Buffalo State College, State University of New York: Narrative Description

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1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095
Tel: (716)878-4000
Admissions: (716)878-5519
Fax: (716)878-6100
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.buffalostate.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1867. Setting: 115-acre urban campus. Endowment: $13.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $33 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3681 per student. Total enrollment: 11,072. Faculty: 715 (393 full-time, 322 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 8,566 applied, 51% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 7,813 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,195 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 21 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 11% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Western New York Consortium, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,610 full-time, $442 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $787 full-time, $32.80 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $6200. College room only: $3920. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: United Student Government, African-American Student Organization, Caribbean Student Organization, The Record, WBNY radio. Major annual events: homecoming, Commuter Daze. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,862 college housing spaces available; 1,853 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. E. H. Butler Library with 489,069 books, 943,930 microform titles, 2,847 serials, 22,189 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 836 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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