Current Name: North Campus
Former Name: Amherst Campus
The University at Buffalo's North Campus is located almost exactly in the center of the town of Amherst, NY approximately 3.5 miles from South Campus on the northeast edge of Buffalo, NY. In the mid 1960s, the University was quickly outgrowing its 178-acre campus which was once the grounds for the Erie County Almshouse and County Hospital. After a few unsuccessful attempts to acquire land for a new campus in downtown Buffalo, the University looked to the surrounding suburbs. Then governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller helped the University acquire 2,000 acres in Amherst, and in October, 1968 the University began the intensive planning for the newly-acquired land.
In July 1970, the State University Construction Fund and architectural design firm Sasaki, Dawson, Demay & Associates, Inc. published The Campus Plan in two volumes, which outlined in great detail the vision for the new campus.