UB at a Glance

UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our thinking, research, creative activity and people positively impact the world.

Points of Pride

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Top 2%

A member of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of 62 universities that lead the way in education, research and discovery.

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No. 1 New York Public

The no. 1 public university in New York State, and no. 28 among public universities nationwide.

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Top 50

Rated among the “top 50” public universities in the nation for five straight years by U.S. News & World Report.

Buffalo City Hall at night

A City on the rise

One of the New York Times' famous 52 Places to Go — and an incredible place to call home.

Source: #1 New York Public: Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking

Who We Are

Name University at Buffalo
The State University of New York
Affiliation A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. It is a member of the Association of American Universities.  
Founded 1846  
Character UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enable us to reach others every day.  
President Satish K. Tripathi
Athletics Division I, Mid-American Conference
Mascot Victor E. Bull

How We Learn

Our Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Student Body (head count)
  • 31,503 (Fall 2018)
  • 21,607 undergraduate
  • 9,896 graduate and professional
International Students
  • UB is among the top 25 US institutions hosting the largest number of international students
Degrees Awarded
  • 8,643 (May 2018)
  • 6,043 full-time equivalent employees (2017-2018)
  • 2,533 total faculty (2017-2018)
  • Undergraduate student to undergraduate instructional faculty ratio: 13 to 1 (2017-2018)
  • More than 260,000 in 148 countries
  • More than 135,000 in New York state

World-Renowned Faculty

Our faculty have won such prestigious awards as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Medal of Science, and the MacArthur Foundation “genius award,” among others.

Notable Alumni

Among our celebrated graduates are:

  • Executive producer and host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” — Terry Gross
  • Co-founder of Baidu.com, the largest Chinese-language search engine — Li Yanhong (Robin Li)
  • President of Somalia — Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
  • Former astronaut and NASA mission specialist — Ellen Shulman Baker
  • Superstar NFL linebacker — Khalil Mack
  • President and CEO of Girls, Inc. — Judy Vredenburgh
  • Award-winning journalist for CNN — Wolf Blitzer

Pride of Place

Map of Northeast USA indicating where Buffalo, New York is located

The University at Buffalo is located in beautiful Buffalo-Niagara in upstate New York. Our three distinct campuses include 200 buildings on nearly 1,250 acres. 

Statue of a Buffalo outside Center for the Arts

North Campus: Suburban Academic Center
Amherst, New York

Hayes Hall

South Campus: Classic Neighborhood Setting
Buffalo, New York

Aerial view of downtown Buffalo

Downtown Campus: Dynamic Urban Presence
Buffalo, New York

Life-Changing Research

At UB, we seek knowledge that leads to new cures, improved processes, stronger materials, faster computers, smarter software, smaller machines and thousands of other improvements.

Our faculty have contributed to these (and many other) extraordinary inventions:

  • Implantable battery-operated cardiac pacemaker
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer
  • Photodynamic cancer therapy
  • Infasurf lung surfactant
  • Pattern recognition software
  • Talentâ„¢ thoracic stent graft
  • Teleradiology 3-D viewer and data transmission system

Our Financial Impact

Annual Budget
  • Operating revenues: $743 million (FY 2017)
  • Financial statement revenues: $1.34 billion (FY 2017)
  • UB and affiliated entities revenues: $1.7 billion (FY 2017)
Research $401.6 million (FY 2017)  
Endowment $659 million (FY 2017)  
Economic Impact $1.63 billion (FY 2017)

Estimated Costs

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Graduate Students

Costs may vary per department/school and residential location/size.

Ranked Best for Value

UB students receive a top-notch education with tuition at a fraction of the cost of a private college or university of comparable quality.