Accreditation and Compliance

Villa Maria College is chartered by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, t: 267.284.5600. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and The Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The college’s degree programs are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Room 977, Education Building Annex, Albany, NY 12234, t: 518.474.1551.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Physical Therapist Assistant is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, /  

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) which ensures a high level of quality in interior design education. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. CIDA, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014, t: 616.458.0400.

The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Associate in Applied Science in Jazz, Associate in Applied Science in Music (Business), Associate in Science in Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Music were approved in December 2011. The Bachelor of Science in Music Industry was approved in December 2012. An organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities, NASM establishes standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, t: 703.437.0700.

Information about Villa Maria College Admissions can be found here.

Villa Maria College admits students without regard to protected class status. Villa Maria does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, marital status, veteran status, military status, predisposed genetic carrier status and any other characteristics or protected status recognized by applicable federal, state or local law.  This policy applies to admissions, all terms and conditions of employment, and any other aspect regarding the conduct of College programs and activities  The Villa Maria College Non-Discrimination Statement can be found here.

2016-2017 Academic Catalog

The catalog information represents the current academic year. The provisions of the catalog are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and Villa Maria College.  Course content and regulations are under constant review and revision. Villa Maria College reserves the right to change any provisions, regulations or requirements set forth therein, and the right to withdraw or amend the content of any courses listed as may be required or desirable by circumstances.

Villa Maria College reserves the right at any time to make appropriate changes deemed advisable in the policies and procedures contained in the catalog. This catalog is not intended as a listing of course offerings but rather as a reference document containing approved curricula, programs and courses which may be offered.

Villa Maria College reserves the right to limit registration for courses, to discontinue courses for which there is insufficient enrollment and to change times and/or instructor assignments.

The catalog complies with the New York State Education Law, Section 607, Part 53, effective as of April 21, 1978. This law is in compliance with Section 493A of Title 45 of the Federal Consumer Information for Students about Villa Maria College costs, refund policies, financial aid, facilities, programs, student retention and graduate placement.

Information regarding Title IV compliance with 34 CFR 602.16(a)(1)(x) is provided within the College Navigator.

Twelve percent of the 2013 graduating class report pursuit of additional education, eight percent at the Bachelor level and 4% at the Master level.

Villa Maria College is an equal opportunity employer.  More information about Employment at Villa Maria College can be found here.

Information about Financial Aid can be found here.

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Bachelor Level Programs
(past three years)
Associate Level Programs
(past three years)
65.89% 49.62%

Average INSTITUTIONAL Retention Rate over the last three years is 57.58%.

The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree students to see if they complete a degree within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution (transfers), or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Bachelor Level Programs
(cohorts: 2006, 2007, 2008 within 150% time)
Associate Level Programs
(cohorts: 2009, 2010, 2011 within 150% time)
33.33% 28.80%

Average INSTITUTIONAL Graduation Rate for all programs is 30.04%.

A one-year, post-graduation mail and telephone survey of the class of 2013 yielded a 27% response rate.

Of the respondents, 85% are employed; 62% full time.  Seventy-seven percent of those employed are employed in a field directly or somewhat related to their major.

Career Services: Employment and Education Report: Career Services Employment and Education Report

To request more information or to ask questions about Villa Maria College’s accreditation or HEOA Compliance, please contact: Sr. Mary Albertine Stachowski, Director of Institutional Research at or 716.961.1859.

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