SUNY Buffalo State

When the college opened its doors in 1871 as the Buffalo Normal School, its purpose was to train teachers to serve Buffalo’s fast-growing student population in the public schools. In 1945, Buffalo State was authorized to establish its first master's degree and began accepting students on July 1, 1946 with an initial registration of 70 graduate students.  From the beginning, Buffalo State focused on making quality education accessible to students while addressing the needs of the Western New York community.

The only State University of New York (SUNY) college located in a metropolitan area, Buffalo State offers its students unparalleled educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, both on the 115-acre campus and throughout the community. Buffalo was ranked #3 in Travel & Leisure's list of America's Favorite Cities in 2017 and voted as one of the "hottest" cities for 25-34 year olds in 2015 because of job opportunities, cost of living and the variety of social and recreational activities available.

Buffalo State is the largest college in the SUNY system, with 64 graduate programs, including five certificate of advanced study programs, and eight graduate certificate programs, as well as 79 undergraduate programs. The college also offers 8 postbaccalaureate teacher certification (undergraduate status) programs.