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University at Buffalo Data & Information Overview

470 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
67% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University at Buffalo Ranked?

#201 Best Colleges in Nation
#20 Best Colleges in NY
Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University at Buffalo was awarded 470 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theoretical and mathematical physics.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, University at Buffalo is ranked #201 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when University at Buffalo held the #340 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 143 colleges in New York, University at Buffalo is ranked at #20.

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Is It Hard to Get Into University at Buffalo?

67% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University at Buffalo has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for University at Buffalo.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to University at Buffalo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 560 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 580 to 670 )
University at Buffalo received ACT scores from 19% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University at Buffalo  ( 23 to 29 )

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University at Buffalo Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
65% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University at Buffalo is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University at Buffalo is 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University at Buffalo

87% Freshmen Retention
60% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University at Buffalo has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at University at Buffalo for first-time, full-time students is 60%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  60 out of 100

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University at Buffalo Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,435 Full-Time Undergraduates
36.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
44.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,306 undergraduates at University at Buffalo with 20,435 being full-time and 1,871 being part-time.

How Much Does University at Buffalo Cost?

$19,262 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$30,316 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of University at Buffalo is $19,262. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for University at Buffalo

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,098 $17,022 $20,841 $21,285 $24,474

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of University at Buffalo, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At University at Buffalo, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $7,579 a year. That adds up to $30,316 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at University at Buffalo is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do University at Buffalo Graduates Make?

$62,022 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from University at Buffalo make about $62,022 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for University at Buffalo students since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University at Buffalo

New York State
20,435 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
University at Buffalo is a public institution situated in Buffalo, New York. University at Buffalo is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for University at Buffalo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1660
Phone: 716-645-2000

University at Buffalo Majors

127 Majors With Completions
4,974 Undergraduate Degrees
3,384 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 127 majors graduated from University at Buffalo. Of these students, 4,974 received undergraduate degrees and 3,384 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 732 $37,574
Communication & Media Studies 346 $34,834
General Biology 323 $23,366
General Social Sciences 318 $30,016
Mechanical Engineering 274 $61,042
Computer Science 249 $60,109
Sociology 164 $29,746
Nursing 155 $70,788
Economics 139 $40,642
Civil Engineering 131 $59,397

Learn more about the majors offered at University at Buffalo along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at University at Buffalo

92% Take At Least One Class Online
46% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 29,770 students took at least one online class at University at Buffalo. This is an increase from the 7,874 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 29,770 14,989
2018-2019 7,874 1,269
2017-2018 5,248 1,103
2016-2017 6,522 850
2015-2016 6,079 804

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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