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Medaille is where college meets career!

With locations in Buffalo, Rochester, and online, Medaille College is a private, four-year college committed to serving the higher education needs of Western New York and the world and preparing our students for tomorrow’s workforce. 

Known for its flexible delivery systems, the College offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through day, evening, weekend and online programs taught by leaders not only in education, but in their industries.  

The College traces its roots to 1875 when the Sisters of Saint Joseph founded an institute for the preparation of teachers. In 1937, the Sisters received a charter from New York State to grant baccalaureate degrees in education to women in religious orders, and the institute was named Mount Saint Joseph Teachers College.

In 1968, the Sisters of St. Joseph, led by Alice Huber, SSJ, Ph.D., initiated a change in the charter that would create a co-educational college. New York State issued the charter and Medaille College was born. Granted by the Board of Regents, this charter established the College as an independent institution governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.

Medaille experienced significant growth in the 1970s and student enrollment has increased ever since. During the 1980s and 1990s, the College strengthened programs and services for a growing and diverse student body.

In 1991, the College implemented a residence program, attracting students from across New York State and Southern Ontario. Three years later, the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center opened, offering students a setting for dining, recreational and co-curricular activities. With the Trbovich Alumni Tower welcoming all visitors, the Sullivan Center serves as home to the Mavericks’ men’s and women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III sports programs, which have experienced tremendous success in their short histories.

Major capital investments have enhanced students’ learning opportunities and access to support services while encouraging a vibrant student life experience. With two residence halls, technologically-enhanced classrooms, academic programs that integrate liberal and pre-professional learning and practical problem solving, and an array of extra- and co-curricular opportunities, the campus has evolved into a vital learning environment within the historic Olmsted Crescent of Buffalo.

In the late 1990s, Medaille became a pioneer in accelerated learning formats for adult learners, with classes that provide flexible delivery systems for working adults and Canadian students that accelerate their careers.  Adult and graduate programs are taught at both the Buffalo and Rochester campuses and provide learning formats, classrooms, study space, a library, and a range of student support services tailored specifically for adults. 

In June 2007, Medaille welcomed its sixth president, Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. Under his leadership, the College has developed partnerships with local organizations, contributed to the educational, civic and economic development of the region, and focused on strategic planning and assessment.

In 2010, Medaille initiated its online degree programs, providing a high quality Medaille education to the region and the world.  The number of online degree programs continues to grow. Now, with many offered both online and in the classroom, Medaille provides tremendous flexibility for busy students.  

In the fall of 2011, the College completed a construction project that doubled the size of Huber Hall with a new Student Success Center that integrates academic and student support services under one roof. The Student Success Center provides fully integrated services for individualized attention and improved achievement.  

Campus expansion continued and, in September 2012, Medaille opened the new Events Arena in the Sullivan Center with a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, sports and event space, new locker rooms, student meeting spaces and more.

Medaille’s annual budget is $53 million and has an economic impact on the community that exceeds $147 million. The College has nearly 85 full-time and more than 250 part-time faculty members. Enrollment has increased to 2,600 students, making it the fourth-largest private college in Buffalo.

The growth of Medaille College throughout its history has been guided by a commitment to being the “college of opportunity” for our students.  As the College continues to innovate and respond to the higher education needs of the 21st century, it embraces this ethos even more, and has set a strategic direction that seeks to extend and deepen what “opportunity” means for both its students and the community in which they live and learn.