How do you measure value?

Engineering students "Here is How".

Investing in your education is a big step, but it is the key to your success and to a future with unlimited possibilities. At the University at Buffalo, we offer a world-class education at an affordable price.

Our tuition is a fraction of the cost of a private college or university of comparable quality. Our reputation for value is recognized year after year as being among the best in the nation by Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report and other leading publications. And, most importantly, by our students.

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Points of distinction

Here are just a few of the distinctions that make the University at Buffalo an excellent value:

Student in lab.

Depth and Breadth

UB offers New York’s most comprehensive list of majors, programs and innovative research opportunities, giving you hands-on experience in whatever field you choose to study.

Faculty at blackboard.

Study with the best

Our renowned faculty have included National Medal of Science, Nobel, Pulitzer and other award winners, and our students reach high levels of distinction as Fulbright, Goldwater and Udall scholars, and as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.

Student studying.

High satisfaction. Low debt.

As a public (“state”) university, UB’s costs are some of the lowest in the U.S. In fact, UB’s tuition is often half that of comparable public and private universities. Moreover, UB is highly ranked in the U.S. for students graduating with the least amount of debt.

Students at Commencement.

Lower costs with "Finish in 4"

Students who stay on track and graduate in a timely manner reduce the cost of their education compared to students who do not.

Even with our affordable costs, our goal is to make UB accessible to as many students as possible. All incoming freshmen can participate in the Finish in 4 program, a structured academic advising program designed to help students stay on schedule so that they will finish their degree in four or fewer years.

What the experts say

Best Colleges.


Ranked in the Top 20 nationwide for graduating students with the “least debt.” More than half of UB students graduated without debt.

Best Value.


High four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price and overall great value.

Best Value College.


Stellar academics and for all it is doing to make college affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times.

We invest in you

We invest in our students, faculty, and researchers by ensuring the equipment and facilities they work with are state of the art.