Fast Facts About the Honors College

  • Founded in 1981.
  • One of the nation’s first Honors programs. 
  • Approximately 325 new students each year; 1,650 total.
  • Typically studying 70+ different majors.
  • Many first-generation and Pell-grant-eligible students.
  • Housed in the heart of the North Campus in Capen Hall.
  • Offers many benefits for talented students, including small class sizes, special academic opportunities, dedicated faculty, and a learning community that supports and encourages intellectual curiosity and high achievement.
  • Draws students from all schools and colleges within the University at Buffalo, giving Honors scholars the best of both worlds: an intimate undergraduate experience and access to a world-class research university.
  • Honors scholars complete nearly 400 internships each year.
  • Honors alumni are 4,000+ strong with a network that spans 30 countries.

A Small-College Community Within a Large Research University

Here, gifted scholars learn alongside UB’s distinguished faculty for an academic experience that is enriching and individualized. With opportunities to engage in rigorous coursework both in and out of their major—and to dive into experiential learning like research, internships and study abroad—Honors scholars are able to create their own academic path. And at the end of that specialized path, their career aspirations await.

Our Mission: Offer an Outstanding University Experience

Through an innovative curriculum and unique opportunities outside the classroom, the Honors College challenges academically gifted students to enrich their studies and explore their interests across the disciplines. By cultivating a small college setting that offers access to all the resources of a large research university, we foster leadership, independence, creativity, undergraduate research, global perspectives and civic engagement, and support students as they attain their personal and professional goals.

Earn More Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

UB students consistently win more prestigious scholarships and fellowships than students at any other State University of New York (SUNY) institution. Honors College students are often the recipients of these scholarships and fellowships. Our students have earned:

Exceptional Internships, Job Opportunities and Graduate School Placements

Honors College students go above and beyond—during their time at UB, and throughout their lives.

High-Level Internships

Our students have interned at leading organizations throughout Western New York and beyond, including:

  • Boston Leadership Institute
  • Buffalo Bisons
  • Buffalo Philharmonic 
  • Disney College Program
  • EBICS/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • ESPN
  • Fisher-Price
  • Harvard Summit for Youth Leaders in China
  • John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • Journeys End Refugee Services 
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • Oregon State University Robotics
  • Moog
  • Palo Alto Research Center
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • UB Vortex Dynamic Lab
  • UCLA Wireless Health Institute
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • YWCA of Niagara

Extraordinary Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy remarkable careers at leading institutions and organizations around the world, including:

  • Amazon
  • AmeriCorps 
  • Calspan SLED Facility 
  • Delaware North
  • Ernst and Young
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Fisher-Price 
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Motors
  • Global Foundries
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase 
  • Lockheed Martin
  • M&T Bank
  • Meta
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Northrop Grumman 
  • Pfizer/UIC
  • Pratt and Whitney 
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

Acceptance to Top Graduate Schools

Many of our students go on to graduate school at some of the world’s most prestigious universties, including:

  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve 
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University 
  • Harvard University
  • Institute of Culinary Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University 
  • Syracuse University 
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech 
  • Washington University

Notable Alumni

Dr. John Assad, BS '85

Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Amy Butler, BA ’12

President, Biosciences at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Hon. Henry J. Nowak Jr., BA ’90

Justice, New York State Supreme Court

Mackenzie Robinson, BA ’17

Intelligence Agent, U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Stephen J. Turkovich, BA ’99

President, Oishei Children’s Hospital