Buffalo, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I love my university due to the fact that it has an expansive amount of options for things to do. There's both academic and recreational options for almost anything the mind can imagine.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: High diversity but a lot of negativity of foreign students toward American students. Unfortunate that they keep to themselves and the majority prefer not to associate.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Love meeting different kinds of people; definitely an eye-opening experience.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity on campus is good. As a SUNY, its affordability has students coming from diverse background for this level of education. I think there exist more financial diversity than ethnic heritage, which could be increased easily.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: -Famous for lots of diversity; can't stress that enough

-my 3 room mates are all asian and speak Chinese, lots of different languages floating around campus

-lots of clubs for different ethnicities and cultures


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Students from all over the world come to Buffalo, particularly for the prestigious engineering and computer science programs. It's the norm for students to hear several different languages and to see several different styles of dress as they walk from class to class. Ethnic student groups are major institutions that spend their sizable budgets on showy festivals and cultural celebrations. Just because nearly all the American students are from New York State doesn't mean they are not a diverse group-Latinos from New York City, upper-middle-class kids from the parts of Long Island where The Great Gatsby was set strong, silent types from the Adirondack foothills, Jamaican Americans from Jamaica, Queens, and middle-class suburban kids from all over the state. Some kids drive BMWs that they got as birthday presents, while others take the campus buses and work part-time jobs just to pay their tuition. UB's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is visible and influential, and there are dozens of student religious groups.

While everyone treasures the diversity, most people at UB don't have any illusions about the poor state of ethnic integration on campus. Real flare-ups (shouting matches and bar fights) are more likely to ensue between upstate and downstate factions than people from different races. Most student groups are informally segregated, and while American students often learn a lot about other cultures, such learning is often passive, like learning about the weather by looking out the window. Some international students study in the U.S. out of necessity and give Americans a cold shoulder. And some Americans, at their worst, apply negative stereotypes to foreign students. UB's diversity is impressive and exciting but somewhat superficial.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 27%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
UB, and the surrounding city of Buffalo, has an open and vibrant gay culture. In fact, one of the most popular on-campus events, the Annual Drag Show in the Union, is hosted by the University's chapter of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance. Outspoken gay students can join this or any number of organizations. More quiet gay students find the privacy offered by UB's large campus to be liberating.
Political Activity
UB's protest culture has cooled since the late 1960s, when South Campus was the scene of some of the nation's most violent Vietnam War protests. Legend has it that North Campus was designed with few central gathering spaces to limit protest activity. Today, UB's political scene is relatively quiet, and protests, while often creative, are sparsely attended. The majority of students and professors are liberal Democrats, and it's not easy to be an outspoken conservative at UB. However, the vicious competition of the 2008 Presidential race brought a strong response from both sides of the political spectrum.
Economic Status
Most UB students are solidly middle class; they drive used cars and pay for their own tuition and housing. Hardly anybody cares about where your parents work, what you wear, or how much money you have. There are a few very rich people and few very poor people. Students from the New York City area tend to be wealthier.
Most Common Religions
UB has several large Christian groups. Because many Buffalo natives trace their ancestry to Ireland, Italy, and Eastern Europe, the campus’s Catholic organizations (including the Newman Center) are particularly active. There are also several Hindu and Muslim student organizations.
Minority Clubs on Campus
UB has nearly 50 minority clubs. The most active groups include the Black Student Union, the Chinese Student Association, the Indian Student Association, and the Latin American Student Association. Each group organizes several major cultural events each year.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 89 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 89 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 35% Not sure
  • 26% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 88 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 88 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 90 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 61% Very accepting.


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