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College Centennial

Celebrating 100 years of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service

The College of Arts and Sciences is celebrating one-hundred years of excellence in teaching, research and service. In September 22, 1913, the first classes were offered in what would formally become the College of Arts and Sciences, which soon had 600 students and 31 faculty members. In 1967, the College was divided into the Faculties of Arts and Letters, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Then in 1998, it was reunited to become the College of Arts and Sciences, once again.

Today, the College is the largest and most diverse school at the University at Buffalo, comprising 25 departments, 16 programs and 23 centers. Along the way we have merged some departments and created others, and regularly refined and expanded degree offerings for our students. The College has always been prepared to examine its structure and processes, to respond effectively to the needs of its students and faculty. Our diversity and breadth of programs makes us resilient and strong. The College teaches about two-thirds of all undergraduate credit hours, includes some 475 faculty members and 220 staff members, and is home to approximately 6000 undergraduate and graduate majors.

This academic year we will celebrate our centennial, marking the occasion with a series of events throughout the year, including some in cities around the country where our alumni live and work. Please join us however you can to recognize and acclaim the many accomplishments of our faculty and students, graduates and supporters. We welcome you to share our joy and pride in the contributions that the people of the College have made to our communities and lives.

For a list of Centennial Events, please visit: