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D’Youville College
D’Youville College is a community of thinkers and doers working together for the greater...

D’Youville College

Buffalo, New York

D’Youville College is a community of thinkers and doers working together for the common good. The college’s belief is that students should learn how to think critically, work with others, be leaders, and communicate effectively. The college’s supportive learning environment is designed for students who want an education that translates into a successful and meaningful career.


Founded in 1908, D’Youville College is an independent, coeducational institution located in Buffalo, New York, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. D’Youville’s more than 3,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 45 academic majors, including allied health professions, business, and liberal arts. The college’s beautiful campus is located in a dynamic urban setting, steps from downtown Buffalo, the Canadian border, and the popular Elmwood Village and Allentown neighborhoods.


Students are drawn to D’Youville College for their direct entry programs; significant merit scholarships; a community service mission that is embedded in the fabric of the college; and a caring atmosphere with small and personal classes. The college maintains its Catholic tradition but welcomes students of all faiths, encouraging an open expression of all beliefs.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,292 undergraduate students
78% of undergrad students are full time
28% male — 72% female
9% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
185 full-time faculty
121 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
45% of first year students live on campus
17% of all students live on campus

School Location

Buffalo, NY, located near downtown Buffalo and proximate to the Canadian/U.S. border.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
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 2015

80% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 9%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


D’Youville athletic teams are a member of the NCAA Division III and compete in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Teams compete in men and women’s basketball; men and women’s soccer; men and women’s volleyball; men and women’s cross country; men and women’s tennis; baseball; softball; men’s golf; and women’s rowing. D’Youville also has a men’s club ice hockey team which operates as a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey (NAIH). D’Youville recently added a club women’s lacrosse team.

New D’Youville Outdoor Athletic Complex: The $5.5 million facility is the home of the Spartans soccer, softball, and lacrosse programs. It is a state of the art lighted all-turf field with two scoreboards, grandstand bleachers, locker rooms, and athletic training room.

Mascot: Spartan
Colors: Red, White, and Black

Other Information

D’Youville College is an independent, urban institution that provides liberal arts, science, and professional programs for more than 3000 graduate and undergraduate students, offering unique degrees in bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional doctoral programs. Founded in 1908, D’Youville is an anchor institution for the West Side of Buffalo, NY and in the past 10 years has invested over $80,000,000 in its campus. In the fall of 2016, D’Youville opened the Dr. Charles and Mary Schweitzer Bauer School of Arts, Sciences, and Education. The building houses many undergraduate classes included in the liberal arts and natural sciences as well as nineteen laboratories and nine smart classrooms.

Academic Programs

Accounting BS, ADVANCE Business Management BS, Biology BA, Biology BS, Biology + Anatomy BS + MS, Business Management BS, Chemistry BS, Chiropractic BS+DC, Dietetics BS/MS, English BA, Exercise and Sports Studies BS, Global Studies BA, Health Analytics BS, Health Services BS, History BA, International Business BS/MS, Mathematics BS, Nursing BSN, Nursing BSN Completion for RNs, Occupational Therapy BS/MS, Pharmacy PharmD, Philosophy BA, Physical Therapy BS+DPT, Physician Assistant BS/MS, Pre-Professional science (pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, pre-veterinary),Psychology BA, Public Health BS, Sociology BA.

More Distinctions

  • D'Youville College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All of its professional programs are fully accredited by their respective governing bodies.

  • D’Youville College ranked 5th in the nation Military Times Edge Magazine 2016 “Best Colleges for Veterans.”

  • D’Youville College has been ranked a top college in New York State for return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.

All undergraduate academic programs at D’Youville require students to partake in internships, teaching, or clinical placements. This off-campus work extends to health care facilities as well as major businesses.

Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center

Students in D’Youville’s healthcare programs can participate in a unique, hands-on learning experience in the Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center. The Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center is a research and academic project that uses professional actors to create real-life patient-care simulations for students. To date, over 1,500 health-profession students have graduated from D’Youville with this unique experience, which prepares them to work as a team and to utilize fellow health professionals in providing patient-centered care. The success of the program is recognized nationally as being one of the most comprehensive, and it has been replicated at several other institutions. Over 30 faculty work together in the program and are productive in related scholarship activities.

D’Youville Cares

Every year, students, faculty, and staff provide over 6,000 hours of community service to a diverse range of organizations that are helping to make the world a better place. Recent opportunities to care for the local and global community include medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic during winter break running mobile medical clinics in rural areas; community outreach projects by pharmacy students with local farmer’s markets and community center; and the annual Lending a Hand trip to support service organizations in New Orleans. Through these opportunities, students are living the college’s mission of leading compassionate lives.

Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities exist for all students. D’Youville is associated with CAPA and has arrangements for study abroad in 7 major cities, including London, Florence, Dublin, Istanbul, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Sydney. In addition, there are faculty-led study abroad programs that include Hungary and Ireland as well as mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
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Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

D’Youville College aims to educate students for life through a combination of first-rate academic programs, experiential learning, research, and community service opportunities. Graduates are well-prepared to become educated citizens of the world and contribute in meaningful ways to their workplace and their communities.

First-Class Academics

All classes, labs, and seminars are taught by dedicated, expert faculty who are at the forefront of their fields. At D’Youville, there are no teaching assistants. In addition, D’Youville maintains small class sizes to ensure the highest level of personalized attention for its students.

D’Youville offers a number of programs that allow students to complete both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a shortened time period, either through a combined 5 year BS/MS programs or the 4+1 programs in education. Additionally, the college offers direct entry into professional programs in Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Pharmacy. Students who maintain the required academic standards in their undergraduate tracks to these programs do not need to reapply for entrance into these doctoral programs.

New, In-Demand Programs

To meet the growing demand for trained professionals, D’Youville offers two new Bachelor’s degree programs in its School of Health Professions, Health Analytics, and Public Health. Health Analytics is a four-year BS degree program that focuses on areas of analytics including mathematics and statistics as well as healthcare and wellness, medical terminology, and information technology. Health Analytics prepares graduates for jobs in the high-demand healthcare and data analysis industries. Public Health is a four-year BS degree program that focuses on disease prevention, wellness programs, and health policies. Public health professionals develop, implement, and advocate for evidence-based solutions to emerging and chronic health problems, including obesity, cancer, diseases, and even topics on failing health systems. The robust job market for these health professionals is currently high and will continue to grow over the next decade.

Faculty Mentorship and Research

At D’Youville College, the faculty aim to make students successful in their careers, and they work to help them every step of the way. The accessible faculty, small classes, and comprehensive student-support programs set students up for success, no matter the challenge. With their faculty advisors and mentors, students at every level—including undergraduates—are involved in research at D’Youville College. Students have opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty; present research results at regional, national, and international conferences; participate in clinical settings, testing new theories and practice; and learn the techniques for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data for meaningful applications.

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

As an urban institution, D’Youville offers the best of both worlds to its students, combining on-campus offerings with events and activities that take place throughout the community.


D’Youville College has more veterans enrolled that any other school in Western New York and has provided many benefits to their veteran and military-affiliated population. Military Times Edge ranked D’Youville 5th in the nation among the best four-year colleges and universities for veterans. The Veteran Affairs Office at D’Youville provides personal guidance through the admissions process, advisement, mentoring, and connecting veterans with local services as well as counseling. An active Student Veterans of America chapter adds to the college and local community.

Student Activities

Activity-wise, there are 25 clubs and organizations on campus, which include academically related organizations as well as cultural and recreational organizations. These groups of students sponsor a myriad of events and activities on campus and support travel to conferences and workshops. On-campus programs include the International Fiesta, Moving Up Days, Black History Month, as well as speakers, entertainers, movies, and game shows. Special service programs include the alternative spring break and the Lend a Hand Program, which has taken students to New Orleans to assist the citizens of the city for the last 9 years. Additionally, the campus houses a professional theater at which students can watch performances for free.

Location, Location, Location

D’Youville is minutes from the booming Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is a consortium of the region’s premier healthcare, life sciences research, and medical education institutions. D’Youville College students in the college’s health care programs have the opportunity to participate in the exciting innovation and cutting-edge care in their clinical and fieldwork placements and research alongside professors and practitioners. D’Youville College is minutes away from a vibrant theatre district as well as the Allentown and Elmwood Village sections of Buffalo. The City of Buffalo is undergoing a rebirth, and D’Youville is located right in the middle of exciting developments. The surrounding towns host a variety of shops, art galleries, festivals, and restaurants. The Peace Bridge connection to Canada is 3 blocks from the campus, and the metropolitan area of Toronto is 90 miles away.


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

Real-World Experience

D’Youville College’s commitment to “educating for life” has its foundation in the liberal arts. The college is committed to providing students with an education based on the liberal arts that goes beyond just teaching job skills. At D’Youville, students learn to think critically, work with others, be leaders, and communicate effectively—all skills that today’s employers look for in the people they hire. Each academic program at D’Youville requires an internship or clinical placements, which means that all students reach out to the local community and beyond to extend their education.

Psychology Senior Seminar

During their senior year, Psychology students complete two intensive internships. Students complete a minimum of 225 hours of internship each semester in placements at human- or social-service organizations, research institutions, or educational institutions, receiving approximately 15 hours per week of on-the-job experience in their areas of interest.

Pharmacy Experiential Education

Experiential education is one of the core elements of D’Youville’s pharmacy program. Students start introductory pharmacy experience in their first semester within the PharmD program directly apply their classroom knowledge to real-world pharmacy practice. D’Youville has affiliation agreements with a variety of pharmacy practice sites including community, institutional, ambulatory, and long-term care facilities.

Alumni Success

D’Youville’s alumni have one of the highest early-career salaries of college graduates in Western New York. D’Youville also was ranked in the top 20% of schools in the U.S. that deliver economic value in a college education. D’Youville College graduates have also stated that they believe their jobs hold high meaning, and that they make a difference in the lives of others.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,220 Total Applicants
891 Total Admissions
329 Total Freshmen Enrollment

73.03% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

*Exception: Physician Assistant Program applications are due November 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 550
SAT Math 460 5600
SAT Writing  440 530 
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 25
ACT Math 19  25 
ACT English 19 24 
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $24,370
Room and Board (on campus) $11,180
Estimated Total On Campus $35,550


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 final

$18,098 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 final

97% on average, the percentage of need that was met
96% of financial need students that had need fully met

$15,026 Average need-based scholarship or grant award 

Scholarship Information

At D’Youville College, undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of a student’s tuition. D’Youville College awards merit scholarships based on applicants’ academic achievement, which is reviewed throughout the admissions process. Scholarships available to freshman students include:

  • Honors Scholarship: 50% off tuition and 25% off room and board.
    Eligibility: 88 overall GPA, 1170 SAT or 24 ACT
  • Distinction Scholarship: 25% off tuition and 50% off room and board
    Eligibility: 80 overall GPA, 1080 SAT or 21 ACT
  • Achievement: $3,000
    Eligibility: 80 overall GPA, 980 SAT or 19 ACT


These scholarships are available 4-5 years (depending on the length of program) provided the student maintains the minimum GPA.

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