The University at Buffalo started the fall semester with 3,995 freshmen – its largest freshman class ever and a 12 percent increase over the 2015 class.
Charles F. Zukoski, UB provost, told faculty members during a meeting this week that the class was the biggest in the university’s history.
Zukoski cited significant “buzz” around Buffalo’s economic resurgence and UB’s academic programs, along with new student recruiting strategies, for the growing interest in the university, which had a 10 percent bump in applications for admission this year.
Total enrollment was up to 30,110 undergraduate and graduate students, although that number and the total freshman count will be in flux until the university does an enrollment “census” later this month. The total enrollment figure also includes students in UB’s Singapore and India programs. At the start of the semester, local enrollment was 28,435 students, university officials said.
The freshman class is more diverse and slightly stronger academically, at least by average SAT score, than in 2015, officials said.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced last October that the university, which already is the largest within the state system, would explore growing its overall enrollment by 2,000 students over five years.
About 1,700 freshmen enrolled at SUNY Buffalo State College this fall, down slightly from the fall 2015 freshmen enrollment of 1,892, which was the highest in 25 years at the college. Houghton College officials reported that the Allegany County campus welcomed its largest new student class in five years, with 307 first-year and transfer students.