Last year I interviewed on Friday 12/7 and called the following Wednesday and was told I was accepted. I know a bunch of others that interviewed after the 1st and are in so you definitely do have hope. People at Buffalo are easy to talk to so don't be too worried about the interview.
I'm a student at UB now and we are more clinically focused. We have optional paid research opportunities in the summer but not required. I know we do get a good clinical experience at Buffalo but I have always heard that Temple is one school that does have really high numbers for procedures that students do. But Buffalo is good and has some things changing to get us started in the clinics earlier on. Not clear on all the details but we heard this week that next year we are supposed to start a program where 1st years are paired with 3rd years, and 2nd years with 4th. and I think they said we will be spending a half day a week in the clinic with our upperclass partner assisting and learning the way things go in the clinic so we will be familiar when we get there for real in 3rd year and dont waste and time. Also at the end of second year we were told we will have more opportunities to do simple work on the 4th year's patients and then when they graduate we take them over so we are familiar with them. I think there was also talk about a sim lab but I dont think my class would get any benefit from it but I think class of '13 would (you can ask more about that at the interview because i'm not certain)
Yeah Buffalo is cheap out of state, and you can get instate after your 1st year. Tuition is going up a little but its still 10's of thousands cheaper than Temple.