,168$10,168$11,002$11,2882.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,168$10,168$11,002$11,2882.6%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$19,311$19,611$20,879$21,4932.9%
Off Campus$19,311$19,611$20,879$21,4932.9%
Off Campus with Family$10,133$10,433$10,897$11,2253.0%
On Campus$27,211$28,571$30,129$30,8532.4%
Off Campus$27,211$28,571$30,129$30,8532.4%
Off Campus with Family$18,033$19,393$20,147$20,5852.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$9,870
In-state fees$683
Out-of-state tuition$18,350
Out-of-state fees$683
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,15987%————
Grant or scholarship aid95172%$6,562,416$6,901
Federal grants68051%$3,144,854$4,625
Pell grants67050%$2,979,330$4,447
Other federal grants35527%$165,524$466
State/local government grant or scholarships83163%$2,438,951$2,935
Institutional grants or scholarships90468%$978,611$1,083
Student loan aid92470%$5,942,125$6,431
Federal student loans92169%$5,420,615$5,886
Other student loans584%$521,510$8,992
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,33665%$37,943,788$5,989
Pell grants4,47846%$18,317,329$4,091
Federal student loans6,30265%$42,674,065$6,772
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,107$10,037$10,911
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$5,203$6,469$6,976
$30,001 – $48,000$7,754$9,103$10,303
$48,001 – $75,000$11,997$14,036$14,934
$75,001 – $110,000$14,377$15,957$17,089
$110,001 and more$14,624$16,491$17,735
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment11,091
Undergraduate enrollment9,355
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,060
Graduate enrollment1,736
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 89%
Part-time: 11%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 20%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 63%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 18%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 29%
Part-time: 71%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 25%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 75%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants11,2564,9286,326
Percent admitted49%47%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%26%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440520
SAT Math450540
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 75%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 53 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 49%
Transfer-out rate: 26%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 23%
6-year: 47%
8-year: 49%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 39%
Female: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 42%
Black or African American: 43%
Hispanic/Latino: 51%
White: 51%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 47%
Non-resident alien: 43%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General374--
Category total374--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General181---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-0--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General71---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---2
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-4--
Category total2524-2
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician33---
Category total33---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other0---
Radio and Television11---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric85---
Category total133---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Science/Studies63---
Category total63---
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-26d-0d
Agricultural Teacher Education-0--
Art Teacher Education21107-
Biology Teacher Education-1--
Business Teacher Education25--
Computer Teacher Education-0--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-0--
Curriculum and Instruction-37--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1310--
Education, Other0--0
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs-10--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities-28--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments0---
Educational/Instructional Technology-21--
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship---4
Elementary Education and Teaching134---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education1214--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education3---
Foreign Language Teacher Education01--
Health Teacher Education73---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-47--
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching00--
Mathematics Teacher Education2015--
Music Teacher Education8---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0---
Physics Teacher Education14--
Reading Teacher Education-33--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education215--
Social Studies Teacher Education2883-
Spanish Language Teacher Education5---
Special Education and Teaching, General4171--
Special Education and Teaching, Other-11--
Superintendency and Educational System Administration---7
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education1814--
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education-0--
Category total400371d1011d
Industrial Engineering-6--
Category total-6--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician23---
Industrial Technology/Technician70--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician23---
Category total530--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing6---
English Language and Literature, General355--
Category total415--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family Resource Management Studies, General72---
Category total72---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-0--
French Language and Literature1---
Spanish Language and Literature3---
Category total40--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist31---
Category total49---
History, General7412--
Category total7412--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other0---
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies1485--
Forensic Science and Technology61--
Category total1546--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies86---
Humanities/Humanistic Studies1---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other25---
Category total112---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General9---
Mathematics, General1614--
Category total2514--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-259-17
Museology/Museum Studies---0
Systems Science and Theory-31--
Category total-290-17
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total6---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General11---
Geology/Earth Science, General13---
Physical Sciences, Other-0--
Physics, General4---
Category total280--
Psychology, General82---
Category total82---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration---3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other---0
Social Work85---
Category total85--3
Social Sciences
Applied Economics-6--
Economics, General30---
Political Science and Government, General29---
Social Sciences, General0---
Urban Studies/Affairs9---
Category total1506--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation109-9
Art/Art Studies, General30---
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics2---
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry0---
Design and Applied Arts, Other0---
Design and Visual Communications, General23---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General23---
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts2---
Industrial and Product Design2---
Metal and Jewelry Arts2---
Music, General9---
Category total1199-9
Grand total1,9727271042
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined9673
Ice Hockey2718
Swimming and Diving1319
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1948 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics1/1/1973 -  Accredited
Didactic Program in Dietetics3/1/1975 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs4/1/1984 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)7/1/2007 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)7/1/2008 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)3/1/2005 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs(!)6/1/2006 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession206
Drug law violations93260
Liquor law violations003
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession101
Drug law violations52112
Liquor law violations002
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible255
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault560
Motor vehicle theft203
  • Fires were intentionally set.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible202
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault540
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate10.8%11.1%
Number in default313314
Number in repayment2,8952,816
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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