University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, also commonly known as the University at Buffalo or SUNY Buffalo, is a public research university and a flagship university of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo, or UB, is a four-year research public university which has 3 campuses (North Campus in suburban Amherst, South Campus in North Buffalo and a growing Downtown Campus) and a student enrollment of around 30,000 students (undergraduate and graduate combined).
UB offers around 80 bachelor’s programs, 184 master’s programs and 78 doctoral programs with its most popular majors being Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Psychology, Biology and Engineering. UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, with a College of Arts and Sciences, 11 professional schools and a graduate division at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
- – The School of Architecture and Planning is the only such school in the SUNY system and offers SUNY’s only accredited professional master of architecture (MArch) degree.
- - The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most comprehensive of UB’s academic units, bringing together the humanities, the arts and the sciences to provide a truly comprehensive education.
- - Among the top dental schools in the country, the School of Dental Medicine is known for the quality of its DDS and postgraduate programs and its long history of leadership in oral biology research.
- - The Graduate School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degrees, with study toward New York State teaching certification in 21 fields. Opportunities include independent study and supervised experiences.
- - The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the largest and most comprehensive public school of engineering in New York State, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in seven departments.
- - SUNY’s only law school, UB Law is among the nation’s strongest public law schools. UB Law is a world-class center recognized for excellence in the interdisciplinary study of law.
- - Highly ranked by publications including The Wall Street Journal, the School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and history of innovation abroad.
- - Founded in 1846, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is the founding faculty of the university and one of the oldest medical schools in the United States.
- - The School of Nursing has the greatest breadth of academic programming among nursing schools in New York State, offering baccalaureate, certificate and master’s degree programs, along with two doctorates.
- - The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is SUNY’s only pharmacy school. It houses one of the world’s top graduate programs in pharmaceutical sciences, along with a professional PharmD program that ranks in the top quartile nationally.
- - Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the School of Public Health and Health Professions offers professional, master’s and PhD degrees, and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.
- - Offering MSW and PhD degrees, the School of Social Work appears among the top 20 percent of MSW programs nationally in the most recent rankings from the Council on Social Work Education and U.S. News and World Report.
- - UB’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division offers five PhD programs and an MS program. They are designed for individuals pursuing careers in cancer research or basic and translational biomedical research.
UB’s alumni and faculty have produced a U.S. President (Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874) the 13th President, astronauts, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners (Thomas Gregory Toles (born October 22, 1951) the winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning), and other notable individuals in their fields. The University houses the largest state-operated medical school and features the only state law school, architecture and urban planning school, and pharmacy school in the state of New York.
About the city
Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York. Downtown Buffalo is located 17 miles (27 km) south of Niagara Falls.
Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the eponymous Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, with the city as its western terminus. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States. Today, the region’s largest economic sectors are health care and education, and these continue to grow despite the lagging national and worldwide economies.
Buffalo is home to over 50 private and public art galleries, most notably the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, home to a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art. The local art scene is also enhanced by the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery, and many small galleries and studios.
Two street festivals – the Allentown Art Festival and the Elmwood Festival of the Arts – bring thousands of people to the city to browse and purchase original crafts. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs at Kleinhans Music Hall, is one of the city’s most prominent performing arts institutions. Buffalo is also the founding city for several mainstream bands and musicians, most famously Rick James, Billy Sheehan and The Goo Goo Dolls. Vincent Gallo, Buffalo-born filmmaker and musician, played in several local bands. Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra also got its start in Buffalo.
The New York Times has declared that Buffalo is one of the top cities in America for architecture. Approximately 80 sites are included on the National Register of Historic Places. All of the major American architects of the 19th and early 20th century built masterpieces in Buffalo, most of which are still standing.
- Due to limited space, UB cannot guarantee on campus housing to all its exchange students. However, UB's exchange application deadlines have been set to give international students the best chance to secure an on campus room. Exchange students will be required to submit a housing deposit of $300 to reserve residence hall accommodations. Visit the UB Campus Living website for more information on housing options.
- If you prefer to live off campus, it is your responsibility to arrange housing. The UB Off-Campus Housing office also has a search engine for off-campus listings. This allows you to select criteria for your search such as maximum rent, number of bedrooms, area, etc.
- - The University of Buffalo requires all international students to have health insurance that meets the requirements mandated by the SUNY system. The UB international health insurance policy meets these requirements and it will be billed directly to your student account. The current cost is approximately $415 / semester.
- - If you would like to request a waiver because you already have health insurance, you must complete the International Health Insurance Waiver Form and have your insurance company complete the Clarification of Insurance Policy Benefits Form. These forms are available at : http://wings.buffalo.edu/studyabroad/saoffcampus_ex.htm
2016-2017 International Student Estimated Budget -
Academic Year (9 months, 2 semesters) for Undergraduate Students:
- - Fees*: $4,606
- - Food & Housing*: $13,548
- - Books/supplies: $1,000 per semester
- - Personal & Incidental Costs: $1,000 per semester
- - ESTIMATED COSTS FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR: $22,154
- - *Fees include the Student activity fee, comprehensive fees, the international student fee, and international student health insurance
- **Food and housing (also known as “board”) costs are based on average on-campus residence hall costs; this cost will vary slightly depending on room occupancy and dormitory.