University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY 14260
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The University of Buffalo is in Buffalo, New York. It is part of the State University of New York System that includes nine other campuses throughout the state. When it was established in 1846 as a private medical school, the university did not have its own campus. The campus now spans over 1,300 acres in the suburban Buffalo area. The university has received numerous awards and recognition. It was recently ranked the top public university in the state of New York by US News & World Report. The university is organized into 13 colleges and schools, including the School of Nursing, which was founded in 1936.  

The university offers several CCNE-accredited nursing programs, including a traditional BSN and accelerated BSN program. They also offer MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. graduate programs. The accelerated and traditional BSN programs are offered on campus, while the RN to BSN program is an online-only program. During the traditional program, students will complete 700 clinical hours of training at healthcare clinics and hospitals in the Buffalo area. With the RN to BSN program, students may also choose their learning format to complete the program in one or two years. At the end of the program, students complete a three-week preceptorship in New York City or Buffalo. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students30,648
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate87%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 24 132
Post-master's certificate 0 2
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Master's degree 0 0

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
07/01/1981 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1080 to 1260
ACT24 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $75

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$278/credit
In State Students$278/credit
Out of State Students$1,008/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$453/credit
In State Students$453/credit
Out of State Students$925/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,510 $12,510 $45,360
ADN 70 $19,460 $19,460 $70,560
BSN 125 $34,750 $34,750 $126,000
FNP 50 $22,650 $22,650 $46,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of University at Buffalo's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 33% $5,037
Other Federal Grant 18% $348
State Grant & Scholarships 45% $3,739
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 65% $3,301
Federal Student Loans 53% $7,785
Private Loans 8% $12,213


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,415
$30,001 to $48,000$13,497
$48,001 to $75,000$18,956
$75,001 to $110,000$22,147
Over $110,000$22,612

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New York state board of nursing.
University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

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