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 2%

One of only 62 schools in the elite Association of American Universities.

Abbott Hall.

No. 1 New York Public

The top public university in New York State, and no. 28 among public universities nationwide.

UB logo with snow on it.

Top 40

Rated among the top 40 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Buffalo City Hall at night.

A City on the rise

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

Source: #1 New York Public: Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking

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 enable 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; these include:

  • 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)
  • Former astronaut — Ellen Shulman Baker
  • Superstar NFL linebacker — Khalil Mack
  • CEO of Girls, Inc. — Judy Vredenburgh

By the Numbers

Student Body (head count)
  • 31,503 (Fall 2018)
  • 21,607 undergraduate
  • 9,896 graduate and professional
International Students
  • UB is among the top 25 US institutions hosting the largest number of international students
Degrees Awarded
  • 8,643 (May 2018)
  • 6,043 full-time equivalent employees (2017-2018)
  • 2,533 total faculty (2017-2018)
  • Undergraduate student to undergraduate instructional faculty ratio: 13 to 1 (2017-2018)
  • More than 260,000 in 148 countries
  • More than 135,000 in New York state

Our Campuses

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Located in upstate New York, UB includes three distinct campuses throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Statue of a Buffalo outside Center for the Arts.

North Campus: Suburban Academic Center
Amherst, New York

Hayes Hall.

South Campus: Classic Neighborhood Setting
Buffalo, New York

Aerial view of downtown Buffalo.

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 Budget
  • Operating revenues: $743 million (FY 2017)
  • Financial statement revenues: $1.34 billion (FY 2017)
  • UB and affiliated entities revenues: $1.7 billion (FY 2017)
Research $401.6 million (FY 2017)  
Endowment $659 million (FY 2017)  
Economic Impact $1.63 billion (FY 2017)

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.