About the University at Buffalo

Founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo, the University at Buffalo (UB) joined the public State University of New York in 1962 and has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive university in the SUNY system. Widely regarded as SUNY’s flagship and its primary center for professional education and training, the University at Buffalo also was the first of the two public universities in the state to earn membership in the pre-eminent Association of American Universities, one of only 59 research-intensive universities in the United States to hold that distinction.

UB enrolls more than 29,000 students and offers more than 300 academic programs at the baccalaureate, masters, professional and doctoral levels in its 12 decanal units. The university also is home to more than 100 research centers and institutes, and its current annual research expenditures are just shy of $350 million. UB’s libraries hold 4 million volumes in seven major units and an exceptionally wide array of digital information resources.

Our Campuses

UB's Center for the Arts, North Campus.

North Campus: Suburban Academic Center

UB’s North Campus, where most of the university’s core academic programs are offered, is located in suburban Amherst. Opened in the early 1970s, it is the largest of our three campuses. Its 125 buildings include state-of-the-art academic and research spaces, student residence halls and apartments, the Student Union, athletic venues and administrative offices. Complementing the built environment are abundant green spaces, Lake LaSalle and Letchworth Woods. 

Hayes Hall on UB's South Campus.

South Campus: Classic Neighborhood Setting

UB’s South Campus on Main Street is a Western New York landmark dating back to the 1920s. Located in a residential neighborhood in North Buffalo, it is home to classic ivy-covered buildings, as well as residence halls and cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the schools of Architecture and Planning, Dental Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions and Nursing are on the South Campus. 

Construction of UB's new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Downtown Campus: Growing Urban Presence

UB is creating a state-of-the-art center for teaching, research and clinical care in downtown Buffalo, sparking a revitalization of New York State’s second-largest city.

With funding from the Governor’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program and other sources, including private philanthropy, UB is relocating its Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo. The move will align UB medical education, research, and clinical care more effectively with regional hospitals and research partners.

Most of our Downtown Campus buildings are located on or near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. They include the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the 10-story Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)—built in partnership with Kaleida Health, the region’s largest hospital network—which also houses a UB Biosciences Incubator. In addition, UB built a new home for its Educational Opportunity Center, connected to the UB Downtown Gateway building, which houses university outreach programs. | Learn More