Daemen College

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Daemen College
Rosary Hall
Former names
Rosary Hill College
MottoA World of Opportunity
Endowment$21.2 million (2019)[1]
PresidentGary A. Olson
Location, ,
United States

42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.9654°N 78.7888°W / 42.9654; -78.7888Coordinates: 42°57′55″N 78°47′20″W / 42.9654°N 78.7888°W / 42.9654; -78.7888
Colors   Blue and white

Daemen College is a private college in Amherst, New York.[2] Daemen was founded in 1947 by the Sisters of St. Francis. Daemen serves roughly 3000 students and has over 36 degree majors in business, healthcare and education for undergraduate and graduate students.


Rosary Hill College for women was established in 1947 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. That order's founder, Mother Magdalene Daemen, was recognized when the school was renamed Daemen College in 1976 (the same year it became non-sectarian). The college has admitted men since the mid-1960s and graduated its first male student in 1968.


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

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, are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing as a member of the East Coast Conference. Formerly, the Daemen College 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 and field. Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball. Names prior to Wildcats include the Rosary Hill College Angels, the Daemen College Demons, Golden Warriors and Warriors.

The college was the first private college in the Buffalo-Niagara region to start an official esports team. In 2018, the team competed in League of Legends, Hearthstone and Quake Champions.[3]

Notable people[edit]




  • Cajetan J. B. Baumann, an architect who designed the original library structure, Marian Library (now Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts), Daemen Hall (currently the theatre space) and Duns Scouts Hall.


  1. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/daemen-college-2808
  2. ^ Overview of Daemen College (Map). USGS. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
    - Buffalo NE Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1989. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Daemen esports". Daemen College Athletics.

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