Villa Maria College of Buffalo: Narrative Description

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240 Pine Ridge Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14225-3999
Tel: (716)896-0700
Fax: (716)896-0705
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Independent, 2-year, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1960. Setting: 9-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $339,861. Research spending 2003-04: $27,690. Educational spending 2003-04: $3983 per student. Total enrollment: 504. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 343 applied, 80% were admitted. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 9% from top quarter, 45% from top half. Full-time: 385 students, 73% women, 27% men. Part-time: 119 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 5 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 31% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 40% 25 or older, 11% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at members of the Western New York Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, writing sample. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Tuition: $10,150 full-time, $340 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $400 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 19 open to all. Most popular organizations: Design and Beyond, Teachers Love Children, Multicultural Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Helping Adults New Dreams Succeed. Major annual events: Spring Arts Festival, formal dinner dance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Villa Maria College Library with 37,000 books, 17,300 microform titles, 130 serials, 3,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $122,450. 127 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Canisius College.

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