Where Talent Takes You

Villa is a small, private, catholic college that offers a variety of bachelors and associate degrees in a supportive, student-centered environment.

What Villa’s All About

Villa Maria College is a private, co-educational, Catholic college providing students with the premier student-centered experience in Western New York. Students learn and grow with a culturally diverse population that lives its ideals of truth, charity, and unity.

With a variety of academic programs, our real strength lies in our studio-based education, a 8:1 student to faculty ratio, and educators who bring their real world experience into the classroom. Our faculty consists of working artists, animators, musicians, writers and designers who all place a heavy emphasis on teaching students how to use their talents in real world experiences.

For more information, contact us today at (716) 961-1805

College Closed — Presidents Day Holiday
Feb 20 all-day

The College is closed today in observance of Presidents Day. We will resume normal business operations tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Black History Month Dish ‘n Discussion @ Villa Maria College, Room 103
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us as we enjoy Soul Food and have discussions relating back to Black History Month and current trends in American culture. Sponsored Student Life & Multicultural Student Club.

M&T Concert Series: Decho Ensemble @ Villa Maria College, Recital Hall
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Decho Ensemble, founded in 2011 by saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson, have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs, performing on concert series, television, and radio throughout North America and in Europe.

Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for two saxophones, the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music.

As educators, Swanson and Marchitelli share their passion for music, the saxophone, and collaboration with their students. Marchitelli serves on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the Director of Instruction at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, New York. Swanson teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, New York, the New Horizons Band of Western New York, and Jamestown Community College. Both Marchitelli and Swanson maintain private studios at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts where they founded and co-direct the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble.

James Welch serves on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia as a collaborative pianist and instructor of class piano. James also serves on the faculty as a collaborative pianist for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO. He has performed for Peter Schickele, Giuseppe Sabatini, Renee Fleming, Lee Hoiby, Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Jake Heggie and most recently Ian Clarke, Judy Kuhn, Eric Ewazen, Karen Akers and Jason Robert Brown.

As a soloist, James was a Second Prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International Piano Competition. He has performed at SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Buffalo, East Carolina University, Morgan State University, Western Oregon University, The Rocky Ridge Music Center, Portland, OR, Lucca Italy, and Ambialet, France.


Trustee Retreat @ Alumnae Hall, Felician Sisters Central Convent
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This retreat given by Dr. Ann M. Garrido, national author and speaker, is being offered for the Board of Trustees of Villa Maria College.  Faculty, staff, and administrators are also invited.  The retreat will be held in Alumnae Hall at the Felician Sisters Central Convent located across campus.  Dr. Garrido’s topic is leadership–all of us are leaders whether we are trustees, faculty or administrators, parents or single.  A meal will follow.


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What We’re Known For

Villa Maria College offers a number of signature programs that emphasize applied skills and internships in a nurturing and supportive environment designed to help you be successful.

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