First-Year Programs

SUNY Buffalo State provides an excellent education that prepares students to succeed in life.

Our academic programs have demanding expectations that challenge even the most gifted students. When you add factors such as moving to a new place and adjusting to a roommate, the educational challenge can become harder to face. First-year programs at Buffalo State work to help all Buffalo State students meet our high academic expectations while providing comprehensive support as students adjust to our educational demands and connect to our campus community.

Buffalo State has two programs in its first-year experience: Linked Learn Communities and UNC 100: Mastering the Academic Environment Course. Research on universities around the world shows that students who participate in programs like these tend to get better grades, graduate sooner, and be happier with their college experience overall. This has been the experience here at Buffalo State as well.

Faculty Resources: Did You Know

Faculty Resources: Did You Know....

University College and the Professional Development Office sponsor professional development workshops for faculty teaching in courses with high enrollments of first-year students.  If you would like to suggest ideas and/or contribute to the resource page, please email.  Click on the following topics to access timely tips:

Bengal Community of Scholars

Linked Learning Communities

Linked Learning Communities consists of a group of scholars and their professors exploring a common theme. These learning communities are open to all students who want to get the most out of the Buffalo State experience.  A cohort of 25 students are enrolled in two linked courses in the fall semester and one course in the fall semester. 

UNC 100

UNC 100: Mastering the Academic Environment

UNC 100 provides strategies and lessons for success at Buffalo State. It further develops academic and living skills that are necessary in college life. This course provides an overview of the benefits of a college education, a liberal arts education, and a Buffalo State education. UNC 100 also provides specific information about procedures at Buffalo State that will facilitate students’ matriculation. Most importantly, the course teaches strategies and skills that will improve a student's likelihood of academic success.

UNC 100 is a good idea for a student if...

  • you are a first generation college student.
  • you have never been exposed to the difficulty of college course work.
  • you are newly fully independent (not living at home with parents and paying most of your own college expenses).
  • you want to give yourself the very best chance at academic excellence
Learning Communities

First-Year Honor Society

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national first-year honor society that has existed since 1924 and is well established at many colleges and universities. Our hope is that the Buffalo State chapter will assist our students by helping them find scholarships, opportunities for advanced learning, and community with other high achieving students.

Buffalo State was installed as a chapter of National Alpha Lambda Delta on February 16, 2008.

The Buffalo State Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta holds general interest meetings for students interested in membership. To be eligible a student must

  • have achieved a 3.5 grade point average as full time Buffalo State student during the fall 2007 semester
  • have not yet earned thirty credits toward a Buffalo State degree
  • The students of Buffalo State's First Year Honor Society committed to pursuing programs on scholarship opportunities, advanced academic opportunities, and community service opportunities. Contact Dr. Holly Quicksey for more information.
Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have questions about any of the first-year programs at Buffalo State, please contact:

Amitra Wall

First-Year Programs
Twin Rise Center 100
Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-5906
Fax: (716) 878-4037

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Twin Rise 100
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5906 •  Fax: (716) 878-4037