Villa Maria College

  • Villa Maria College is a private, Catholic college, founded in 1960 by the Felician Sisters. Located in Buffalo, NY, Villa Maria is the premiere student centered college in Western New York characterized by an unyielding commitment to student success.   Offering Bachelors and Associates degrees in 18 different academic programs, Villa Maria`s strength lies in its studio-based education, a 9:1 student to faculty ratio, and educators who bring their real world experience into the classroom. Students learn and grow with a culturally diverse population that lives its core values instilled by the Felician Sisters. Students participate in intercollegiate athletics in eight sports as the Villa Vikings and are involved in nearly 20 clubs and organizations on campus.  Villa Maria is home to the Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences, and an academic success center, which provides robust academic support for all students.  For more information call 716.896.0700 or visit
School Highlights
  • Villa Maria College serves 545 students (81% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 51%.
  • Villa Maria College is one of 6 community colleges within Erie County, NY.
  • The nearest community college to Villa Maria College is Bryant & Stratton College-Buffalo (4.5 miles away).
  • Animation Program Hosts Annual Showcase at North Park Theatre - 05/16/2018 - On Saturday, May 12, 2018 Villa`s junior and senior animation students gathered at Hertel Avenue`s North Park Theatre to screen the work they`ve created during their 3 and 4 years at the College. The day began with Buffalo`s first screening of The Velvet Under...more
  • 2018 Honors Convocation Awardees - 05/04/2018 - Honor Convocation is an annual event at which we celebrate our students` academic achievements. This year`s Convocation was held on April 26, 2018.Eighteen students were recognized as outstanding in their major, for presenting at this year`s Symposium and rece...more
  • Distinguished Interior Design Students of the Year Selected at the Program’s Annual Student Exhibition - 04/30/2018 - Villa`s Interior Design program hosted a reception in honor of its annual Student Exhibition, which opened on April 13. Special recognition was offered to three students, who were named this year`s Distinguished Students of the Year. The work of 15 students wa...more

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 88 teachers has grown by 51% over five years.
Villa Maria College(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty88 staff81 staff
Villa Maria College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Villa Maria College has grown by 32% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
  • The Villa Maria College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 92% over five years.
Total Enrollment545 students1,701 students
Villa Maria College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio6:128:1
Villa Maria College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students441 students1,163 students
Villa Maria College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students104 students538 students
Villa Maria College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Villa Maria College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Villa Maria College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Villa Maria College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Villa Maria College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Villa Maria College More (2011-2016)
Diversity Score0.350.69
Villa Maria College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,500$35,200
Villa Maria College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $22,080 is more than the state average of $16,236. The private state tuition has grown by 31% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$22,080$16,236
Villa Maria College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid99%93%
Villa Maria College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$20,500$13,006
Villa Maria College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,150$5,549
Villa Maria College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate80%70%
Villa Maria College Percent Admitted (2011-2016)


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, SoccerBasketball, Bowling,
Cheering, Cross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Animation Club, Campus Ministry Club, Drama Appreciation Club, EASE, Fashion Club, Gamers Guild, Graphic Design Club, IN Club, Music Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Photovisions, Pride!, PTA Club, Say Yes to Success, Spirit Club, The Love Project, The Writers Circle, Villa Volunteers
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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Erie County, NY community colleges have a diversity score of 0.40, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Erie County, NY is Bryant & Stratton College-Buffalo. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.