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

University at Buffalo students live and learn on three very different but complementary campuses: the North Campus, in a bustling, inner-ring suburb; the South Campus, in a historic urban neighborhood; and the Downtown Campus, in Buffalo’s dynamic medical corridor.

Photo of UB's Center for the Arts, North Campus. .

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 128 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. 

Photo of Hayes Hall, UB's South Campus.

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. Situated in a residential neighborhood in North Buffalo, the 153-acre parcel is home to classic ivy-covered buildings, as well as residence halls and cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. The schools of Architecture and Planning, Dental Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, and Nursing are located here.

Photo of construction of UB's new Medical school.

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

Downtown Campus: Dynamic Urban Presence

The pillar of our growing Downtown Campus is the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which moved there in 2017 following construction of a state-of-the-art building at Main and High streets. Most of our other Downtown Campus entities are also located on or near Buffalo’s medical corridor, a lively hub of clinical care, research and educational institutions in the heart of the city. They include the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.