University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content

The Academic Experience

Preparing you to take on the world.

A college education is more than a degreeit’s a journey of personal transformation. We’re with you every step of the way, with an engaged and inspiring faculty, outstanding resources, limitless opportunities and constant, caring support.

On this page:

The ability to choose your own path

We offer the largest menu of academic programs in New York State, with more than 110 undergraduate degrees (including combined degrees), and more than 300 graduate, professional and certificate programs. Choose one of our programs, or design your own.

A solid base from which to soar

With an emphasis on critical thinking, ethical reasoning, a global perspective and robust communication skills, the UB Curriculum—our core academic experience—was designed to give you the tools you’ll need to succeed in a diverse and dynamic world, whatever your discipline.

Big thinking in intimate settings

UB is comprehensive, yet close-knit. The Academies—living-learning communities for faculty and students who share an academic interest—make learning here a more personal experience. Our Honors College, the nation’s oldest honors program, brings academically gifted students together for unique learning opportunities.

Real-world, hands-on learning

UB students extend their learning outside of the classroom through internships, service learning, entrepreneurial programs, alternative spring breaks, hackathons and more. Our 80+ study abroad programs provide portals to places and people around the world.

A culture of collaboration

At UB, we believe in the power of teamwork. Our Communities of Excellence bring together faculty, students and staff across disciplines to tackle urgent global challenges. Through our innovative Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), even freshmen participate in faculty-led research.

Support through graduation—and beyond

We help students succeed with their studies, and then we help them prepare for the next stage, whether that’s pursuing an advanced degree, starting a career or taking the one they have to the next level. Graduates gain from our network of 249,000+ alumni across 50 states and 147 countries.

Take the next step. Learn more about what UB has to offer.

Quick Facts

Member of Association of American Universities (AAU)

Most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system

13 schools and colleges, including SUNY’s only schools of architecture and law

Student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1

Libraries and special collections with more than 3.6 million volumes

198 faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching—the most of any SUNY institution


Our Finish in 4 program provides personal advising, tutoring services and a customized roadmap to graduation to help undergraduates complete their studies on time. Participating students who follow the program guidelines graduate in four years—or the remaining tuition is on us.

Where learning comes alive

UB’s top-notch facilities make our academic programs more dynamic and prepare our students for the future. View the slideshow to get a glimpse.