|Motto||Find Your Course|
|Type||Private Member of Independent Colleges and Universities New York State|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic Church (Religious Sisters of Mercy)|
|President||Dr. Thomas J. Gamble|
|Location||Albany, New York, New York, USA|
|Colors||Blue, White, and Gold|
Maria College is a private, not-for-profit, baccalaureate degree-granting institution in Albany, New York.
Maria College was founded in 1958 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy to serve as a sister formation college, an institution where aspiring Sisters of Mercy could receive a college degree that would qualify them to teach. Under the leadership of Maria College's first President, Sister Mary Borromeo, the focus on educating only religious sisters slowly changed, and the College received permission to open its doors to the public in 1964.
Originally chartered by the New York Board of Regents as a junior college, Maria College offered a number of associate degrees in areas ranging from early childhood education to business management. Degree emphasis later changed to the health sciences, with particular emphasis on nursing, physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant programs. The charter was changed in September 2013 to allow Maria College to become a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Today, the College offers certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of disciplines, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Maria College is one of 16 colleges and universities sponsored by the national Conference for Mercy Higher Education network. Together the institutions in this network enroll more than 40,000 students throughout the United States.
The Maria College campus is located on New Scotland Avenue--west of Manning Boulevard in Albany, New York.
In 1968, the Religious Sisters of Mercy undertook a fundraising campaign and raised the funds to build the Maria College Main Building—a structure adjacent to their convent on New Scotland Avenue. The Main Building became the official home of Maria College and is still in use today. Recently renovated, it houses faculty offices, classrooms for business administration and liberal arts, science labs, the student cafe', fitness center, bookstore, library, business office and the president's office. In 1971, the College opened a preschool, behind the Main Building, that served Albany families for more than 40 years. Now closed, the campus school building was converted to classrooms in 2013, and also provides a home to the college admissions center and financial aid office. In 1975, Maria College purchased the adjacent Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, incorporating it into the Maria College campus. The monastery was converted into educational space and was renamed Marian Hall. Known for its distinctive architecture and inner courtyard, Marian Hall was awarded a designation by the Historic Albany Foundation in 1986. Today, Marian Hall provides a home for the health sciences, with faculty offices and labs serving the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Nursing programs. Adjacent to Marian Hall is the campus green—a large area that provides a venue for students between classes and is home to a number of large campus events.
Students are advised to apply early, as admittance to health science programs is highly competitive. Application is through the college website and the college admits both traditional and non-traditional students.
Throughout the year, Maria College enrolls approximately 900 students. The College attracts students from a nine state area, however the majority of students reside in the Capital Region (New York). The student population includes full and part-time students and both traditional (recent high school graduates) and adult returning students. The College offers evening and weekend classes, in addition to the traditional day campus curriculum.