Buffalo State’s freshman class largest in school’s history; affordability is key

Aug 25, 2015

Students are returning to college campuses starting this week.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley was at SUNY Buffalo State's campus where it was 'move-in' day for freshman preparing for a new school year.

Freshman move-in day at Buffalo State College campus.
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The many student items being moved into dorms at Buffalo State.
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Students and parents unloaded stacks of boxes, bedding and suitcases and rolled them across sidewalks to dorm rooms. 

Nearly 2,000 new students enrolled for this fall making this the largest freshmen class in the college's history.  

Parents & families moving freshman in at Buffalo State.
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Buffalo State was ranked 28th in the "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast", and it appears avoiding college debt attracted some students. 

Dana Fraser is from Brooklyn, New York and was excited to move into Porter Hall, one of the Buffalo State dorm buildings.  

"Besides the fact that it is affordable, you know they really have a good student life here," said  "The base for this school is completely awesome."
                
Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner was nearby watching all the activity. She tells WBFO News affordability and the college's reputation seem to be spreading.  

Katherine Conway-Turner, President at Buffalo State.
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"So we have really quite a great -- you know -- buzz down in the New York City area," Conway-Turner said. "Buffalo is on fire right now. People are thinking about Buffalo that probably had not thought about it five or ten years ago, and it becomes a choice."
        
Lower tuition costs also attracted Aminah Rivera from Queens, New York. WBFO News asked why she selected Buffalo State. "They were giving a lot of scholarship money, so I couldn't say no 'cuz no one wants to have a bunch of debt when you get out of school," responded Rivera.

Freshman Aminah Rivera from Queens, New York moving in at Buffalo State dorm.
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Rivera was moving in with her parents.  "It's fantastic. It's time for her to get on her own and start, you know, living some life. I'm all about that. I think it's a great thing," said Abraham Burton, Rivera's father.  

Burton said tuition is a big factor. "Luckily for me it was the place she actually wanted to go to. So it worked out good for us. From all the schools that she got accepted to, this defiantly was the school that provided the most support in terms of finances. said you can't beat Buff State's tuition," said Burton.
                 
Thousands of University at Buffalo students are also set to return to the north and south campuses this week.  UB Freshman move in Thursday, with returning students on Saturday.  The campuses will also host an opening weekend. 

Classes begin at UB and Buff State Monday, August 31st.