Villa Maria College

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Villa Maria College
Latin: Villae Mariae Buffalensis
Type Private
Established 1961; 57 years ago (1961)
Affiliation Felician Franciscan
Chairman Catherine Grantier Cooley
President Sister Marcella Marie Garus, CSSF
Vice-president Brian Emerson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, Dr. Matthew Giordano, Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Ives, Vice President for Business, Mary Robinson, Vice President for Development, SM Louis Rustowicz, Vice President for Mission
Students 591
Undergraduates 591
Location Buffalo, New York, United States of America
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
Colors Blue and white         
Athletics Basketball, soccer, cross country, golf, bowling
Nickname Villa Vikings
Sporting affiliations
Mascot Viking

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, Creative Writing and Literature, Digital Media and Communication, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Fine Arts, 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.



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.
  • 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.

Campus Buildings[edit]

Main Building[edit]

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.

Wood Shop[edit]

Student Center[edit]

The Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery[edit]

The Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery[2] 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.