Daemen University is located on a 46.5-acre campus in Amherst, New York. The suburban location enables students of the university to have ready access to the vibrant Buffalo-Niagara region while enjoying the charm of a beautifully landscaped campus. Daemen is easily accessible by major rail, plane, and motor routes servicing Buffalo. The university is less than five minutes from exit 50 of the New York State Thruway. The Buffalo Niagara International Airport, serviced by most major airlines, is a 15-minute drive from the campus.
For directions and campus map: daemen.edu/directions.
Buildings and Facilities
- Academic and Wellness Center (AWC), located across from Daemen’s Main Street campus, houses the fitness center and recreation space, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms for physical therapy, athletic training, and health promotion.
- Alumni House is the home of alumni and publication offices.
- Athletics Complex houses the Lumsden Gymnasium as well as the university’s intercollegiate athletic offices and athletic training room.
- Business Building includes faculty offices, classrooms, a computer lab, and a student lounge, as well as the Office of Information Technology.
- Campus Apartments, housing approximately 384 students, is a complex of seven two-story apartment-style buildings, typically providing housing for upperclassmen students. Each apartment has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. Laundry facilities are available on each floor.
- Canavan Hall is a five-story, suite-style residence hall, housing approximately 260 students, primarily used as first-year and new student housing. Two bedrooms share one bathroom. Lounges and laundry facilities are available on each floor.
- Patricia E. Curtis Hall houses physician assistants, psychological sciences, and social work faculty offices.
- Duns Scotus (DS) Hall is the home of the student services corridor, known as the SPOT, and houses administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, science laboratories, art studios, lounges, the bookstore, print shop, mailroom, the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Global Programs (International Student Services & Study Aboard), the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability & Civic Engagement, and the Student-Athlete Academic Center.
- Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts features the graphic design production area, the International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA), computer labs, faculty offices, the Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery, the Sister Jeanne File Resource Room, and studios for illustration, figure drawing, and painting. The building uses geothermal heating to contain energy costs.
- Honors House, located near the university’s Getzville Road entrance, serves as a study space for Honors Program students and provides office space for the Division of Institutional Advancement.
- MusicalFare Theatre houses the theater and offices of MusicalFare Theatre, as well as campus event space.
- Research and Information Commons (RIC), a LEED Gold-certified building, houses a comprehensive library, Student Success Center, Accessibility Services, Graduate Studies Technology Center, Smart Squad, 78 WEST cafe, group study rooms, a seminar and screening room with surround sound and 3D projection capabilities, and many state-of-the-art amenities to enhance the study experience.
- Rosary Hall is the original university administrative and classroom building—recognized for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture and designed by one of the most prominent Buffalo architects of the early 20th century, was officially honored as a historic landmark in 2014—and currently houses the executive dining room and the Division of Enrollment Management & Admissions.
- Schenck Hall houses laboratory facilities, classrooms, and a 300-seat lecture hall.
- The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education & After-School Programs includes a conference room, observation room, and four state-of-the-art classrooms.
- John R. Yurtchuk Student Center houses student life offices including Campus Safety, CHIP Center (Counseling, Health, Insurance, Prevention), Conference Services, the 24/7 Information Desk, the executive boardroom, a dedicated esports center, lounges, the main dining room seating 650, the Wildcat Den (a multimedia dining location), and a social room/auditorium seating 500.
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The Buffalo Area: An Ideal Location
Key to Buffalo, New York
- Buffalo Niagara International Airport
- Amtrak Terminal
- Highmark Stadium (Buffalo Bills /NFL)
- KeyBank Center (Buffalo Sabres/NHL)
- Canalside and Buffalo Naval & Military Park
- Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center
- Erie Basin Marina
- Buffalo and Erie County Library
- Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
- Buffalo Theater District
- Fort Erie
- Peace Bridge (to Canada)
- Kleinhans Music Hall
- Allentown/Delaware Historic Area
- Sahlen Field (Buffalo Bisons, Toronto Blue Jays/ MLB, 2020-2021)
- Museum of Science
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery
- Buffalo History Museum
- Buffalo Zoo
- Whole Foods
- Walden Galleria
Approximate Mileage From Greater Buffalo To The Following:
Albany, NY 301 miles
Allentown, PA 334 miles
Atlantic City, NJ 443 miles
Baltimore, MD 368 miles
Binghamton, NY 211 miles
Boston, MA 471 miles
Burlington, VT 465 miles
Charleston, WV 446 miles
Chicago, IL 545 miles
Cincinnati, OH 440 miles
Cleveland, OH 191 miles
Detroit, MI 270 miles
Elmira, NY 148 miles
Erie, PA 96 miles
Harrisburg, PA 296 miles
Hartford, CT 407 miles
Indianapolis, IN 525 miles
Lake Placid, NY 395 miles
Long Island, NY 419 miles
Manchester, NH 457 miles
Montreal, Quebec 394 miles
New York City, NY 371 miles
Philadelphia, PA 388 miles
Pittsburgh, PA 219 miles
Portland, ME 548 miles
Poughkeepsie, NY 359 miles
Providence, RI 475 miles
Richmond, VA 511 miles
Rochester, NY 75 miles
Scranton, PA 266 miles
Springfield, MA 384 miles
Syracuse, NY 156 miles
Toronto, Ontario 100 miles
Utica, NY 199 miles
Washington, DC 405 miles
Wilmington, DE 418 miles
History and Identity
Daemen University is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational, comprehensive university in Amherst, N.Y. Its attractive suburban location offers convenient access to the cultural amenities of metropolitan Buffalo and the scenic outdoor recreation areas of Western New York, the Niagara Frontier, and the Great Lakes. In addition, the university is near Canada, with cosmopolitan Toronto within easy driving distance.
The university was established in 1947 as Rosary Hill College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, which was founded by Magdalene Daemen, a Dutch woman dedicated to working with the poor. Her faith and courage have inspired many to give themselves to the service of others. The institution has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1956 and last reaffirmed in 2016. Originally a liberal arts college for women, the institution became co-educational in 1971, extending its commitment to academic excellence to the education of both men and women. In 1976, the institution became independent and nonsectarian, changing its name to Daemen College. In 1992, New York State approved an amendment change to Daemen’s charter, authorizing the institution to award graduate-level degrees as well as baccalaureate degrees. In 2018, Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education elevated Daemen to the organization’s top tier classification—doctoral university.
In 2022, Daemen received approval from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to change the institution’s name to “Daemen University.”
Committed to an academic atmosphere that leads to open inquiry and debate, Daemen has achieved a creative balance between programs providing direct career preparation and a liberal arts education. Courses in the university’s majors and the competency-based core curriculum encourage students to expand their horizons beyond the classroom through internships, service-learning, clinical and field experiences, collaborative research with faculty, and study abroad programs. The core curriculum is designed to develop students’ skills and competencies in seven areas that will benefit them personally and professionally throughout their lives.
The mission of Daemen University is to prepare creative, ethically-minded leaders for a diverse and interconnected world by integrating the intellectual strengths acquired through the liberal arts with the preparation necessary for professional excellence to make meaningful contributions to society.
Daemen University seeks to become an institution of national distinction through recognized excellence in academics, co-curricular experiences, athletics, inclusion, and community service in an educational environment where all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners are able to learn, grow and use their skills to create a better world.
Learning Outcome Goals
Daemen University graduates students who:
- Are informed citizens, prepared to play productive roles in local and global communities both as effective participants and leaders.
- Are prepared to work collaboratively as well as independently in the pursuit of knowledge and problem resolution.
- Engage in higher-order thinking.
- Make reasoned ethical choices and consider connections between values and behavior.
- Can effectively access, evaluate, and apply relevant and valid information using a variety of information resources.
- Have writing and speaking skills necessary for effective communication.
- Are well prepared to pursue meaningful career opportunities or advanced study.