University at Buffalo - UB • Buffalo, United States
Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, University at Buffalo (or UB for short) has been educating undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional students since 1846. In fact, UB is the largest campus in the SUNY system. It is an institution heavily invested in research and is known for its high standards academics-wise.
Comprised of three campuses, UB currently caters for approximately 30,000 students, with around two thirds being undergraduates, and the other third graduate and professional. The university boasts an impressive undergraduate-undergraduate instructor ratio of 13 to 1. In total, approximately 2,530 are employed as UB faculty members.
The staff and students work and study across the three campuses. Firstly, we have the North Campus; the university’s suburban academic centre containing 125 buildings. It is the largest of the three UB locations. Most of UB’s academic programmes are based here, in suburban Amherst, to be exact. You can find modern academic and research facilities, student accommodation, and sports facilities on campus here, surrounded by green areas.
Next is South Campus in, as the university describes it, a ‘classic neighbourhood setting.’ The campus is a famous site of west state of New York, and its history dates backs to the 1920s. Among its 49 buildings, student accommodation can be found here too, as well as state of the art academic facilities, just like North Campus. Several of the university’s schools in the area of medicine and health are located here.
Finally, we have Downtown Campus. It is made up of 19 buildings, the most significant of which is the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Several world-class centres in the area of medicine can be found close to Downtown Campus.
UB is made up of many academic departments which are themselves organised under various schools, namely: Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dental Medicine, Management, and Architecture and Planning. In addition there are several libraries at the disposal of staff and students. The Silverman Library is open 24 hours while the others, such as Lockwood, Music, Special Collections, and Law have reasonable opening hours.
UB has a huge network of past students amounting to over 255,000 who live across the globe – in around 150 countries. Notable alumni include a former minister of education for the People’s Republic of China, NASA’s lead astronaut for medical issues, and a former president of the American Medical Association.