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College of the Month: The University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is a SUNY school established in 1846, and as you can imagine, is located in Buffalo. The school is large, with about 19,000 undergrads and has multiple campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York.

UB is known as a research institution. Its Center for Computational Research uses supercomputers and has some of the most powerful technology at an academic institution in the Eastern United States. But, considering how large the university is, if you're not interested in scientific research, you can still do many other things, with over 100 degrees to choose from.

UB is the only school in the SUNY system that offers accredited professional and pre-professional degrees in architecture and urban planning. Like SU, the university has different schools within it. There is the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Social Work, the School of Architecture and Planning, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and UB Law School.

The school also has its own newspaper, The Spectrum; a magazine, Generation; and its own radio station, WRUB. The campus also boasts its own Center for the Arts and Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, as well as twenty NCAA Division I sports teams.

In 2004, the school began the UB 2020 strategy to increase the school's size by 10,000 students, 750 faculty and 600 staff by 2020. This is done with the surrounding community kept in mind. Again, like Syracuse, the city of Buffalo relies heavily on the university for jobs and local projects. The school's growth is expected to increase funds brought to the local economy by 40 percent.

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