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.

See how our students create their journey.

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The ability to choose your own path

We offer the largest menu of academic programs in New York State, with 140+ undergraduate programs, 55+ combined degree programs, 220+ master’s programs and 95+ doctoral 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. Our Living Learning Communities give like-minded students with shared interests the opportunity to live together and access programs designed around their goals, making learning here a more personal experience. Our Honors College, one of the nation’s oldest honors programs, 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 1,000+ 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 Experiential Learning Network, all students, from their first year, have the opportunity to participate in research and mentored projects.

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 287,000+ alumni across 50 states and 150 countries.

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

Quick Facts

AAU with laurels.

Member of Association of American Universities (AAU)

Most comprehensive campus inside a building.

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

The number 13 with a ruler and gavel.

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

13 to 1 ratio inside an apple.

Student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1

3.8 million inside a book.

Libraries and special collections with more than 3.8 million volumes

200 on an award ribbon.

More than 200 faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching—the most of any SUNY institution


Finish in 4: Our commitment to your graduation. Get the resources and support you need to earn a degree in four years so you can pursue your career, graduate school or service opportunities sooner (and minimize the cost of additional semesters). Students who fulfill all program requirements but are unable to graduate in four years can finish their degree at UB free of tuition and fees.  

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.