University at Buffalo

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,070
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$18,119
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.9%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
67%
30,247 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
32,347
82.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
75.1%
2,493 Graduates

About

University at Buffalo is a higher education institution located in Erie County, NY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University at Buffalo were General Business Administration & Management (770 degrees awarded), General Psychology (648 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (355 degrees).

In 2020, 9,279 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University at Buffalo. 48.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,358 degrees), 4.32 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1009 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University at Buffalo is $7,070, which is $−21,559 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University at Buffalo is $7,070, which is $−21,559 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,119.

In 2020, 60% of undergraduate students attending University at Buffalo received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,070
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University at Buffalo was $7,070. The cost of tuition at University at Buffalo is $−21,559 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$18,119
2020 Value
4.95%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University at Buffalo had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,119. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University at Buffalo grew by 4.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,134
Room and Board
$1,203
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University at Buffalo was of $14,134 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,203. The cost of room and board increased by 2.99% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

60% of undergraduate students at University at Buffalo received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 3.45% with respect to 2019, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.9%
2018 Default Rate
155
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University at Buffalo was 2.9%, which represents 155 out of the 5347 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University at Buffalo received 30,247 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.16% annual growth. Out of those 30,247 applicants, 20,251 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67% acceptance rate.

There were 32,347 students enrolled at University at Buffalo in 2020, and 73% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University at Buffalo has an overall enrollment yield of 21.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
20,251
Accepted Out of 30,247

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University at Buffalo was 67% (20,251 admissions from 30,247 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 61.1%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 1.16%, while admissions grew by 10.9%.

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SAT Scores

73%
Submission Percentage
2,970
Scores Submitted

73% of enrolled first-time students at University at Buffalo in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University at Buffalo has a total enrollment of 32,347 students. The full-time enrollment at University at Buffalo is 26,599 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,748. This means that 82.2% of students enrolled at University at Buffalo are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University at Buffalo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.4% White, 13.5% Asian, 7.55% Black or African American, 6.56% Hispanic or Latino, 2.4% Two or More Races, 0.343% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0526% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University at Buffalo in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (27.4%), followed by White Female (20.3%) and Asian Male (9.65%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.5%), followed by White Male (21.2%) and Asian Female (6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University at Buffalo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32,347 students. The full-time enrollment at University at Buffalo is 26,599 and the part-time enrollment is 5,748. This means that 82.2% of students enrolled at University at Buffalo are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University at Buffalo was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), University at Buffalo had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,337
  2. Asian
    4,383
  3. Black or African American
    2,442

The enrolled student population at University at Buffalo is 47.4% White, 13.5% Asian, 7.55% Black or African American, 6.56% Hispanic or Latino, 2.4% Two or More Races, 0.343% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0526% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,954 students (6.04%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 251 fewer women than men received degrees from University at Buffalo. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University at Buffalo is white (4,358 degrees awarded). There were 4.32 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1009 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University at Buffalo is General Business Administration & Management (770 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (648 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (355 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University at Buffalo, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (207 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,429 degrees), and Library Science (40 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Other managers (535,496 people), Software developers (419,852 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (340,329 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (333,240 people), and Civil engineers (259,179 people).

The most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Architecture and Related Services (207 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,429 degrees), Library Science (40 degrees), Social Sciences (933 degrees), and Physical Sciences (233 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Surgeons, Physicians, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Architecture and Related Services (207 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,429 degrees), Library Science (40 degrees), Social Sciences (933 degrees), and Physical Sciences (233 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Architectural, engineering & related services (587,769 people), Computer Systems Design (552,945 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (476,757 people), Construction (360,521 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (351,437 people).

The most specialized majors at University at Buffalo are Architecture and Related Services (207 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,429 degrees), Library Science (40 degrees), Social Sciences (933 degrees), and Physical Sciences (233 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University at Buffalo.
Most Common
  1. 770 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 648 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 355 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University at Buffalo was General Business Administration & Management with 770 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,765
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,514
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,765 degrees were awarded to men at University at Buffalo, which is 1.06 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,514).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 619 degrees were awarded to men at University at Buffalo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.86 times more than the 333 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 497 degrees were awarded to women at University at Buffalo in General Psychology, which is 2.91 times more than the 171 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

60%
100% Completion Time
76%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 60% of students graduating from University at Buffalo completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 76% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 77% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University at Buffalo is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.25% of graduates (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,358 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,009 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    512 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University at Buffalo is white (4,358 degrees awarded). There were 4.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1009 degrees).

5.52% of degree recipients (512 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    2,206 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,152 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    532 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University at Buffalo is white male (2,206 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2,152 degrees).

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Operations

University at Buffalo has an endowment valued at nearly $789M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.01M (0.889%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University at Buffalo had a total salary expenditure of $1.15B. University at Buffalo employs 395 Associate professors, 386 Professors, and 376 Assistant professors. Most academics at University at Buffalo are Male Professors (278), Male Associate professors(220), and Male Assistant professors (189).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University at Buffalo are: Service, with 465 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 459 employees, and Management with 358 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$789M
2020 Endowment
1.13%
decline from 2019

University at Buffalo has an endowment valued at about $789M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University at Buffalo declined 1.13% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $487M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $138M - Federal
  2. $18.4M - State
  3. $927k - Local

As of 2020, University at Buffalo received $138M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $18.4M from state grants and contracts, and $927k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$476M
2020 Salaries
0.00571%
decline from 2019

In 2020, University at Buffalo paid a median of $476M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($1.15B) and a 0.00571% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.52% growth from 2018 and a 4.07% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$137M
Instructional Salaries
1,240
Number of Employees

In 2020, University at Buffalo paid a total of $137M to 1,240 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
395 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
465 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University at Buffalo were Associate professor with 395 employees; Professor with 386 employees; and Professor with 376 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University at Buffalo were Service with 465 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 459 employees; and Management with 358 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University at Buffalo was Male Professor with 278 employees, Male Associate professor with 220 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 189 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University at Buffalo.

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