How to Apply

The SUNY Online Application is accepted by most SUNY campuses and allows you to apply to multiple SUNY colleges with one application.

The Common Application is accepted by selective national colleges and allows you to apply to any participating school with one application.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated costs: 2015-2016

New York State resident:
$7,669 per year

Out-of-State Resident:
$17,519 per year

Costs are subject to change without notice. For the most accurate overall costs, visit the Student Accounts and Residence Life websites.


Admission Requirements

Admission is based on academic performance in high school and on space availability. Successful applicants will be those who submit a completed application (i.e., application form, standardized test scores, essay, and high school transcript) with a demonstrated competitive high school curriculum. Students who apply without demonstrated success in a competitive curriculum may be reviewed using “holistic review,” which includes a variety of factors (e.g., standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, strength of high school program completed, and extracurricular participation).

Special consideration for admission is available to applicants with extenuating circumstances that may have affected their past academic record. Students admitted under the special consideration provision may have stipulations attached to their admission (e.g., specific course enrollment, academic skill development, mentoring). The percentage of special consideration admissions will be reviewed annually in a meeting of the Standards for Students Committee and the associate vice president for enrollment management.

Acceptance Rate

SUNY Buffalo State accepts about 62 percent of first-time applicants.

Class Profile (Fall 2015)

General Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 82–88.4 (Middle 50%) | 85.3 (Mean)

Honors Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 91.9–95.3 (Middle 50%) | 93.8 (Mean)

EOP Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 79.2–84 (Middle 50%) | 81.9 (Mean)


SUNY Buffalo State offers rolling admission which means there is no fixed application deadline.
Applications are reviewed as they are completed and received.
You are welcome to submit an application at any time during the year, but are encouraged to apply as soon as you are able. The majority of our classes fill early in the semester.


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Undergraduate Admissions

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Moot Hall 110
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4017  •  Fax: (716) 878-6100
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