SUNY Buffalo State students rated the student health center and financial aid services best among comprehensive colleges in the SUNY 2012 Student Opinion Survey.
Administered every three years, the survey assesses the quality of student life on campus. When compared with the other 11 university colleges within SUNY, Buffalo State scored highest in student satisfaction with the services provided by Weigel Health Center and the Financial Aid Office, followed by job search assistance, college bookstore services, student input in college policies/plans, and opportunities for community service.
“The survey results recognize the level of attention our students receive on everything from health care to employment,” said Charles Kenyon, dean of students. “Our staff is dedicated to helping our students stay healthy, receive the financial help they need, and attain their educational and career goals.”
The Weigel Health Center provides wellness services for all registered students. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, the center sponsors professional and peer educators who present topics on such health issues as stress management, sexuality, violence, and alcohol and other drug-abuse prevention. Educational resources are available for student research or classroom projects.
The Financial Aid Office works to make a college education accessible to a diverse group of students by minimizing financial barriers and sharing expertise with students, parents, and the greater community. More than three out of four Buffalo State students receive some sort of financial aid—a combination of grants, special scholarships, or loans.
Students can obtain employment assistance through the Career Development Center (CDC). The CDC’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, meanwhile, connects students with a multitude of community agencies through volunteer projects and provides other real-world experiences. During the 2011-2012 academic year alone, some 1,677 students participated in service-learning projects, while Buffalo State faculty taught more than 80 courses on the subject.