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Buffalo, NY
Undergrads
17,507
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Student

Academics: Chemical engineering is really good in BU.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Some programs due to large amounts of students have caused difficulty and obtaining and successfully enrolling in classes which are needed.

4 College Junior

Academics: As an online student, I find the work challenging and the professor's eager to help. The establish that just because you aren't on campus doesn't mean you don't exist. In fact they understand that the learning processing is more challenging and provide numerous tools to assist you.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It's challenging and competitive . You must work hard party later . You need to stay on track.

College Freshman

Academics: I'm undecided so far, but the academics are good- classes are huge, but the teachers are pretty easy/good

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  • 58th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 209th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 252nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 401st
    Best Course Variety
  • 500th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Hometown
Amherst, N.Y.
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There's a small bunch of highly intellectual students who frequent office hours, take graduate classes, get involved in research, and sprint for fellowships and Phi Beta Kappa keys. At first, these kids are often frustrated by the lack of intellectual energy at UB, but most seek it out in small classes, academic clubs, or professors' homes. Then there's everybody else: students who care about their grades and want to get a good job after college, but keep quiet in class and steer clear of the library until finals week. These students (many of whom are paying their own way) are generally happy with their UB education, but they often gripe about big classes and boring TAs.

The academic scene, like so much else at UB, lives and dies by the school's size. UB is one of the most productive research universities in the nation. Students have an extraordinary variety of things to study. Many build their own majors, join a five-year program, or switch majors one, two, or three times. Most of its schools are ranked well nationally, and some, such as the business and engineering schools, are ranked among the best in the world. Professors are popular and accessible. Come registration time, the choice of classes is nearly infinite. But the school's size can be an obstacle. While most students like their professors, most dislike big lecture classes, especially if they are taught by TAs. Few students forget the first time they put their ID number at the top of a test instead of their name. Undergraduate study also shares the limelight with the mostly top-flight graduate schools and the research culture. Some of UB's harshest critics say the school is nothing but a "research university." But even those students who feel alienated by UB's size generally agree that you can't beat it for the price.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,064
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
640
Total FT Faculty
1,537
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$102,739
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
71%
Transfer-Out Rate
20%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
154
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 31%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 45%
  • 50 or More Students: 24%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • School of Informatics
  • School of Management
  • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Social Science Research Methods: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Charles B. Sears Law Library
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Lockwood Memorial Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't get depressed by the sterility of the campus.
  • Don't hook up too much in your first couple of months as a freshman.
  • Figure out how to navigate the bridges and indoor tunnels.
  • Figure out where the less popular computer labs are.
  • Find a place you can park illegally without getting caught.
  • Get off campus and immerse yourself in Buffalo's culture as much as you can.
  • If you get stuck in a big lecture hall, introduce yourself to the professor in the second week and sit in the front of the class.
  • If you're from the Buffalo area, live on campus your freshman year instead of living at home.
  • Join a sport, club, or student government.
  • Learn which professors are good and which ones aren't.
  • Study in Lockwood Library instead of the UGL or at your dorms.
  • Take as many small classes as possible.
  • Try to get into the Honors Program; you can get early registration.
  • Visit professors during their office hours; even popular professors love to talk to students.
Did You Know?
  • UB offers more academic programs than any other public university in New York State or New England.
  • Giant shake tables at the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research simulate earthquakes and allow engineers to study how to build structures along faults. The shake tables are the largest and most advanced in the world.
  • The Poetry and Rare Books Library in Capen Hall has extensive collections of original manuscripts by James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, and Robert Graves, including the original drafts and manuscripts of Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. The original manuscript of Twain's Huckleberry Finn is housed in the Buffalo Central Library.
  • UB is the only university in the SUNY system with a school dedicated to architecture and planning.
  • The professors and students at UB are heavily involved in Buffalo's cutting edge art community.
  • The University's English Department is one of the nation's best. Many professors have had their works published. Some have even been featured in academically acclaimed collections like Norton Anthologies.
  • UB faculty members have been the recipients of many prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and as MacArthur Foundation Fellows.

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