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The SUNY Application

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

For first-year students only. Transfer students must apply using the SUNY application.

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

Spring 2019 (January 2019) applicants: The Common Application will close July 27, 2019. It will reopen on August 1, 2019, for spring 2019 and fall 2019 applicants.


Tuition and Fees

Estimated costs: 2019-2020

New York State resident:
$8,472 per year

Out-of-State Resident:
$18,382 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

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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.

Civic engagement and social responsibility are hallmarks of a Buffalo State education. Future Bengals: Be assured that any disciplinary action associated with your participation in a peaceful protest will not jeopardize your admission to Buffalo State.

Acceptance Rate

SUNY Buffalo State accepts about 58 percent of first-time applicants.

Class Profile (Fall 2018)

General Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 79–88 (Middle 50%) | 84 (Mean)

Honors Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 93–95 (Middle 50%) | 94 (Mean)

EOP Admitted Student Profile
High School Average: 77.4–81.5 (Middle 50%) | 81.3 (Mean)

Special Opportunities: Roar In 4: Four-Year Guarantee

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All first-time, full-time undergraduates
enrolled at Buffalo State are automatically
eligible for the Roar in 4 guarantee—
which guarantees students' ability to
graduate with a bachelor's degree 
within four years.

How It Works

Special Opportunities: Bengal Pride Scholarship

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The Bengal Pride Scholarship provides
annual awards of $7,500 to first-time,
out-of-state students who are the children
of Buffalo State alumni.


How to Apply


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 Enrollment Deadlines

  Spring 2020   Fall 2019
 Application deadline     1/3/20   8/1/19
 Deadline to submit required documents    1/10/20   8/8/19  
 Classes begin    1/27/20








Buffalo State College accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. Some programs and scholarships have limited availability and may close before the priority deadline so we recommend that you apply well before these dates.

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