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SUNY College at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

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About This Campus

Buffalo State is situated on the Niagara frontier with easy access to Lakes Erie and Ontario, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Canada, and Western New York's exciting summer and winter recreation facilities. In addition, frequent flights and rail service in the region have made Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. convenient neighbors. Within walking distance are the world renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Historical Museum, and Delaware Park including the golf course and Buffalo Zoo. Within a few miles are the Buffalo Museum of Science, Kleinhan's Music Hall, the theater district, a multitude of distinct ethnic neighborhoods, and historic architectural masterpieces. The University of Buffalo (SUNY at Buffalo), with its vast array of resources and programs, lies within a 30 minute drive of Buffalo State. Professional football, ice hockey, lacrosse, and baseball along with professional and semi-professional theater and live musical groups provide entertainment.

Location Information

The campus is located in the heart of the arts corridor in the city of Buffalo. Students will enjoy museums, art galleries, entertainment, unique shops, and restaurants.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

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Fast Facts

Location | Buffalo
Population | 1,135,509
Enrollment | 9,475
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/27-12/15
Spring | 01/28-5/17

Campus Diversity

White | 56%
Black | 24%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Television and Film Arts

Courses designated as majors only may be difficult to obtain. Access to upper-level courses in design, business, education, health and wellness are difficult.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Interior Design
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary Education
  • Social Work

Unique Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Urban Planning
  • Fashion Technology

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Fiber, Textiles, and Weaving Arts
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • Interior Design
  • Italian
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Prefer Plan A for students accessing international programs
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/12/18.
  • Estimated cost: $4105.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/12/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $125.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $70.00 Year Plan A & B Optional

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002842

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/12/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $4088
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 10
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 10
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1000.00
  • Proximity to campus: within 5 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $450.00 declining balance plan.
  • $2857.00 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are two other options for students: Block 75 for $2101 with $850 declining balance for 75 meals per semester or Flex Plus 50 for $1945with $1000 declining balance for 50 meals per semester (meal plans are optional for juniors and seniors)

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/12/18.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per year.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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