Daemen College

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Daemen College
Rosary Hall
Former names
Rosary Hill College
Motto A World of Opportunity
Established 1947
Endowment $19.8 Million
President Dr. Gary A. Olson
Students 3,005
Undergraduates 2,156
Postgraduates 849
Location Amherst, New York
42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.965373°N 78.788838°W / 42.965373; -78.788838Coordinates: 42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.965373°N 78.788838°W / 42.965373; -78.788838
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White         
Nickname Wildcats
Website http://www.daemen.edu/

Daemen College is a liberal arts college[1] in Amherst, New York.[2][3] It is a non-sectarian four-year liberal arts college that also offers graduate programs in business, healthcare and education.


Daemen was established in 1947 as Rosary Hill College for women by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, founded by Mother Magdalen Damen. The College graduated its first male alumnus in 1968, and changed its name in 1976 to honor the foundress of the order which founded Rosary Hill College. The college became nonsectarian in 1976.


There are more than thirty undergraduate programs and six graduate programs at the school.

Daemen College has a competency-based core curriculum in which students are expected to master critical thinking and creative problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. Also notable is Daemen's integration of service learning into the Core Curriculum.



Daemen College teams, the Wildcats (formerly the Warriors), are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing as a member of the East Coast Conference. Formerly, the Wildcats were part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the now-defunct American Mideast Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball.

Film appearances[edit]

Daemen College’s current presidential residence was one of several Western New York locations used for filming the movie Marshall (film).

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni/students[edit]


  1. ^ "Admissions". Daemen College. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ Overview of Daemen College (Map). USGS. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  3. ^ Buffalo NE Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1989. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 

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