SUNY Buffalo State College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

SUNY Buffalo State College

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The State University College at Buffalo is a public university with an acceptance rate of 61%. First opened in 1871, Buffalo State is part of the State University of New York System. Students can choose from 79 undergraduate and 64 graduate programs. The college originally specialized in teacher education, and today education and other professional programs such as business, communications and criminal justice are the most popular among undergraduates. On the athletic front, most of the Buffalo State Bengals teams compete in the NCAA Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference. Football competes in the Liberty League.

Considering applying to SUNY Buffalo State? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, SUNY Buffalo State had an acceptance rate of 61%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 61 students were admitted, making Buffalo State's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,815
Percent Admitted 61%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

SUNY Buffalo State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. The majority of Buffalo State applicants submit SAT scores, and the school does not provide data about admitted students' ACT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 440 570
Math 420 560
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of SUNY Buffalo State's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to SUNY Buffalo State scored between 440 and 570, while 25% scored below 440 and 25% scored above 570. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 420 and 560, while 25% scored below 420 and 25% scored above 560. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1130 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at SUNY Buffalo State College.


SUNY Buffalo State does not require SAT Subject tests or the optional writing section for the SAT or the ACT. Note that SUNY Buffalo State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT and ACT test dates.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of SUNY Buffalo State College's incoming freshmen class was 85. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Buffalo State have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

SUNY Buffalo State College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
SUNY Buffalo State College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to SUNY Buffalo State College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

SUNY Buffalo State College, which accepts over half of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. However, SUNY Buffalo State also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside SUNY Buffalo State's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green data points represent students who were admitted to SUNY Buffalo State. You can see that most had a high school GPA (unweighted) of a B- or better, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 900 or higher, and an ACT composite of 17 or higher. Grades and standardized test scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances of admission.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and SUNY Buffalo State College Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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