Buffalo, NY
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5 College Junior

Facilities: Buffalo State has great areas for students to meet and study. With the new technology building that was just created, Buffalo State is hoping to equip its students with the newest and best equipment so that its students receive the most out of their education. The school is always asking its students for feed back and opinions on how to work together as a community to better the learning experience, as well as the community around us.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I love to use the student life department to help me in case I become lost in the big university.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I absolutely love the university at buffalo. I love to brag about my school because it has to the best diversity school in the area of Buffalo. I love to learn and meet different people and University at buffalo has provided me the way of doing so.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities are good enough though could be better.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is located at a place where it is very convenient with almost everything. There are also free shuttles available. Although, the price of the things in and near campus are a little pricey.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 284th
    Best Student Centers
  • 311st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 425th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 745th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1211st
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Most students who come to UB hate the way North Campus looks at first; it's built not like a traditional college, but like a `70s vision of a "college of the future." In time, though, nearly everyone gets used to the campus, and many grow to like it. South Campus has a more traditional feel. Its ivy-covered facilities are weathered and worn by the years, but its scenic quads and sloping lawns are beautiful. Students give North Campus high marks for the tunnels and bridges that connect all the buildings along the "Spine" (the cluster of academic buildings at the center of campus). It's possible to take off your coat in the winter and go to all your classes without braving the cold. Most students' favorite building on campus is the noisy, crowded Student Union, which is the scene of so many of the serendipitous encounters that make college life memorable. Harriman Hall, which has been a student union since the 1920s, is a popular gathering place for the South Campus crowd. Artsy architecture majors and med students in light blue scrubs gather for lunch in high-ceilinged rooms with chandeliers.

UB's libraries get high marks for their deep collections and friendly staff, but some are better places to study than others. Students praise Lockwood for its big study areas and austere, modern atmosphere. Older students find the Undergraduate Library (more appropriately called the "Freshman Library") to be loud and ugly. The dorm complexes on both campuses are so big that they have their own computer labs, study areas, and workout rooms. In terms of quality of life, the two campuses are nearly opposite experiences. Students on North overcome their dislike for the campus's aesthetics because of its high-quality facilities, while students on South tolerate the worn-out facilities because of the campus's charm.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,350 acres
Student Centers
  • Harriman Hall, South Campus
  • The Student Union, North Campus
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Architecture and Planning Library
  • Digital Library Center
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Law Library
  • Lockwood Memorial Library
  • Music Library
  • Science and Engineering Library
  • Silverman Undergraduate Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Alumni (on North Campus)
  • Baird Point (on North Campus)
  • Bert's (on North Campus)
  • Clark (on South Campus)
  • The Commons (on North Campus)
  • Ellicott Food Court (on North Campus)
  • Harriman (on South Campus)
  • The Hayes lawn (on South Campus)
  • The Squire Quad (on South Campus)
  • The Undergraduate Library (on North Campus)
  • The Union (on North Campus)
Bar on Campus
Unfortunately, no. Unless you include the extensive liquor collection that many students have hidden in their rooms.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Perks
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Horton's
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but discounted movies are often shown in the Student Union theater.
School Slang
  • The Big White Box: The large concrete Center for the Arts on North Campus.
  • Blue Bird: The bus service that shuttles students between campuses, the nickname lives, even though the buses are no longer blue.
  • Buff State: An entirely separate school in Buffalo, located on the West Side; a few students every year actually apply to the wrong school, maybe because Buff State's address and academic information appeared under UB's entry in the 2000 Fiske Guide to Colleges.
  • CFA: The Center for the Arts.
  • Cheektavegas: Cheektowaga, Buffalo's predominantly Polish suburb-home of the airport, the Galleria Mall, Buffalo's best Polish restaurants, several tacky `60s-era strip plazas, and a proposed casino.
  • Chippewa: A club and bar district downtown.
  • CIT: The Office of Computing and Information Technology.
  • Cybrary: A computer lab in a campus library.
  • Drunk Bus: The early-hours intercampus shuttle that runs students from North Campus dorms and apartments to the Heights bars.
  • Elmwood Village: A beautiful West Side neighborhood full of Victorian homes, independent shops, and great restaurants; particularly popular with professors and grad students
  • EOP: The Equal Opportunity Program for economically disadvantaged students.
  • Governerds: Residents of Governors, often first-year athletes or honors students.
  • The Heights: The run-down but loved neighborhood adjacent to South Campus where thousands of UB students live.
  • The Lake: Not Lake Erie, but manmade Lake LaSalle on North Campus.
  • Legoland: Another name for the unusual-looking Ellicott Complex.
  • NSC: A big building on North Campus that houses most of the science departments and several huge lecture halls.
  • The Ralph: Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Bills, about 25 minutes from campus in Orchard Park.
  • Smellicott: The Ellicott Complex (particularly Wilkeson and Spaulding Quads, the all-freshman section).
  • The Spine: A mile-long cluster of huge buildings on North Campus where most of the academic departments are housed.
  • SU: The Student Union; the gateway to the Spine from the main bus loop.
  • The UGL: Undergraduate Library, which is louder than many cafeterias.
  • Wide Right: All Buffalonians flinch at this phrase, which refers to Scott Norwood's missed field goal as time expired on the Bills' 20-19 loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XXV.
  • Cultural Nights: Each international student association on campus (e.g., the Indian Student Association) holds a major ethnic festival or cultural night at least once a year on campus. Often, these events are held at the 2,000-seat Mainstage Theater at the CFA and feature ethnic dancing, music, and food.
  • Fall Fest and Spring Fest: Each fall and spring, the Student Association brings big-time bands to UB for a free concert that's often attended by over 10,000 students. Past shows include Outkast and Dave Matthews Band. If it's nice out, they'll have the concert at Baird Point-nothing beats a free concert with those giant pillars and the sun setting over the lake as a backdrop. Lots of students have big parties over Fall Fest and Spring Fest weekends.
  • Oozfest: In the spring, everybody who's anybody on campus plays in Oozfest, an infamous mud volleyball tournament. There are special courts off in the corner of campus that are reserved for Oozfest each year, and sometimes students go early just to roll around in the mud pit.
  • Opening Day: Though the football team hasn't had a winning season since the mid-'90s, UB fans always start each season with high hopes. Usually over 25,000 fans come out for the first home game. UB Stadium on North Campus is a beautiful facility, and the energy is electric-at least, until they lose.
Urban Legends
  • Former President Greiner complained about the bronze buffalo in front of Alumni Arena because its rear end faced his office.
  • North Campus was originally supposed to be built on the waterfront.
  • The campus is sinking slowly because it was built on a marsh.
  • The campus was designed without central gathering spaces in response to UB's violent Vietnam War protests.
  • The Ellicott Complex was modeled after a Chinese prison.
Favorite Things To Do
Frats and sororities send their pledges up to campus in the early morning hours to stake out prime Student Union tables, which their brothers and sisters then keep all day. Though most students can’t handle that grueling schedule, the Student Union is the most popular place for students on campus to relax. The bright, lively lobby is a great place to watch the influx and efflux of people. On any given night, a handful of UB’s 200 student organizations is doing something interesting on campus—often in the Union’s theater, social hall, or flag room. The Center for the Arts hosts many touring concerts and plays, in addition to productions by theater and dance majors or music students. During the winter and spring, students go to basketball games and play IM sports at Alumni Arena. The Student Union is a guaranteed place to find some sort of activity, whether it's as uneventful as a club bake sale or as electrifying as a drag show. Be sure to stop into the Wellness Center for some cool freebies, like healthy food, lip balm, or condoms. Alumni Arena is conveniently close and many students squeeze in a workout between classes. Pop into the Center for the Arts for information about upcoming shows or to just check out the art gallery. If nothing else, there is an endless amount of locations to curl up and study. Or, if suffering from an overindulgence of partying, take a much needed nap.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
A full list of student organizations at UB is available from the Student Association Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 6 responses

  • 25% The Union (on North Campus)
  • 17% The Undergraduate Library (on North Campus)
  • 17% The Commons (on North Campus)
  • 8% I don't hang out on campus.
  • 8% Bert's (on North Campus)
  • 8% Baird Point (on North Campus)
  • 8% Alumni (on North Campus)
  • 8% Ellicott Food Court (on North Campus)
  • 0% Harriman (on South Campus)
  • 0% The Hayes lawn (on South Campus)
  • 0% The Squire Quad (on South Campus)
  • 0% Clark (on South Campus)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% Fall Fest and Spring Fest
  • 17% I don't take part in campus events.
  • 17% Cultural Nights
  • 0% Oozfest
  • 0% Opening Day

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 91 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 55% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 80 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Study Centers & Libraries
  • 40% Lab work
  • 20% Not enough on campus student jobs available

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Student union association activities
  • 20% I don't take part in campus activites.
  • 20% Dorm programs for expanding horizons

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Governors Complex was designed to fight rioters


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