a current student here
Particularly for in-state students, you really can't go wrong. UB, especially among those students who grew up in Buffalo, tends to have a very negative stigma among prospective students. THIS CANNOT BE MORE WRONG. I really can't stress that enough. Everyone I've ever talked to, from all around the country and all around the world, tells me the same thing (which I say as well): UB was my last choice, actually. I didn't really want to come here, but I'm really glad I did. This place is way better than I expected. It's true. I like to call it the Diamond in the Rough of Buffalo. Not only are there an unbelievably huge amount of things going on at all times on this campus (see above), but it also has the best value for your studies. This is really important, so I want to hammer this home as well as possible. When in high school, everyone is so focused on picking a school that's right for me and what I want to do. The hard truth is that unless you're one of the EXTREMELY small amount of people that 100% knows what they want to do for a career and what goals they have before they even graduate college, there is NO school that's right for you other than the school that GIVES YOU THE MOST OPTIONS. 99% of students go to college and change their minds, and that's ok. You absolutely want to pick a school that not only creates an environment for you to experience more than you could ever imagine, including cultures from countries all across the globe, but that also provides you with the flexibility of being able to change what you're studying. You really don't want to pick a small school that offers a relatively small amount of programs, just to possibly change your mind and then have to transfer because the school you chose to attend doesn't have a program in what you'd like to study after changing your mind. UB is like its own city.(and even people from New York City say this) - there's a lot to offer.