Daemen College

Daemen College

Amherst, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $27,450 | $27,450
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $25,911
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
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Small and Career-focused

Daemen College is a private, non-sectarian liberal arts college located just outside bustling Buffalo, NY. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 1,700, Daemen students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of just 12:1. The wide variety of majors spans the arts and sciences, health and human services, pre-professional programs, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, Daemen College emphasizes the development of career-relevant competencies. The campus is supported by modern facilities that range from our state of the art Academic and Wellness Center and Visual and Performing Art Center to our LEED award winning Research and Information Commons.

The mission of Daemen College is to prepare students for life and leadership in an increasingly complex world. Founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion, the college seeks to integrate the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts with the education necessary for professional accomplishment. This integration which recognizes equal value in liberal studies and professional programs aims at preparing graduates who are dedicated to the health and well-being of both their local and global communities.

A Liberal Arts Education with a Variety of Majors

Daemen College offers a Liberal Arts education with a variety of available majors, minors, and programs. From Animation to Physical Therapy, Daemen's academic programs offer students both theoretical and practical training.


Daemen College's challenging core curriculum develops its students' ability to think, adapt, and act in a multicultural environment. The curriculum focuses on seven essential competencies -- critical thinking and creative problem solving, information literacy, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. These competencies are fulfilled through coursework in quantitative literacy, research and presentation, English composition, and service learning. In today's rapidly changing world, the competencies developed in the core curriculum will have lasting value and provides students with a strong basis for lifelong learning.

The core is designed to strengthen students' abilities to become intellectually curious, acquire professional rewards, become responsible citizens, and deal with change. The seven core competencies are introduced at the freshman level and are emphasized across the entire curriculum so that students develop a greater understanding of, appreciation for, and practice of these important life skills through their academic work.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Majors at Daemen College are grouped into two divisions: Arts and Sciences and Health and Human Services.

The Division of Arts and Sciences includes these six majors:

- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English with a specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

- BA in Psychology

- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design

- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Art

- BS in Biology

- BS in Natural Science with specializations in Environmental Science, Forensic Science, and Health Science

Five of the majors in the Division of Health and Human Services are as follows:

- Bachelor of Art (BA) in Social Work

- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

- BS in Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6)

- BS in Adolescence Special Education (Grades 7 to 12)

- BS in Business Administration with specializations in Human Resources, International Business, Marketing, and Sport Management

- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Dual Degree Programs

Daemen offers seven dual degree programs:

-Accounting BS/MS

-Athletic Training BS/MS

-Biology/Cytotechnology BS/MS

-Business Administration/International Business BS/MS

-Physical Therapy BS/DPT

-Physician Assistant BS/MS

-Social Work BS/MS

-Health Promotion BS/MS

Preparation for Success

-Daemen College has been named by Best Value Schools as one of the “50 Best Value Colleges and Universities in New York.”

-Daemen’s degree programs are known for preparing students to pursue a higher level of achievement. Here are just a few examples highlighting the success of Daemen students and programs:

-Daemen was ranked No. 1 of “Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree.”

-Athletic training graduates have achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification exam, a rate that significantly surpasses the national average of 89.3%. 

-Daemen was selected as one of the top "50 Best Value Small Colleges" in the U.S. for business administration by Best Value Schools.

-Childhood Education majors have a 100% pass rate in the edTPA exam for first time test takers–far exceeding the state and national average. 

-Daemen's physical therapy program has first time pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) at or above both New York state and national averages.

-Physician Assistant students have a 96-100% first attempt pass rate on the NCCPA Certification Exam. In the last five years, 99% of Physician Assistant graduates were fully employed within six months.

Value Added Opportunities


Students at Daemen have the opportunity to enhance their major area of study and expand their career options through +Plus Pathways, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Honors Program. With +Plus Pathways, students can focus their Core and free electives in areas such as Community Development, Health Policy, Global Business, and more.

The Interdisciplinary Program encompasses Cooperative Education, Environmental Studies, Forensic Studies, Individualized Studies and International Studies. The Program speaks to the crucial need for today's students to be culturally oriented, professionally trained, and conversant in a rich mix of disciplines, skills, and experiences.


Daemen's Honors Program meets the intellectual needs of the best students, ensuring that the Daemen experience challenges their minds and fosters their potential to contribute both to the community and to society at large. Students who have demonstrated excellence in learning can benefit from honors courses, which examine complex issues from multiple perspectives, use primary sources rather than textbooks, and present special opportunities for research.


Research at Daemen is carried out on a host of different fronts, including an innovative student/faculty think tank. General research projects that include an enormous diversity of interests are showcased annually in the College's popular Academic Festival, held each spring.

Internship Opportunities and Career Planning

Career Services facilitates part-time internships throughout the academic year and during summer terms. Employers are located in Western New York, Washington, D.C., and other locations. The internship experience is designed to support each student's personal and career goals. Whether you are interested in graduate school or looking for a job, Career Services will help you create a personalized strategy through the iCAP individual career action plan.

Wide Ranging Study Abroad Options

In today's employment market, a global perspective is a necessary requirement. Far reaching international programs are a staple of the Daemen experience. Daemen provides several study abroad program options, including full academic year, fall or spring semester, 4 to 8 week summer programs, January term, and spring break. The college currently has programs in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and more!

Service Learning

Designed to promote student learning and development, service learning connects students to the community by integrating academic curricula with active participation in service, offering structured opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences, and striving to ensure that the service placements are mutually beneficial to student learners, the agencies served, and the community as a whole. Daemen believes strongly in learning through service.

All undergraduate students at Daemen engage in various service learning activities. Students participate as individuals or groups in short- and long-term projects or assignments that benefit the local, national, or global communities.

Leadership Development

Students have numerous opportunities to develop their leadership skills. The LEADS Center for Student Leadership Development encourages students to participate in roles such as orientation leaders, admissions student representatives, admissions telecounselors, peer mentors, and learning center coaches. The center also offers an innovative series of personal development seminars for the student leader.


Daemen Athletics is an NCAA Division II member of the East Coast Conference. Wildcat Athletics sponsors 18 teams including: men’s & women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball, men’s golf, women’s bowling and triathlon.

A proud member of the East Coast Conference, Daemen Athletics is committed to building everyday champions for men's and women's basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track & field, and volleyball, men's golf, women's bowling and triathlon in classrooms, on the field and in the community.

Admissions Requirements

When applying to Daemen College, applicants submit an application, ACT/SAT scores, a personal essay, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. The nursing, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs fill quickly, so applicants are encouraged to apply early to these programs.

Students who met Daemen's SAT requirements did so with an average SAT score of 1140 (Regular Admit Students).

Financial Aid

Costs to attend Daemen College include tuition and room and board as well as general college and student activity fees. Students may qualify for one or more of the following financial resources:

- Federal grants, loans, and work study jobs
- New York State grants
- Daemen scholarships, grants, and student employment
- External scholarships
- Private education loans

Location & Contact

4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226-3592

Ms. Caroline Marciszewski

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 716-566-7856
Fax: 716-839-8229
Email: admissions@daemen.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Early Childhood
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Elementary School
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health and Wellness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine and Studio Arts Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


49% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,529
    • Accepted1,744
    • Acceptance Rate49%
    • Enrolled1,802
    • Female Applicants2,464
    • Females Accepted1,260
    • Female Acceptance Rate51%
    • Male Applicants1,065
    • Males Accepted484
    • Male Acceptance Rate45%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $25
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of X
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.63
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 557 520 610
    • SAT Math 561 520 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 24 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,450
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,450
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$540
    • Room and board *$12,696
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$25,911
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$28,340
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$16,289
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,671
    • Average Grant Aid:$10,645
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$11,070
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 81%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 13%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,802
    • Male Student Percentage29%
    • Female Student Percentage71%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.95%
    • Black or African American11.02%
    • White or Caucasian74.73%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian2.66%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races.9%
    • Unknown or International Student1.24%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.15% representing 18 other countries
    • Out-of-state StudentsNot Reported

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 36%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Game Club, Anime Club, Best Buddies, CRU, Pride Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour security cameras


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty304
    • Full-time Percentage48%
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Female Percentage63%
    • Male Percentage37%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 2,332 students to 199 faculty



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