Release Date: March 4, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Over the past five years, the NYSUNY 2020 program has provided the University at Buffalo with funding to make vital investments in need-based financial aid and students’ education, as well as hire faculty to teach new course sections and perform research that advances the regional economy. These NYSUNY 2020 investments have included:
These investments in UB students’ academic success are very attractive to new and prospective students and their parents. For example, enrollment in UB’s Finish in 4 program has grown from approximately half of the freshman class in 2012 to 80 percent for fall 2015.
Undergraduate applications to UB are 10 percent higher than at this time last year. Additionally, the diversity of current applicants to UB has increased by 13 percent over the same period. Applicants representing minority populations comprise 51 percent of all students applying to the university, compared to 49 percent in 2015. The most significant gains include:
Extension of NYSUNY 2020 is supported by members of the Western New York legislative delegation, the SUNY Board of Trustees and by the SUNY Student Assembly. A 2015 editorial in the Buffalo News also called for extending NYSUNY 2020 and noted “NYSUNY 2020 made sense a few years ago and it will make sense going forward.”