Villa Maria College

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Villa Maria College
Latin: Villae Mariae Buffalensis
Where Talent Takes You
Established1961; 58 years ago (1961)
AffiliationFelician Franciscan
ChairmanCatherine Grantier Cooley
PresidentDr. Matthew Giordano
Vice-presidentBrian Emerson, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dr. Ryan Hartnett, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Don Monnin, Vice President for Mission, Mary Robinson, Vice President for Development, Mike Stowell, Vice President for Business
Academic staff
Location, ,
42°54′48″N 78°47′50″W / 42.913408°N 78.797223°W / 42.913408; -78.797223Coordinates: 42°54′48″N 78°47′50″W / 42.913408°N 78.797223°W / 42.913408; -78.797223
CampusBuffalo, New York
ColorsBlue and white         
AthleticsBasketball, soccer, cross country, bowling, cheerleading, eSports
NicknameVilla Vikings
Sporting affiliations

Villa Maria College is a private, Catholic college, founded in 1960 by the Felician Sisters. Located in Buffalo, NY.


Villa Maria offers bachelor's and associate degrees in the arts, sciences, and business. Programs include: Animation, Business Administration, Computer Software Development, Creative Writing and Literature, Digital Media and Communication, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Design, Graphic Design, Integrated Arts, Interior Design, Liberal Arts, Music, Music Industry, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Photography, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Psychology. The College also offers a historical preservation certificate program. Programs of study for minors include: Art Therapy, Business Administration, Creative Writing and Literature, Digital Media Marketing, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jazz, Marketing, Music Performance, Music Production for Non-Music Majors, Music Therapy, Photography, Psychology, and Religious Studies. In 2019, the College launched Flexible Business, its business administration program that can be completed in as little as 3 years by taking a combination of night, weekend and online courses.



The Villa Vikings compete in the USCAA and offer men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's cross country, women's cross country and women's bowling.

Women's XC at Villa Maria College



The College was initially a teacher-training center for sisters in the education apostolate and was established as an affiliate of the Catholic University of America. In 1961, a provisional charter was secured from the Board of Regents of the State of New York to grant Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees to women religious.

Major Milestones[edit]

  • 1965 - A charter was extended to include laywomen who wished to pursue an associate degree.
  • 1968 - The College was granted an Absolute Charter and was recognized as a co-educational institution.
  • 1972 - The College became fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • 1974 - The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree was added.
  • 2005 - The Absolute Charter was amended to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, the first bachelor's degree offered at the College.
  • 2008 - Accreditation reaffirmed by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • 2008 – New bachelor degree programs were added in Animation, Fashion Design and Merchandising,Music and Music Industry.
  • 2015 - The College re-launched its athletics program, the Villa Vikings.
  • 2018 - Accreditation reaffirmed by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • 2018 - Longstanding President Sister Marcella Maria Garus announces retirement; Dr. Matthew Giordano named interim president.

Campus Buildings[edit]

Main Building[edit]

The College's most notable structure[citation needed], Villa's Main Building houses academic classrooms and work spaces, computer labs, the Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery, dining hall, and a large auditorium that seats 1250 people. Many of the College's student life programs take place in the Main Building as well.

Music Building[edit]

The Music Building is home-base for students studying Music or Music Industry at Villa Maria College. The building holds music classrooms, a recording studio, labs and a recital hall that was renovated in 2017 and seats 144. is located on the ground floor of the Music Building, as is the Computer Services department.[citation needed]

Library Building[edit]

In the College's Library building, students will find the library and the Library Services support team. Library Services at Villa include inter-library loans, information literacy instruction, research assistance appointments and more. Equipment available for student use in the library includes 18 computers, a multifuctional printer (printer, scanner, copier), video viewing equipment, laptops, headphones and more.[citation needed]

Felician Hall[edit]

Converted from an infirmary to a mixed-use building including classrooms and administration offices in 2013, the building houses a number of different departments. The Physical Therapist Assistant program, Office of Development, Office of Admission, Office of Communications, and the Archives are currently housed in the building along with a number of faculty offices.[citation needed]

Wood Shop[edit]

Student Center[edit]

The Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery[edit]

The Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery[3] is located on the ground floor of the Main Building on campus. It gives students a professional space to display and share their work on campus. The gallery features exhibitions from students, faculty, as well as local and regional artists.