Amherst, New York
Daemen is a student-centered College with dedicated, highly qualified faculty who value personalized teaching and intellectual excellence. The college prepares students for successful careers by offering rigorous academic programs that develop the liberal arts-based skills necessary for lifelong learning and intellectual growth.
Daemen College is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational comprehensive college. It was founded in 1947 as Rosary Hill College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. In 1976, the College became independent and non-sectarian as it changed its name to Daemen College.
Get to know Daemen College
“Reaching the achievements on my list has proved to me that Daemen makes things happen. No goal, no dream, is too far out of reach. There are endless amounts of opportunities at your feet; all you have to do is pick them up.” – Emily Buzzard, Social Work BASW/MSW
Daemen College fosters an academic atmosphere that leads to open inquiry and debate. Its distinctive Core Curriculum and high-quality majors enable students to push themselves further as they engage in high-level learning.
Academics at Daemen challenge students to test their knowledge, raise their expectations, and think critically and creatively. Daemen’s core competencies, honors program, academic exchanges, global programs, and undergraduate research are just a few examples of what makes the college challenging and distinctive.
Daemen College’s LEADS Center serves as a clearinghouse for students who aspire to realize and develop their leadership skills. The LEADS program affords Daemen students the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to bring purpose, meaning, and integrity into their lives and the lives of others. It emphasizes lifelong learning through interdisciplinary programs that provide and encourage the development of the self, ultimately fostering inclusive, collaborative relationships. LEADS sponsors events and offers various sessions throughout the academic year.
Daemen believes in “learning through service,” an ideology that virtually all undergraduate students embrace through various service-learning activities. Students from every major and class level participate in both short- and long-term projects that benefit communities at the local, national, and even global level. They make a huge impact through collaboration with environmental organizations, refugee groups, environmental agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics, tutoring and mentoring programs in city schools, and more.
Daemen College holds an annual Academic Festival in celebration of students’ inspiring academic accomplishments. At this day-long event, many students showcase exciting findings from their research, whether that be from their own independent projects or from their senior-year capstone project.
In today’s global economy, it makes sense to learn all one can about different cultures, political systems, and histories. International study is strongly encouraged, whether that be through a semester abroad, summer program, or the College’s accelerated January term trips. Daemen’s Global Programs office coordinates distinctive global programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa, all of which are designed to facilitate students’ professional aspirations.
Daemen College students are encouraged to take advantage of these unique opportunities. Through established partnerships and study abroad programs, students study while living with host families, discovering the intricacies of other cultures, and developing essential global skills and awareness.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 107 | 10-19: 144 | 20-29: 109
30-39: 44 | 40-49: 9 | 50-99: 2 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Classes at Daemen are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Daemen provides students with small classes and a caring and committed faculty, allowing for a personalized educational experience. Daemen students embrace an academically challenging atmosphere that truly encourages them to develop a strong repertoire of knowledge and skills. Daemen has a close professional and collaborative association among all members of the College community, all while maintaining a student-centered atmosphere. Assisted by a supportive faculty, Daemen students are encouraged to pursue goals beyond their initial expectations, to respond to academic challenges, and to develop habits of mind that enrich their lives and community.
“The staff and faculty know students on a first-name basis and create a personal relationship with them. Having small class sizes allows students to get one-on-one attention.” – Matthew Fischer, Accounting/Professional Accountancy BS/MS
Daemen’s innovative Plus Pathway Program enhances the Liberal Arts degree with academic and experiential learning opportunities that are fully integrated into the individual curriculum with no additional time or cost. Through the +PLUS Pathways, students focus on Core and free electives in an interdisciplinary series of courses that are all designed to prepare them for their future careers. They learn to apply their critical thinking, writing, and communication skills to real-world experiences.
The Core Curriculum at Daemen College has an innovative approach to learning that enables students to develop seven essential skills and competencies that complement their majors. Upon graduation, students are expected to have mastered critical thinking and creative problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility.
Daemen introduces students to the college experience through freshman Learning Communities within the core curriculum. This format allows students to move through their first year of the core in smaller groups made up of students from different backgrounds with differing majors and extracurricular interests. In a Learning Community, students focus on a common topic, issue, or subject from the perspective of two or more disciplines, making for a broader, richer learning experience.
RESEARCH THINK TANK
The Student/Faculty Interdisciplinary Think Tank offers students the opportunity to work with faculty members on significant research projects. Students receive research scholarships and get acknowledged for their work through publications, showings, presentations, or other forms of public recognition. Many students who participate in research go on to present at national conferences, gaining valuable presentation skills and networking opportunities that provide preparation for graduate school and careers.
Daemen’s Academic Advisement office offers students comprehensive support to meet their diverse academic needs. Each student is advised/mentored by a full-time faculty member or professional. Also offered is a Peer Mentoring Program as well as an early alert system as a way to reach out to students whose class performance suggests that something in their lives is interfering with their academic performance.
Learning Center services are available all throughout the academic year. All students at Daemen are able to get support from academic coaches, supplemental instruction, peer-led team learning, or disability services. Workshops, open to all, are offered each semester to provide tips on note taking, test preparation, test taking strategies, time management, and study skills.
The College’s Honors Program challenges students’ minds and cultivates their potential to contribute both to the community and to the world at large. Students who have demonstrated excellence in learning can benefit from honors courses, which examine complex issues from multiple perspectives, use primary sources rather than textbooks, and present special opportunities for research and a variety of experience-based learning opportunities. Honors students oversee their own student organization, with activities including films, speakers, field trips, and community service projects.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Exchange student program (domestic)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Post-RN BS degree in Nursing
Dual degree (BS/MS):
Accounting Professional Accountancy
Daemen’s suburban campus is located in Amherst, New York, which was rated by Money magazine as one of the safest cities in the United States. Daemen is just minutes away from the city of Buffalo, a city renowned for exceptional theatre, music, visual arts, restaurants, and major league sports. The city is in very close proximity to scenic Niagara Falls. Daemen offers students the best of all possible worlds.
Daemen knows there is more to being a student than just sitting in a classroom or studying at the library. Daemen believes that now is the time for students to discover exactly who they are as they become actively engaged in the campus community. Cultivating their hidden talents, taking new risks, and challenging themselves to grow are all part of the Daemen experience.
Housing on the Daemen campus is provided in two distinct residential environments. Canavan Hall is a five-story, suite-style residence hall that typically houses first-year and transfer students. Campus Village, a complex of seven two-story, apartment-style buildings, provides housing for upper-division-status students. Trained Residence Life staff members are available to assist students with their social, academic, and personal needs in the belief that a student’s place of residence is an integral part of the total educational experience. Resident students work with staff to plan and conduct activities designed to enhance cooperation and develop a sense of community in the residence halls.
Student activities provide for the development of the whole person outside of the classroom, making is easy to participate in recognized organizations, form new ones, and plan events. All students are encouraged to join in extracurricular activities, and with over 60 student organizations, the possibilities for involvement at Daemen are limitless. Whether one’s interests are in art or skiing, there is bound to be something that grabs their interest and introduces them to students who share similar passions.
Daemen College offers a variety of varsity, intramural, and club sport opportunities. Student athletes work hard to achieve success on the field and in the classroom.
Daemen is located in a safe and attractive suburban setting with easy access to shops and restaurants. It happens to be near one of the most vibrant regions, spanning Buffalo-Niagara, the Great Lakes, and cross-border corridor with Ontario, Canada, which is less than a two-hour drive from cosmopolitan Toronto.
Daemen Athletics is an NCAA Division II member of the East Coast Conference. Wildcat Athletics sponsors 18 teams, including: men’s & women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball, men’s golf, women’s bowling, and triathlon.
As Western New York’s Division II athletics program, Daemen Athletics is committed to building championship-caliber teams and providing recreation and intramural programs for all students. Scholarships are available.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 68%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Daemen students are well prepared for professional success. The vast majority obtain a position of choice or admission to graduate study in less than a year after graduation. Equally important, Daemen’s skills- and competencies-based approach prepares graduates for the careers that await them.
“Daemen mentors, nurtures, and allows each student to develop into the successful person they are meant to be and to contribute and give back to society in their own unique way.” – Jacki Rizzo, supervisory customs and border protection officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Career Services works with students to create Individual Career Action Plans (iCAP), helping them find internships to gain real-world experiences in their areas of interest. Employers who are in contact with Career Services include those in business, the sports industry, the arts, government, health-related entities, nonprofits, educational institutions, and cultural organizations. The opportunities are local, national, or international, including such outstanding programs as the Washington Internship Institute.
PREPARE TO SUCCEED
Daemen graduates are informed citizens who are prepared to play productive roles in local and global communities as both effective participants and leaders. They make reasoned, ethical choices and consider the connection between their values and behavior. They can effectively access, evaluate, and apply relevant and valid information using a variety of information resources. They have the writing and speaking skills necessary for effective communication. Its because of their firm foundation that Daemen graduates are ready for anything.
A SAMPLE OF DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
CHADWICK HOPSON ’10: Business Administration Graduate
Chadwick Hopson is an actor, writer, producer, and director. He is also a partner in The Knights Young, a production company in Los Angeles he co-founded in 2012.
The partners create, write, direct, and act in feature and short films.
One of their films, “How We Met,” in which Hopson appears, was recently released on Amazon and won Best Film at the independent film festival, Dances with Films, in Hollywood. It garnered similar honors at the Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston.
Hopson’s first major film role came after he auditioned for a role in the film “The Last Descent.” The critically acclaimed film was released in 2016, showing at about 60 theaters across the country. Hopson received his Best Leading Actor Award for the role in 2017.
ANTHONY JONES ’01: Business Administration Graduate
Anthony Jones is founder and partner of The Jones Firm LLP in New York City.
While at Daemen, Jones started several businesses, including one that had him work as a DJ while getting involved in music management for local artists. He went on to earn a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.
During law school, Jones transformed his artist management business into a record label. One of the first artists he signed was fellow Daemen classmate and hip hop artist Kevin Hannibal, who received the 2004 U.S. Billboard Music’s New Artist Showcase Award. Jones also helped Hannibal while securing a distribution deal for his record label through SONY.
Today, the specialties of Jones’ practice include entertainment, media, fashion, sports, and entrepreneurship. He serves a range of clients, including authors, songwriters, film producers, actors, and professional athletes. Jones is also an adjunct faculty member at UB Law School. He is still an entrepreneur, developing several different businesses in the software, healthcare, entertainment, and education fields.
MARY ANN EPOSITO, ’64: Creator of 11 Cookbooks and a Cooking Show on PBS
Ciao Italia! is the registered trademark of one of the College’s most visible daughters, Mary Ann Saporito Esposito. Having graduated from Rosary Hill College in 1964, she had a strong desire to become a teacher with her degree in history and secondary education.
Forty years later, Mary Ann is still teaching, but in a venue far removed from her original version.
Ciao Italia! is seen on about 270 PBS stations across the U.S. and beyond. On June 2, 2013 a knighthood was bestowed upon Mary Ann Esposito by the President of the Republic of Italy under the title Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy).
Despite her visibility—and despite her strenuous work and travel schedules that include at least two trips to Italy a year—Mary Ann hasn’t her home in Depew, where she was the oldest of seven children. She also has strong memories of practice-teaching history in Buffalo’s Seneca Vocational High School and, of course, her Rosary Hill experience.
THOMAS P. KOESTLER ’75: Medical Research
Dr. Thomas P. Koestler’s healthcare career has carried him to an executive position at Schering-Plough, one of the country’s major pharmaceutical research institutes. His career accomplishments include 62 product approvals for drugs treating medical conditions from arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease to hypertension, glaucoma, malaria, and transplant rejection. Dr. Koestler has authored or co-authored 22 scientific articles and abstracts; acquired clinical research experience in several divergent fields including rheumatology, oncology, and pulmonary cough/cold; and produced one patent.
At the Schering-Plough Research Institute, Dr. Koestler is executive vice president for global affairs and global project management, the responsibilities of which include strengthening links between global pharmaceutical business operations and the research institute as well as serving as an interface between the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its counterpart in other countries such as Japan, and the European Medicine Evaluation Agency. Dr. Koestler joined the company in 2003.
Dr. Koestler is a self-proclaimed “true-Buffalonian,” having grown up in Buffalo’s Parkside/Hertel/Starin neighborhoods. He credits Daemen as having cemented his desire to pursue a career in health care.
SUSAN FALSONE ’96: Physical Therapy Graduate
Susan Falsone, an American athletic trainer, was hired as Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the 2012 season. Not only did she become the only female head athletic trainer in the major American professional sports leagues, but she also holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA).
Falsone served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with the US Soccer’s Men’s National Team. Her current accomplishments include Associate Professor of Athletic Training at A. T. Still University; Owner, Dr. Ma’s Systemic Dry Needling; Owner, S&F: Structure & Function.
At Daemen, our Admissions staff will help guide you through the process from start to finish. Daemen offers a rolling admissions policy. The average student enrolled has a 91 GPA and 1140 SAT (regular admit student). Apply online at daemen.edu/apply or at commonapp.org.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 610
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Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $13,315
Daemen doesn’t want financial issues to keep an admitted student from attending. That’s why they strive to create individualized financial aid packages for you and your family that will meet your needs and enable you to get the most out of your college education.
Generous merit scholarships based on academic and leadership achievement make Daemen affordable. 93% of full-time undergraduate students receive Daemen Merit Institutional Scholarships. Daemen offers outstanding scholarship opportunities. Daemen offers merit scholarships based on a student’s academic and leadership achievement.
Scholars Day at Daemen College is a day when nominated prospective students have the opportunity to compete for one of our ten prestigious Trustee Scholarships.
In addition to traditional aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans, there are on-campus work opportunities for qualified students.
Work study jobs include staffing the front desk in a residence hall, working in the president’s and vice presidents’ offices to serving coffee at 98 West.
HELP ALONG THE WAY
Learning to navigate the financial aid system can be a daunting task. That’s why Daemen has trained professionals on hand to assist you every step of the way. The admissions staff and financial aid officers are available to assist you and your family with the financial aid application process and to ensure that you understand the necessary paperwork and deadlines required in order to receive the best financial aid package available.