BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo enrolled 29,940
students for fall semester, a record-setting number that reflects
UB’s growing reputation as a world-class research university
where students have the opportunity to work alongside top scholars
and learn in a vibrant and diverse academic environment.
UB undergraduate and graduate enrollments were each at their
highest recorded levels. For the first time, UB graduate
enrollments exceeded 10,000 students, with new graduate enrollments
at an all-time high, consistent with the university’s core
mission of educating leaders in a wide range of fields and
advancing understanding in those areas.
At the undergraduate level, UB enrolled about 3,700 freshmen,
one of the largest and most prepared freshman classes in university
history. The median SAT for entering freshmen is 1160, five points
higher than the median for 2012.
The university’s efforts in improving student retention,
especially through the Finish in Four program, have resulted in
strong retention and high numbers of continuing undergraduate
“We are very pleased to welcome so many new and highly
qualified students to UB,” said UB Provost and Executive Vice
President for Academic Affairs Charles F. Zukoski, PhD. “The
quality, value and recognition of our academic programs are
reflected in growing demand at all levels. We are very pleased to
offer more students an outstanding educational experience at UB
while, at the same time, raising the quality of our student
The university has consistently earned recognition for offering
an excellent, affordable education. During a visit to campus in
August, President Barack Obama lauded the university’s
commitment to ensuring that students graduate with little or no
In addition, UB placed ninth in the U.S.
News and World Report’s most recent ranking of
universities nationwide that graduate students with the least debt,
while also earning the 51st spot on the magazine’s list of
best public universities.
“UB is the first choice for many of the most academically
talented students in Western New York,” said A. Scott Weber,
PhD, UB senior vice provost for academic affairs. “Students
and their families — here and around the world —
recognize the richness of the academic experience we are able to
offer as a premier public research university.”
According to an economic
impact assessment that the UB Regional Institute conducted,
students spent an estimated average of about $7,850 each on
housing, food, books, transportation and other items in 2006-07,
with 92 percent of that money staying in Erie and Niagara counties.
This translated to a $279 million impact on the state economy, with
one-third of that amount benefiting the city of Buffalo, where one
in four students lived.
This year’s enrollment highlights include significant
growth in UB’s engineering programs, with about 1,800
graduate students enrolling this fall — up 35 percent from
last year and an all-time high. Undergraduate engineering
enrollment grew by eight percent over last year, and stands at
"The record enrollments in engineering at UB this year are, I
believe, directly related to the discussions led by President Obama
and other leaders on the importance of growing our STEM educated
workforce to meet the needs of the modern world,” said Liesl
Folks, PhD, dean of the UB School of Engineering and Applied
“Just having this discussion on the national platform has
meant that students and their parents are hearing more about all
the engineering disciplines and the opportunities that are
available for engineers to impact our lives through advanced
manufacturing, informatics and so many other areas,” she
Enrollment figures reflect current numbers, and will be updated
again in late October when UB officials report final fall
enrollment to SUNY.