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Daemen College

Amherst, New York

Distinctively Daemen.

Daemen is built on a strong foundation in the liberal arts. It is a student-centered College with a dedicated, highly qualified faculty that values personalized teaching and intellectual excellence. The College prepares students for 21st-century careers by offering rigorous academic programs that develop the liberal-arts based skills necessary for lifelong learning and intellectual growth.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,884 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full-time
32% male — 68% female
58% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
143 full-time faculty
165 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
67% of first-year students live on campus
37% of all students live on campus

School Location

Daemen’s beautiful suburban campus is located in Amherst, New York, just outside of Buffalo.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2016

79% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2016

55.5% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1.20%
Hispanic/Latino 6.87%
Black or African American 10.79%
White 73.46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.35%
Asian 2.31%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0.10%
Two or more races 1.15%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3.76%


Daemen Athletics is a NCAA Division II member of the East Coast Conference. Wildcat Athletics sponsors 16 teams including: men’s & women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track & field, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, 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.

Other Information

Daemen College is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, 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, changing it’s name to Daemen College.

Academic Programs


Accounting (BS/MS), Animation (BFA), Art: Applied Theater, Drawing/Illustration, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Education K-12, Arts Administration (BS & MS): Comprehensive Arts, Fine Arts, Theater, Athletic Training (BS/MS), Biology: Adolescence Education 7-12, Environmental Studies, Biology/Cytotechnology (BS/MS), Biochemistry, Business Administration: Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Sport Management, Education: Childhood Education 1-6, Childhood Education/Special Education 1-6, Early Childhood Education/Special Education B-2, English: Adolescence Education 7-12, Communications/Public Relations, French: Adolescence Education 7-12, Global and Local Sustainability, Health Care Studies: Community Health, Complementary & Alternative Health Care Practices, Health & Fitness Training, History, History & Political Science: Adolescence Education 7-12, Environmental Studies, Mathematics: Adolescence Education 7-12, Natural Sciences: Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Health Science, Nursing, Paralegal, Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT), Physician Assistant (BS/MS), Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Spanish: Adolescence Education 7-12, Pre-Professional: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary

More Distinctions

  • Daemen College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past seven consecutive years.

  • This fall Daemen opened its new Academic and Wellness Center, a $5.6 million refurbishment project that provides state-of-the-art learning facilities for health-related academic programs and fitness and recreational space for the college community. 

  • Daemen College has been ranked one of the top “50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for a Human Resources Degree” in the U.S. by HumanResourcesMBA.net, making Daemen the only institution in New York State to receive this national distinction.

  • 1 of 240 institutions nationwide to receive the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

  • Ranked as one of the top 50 highest return on investment (ROI) colleges in New York.

  • Selected as one of the top “50 Best Value Small Colleges” in the U.S. for both business administration and biology degrees by Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the country.

  • Athletic Training graduates have achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification exam, a rate that significantly surpasses the national average of 81 percent.

  • Physician Assistant students have an over-all pass rate of 99.8% on the NCCPA Certification Exam (PANCE), scoring higher than the national mean.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy students consistently exceed both state and national averages on the National Physical Therapy Examination with an ultimate pass rate of 100%.

  • Buffalo has been named a top collegiate destination, according to theAmerican Institute for Economic Research.

  • Daemen was awarded the Presidential Points of Light National Service Award for students’ volunteer work and service learning activities.

  • Founded and operates the Center for Chronic Wound Research and Education

  • Founded and operates the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education Programs and After School Programs

  • Daemen Athletics is a NCAA Division II member of the East Coast Conference. Wildcat Athletics sponsors 16 teams.

  • Founded and operates the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement

  • Founder and headquarters for the Western New York Service Learning Coalition

  • Multiple year participant in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). A national survey giving institutions data on levels of student engagement in learning. Daemen scores highly when it comes to engaging students in learning.

  • Daemen has been acknowledged as a Military Friendly College by GI Jobs Magazine (a leader in the world of military education and post-military employment) for the last 5 years distinguishing Daemen as being in the top 15% of the country's colleges and universities that do the most to welcome military veterans and enhance their experience as students.

  • Daemen has also obtained designation as a Yellow Ribbon Institution of Higher Learning. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. 

  • The Research and Information Commons, a state of the art library/information/research center, is a LEED certified building.

  • Daemen College offers students a BFA in Animation at The International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA), students learn 2D and 3D animation techniques.

Daemen College fosters an academic atmosphere that leads to open inquiry and debate. Daemen’s distinctive Core Curriculum and high-quality majors enable students to push themselves further and to engage in high-level learning.

The curriculum at Daemen College places equal value on the liberal learning skills that enhance a student’s major or program. 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 aspiring 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. The program emphasizes lifelong learning through interdisciplinary programs that provide and encourage the development of the self, ultimately fostering inclusive, collaborative relationships.

Service Learning

Daemen believes in “learning through service.” During their time at Daemen, virtually all undergraduate students engage in various service learning activities. Students from every major and class level participate in short- and long-term projects that benefit the local, national, and global communities. Students work with environmental organizations, refugee groups, environmental agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics, tutoring and mentoring programs in city schools, and others.

Academic Festival

Daemen College holds an annual Academic Festival. The Festival celebrates the academic accomplishments of students in a day-long event during which many students present their research findings from their projects. All seniors complete a culminating capstone/research experience, many presenting them to the community during the Academic Festival as well.

Study Abroad

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, with opportunities for semesters abroad, summer programs, and 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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles  
Musical theatre  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook X

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 where they are encouraged 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.

Student Centered

Daemen offers an innovative Plus Pathway Program that enhances the Liberal Arts degree with academic and experiential learning. The +PLUS Pathways are fully integrated into the individual curriculum with no additional time or cost. Students focus on Core and free electives in an interdisciplinary series of courses that are designed to prepare them for their future careers. They learn to apply their critical-thinking, writing, and communication skills to real-world experiences.

Core Curriculum

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 is also known for integrating service learning into its Core Curriculum.

Learning Communities

Daemen offers core curriculum courses to freshmen in a format known as Learning Communities. This format allows students to move through the first year of the core curriculum in smaller groups made up of students from different backgrounds with differing majors and extracurricular interests. In a learning community, a common topic, issue, or subject is studied 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.

Academic Support

Daemen offers a variety of academic support services. The Academic Advisement office offers students comprehensive support to meet their diverse needs. Each student is advised/mentored by a full-time faculty member or professional. Also offered is a Peer Mentoring Program and an early alert system 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 to assist students during the academic year. All students at Daemen can access services to meet their needs and promote their success: academic coaches, supplemental instruction, peer led team learning, or disability services. Workshops, open to all, are offered each semester on such topics as: note taking, test preparation, test taking strategies, time management, and study skills.

Honors Program

Daemen College has an Honors Program that 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.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 112 159 119 42 7 7 0 446

Daemen’s suburban campus is located in Amherst, New York, 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 the arts, offering 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 world.

Discover yourself

Daemen knows that there’s 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. Cultivating their hidden talents, taking new risks, and challenging themselves to grow are all part of the Daemen experience. Daemen encourages all students to become actively engaged in the campus community.

Student Housing

Housing on the Daemen campus is provided in two distinct residential environments. Campus Village, a complex of seven two-story apartment style buildings, provides housing for upper division status students. Canavan Hall is a five-story, suite-style residence hall.

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

Student activities provide for the development of the whole person outside of the classroom. The student activities director on campus helps students participate in recognized organizations, form new ones, and plan events. All students are encouraged to join in extracurricular activities. 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.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options X


Other: Honors Housing

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.

Career Services

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. Opportunities for outstanding programs include work with the Washington Internship Institute.


Daemen graduates move quickly into careers of their choice and do well in those careers. They are also well prepared if they decide to change careers (studies show that college graduates will change jobs between six and nine times during their working lives).

Daemen graduates are informed citizens, prepared to play productive roles in local and global communities both as effective participants and leaders. They make reasoned ethical choices and consider connections between 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. Daemen College graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate or professional school.



Ciao Italia! is the registered trademark of one of the College’s most visible daughter, Mary Ann Saporito Esposito, who graduated in 1964 from Rosary Hill College, with a degree in history and secondary education, and a strong desire to be a history teacher.

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 strenuous work and travel schedules that include at least two trips to Italy a year (much of it filming show segments), Mary Ann hasn’t forgotten growing up 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.


Dr. Thomas P. Koestler’s health care 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/colds, and produced one patent.

At the Schering-Plough Research Institute, Dr. Koestler is executive vice president for global affairs and global project management, with responsibilities including strengthening links between global pharmaceutical business operations and the research institute, and 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, an American athletic trainer was hired as Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the 2012 season and became the only female head athletic trainer in the major American professional sports leagues. Falsone 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.


Admissions Fall 2016

3,175 Total Applicants 
1,670 Total Admissions 
478 Total Freshman Enrollment

52.60% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 570
SAT Math 470 590
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Admissions Information

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 1060 SAT. Apply online at daemen.edu/apply or at commonapp.org.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $27,450
Fees $540
Total $27,990
Room and Board (on campus) $12,346
Estimated Total On Campus $40,336


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 estimated

$28,882 First-year students
$11,070 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 estimated

83% on average, the percentage of need that was met
20% of financial need students that had need fully met

$11,070 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,671 Average need-based loan

Additional Aid

Daemen doesn’t want financial issues to keep any 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.

Daemen doesn’t just lure new students in with impressive financial aid packages that gradually fizzle over the next few years. Instead, the College offers substantial financial aid to all of students and works hard to ensure that paying for college doesn’t become a burden for returning students. Generous merit scholarships based on academic and leadership achievement make Daemen affordable. Over 94% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance to continue their education. Daemen offers outstanding scholarship opportunities.  Each year, the College awards more than $13,000,000 in scholarships and grants (institutional funds), in addition to federally funded financial aid.

Daemen offers merit scholarships based on a student’s academic and leadership achievement.

  • President’s Scholarship

  • Dean’s Scholarship

  • Alumni Grant

  • Trustee Scholarship: (2) Full-tuition, (4) $17,000 and (6) $13,000-14,000 awards (by nomination)

In addition to traditional aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans, on-campus work opportunities for qualified students are plentiful. From staffing the front desk in a residence hall, working in the President’s and Vice Presidents’ offices to serving coffee at RIC’s Daily Grind, work-study jobs abound. There is sure to be a job that’s right for you.

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. Their 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 for you to receive the best financial aid package available.

Daemen Launches Visual Effects Certificate Training Program

Daemen College now offers a unique Visual Effects Certificate Training Program to help students enter the growing visual effects/post production industry workforce in Western New York.  The Daemen program is the first program of its kind in New...

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