Buffalo Seminary School

New York, USA

All Girls, no religious affiliation
Boarding and Day School

  1. Founded: 1851
  2. Grades: 9-12
  3. Number of Students: 250
  4. Average Class Size: 12
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: 17
  7. Min TOEFL: 80
  8. ESL: No
  9. SSAT: No

In Buffalo, NY
Nearest Airport: Buffalo

About the school

Founded in 1851, Buffalo Seminary is one of the oldest all-girls schools in New York State. SEM is an independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. The school’s urban campus maximizes the benefits of city living: parks, galleries, architecture, shops and cafes are steps away. SEM’s campus includes five historic homes, numerous Harkness table classrooms, skylit art studio, science labs and technology labs with a digital printer and NAO robot. The contemporary Performing Arts Center (black box theater), MAC lab, darkroom, squash courts, and a fitness and erg room ensure an outstanding school experience. At SEM academics are extremely rigorous, and creative, independent thinking is valued. An average class size of 12 and Harkness table learning guarantees individual attention from teachers. The 1:1 tablet program, STEM, and digital literacy curricula give girls competency and inspiration to pursue science in college and career. As a result Buffalo Seminary students enter the top colleges in the world including MIT, Yale and Cornell. The school also boasts championship sports programs in rowing and tennis.

College acceptance

Babson College, Case Western Reserve University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Hobart and William, Smith Colleges, Indiana University at Bloomington, MIT, Michigan State University, New York University, Ohio State University, SUNY all campuses, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University – Skidmore College, Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, University of Miami, University of Toronto (Canada), Yale University.


AP courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • French Language
  • US Government & Politics
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History
  • AP Psychology and AP Computer Science through Online School for Girls

Foreign languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Chinese senior elective

ENGLISH: Classics, Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
HISTORY: Asian History, European History, Honors, United States History, World History, New York State History
SCIENCES: Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Health, Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics
MATH: Algebra, Calculus, Honors, Math, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry
COMPUTER STUDIES: Computer Applications, Programming, Computer Science, Multimedia, STEAM, Sophomore Digital
ARTS: 3-D Design, Acting, Animation, Art, Art History, Drawing, Film and Video, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Publications, Studio Art, Theater Arts and Design


Amnesty International, Asian, Chess, Community Service, Diversity Club, Dorm Proctors, Drama, Environmental, Foreign Language, Honor Council, International Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, Outing Club, Peer Tutoring, Student Government, Student Publications, SADD Theater, Ski Club, Fashion Club, Animal Awareness Club, Total Body Fitness Bootcamp.


Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis.


The school’s four student residences are recently renovated historic homes next door to the school, headed by SEM faculty. Students stay in double and single rooms and share beautiful living rooms with fireplaces, kitchens and laundry facilities.

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