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SUNY College at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

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About This Campus

Established in 1871, Buffalo State's long history and commitment to education are the cornerstones of its respected reputation. The largest comprehensive four-year college in the SUNY system, Buffalo State educates more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The college is known for its strong community connections and a continuing commitment to providing high-quality lifelong learning opportunities. We are an involved community of learners, scholars, leaders, and global citizens from all walks of life. We celebrate our diversity, yet work together to achieve excellence, transform ourselves, and, in turn, change the world. Our campus is located in the heart of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, a lively urban neighborhood north of Buffalo's downtown district. You'll find some of the city’s best dining, shopping, museums, and parks within walking distance from campus. We're also just a short drive from Niagara Falls, one of the world's most amazing natural wonders!

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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Buffalo
Population | 1,130,152
Enrollment | 9,651
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/31-12/17
Spring | 01/25-5/13

Campus Diversity

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


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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 is limited.

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
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Fiber, Textiles, and Weaving Arts
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Urban Planning


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 / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/12/18

  • 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 Students
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/12/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 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
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1000.00
  • Proximity to campus: within 5 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans
  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $450.00 declining balance plan.
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)


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/12/18

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $790 per semester.


  • Health records due by: ASAP
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)

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