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Mission & History

Historic plaque in front of KAB

D'Youville is an institution with a rich history in higher education and a dedication to honoring our mission through every aspect of the student experience.

Our Mission Statement

D'Youville is an independent institution of higher education that offers baccalaureate and graduate programs to students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.

D’Youville 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.



Discover the History of D'Youville

Founded in 1908

The Grey Nuns founded D'Youville 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.

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.

The Past 100 Years

D’Youville has experienced tremendous growth and change over the past 100 years.

1931 — D'Youville became the first college in Western New York to offer a degree in sociology.

1942 — Established the region’s first four-year nursing program, now a signature program.

1971 — Became coeducational

1986 — Introduced 5-year BS+MS degree programs

2003 — Became the first liberal arts college in NY to offer a professional doctor of chiropractic program.

2010 — School of Pharmacy Opens at D’Youville.

D'Youville Today

Today, the college has grown to:

Our Vision

D'Youville will be a leader in education, a community of scholars, a dynamic force within the community, an institution which never refuses to serve.

Read the Full Vision Statement

D'Youville will be known for its exciting teaching and learning atmosphere. The college will be providing students with expansive, flexible, and responsive programs, enhanced through collaboration with other institutions of higher learning. D'Youville will be preparing students — both traditional and nontraditional — for a fast-changing, technological, multicultural world.

The life of St. Marguerite d'Youville will be guiding the scope of offerings: health, human services, education, and management will be tied together with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.

A leader in education ...
  • D'Youville will provide innovative, responsive, and excellent academic programming.
  • D'Youville will have tools necessary to enhance the learning process.
  • D'Youville will connect to the collective knowledge of the world and provide access to students no matter where they are located.
  • D'Youville will provide quality undergraduate programs aimed at preparing students for interesting careers and/or graduate and professional studies.
  • D'Youville will expand graduate education in master's and applied doctoral programs.
A community of scholars ...
  • Where teaching and learning are treasured.
  • Where contemporary thought is applied in the classroom.
  • Where there is continuous enhancement of teaching skills.
  • Where there is a connection between what faculty study and what students learn.
A dynamic force within the community ...
  • Where programs and services add to the community's quality-of-life.
  • Where our graduates serve the community's needs and provide competencies sought by employers.
  • Where the alumni have the broader perspectives brought about by exposure to the liberal arts and sciences and are prepared for the types of career changes that will be common in the future.
Never refuses to serve ...
  • Where we see significant portals of entry to D'Youville's programs- multicampus offerings and Internet among them.
  • Where we provide financial capacity to serve the deserving students who are otherwise unable to pursue higher education.
  • Where we respond to new needs within society with compassion and resourcefulness.