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D'Youville College

D'Youville College
Motto Religio et Scientia (Lt.: Religion and Knowledge)
Established 1908
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart)
Endowment US $34 Million[1]
President Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, Ph.D
Provost Arup K. Sen, Ph.D. (Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Students 3,200[2]
Undergraduates 1,620
Location Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Campus 17 acres[3]
Colors Red and White
Athletics NCAA Division IIIAMCC
Nickname Spartans
Mascot Spartan
Affiliations CIC

D'Youville College is a private, coeducational independent college, with a Roman Catholic tradition located in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood on the West Side of Buffalo, New York within the Diocese of Buffalo. The college is a few blocks from the international Peace Bridge and has students from around the world. D'Youville College celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2008.

Koessler Administration Building

D'Youville offers 45 degree majors for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as advanced certificates for health care professionals and education. There are also five-year, dual-degree programs in occupational therapy, physician assistant, dietetics, undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, a seven-year chiropractic school program, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Education, math and natural sciences, business, and liberal arts majors are also available. D'Youville is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and other appropriate accrediting agencies. A number of degrees are accepted by the Canadian National Government.

Its current enrollment is approximately 3,200 students. D'Youville enrolls approximately 500 Canadian students and an almost equal split between students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2013, D'Youville was ranked the best college in the nation for veterans by Military Times EDGE magazine.

D'Youville's Mission Statement:

"D’Youville College is an independent institution of higher education that offers baccalaureate and graduate programs to students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. D’Youville College honors its Catholic heritage and spirit of St. Marguerite d'Youville by providing academic, social, spiritual, and professional development in programs that emphasize leadership and service. D’Youville teaches students to contribute to the world community by leading compassionate, productive, and responsible lives."


  • History 1
  • Extracurricular activities 2
    • Athletics 2.1
    • Community service 2.2
    • Student clubs and organizations 2.3
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


D'Youville College was founded by the Grey Nuns and named for their patron Saint Marie-Marguerite d'Youville. The New York State Legislature granted D'Youville a charter to become a college on April 8, 1908.[4] The college was accredited by the University of the State of New York in 1908, and has maintained their accreditation ever since.

It was the first college to offer baccalaureate degree programs for women in western New York State, and remained a women's college until the 1970s. It also started the area's first four-year undergraduate nursing program in 1942.

Upon a voted directive of the Board of Directors, the process of change in status from college to university started in June 2007, with plans to present a formal request to the State Education Department once it finishes reviewing and modifying its requirements.[5]

Extracurricular activities


D'Youville Spartans
University D'Youville College
Conference Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Brian Cavanaugh
Location Buffalo, NY
Varsity teams 14
Basketball arena College Center Gym
Nickname Spartans
     Red       White
Website .edu.dycathletics

D'Youville College, known athletically as the Spartans, competes at the NCAA Division III level, and is a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

There are fourteen intercollegiate programs:

Men's sports:

Women's sports:

Golf is offered as a co-ed program.

Academic Center
Marguerite Hall dormitory

Community service

At D'Youville, select classes integrate community service activities with coursework. Occupational therapy students organize and manages activity groups with senior citizens at community center near campus. Students in the course learn and practice leading groups and working in teams. The senior citizens at the center benefit through crafts, games, cooking and other enrichment activities.

Students in D'Youville's International Relations course help run a Model UN (academic simulation of the United Nations) for 600 high school students. In addition, as part of the course, students attend the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference in Boston.

Students in the Religion and Social Responsibility course have volunteered with local faith-based agencies such as Little Portion Friary, Catholic Charities, St. Luke's Mission and First Presbyterian Church.

Dietetics students enrolled in the Quantity Food Preparation course gain experience in planning and coordinating quantity food production, including a Thanksgiving meal prepared for residents of the Santa Maria Towers (low-income housing for seniors).

Other community outreach activities include:

  • Lending a Hand – weeklong community service experience at the conclusion of the fall semester each year. The travel group typically consists of 25 to 35 students plus faculty/staff.
  • Alternative Spring Break – Spend a week in Pittsburgh with 10 to 12 other students and a staff advisor performing community service. Recent projects include working at an inner-city Boy Scout Camp and providing services to the homeless.

The D'Youville community helps meet the needs of many different agencies and populations in Buffalo. Here are a few:

  • Adopt a Grandparent – students socialize with adult residents at Mary Agnes Manor and/or Santa Maria Towers.
  • Friends of the Night People – students serve at a local soup kitchen for the poor and homeless
  • Habitat for Humanity – students help build a house in the Buffalo area twice a semester
  • Meals on Wheels – students deliver meals to the house-bound and elderly
  • Neighborhood Halloween Party – students help organize a party for neighborhood children and trick-or-treat fun on campus
  • York Street Clean-up and Neighborhood Beautification – students help neighbors tidy up their yards and gardens

Student clubs and organizations

D'Youville College has over 35 campus clubs and organizations which sponsor events, activities and community service.

  • African Student Union
  • Alliance
  • American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA)
  • Athletics Committee
  • Black Student Union
  • D'Youville Chorale
  • D'Youville Hockey Club
  • D'Youville College Chiropractic Sports Council
  • D'Youville College Cycling Club
  • D'Youville College School of Pharmacy Student Society of Health System Pharmacy (SSHP)
  • Enactus (formerly SIFE)
  • Future Teachers Association
  • International Student Club
  • Issues Committee
  • Kappa Delta (History Club)
  • Lambda Sigma Honor Society(sophomores)
  • Math and Natural Sciences Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Pi Theta Epsilon
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Programming Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Residence Council
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Sociology Club
  • Student American Chiropractic Association
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Student Dietetics Association
  • Student Hippotherapy Club
  • Student Management Association
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Student Physical Therapy Association
  • Student Physician Assistant Association
  • Student Psychology Association
  • Student Veterans Association

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "College Overview - D'Youville College". Peterson's. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ "About Athletics at D'Youville". D'Youville website. D'Youville College. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  3. ^ "College Overview - D'Youville College". Peterson's. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ D'Mensions Magazine, Fall 2007, p.11
  5. ^ D'Mensions Magazine, Fall 2007, p.6

External links

  • Official website
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