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University at Buffalo

Country : United States University at Buffalo

Region : New-York

City : Buffalo

Web site : www.buffalo.edu

The State University of New York at Buffalo is a public research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York, United States. It is commonly referred to as the University at Buffalo (UB) or SUNY Buffalo, and was formerly known as the University of Buffalo. The university was founded in 1846 as a private college, but in 1962 merged with the State University of New York (SUNY) system. By enrollment, UB is the largest in the SUNY system, and also the largest public university in the northeastern United States (consisting of New York state and the New England region). UB also has the largest endowment and research funding, as a comprehensive university center in the SUNY system.

As of 2017, the university enrolls 29,806 students in 13 colleges. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, the university houses the largest state-operated medical school, dental school, education school, business school, engineering school, and also features the only state law school, architecture and urban planning school, and pharmacy school in the state of New York. The university offers over 100 bachelor's, 205 master's, 84 doctoral, and 10 professional areas of study.

According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University at Buffalo is a Doctoral University with the Highest research activity (R1). In 1989, UB was elected to the Association of American Universities, which represents 62 prestigious, leading research universities in the United States and Canada. UB's alumni and faculty have included a Prime Minister, astronauts, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, 3 billionaires, Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, and Rhodes Scholars. The university was founded by U.S. President and U.S. Vice President, Millard Fillmore, who served as the school's first chancellor, making UB one of the only two universities founded by a U.S. President.

In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2017 inaugural ranking, UB was ranked as the #1 public university in New York and #28 in the nation. Buffalo has consistently placed in the top cluster of U.S. public research universities and among the overall top 30 research universities according to the Center for Measuring University Performance and was ranked as the 38th best value for in-state students and the 27th best value for out-of-state students in the 2012 Kiplinger rankings of best value of national universities. U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UB 99th on their list of best national universities and 43rd among public universities.

UB is organized into 13 academic schools and colleges.

  • The School of Architecture and Planning is the only combined architecture and urban planning school in the State University of New York system and offers the only accredited professional master's degree in architecture and is one of two SUNY schools that offers an accredited professional master's degree in urban planning. In addition, the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning also awards the original undergraduate four year pre-professional degrees in architecture and environmental design in the SUNY system. Other degree programs offered by the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning include a research oriented Master of Science in Architecture with specializations in historic preservation/urban design, inclusive design, and computing and media technologies; a PhD in urban and regional planning; and, an advanced graduate certificate in historic preservation.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1915 and is the largest and most comprehensive academic unit at UB with 25 academic departments, 12 academic programs, and 21 centers and institutes across the humanities, arts, and sciences.
  • The School of Dental Medicine was founded in 1892 and offers accredited programs in DDS, oral surgery, and other oral sciences.
  • The Graduate School of Education was founded in 1931 and is one of the largest graduate schools at UB. The school has four academic departments: counseling and educational psychology, educational leadership and policy, learning and instruction, and library and information science. In academic year 2008–2009, the Graduate School of Education awarded 472 master's degrees and 52 doctoral degrees.
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was founded in 1946 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in six departments. It is the largest public school of engineering in the state of New York.
  • The School of Law was founded in 1887 and is the only law school in the SUNY system. The school awarded 265 JD degrees in the 2009–2010 academic year.
  • The School of Management was founded in 1923 and offers AACSB-accredited undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral degrees.
  • The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is the founding faculty of the UB and began in 1846. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the biomedical and biotechnical sciences as well as a MD program and residencies.
  • The School of Nursing was founded in 1936 and offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in nursing practice and patient care.
  • The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was founded in 1886, making it the second-oldest faculty at UB and the only pharmacy school in the SUNY system.
  • The School of Public Health and Health Professions was founded in 2003 from the merger of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and the UB School of Health Related Professions. The school offers a bachelor's degree in exercise science as well as professional, master's and PhD degrees.
  • The School of Social Work offers graduate MSW and doctoral degrees in social work.
  • The Roswell Park Graduate Division is an affiliated academic unit within the Graduate School of UB, in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, an independent NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Roswell Park Graduate Division offers five PhD programs and two MS programs in basic and translational biomedical research related to cancer. Roswell Park Cancer Institute was founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park and was the world's first cancer research institute.


University at Buffalo is a large, public research university with very high research activity. The university has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. In 2009, the university awarded 4,036 bachelor's degrees across 74 undergraduate programs, 2,076 master's degree across 190 programs, 367 doctoral degrees across 83 programs, and 609 professional degrees across 18 programs.

The State University of New York at Buffalo is often referred to as New York's public flagship university.

The four-year, full-time undergraduate program comprises the majority of enrollments at the university which emphasizes a balanced curriculum across the arts, sciences, and professions. The university enrolled 19,951 undergraduate and 9,855 graduate students in the fall of 2015. Women make up 48% of the student body and 78% of the student body is from the state of New York. 7,204 students live on-campus, 10,172 students live off campus, and 11,505 students commute; Despite this strikingly high number of commuters, over 70% of students live on campus their first year. Note: The term "off campus" includes students who live in the residential apartments within the campus perimeter. Undergraduate tuition, room & board, and fees for New York state residents for the 2011–2012 school year totals $18,681 and costs to out-of-state residents totals $27,461.

Emphasis has been placed on developing a community of research scientists centered around an economic initiative to promote Buffalo and create the Center of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences as well as other advanced biomedical and engineering disciplines.

Total R&D for the fiscal year of 2013 was at $360 million, ranking 61st, which is higher than that of Brown, Dartmouth, Tufts, and others. UB offered an early Computer Science major (distinct from a mathematics major). Additionally, UB played a significant role as a crucial internet hub for the eastern seaboard during the internet's inception.

University at Buffalo academic and professional faculty are represented by United University Professions. The two UUP chapters at the University at Buffalo are Health Sciences and Buffalo Center. United University Professions has over 34,000 members at 29 campuses of SUNY.

The University at Buffalo is also one of only two public schools in New York to have a medical school and a dental school, the other being the Stony Brook University.

Rankings and reputation

U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UB 99th on their list of "Best National Universities", and 43rd among public universities. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks UB 1st on their "Green Power List" of top colleges and universities. In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2017 inaugural ranking of top colleges and universities, the University at Buffalo was ranked as the 1st best public university in New York and 28th best in the nation

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is ranked 63rd. The School of Management is ranked 77th by U.S. News, 45th by Forbes and 47th by BusinessWeek, making UB the highest ranked public business school in New York. The School of Education at UB is well regarded, and is ranked 71st. The School of Public Health and Health Professions is ranked 31st, the School of Nursing is ranked 75th for masters, 38th for doctorate, with the anesthesia program ranking 10th in the nation. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is ranked 22nd, the School of Social Work is ranked 27th, the School of law is ranked 100th. UB was ranked the 64th best college for veterans.

The audiology program is ranked 17th, rehabilitation counseling is ranked 21st, speech-language pathology is ranked 30th, English is ranked 44th, library and information studies is ranked 39th, math is 73rd, physics is 85th, fine arts is 69th, political science is 76th, history is 92nd, physical therapy is 79th, occupational therapy is 32nd, computer science is 63rd, chemistry is 76th, statistics is 70th, psychology is 63rd, and clinical psychology is ranked 50th.

U.S News ranking of best online programs ranks UB 21st in "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and 10th in "Best Online Graduate Education Programs".

In the 2015–2016 edition of "World University Rankings", Times Higher Education ranked UB at 191. US News and Report ranked the university 181 on their "Best Global Universities" ranking. College magazine ranked SUNY Buffalo #4 in the "best campuses for out-of-state students". In Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges" of 2012, the University at Buffalo ranks 38th in the nation for in-state students and 27th in the nation for out-of-state students. In 2015, SUNY Buffalo was ranked #15 in New York State by average professor salaries.

Sources : Wikipedia, www.buffalo.edu

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