Nazareth College (New York)

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Nazareth College
Nazareth College logo 2014.png
Type Private, Coeducational
Established 1924
Affiliation None (formerly Roman Catholic)
Endowment $59.6 million (2016)[1]
President Daan Braveman, J.D.
Academic staff
176 full-time
Students 2,823
Undergraduates 2,034
Postgraduates 789
Location Pittsford, NY, USA
Campus Suburban: 150 acres

Purple & Gold

Athletics NCAA Division III
Nickname Golden Flyers
Affiliations Empire 8
Mascot Golden Flyer

Nazareth College is a coeducational, private, religiously independent college in Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, in the U.S. state of New York. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1924, the college offers more than 60 undergraduate majors [2]and 24 graduate programs. Alumni and locals commonly refer to the school as "Naz" for short.


Golisano Academic Center, Nazareth College


At the request of Bishop Thomas Francis Hickey of Rochester, five Sisters of St. Joseph founded Nazareth College of Rochester in 1924. The first class was composed of 25 young women who began their studies in a large mansion on Lake Avenue in Rochester, New York. The original mansion that housed the college was known as "the Glass House." At that time, the college offered Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, each with a liberal arts core. In response to increasing enrollment, the college moved to a larger facility in 1928 at 402 Augustine Street.

Move to East Avenue[edit]

In January 1942, the college moved to its present campus on East Avenue in the suburb of Pittsford. In the 1950s, the college responded to the need for graduate study by adding majors and by the 1970s offered programs in teacher education and social work. Study abroad programs and intercollegiate sports were also added in the 1970s. During this time, the college became co-educational and independent of the Roman Catholic Church.

Nazareth competed in men’s intercollegiate athletics for the first time in 1977. The official nickname of the sports teams became the Golden Flyers — golden for the Nazareth color, and flyers for the bird-like symbol that is part of the old Nazareth logo. Today, Nazareth supports 24 varsity and 1 junior varsity teams. The most recent sport, added in 2012, is men’s ice hockey.[3] The College announced it will add women's hockey in fall 2018.[4]


In the early 2000s, the college purchased adjacent land from the Sisters of St. Joseph, including the former Motherhouse and Infirmary. This acquisition doubled the campus size to its current 150 acres. As a result of support from college benefactors (including Tom Golisano, the founder of Paychex), the Motherhouse became the Golisano Academic Center. The Infirmary became George Hall, a residence hall that also houses a coffeehouse and late night study area. The decade of the 2000s also saw the construction of additional student housing, including Portka Hall, Clock Tower Commons, and the Lyons and Breen apartment buildings.

In 2003, 30 years after becoming religiously independent, Nazareth College was removed from The Official Catholic Directory, having been declared no longer a Catholic institution by Rochester Bishop Matthew H. Clark. It was the second time since Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities in 1990, a bishop declared a historically Catholic college or university to be not Catholic.[5]

In 2012, Nazareth added Peckham Hall, the Integrated Center for Math and Science. Named after lead donors Nancy and Larry Peckham, the $30 million facility supports majors in math and science fields, as well as education programs. It also provides important learning facilities for students in health and human services programs.

Students work in a study area in Peckham Hall at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY

In 2015, the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute opened after an extensive renovation/expansion of Carroll Hall consolidated and doubled the size of the clinics associated with the college's School of Health and Human Services and added collaboration space.


Nazareth College is organized into four core schools:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Health and Human Services
  • The School of Management

Nazareth offers more than 60 four-year undergraduate programs, 20 master's degree programs, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and three post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

Undergraduate Majors and Programs

Accounting, Acting, American Studies, Anthropology, Art Education, Art History, Art (Studio Art), Art (Visual Communication Design), Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business Management, Chemistry, Chinese, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Communication and Media, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Therapy), Community Youth Development, Dance Studies, Economics, Education (Adolescence Education, Early Childhood and Elementary), Education (Special Education), English, Environmental Science and Sustainability, Finance, French, Guided Exploration of Majors (for undeclared majors) History, International and Global Studies, Italian, Law (3+3 with Syracuse U.), Legal Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Museums, Archives, and Public History, Music, Music/Business, Music Composition, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Therapy, Musical Theatre, Nursing, Nursing Accelerated Weekend R.N. to B.S., Occupational Therapy, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Technical Production, Theatre Arts, Toxicology, Undeclared program, Women and Gender Studies.

Graduate Programs American Studies, Art Education, Art Therapy, Business Organization and Management, Educational Technology Specialist, ESOL (post-master's certification program), Higher Education Student Affairs Administration, Human Resource Development, Human Resource Management, Inclusive Adolescence Education (to teach grades 7-12), Inclusive Childhood Education (to teach grades 1-6), Inclusive Early Childhood Education (to teach birth-grade 2), Integrated Marketing Communications, Leadership and Change Management, Literacy Specialist, Music Education, Music Therapy, Performance and Pedagogy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology, TESOL (with and without N.Y. state teaching certification)

Core curriculum

In 2013, Nazareth College revised its liberal arts core, required for all undergraduates. Changes were designed to emphasize real-world questions and experiential learning. Nazareth students choose a cluster of three integrated courses and create a digital portfolio showing their work, the connections they've made across disciplines, and their skills such as critical thinking and communication.

Bienvenue, one of many welcome banners in different languages, a symbol of the College's global focus.

Fulbright Program at Nazareth

  • Nazareth is ranked among the country's most prestigious colleges and universities for its number of Fulbright scholars. From 2013 to 2017, 15 Fulbrights were awarded to Nazareth students. The Chronicle of Higher Education placed Nazareth in the #1 spot (in the Master's Institutions category) of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012–13 list.[6] Since 1990, Nazareth graduates have been granted Fulbright awards for study in Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Venezuela, and Yemen.[7]
  • Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange.

Honors Program

  • Nazareth College offers an honors program to provide its most capable students with opportunities and challenges appropriate to their abilities and motivation. The goal of the program is to encourage academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and independent scholarship.
  • Students in the honors program study logic and rhetoric, plus 12 credits related to a scholarly, professional, or personal interest, and complete an honors thesis.[8]

Clinton Global Initiative University

In fall 2013, Nazareth College joined the Clinton Global Initiative University Network (CGI U), a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders who are developing solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. From 2014 to 2017, CGI U selected a total of 26 students from Nazareth College to attend its three-day international conference, based on the strength of the projects they proposed in health, education, youth empowerment, and the environment.[9]


Cell biology lab at Nazareth College
  • 150 acres (0.61 km2)
  • 24 buildings, including 11 residence halls, a 2,200-seat stadium and all-weather track.
  • The newest building: Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, expected to open during spring 2018.[10]
  • The Golisano Academic Center was built in 1927. It is the oldest and largest building on campus, once serving as the "motherhouse" for the Sisters of St. Joseph. It was purchased from the Sisters of St. Joseph in 2003 and is now used for academic and administrative purposes. Features of the Center include the ornate Linehan Chapel and Cafe Sorelle.
  • Nazareth's Integrated Center for Math and Science, Peckham Hall, opened in fall 2012, and led to Nazareth ranking among the top 20 science labs nationwide.[11] The center features multi-purpose research spaces (including state-of-the-art labs and classrooms), a range of support services, and a variety of student centers. It is also the first project on campus to achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green building rating.
  • The Nazareth College Arts Center, which houses the departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Art, has entertained almost three million people at performances since it opened in 1967. The Arts Center was renovated in September 2009 to become a dance and performance venue. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.)[12]
Fall foliage, Nazareth College
  • On-campus clinics for speech and hearing, reading and physical therapy allow students to gain practical experience, and are also open to the Rochester community.
  • Although Nazareth College has been independent since the 1970s, the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph is honored by the Meditation Garden located next to Golisano, which includes a labyrinth, benches, and a statue of Mary which once stood on the grounds of Smyth Hall.
  • The library was dedicated in 1957, and, after a major expansion in 1978, was renamed in honor of Lorette Wilmot (1927-1976), long time friend and benefactor of Nazareth College. The library's Saint Jerome Window was created by upstate New York artist John Menihan (1908-1992). To keep pace with changing technology and student needs, the library was expanded again in 1996 and partially renovated in 2010. The Thomas Merton Room houses the library's best known special collection.
  • A network of underground tunnels connects many buildings on campus, allowing students and employees to avoid the cold and snow of upstate New York winters.

Nazareth College Arts Center[edit]

Bend and Snap, a contemporary dance performance at the unveiling of the Nazareth College Arts Center, September 26, 2009.

Renovated in 2009, the Nazareth College Arts Center is a campus venue with spaces including:

  • Sands Family Pavilion, featuring a grand staircase leading to Callahan Theater;
  • Jayne Summers Hall, a space for gathering before performances and during intermission;
  • Fine Arts Gallery, a large space for Nazareth College, greater Rochester, and national exhibitions;
  • Lipson Patrons Lounge
  • Wegman Family Sculpture Garden, a four-season garden featuring three-dimensional artwork by Nazareth College faculty;
  • Master’s Family Community Theater, a smaller space for community performances and events;
  • Callahan Theater, a theater that seats approximately 800;
  • Performance Studio, a space for dance and theater rehearsals, instruction, and creation;
  • Margaret Colacino Gallery, a space for student and faculty art shows, as well as national art exhibitions.

The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Bach Children’s Chorus as well as the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. The Arts Center houses the Nazareth College departments of Art, Music, and Theatre & Dance.

Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue[edit]

The Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) at Nazareth College was founded in 2005. In 2011, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) of Herndon, Virginia offered Nazareth a major gift, provided it was matched by local donors. Brian and Jean Hickey matched this gift, resulting in renaming the center the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. The endowed chair of the Center was left to the IIIT, and they selected Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, who was imam of the Islamic Center of Rochester, the Rochester metropolitan area's largest mosque. The Center is part of Nazareth’s College of Arts and Sciences and located in the Golisano Academic Center. It has been a leader in advancing the power of dialogue and teaching students and members of the community strategies for living peacefully in a religiously diverse world. Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is the executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and a professor of Islamic and religious studies at the college.

Casa Italiana[edit]

The Casa Italiana (Italian House)[13] is a center of Italian language, literature, and culture. It serves as a cultural center for the college and the Rochester metropolitan area. Built with the help of the Italian-American community of greater Rochester in 1978, the Casa promotes traditional and contemporary Italian culture, explores the Italian-American experience, and seeks to enhance exchanges between the United States and Italy. The reading room at the Casa provides the college and the community with language and culture resources, and the classroom provides an environment in which students and community members can study the Italian language. Cultural events[14] organized by the Casa include lectures, cooking and language classes, film nights, conferences, concerts, seminars, symposia, bocce tournaments, art shows, and trips to Italy.

French House at Nazareth College

Maison Française[edit]

La Maison Française (French House) is a home converted into a cultural center[15] and residence hall[16] for 13 selected foreign language majors. The French House offers a living environment and resource center for students who wish to immerse themselves in French culture and practice speaking French. La Maison Française also offers a line-up of cultural events throughout the year. Such gatherings, which include French film nights, cultural and historical lectures, reader’s theater showcases, Francophone regional dinners and campus diversity dinners, occur on Thursday evenings and are prepared by the French department[17] and the house residents.

Casa Hispana[edit]

At the heart of the Spanish program[18] is the Casa Hispana[19], a lively place where students and community members enjoy films, conversation, art exhibitions, and a variety of events relating to the culture of Spain and the Latin American countries. The Casa also houses the offices of the Spanish program faculty, a library, and classrooms.


Spring at Nazareth College
  • Nazareth is among The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges" for 2018, which represents the top 15% of all colleges and universities in the US.[20]
  • The U.S. News & World Report (2018 edition) ranked Nazareth in the top tier of colleges and universities in the "Universities-North" category.[21]
  • Ranked a top college for veterans by G.I. Jobs Magazine and by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.


Nazareth Hockey

Nazareth's men's and women's athletic teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III. The Golden Flyers are a member of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference (Empire 8). For men's volleyball, Nazareth is a member of the single-sport United Volleyball Conference and for men's ice hockey, a member of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference. Athletic facilities at Nazareth include the Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium (1,200) and Golden Flyer Stadium (2,200).

Men's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and dance. The College announced plans to add women's hockey in 2018.[22]

The Nazareth men's lacrosse team is a three-time NCAA Division III National Champion (1992, 1996, and 1997). The team has also appeared in the NCAA postseason tournament nineteen times. In 2011, the Nazareth men's indoor volleyball team achieved a #1 national ranking and won the Molten Division III National Championship, while in 2013 they finished runner-up in the NCAA Division III championship to Springfield.

Nazareth College's traditional rival is St. John Fisher College, just a mile to the north. The annual men's basketball game between the schools is known as "The Battle of the Beaks."

Community service[edit]

Nazareth College celebrates a tradition of community service in the Rochester area. More than 95 percent of students are involved in community service through academic service-learning, student organizations, athletics, and residence life. Nazareth has an on-campus Center for Civic Engagement to serve as a resource for students, staff and faculty who want to learn and serve in the context of the local, regional, national and global communities. The Center is also a point of contact for community members seeking College involvement with local organizations, programs and projects. The school also has a campus ministry program to connect students to various volunteer organizations.[23] In addition, over 60% of alumni are known to participate regularly in community service. In 2007, the college was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with distinction).[24] And in 2013, Nazareth was only one of five schools in the country named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive, at the federal level, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.[25]


Nazareth has more than 33,000 alumni residing in all 50 states and 38 countries around the world.

Alumni networking program, Nazareth College School of Management.

Notable Nazareth alumni include:

Traditions and lore[edit]

  • All incoming students receive a Golden Flyer keychain from Alumni Relations. Upon graduation, they are encouraged to present the keychain to someone in the Nazareth community who has made a difference in their life.
  • January brings Winter Wonderland, with crafts, sweet treats, husky puppies, ice carving, wagon rides, and more.
  • Each April, Nazareth students celebrate the year with a festive event called Springfest.
  • Each spring, faculty and staff do the cooking and serving for a Midnight Breakfast before final exams.
  • An annual Battle of the Beaks basketball game between Nazareth and St. John Fisher College raises money for Golisano Children's Hospital.

For more: Annual Events Calendar

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO. February 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
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  3. ^ "New beginning at Nazareth". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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  5. ^ "New York Archdiocese Says Marist College 'No Longer Catholic'". Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  6. ^ " :: Nazareth Named Top Fulbright Producer". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  7. ^ " :: Fulbright Program". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Honors Program - Nazareth College, Rochester NY". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  9. ^ " :: CGIU". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Nazareth College". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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  18. ^ "Spanish". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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  21. ^ " :: News". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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  23. ^ "Nazareth College Undergraduate Admissions: Fast Facts". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  24. ^ "Learn and Serve America". Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  25. ^ " :: Presidential Award Winner". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 

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