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Buffalo, NY 14225-3999
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Villa Maria College

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Villa Maria College—Buffalo is a private college located outside the city of Buffalo, New York, in the community of Cheektowaga. This private two-year college prepares students for four-year institutions, as well as offers a number of associate degrees in areas such as business management, fine arts, graphic design, early childhood education, interior design, jazz, liberal arts, music, photography, physical therapy assistant, education studies, and music business.

New to Villa Maria College are three bachelor degrees including a Bachelor of Fine Arts in any of the following major areas of study: interior design, animation, or fashion design and merchandising. In addition, students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music, or a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry.

Adult students make up half of Villa Maria College’s student population. For that reason, evening degree programs are available which usually take two and a half years to complete if students attend full-time. Academic programs especially designed for the adult student going full-time include business management, liberal arts general studies, early childhood education, and education studies.

In addition, the college has set up a part-time evening degree program for students wanting a slower pace for acquiring higher education. Courses in this program include graphic design, photography, computer management, and interior design.

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Villa Maria College serves a variety of degree-seeking students, including international students. The admission process at the college does not require ACT/SAT test scores; however, those scores can be used for course placement and for possible scholarships.

To be admitted to the Villa Maria College, prospective students should follow these steps:

  1. Fill out an application form and submit it to the college (students may apply online)
  2. Arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to the college (includes transcripts from all high schools, and colleges)
  3. Take required placement exam
  4. Apply for financial aid
  5. Schedule “Visit Night” open house with an Admissions representative
  6. Meet with an advisor
  7. Schedule Orientation

Financial Aid

Villa Maria College offers many financial aid options for qualifying students. Aid options include scholarships, loans, grants, and work study programs. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application; both are available online. For students requiring help with applying for assistance, the financial aid office staff is available. The school’s website also provides a detailed listing, with descriptions, of all the aid options available to qualifying students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3092nd for the average student loan amount.
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Villa Maria College is nestled in a safe and scenic community with a variety of student activities on and off campus. On campus there are a number of clubs and organizations, including a Campus Ministry Team, several academic clubs, and Viking which is a group of students who publish a semi-monthly bulletin. The Campus Ministry’s main project is the food pantry as well as providing retreats, scripture study, pastoral counseling, Eucharistic liturgies, and more.

Other services available on campus include disability services, computer labs, a counseling center, and a library which is open five days a week. The library also has an online catalog and database, as well as a 24-hour Live Chat with a reference librarian for students needing assistance. There is a student center on campus which provides students with an exercise facility, swimming pool, gymnasium, and conference rooms.

Located just outside Buffalo, New York, students can take advantage of the many community activities Buffalo city has to offer including professional sporting events, a theater district, many parks, waterfronts, Niagara Falls, a ski resort, and not too far away, Toronto, Canada.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Information Summary

Ranks 179th in New York and 2300th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.44
Robbery 1 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.22
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.22

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,634 0.62
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 36 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.05
Robbery 1,459 0.56
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,473 1.70
Larceny 8,711 3.32
Vehicle theft 1,121 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Buffalo, NY 14225-3999
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population35,893 (35,893 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,672 (2.27 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,372
Families9,971 (2.87 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Private Not-for-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery small two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District3626

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1917th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $17,640 $17,640 $17,640
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $600 $600 $600
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $590 $590 $590
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,440 $19,440 $19,440
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,140 $28,140 $28,140
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,340 $21,340 $21,340

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $16,800 $17,600 $16,800 $17,600 $16,800 $17,600
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,900(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 243 (71 male / 172 female)
Admitted 196 (55 male / 141 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 75 (29 male / 46 female)
FT Enrollment 70 (26 male / 44 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (3 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment465

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 1 87 96
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 13 13
Art/Art Studies, General
Business Administration and Management, General 3 3 6
Creative Writing
Fashion/Apparel Design 5 5
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 3
Graphic Design 12 12
Interior Design 1 10 11
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 3
Music Management 2 8 10
Music Performance, General 2 2
Photography 1 1 8 10
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 18 19
Teacher Assistant/Aide 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4211th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $42,603 ($43,063 male / $42,346 female)
Number of FT Faculty 29 (13 male / 16 female)
Number of PT Faculty 71
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $274,433

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