UB at a Glance

UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and making a positive impact on the world.

Rankings and Pride Points

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Top 1% in the World

Ranked No. 293 out of 19,788 universities worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings.

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Best of the Best

As an AAU member, recognized as one of the leading North American universities engaged in the highest levels of research.

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No. 1 Public

The top public university in New York State and No. 31 in the nation, according to the WSJ/THE College Rankings.

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A City on the Rise

One of the New York Times' famous 52 Places to Go.

Who We Are

Name University at Buffalo
The State University of New York
Affiliation A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. It is a member of the Association of American Universities.  
Founded 1846  
Overview UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day.  
President Satish K. Tripathi
Athletics Division I, Mid-American Conference
Mascot Victor E. Bull

Programs and Schools

Our People

World-Renowned Faculty

Our faculty have won many prestigious awards, including:

  • Nobel Prize
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • National Book Award
  • National Medal of Science
  • MacArthur Foundation “genius award”

Notable Alumni

Here are just a few of our celebrated graduates:

  • Award-winning journalist for CNN — Wolf Blitzer
  • Co-founder of the largest Chinese-language search engine — Li Yanhong (Robin Li)
  • Co-founder and partner of Orangetheory Fitness — Ellen Latham
  • Superstar NFL linebacker — Khalil Mack
  • Executive producer and host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” — Terry Gross

By the Numbers

Our Campuses

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Located in the Buffalo-Niagara region of upstate New York, UB has three distinct but closely connected campuses.

Student Body (head count)
  • 32,347 (Fall 2020)
  • 22,306 undergraduate
  • 10,041 graduate and professional
International Students
  • UB is among the top 30 US institutions hosting the largest number of international students
Degrees Awarded
  • 9,391 (June 2020)
  • 5,874 full-time equivalent employees (Fall 2020)
  • 2,524 total faculty (Fall 2020)
  • Undergraduate student to undergraduate instructional faculty ratio: 14 to 1  
  • More than 280,000 in 150 countries
  • More than 150,000 in New York state
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North Campus: Suburban Academic Center
Amherst, New York

South Campus: Classic Neighborhood Setting
Buffalo, New York

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Downtown Campus: Dynamic Urban Presence
Buffalo, New York

Our Research

We seek knowledge that leads to new cures, improved processes, stronger materials, faster computers, smarter software, smaller machines and thousands of other improvements. Our faculty have contributed to life-changing inventions including a test for cancer, pattern recognition software, and a 3-D viewer and data transmission system.

Our Financial Impact

Annual Revenues
  • Operating revenues: $826 million (FY 2019-20)
  • Financial statement revenues: $1.1 billion (FY 2019-20)
  • UB and affiliated entities revenues: $1.3 billion (FY 2019-20)
Research $423.8 million (FY 2019-20)  
Endowment $788 million (FY 2019-20)  
Economic Impact $1.7 billion (FY 2019-20)

Estimated Costs

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Graduate Students

Costs may vary per department/school and residential location/size.

Ranked Best for Value

UB students receive a top-notch education with tuition at a fraction of the cost of a private college or university of comparable quality.