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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York: Narrative Description


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Buffalo, NY 14260
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1846. Setting: 1,350-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $428.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $111.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8855 per student. Total enrollment: 27,276. Faculty: 1,746 (1,142 full-time, 604 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 18,207 applied, 56% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 62% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 15 valedictorians. Full-time: 16,509 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 1,329 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 78 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 10% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, 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 all institutions in the western New York area, Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, portfolio, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,610 full-time, $442 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1616 full-time, $72 per credit hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7226. College room only: $4336. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: PODER-Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, Crew, LaCross. Major annual events: September Welcome, Fallfest/Springfest, Homecoming/Parents' Weekend. 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, self-defense and awareness programs. College housing designed to accommodate 6,673 students; 6,843 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Lockwood Library plus 7 others with 3.4 million books, 5.4 million microform titles, 34,126 serials, 188,300 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.2 million. 2,391 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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