Mission and History

Our Mission

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 the 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.

Our History

The Grey Nuns founded D'Youville College in 1908 and named it for their patron Saint Marie-Marguerite d'Youville. It was the first college in Western New York to offer baccalaureate degree programs for women. 

That first semester, nine women enrolled in the school's liberal arts courses. Their classes were held in a four-story red brick academy. Today, it's known as Koessler Administration Building, the core building of D'Youville College.

Today, the college has grown to:

D'Youville's first nine students would not recognize their Alma Mater today. But they would no doubt be proud that their college has thrived and become a leader in higher education.

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  • Statue

    The bronze, life-size statue in front of D'Youville's KAB building honors Saint Marie-Marguerite d'Youville.
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  • Community Service

    Every year, our students, faculty & staff volunteer over 6,000 hours of community service.
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  • Service Learning

    Make an impact with our service learning courses that incorporate meaningful community service with instruction.
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  • Research

    Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at D'Youville are involved with research at every level.
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Photo Gallery

The D'Youville College Archives contain the institutional records and historical materials of D'Youville, and document the history and evolution of the College from 1908 to the present. Materials in the collection include administrative records, college publications, audio-visual materials, photographs, artifacts, and rare books.

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