University at Buffalo Reviews
The occupational therapy program at the University at Buffalo is a challenging yet fulfilling program. This program is 4 plus 1 masters degree to speed up the process of transition between bachelor and master's degree. The first 2 years consists of prerequisite courses such as common math, science, and liberal arts classes. These years are crucial for acceptance into the last 3 years of the program and very competitive. During the 3rd year, if students have passed a gross anatomy course over the summer, they start classes more geared towards occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and health care. The 3rd year is an important time to keep up with class content because it will impact academic status of the last 2 years of the program. After another summer class focusing on mental health and group interventions, students receive the bachelors portion of their combined degree. Some students at this point may choose to transfer out of the program. Those who continue can look forward to learning in-depth rehabilitation techniques and furthering their knowledge from prior courses. During the summer after the 3rd year students will experience their first fieldwork placement. These vary in type from skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals, to outpatient specialists and non traditional placements. There are 4 level 1 placements that require students to experience 4 different types of placements. These are week long placements, where students observe and learn how to interact with patients socially with minimal hands on practice. During the 4th and 5th year, students do 1 level 2 placement each year. These placements are meant to prepare students for graduation with entry level skills. Level 2 placements are 12 weeks long and spent off campus the whole time, with short communication assignments with the academic fieldwork coordinator. Starting the 4th year is also the beginning of a master's thesis. This is a research project that consists of applying therapeutic intervention and statistics to real people to improve knowledge of occupational therapy rehabilitation techniques.
The biomedical engineering program was relatively new when I started and although we felt like 'guinea pigs' at times, we got to see the program grow and adapt during our four years. We also matured and gained endurance for solving problems and working in teams. The times that we struggled with problems or doubted our abilities were the times that we experienced true engineering. BME alumni are super friendly and eager to answer your questions about the program- so don't hesitate! If you're trying to choose between this and another engineering program- this is kind of the 'jack of all trades major' where you get a taste of mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering, while seeing its application in the human body.
I believe the school is an excellent experience for someone who is looking to achieve a degree in the health sciences. The school has excellent on-campus assistance availabilities for educational and social purposes. The professors are all accommodating and are a great resource for students. The above ground tunnels allow for a more comfortable commute in inclement weather situations. From a financial stand-point, University at Buffalo is an excellent bang for your buck. Since it is a SUNY, it is financially competitive. From a social standpoint, the school has many clubs to participate in. I believe these clubs reflect the schools aptitude for inclusion of the diverse student population. There are also many sports and music events to attend that are provided by the school on an annual basis. Tickets are easy to get. The sports facility is new and is open late for those with a packed school schedule and are health conscious. The dorms are well renovated and maintained. If a student is interested in off-campus housing, there are resources on the school website to find affordable housing arrangements to fullfill a more well rounded student experience. The school is set in the town of Amhurst and is exceptionally safe. Although there is much snow, the town is great for cleaning everything up in the early morning to prevent a hindrance to day-to-day functions. There are a lot of parking lots so parking is never an issue. Just make sure to get a parking plaque prior to the beginning of the school year.
I enjoyed my experience at the University at Buffalo. As someone who is now pursuing her masters at NYU, I appreciated having had a traditional campus experience. It was a huge university and an institution that is constantly looking to improve its facilities and overall educational environment.
I attended the University of Arizona as a non-traditional transfer student. As a young military spouse, I had moved between 3 states in 2 years and had many challenges trying to stay in school. The University of Arizona was so accommodating even before matriculating as a student with an advisor for my desired major responding to a multitude of questions and even meeting with me during the semester. Once a became an official student, my major specific courses were intensive yet practical in the subject matter and well paced. One of the biggest benefits U of A offers is the emphasis in research that you get through your education which really sets you apart in pursuing post-graduate education and/or employment. Our instructors at the U of A are leaders in the field and are often in the middle of managing their own meaningful research studies where interested students are invited to volunteer or work for the studies. My program, in particularly, offered opportunities to be involved in the community and receive mentorship from students farther along in the program as well as from our faculty who had open door policies. U of A places a high value on the quality of your education and produces many benefits to make the experience successful including free tutoring in a wealth of subjects, de-stress activities during finals weeks such as free chair massages, many seminars and speaking events of world leaders and a variety of fields, free movies, and networking opportunities. The primary causes of any negative experiences I encountered were related to the very large class sizes of undergraduate general education courses such as first-year physics or biochemistry. Due to the sheer sizes of these courses, it was difficult to communicate with instructors and obtain help with specifics during the semester. Now several years after my graduation, I am incredibly thankful I attended U of A as I have been extremely prepared for my field and was very competitive getting into my dream graduate program. I intend to start my doctorate program this upcoming fall and know that I have an excellent foundation and research emphasis to succeed thanks to the experiences from U of A.
The University at Buffalo is a good school to go to to get a great education. From the professors to the students, everyone wants to help you succeed. The classes are organized nicely and are taught by professionals who are truly passionate about the topic in which they are teaching. UB provides a great learning environment supplemented by an easily accessible campus, many student life activities, and many opportunities to develop professionally in order to prepare you for a future career. I feel that my four years here were completely worthwhile and have allowed me to learn more about myself including my goals and passions, as well as prepare me for my future career. I would recommend UB to anyone who is interested!
The University at Buffalo provides a strong foundation in each of the majors offered at their school. In addition, there are many opportunities to become involved in undergraduate research, attend academic conferences, publish manuscripts, and gain the necessary skills to create a strong curriculum vitae when applying for graduate studies.
The university at Buffalo is a great research school located in the suburbs of Buffalo. A credit to this university is the diversity of students from many different backgrounds. To be successful at UB you must be prepared to take advantage of you academic opportunities here.
UB provided me with a well rounded architecture education. I feel confident in my internships as well as moving forward in my graduate career. The facilities and services provided are far better than other schools I looked at. They get visiting speakers and professors from all over the world with all sorts of different interests and backgrounds.
it is a great school that prepared me for the real world