What does The Fund for D’Youville support? A strong, innovative, evolving D’Youville!

Learn more about the many campus initiatives The Fund for D’Youville supports, including financial aid and scholarships, student-centered learning and support spaces, and groundbreaking facility and technology upgrades.

Aid for struggling students

For more than 50 years, The Fund for D’Youville has provided critical support for financial aid and student scholarships. Last year alone, D’Youville awarded more than $16 million in scholarships, and 92 percent of our full-time undergraduates receive some type of need-based financial aid.

This aid, in addition to our HEOP, Upward Bound, and Say Yes Scholarship programs, which are also supported by The Fund for D’Youville, have helped D’Youville become one of the top-rated universities in the country for social mobility. Your gift to the Fund therefore ensures we can continue to offer the support necessary for low-income and first-generation college students to achieve school and career success.

Success Center

The new Success Center houses academic and career advisers who provide everything from scheduling help and transfer guidance to resume and career assistance, all in one modern, attractive space.

The offices of Academic Advising and Planning, Transfer Services, and Career and Professional Engagement work together to ensure all students discover and stay on the best track for academic and career success. With the help of student ambassadors, the Success advisors help D’Youville students who may be struggling either with specific academics or with their overall career plan.

The welcoming environment means students are more inclined to visit and address potential issues before they become major problems. Whether a student is planning for your new career or making sure their roadmap to success at D’Youville is on track, the collaborative team at the Success Center can lead the way.

Solutions Center

The Solutions Center integrates the offices of the registrar, student accounts and financial aid, so students can say good-bye to “The D’Youville Shuffle,” where they had to go from office to office before their problems were solved.

The new, centralized space is bright, open, and accessible, and the staff assures no one leaves until their problem is solved. Students can access the latest innovative and streamlined support systems to provide best-in-class service.

Proof of Solutions’ success can be seen in D’Youville’s increased retention rates. Not only has total retention increased from 81% to 85% in just the past year, but D’Youville now exceeds the national average for private college retention.

The Park (Advocacy Center)

D’Youville recognizes that today’s students face many challenges which were less prevalent in previous generations. Many of our current students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are first-generation Americans, or have families to support.

To address the nuanced needs of student today, D’Youville launched The Park, an advocacy center that provides stigma-free support addressing food insecurity, clothing, housing, health, and social needs. A warm, inclusive space where everyone is welcome, The Park provides personal support and connects students to on-campus and community resources for out-of-classroom needs, including

  • The Campus Cupboard
  • Personal finance education
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Professional clothing for interviews and internships
  • Childcare resources
  • Public transportation information
  • Housing and home buying assistance
  • Emergency support

Upgraded facilities and technology

Throughout campus, you will see numerous spaces which have been reconceived and revitalized to meet the needs of today’s students. Our new IT Pulse Center has centralized information services in the heart of campus and offers a comfortable lounge and help area for students and staff who need assistance. Classrooms have been updated with colorful, comfortable, and rearrangeable seating options, including restaurant-style hi-top tables and booth-type seating. Construction is complete on many new study spaces and lounges where our students can find room to work alone or in groups. Lab spaces and equipment has also been upgraded to give our students modern clinical settings in which to work and study. These and other upgrades help D’Youville move toward our goal as the “University of the Future” while also respecting our rich heritage and providing the best possible atmosphere for our students.


The Hub

The D’Youville Health Professions HUB – an education, training, and community health center embedded in Buffalo’s West Side – will be a world-class structure that will revitalize health education and delivery in Western New York. Currently under construction, The Hub will bring students, medical professionals, and community members come together in an interprofessional model which will not only cross-trains health field students from different disciplines and programs, it helps to save lives.

The 59,860 square-foot Hub will include:

  • A community clinic and pharmacy
  • A demonstration kitchen and café
  • A medically-oriented gym
  • An inter-professional education and simulation center
  • High-tech classrooms, meeting rooms and open work spaces
  • A state-of-the-art event center and community engagement space

Heritage Center

This summer, a new interactive exhibit will be constructed on the first floor of Koessler Administration Building to showcase D’Youville’s mission, history, and heritage. Prospective students, alumni and guests will have the opportunity to discover the life of our namesake, learn about our founding, meet our famous alumni, and immerse themselves in more than 100 years of mission in action. 

Through photos, interactive touchscreen displays, and timeless historical artifacts, we will create a memorable experience for old friends and a lasting impression for new ones as we tell the story of the Grey Nuns who founded and shepherded D’Youville, along with the leaders and alumni who sustained it. In addition, the Boethea Room will serve as a mission museum, housing artifacts and memorabilia which illuminate the journeys of D’Youville students and faculty throughout the 20th century as they lived out our heritage of education and service.

Division II Athletics

D’Youville has a long history of athletic competition, from the women of the 1920s holding junior-senior basketball tournaments to our All-Conference Division III athletes of today. So, we are very excited plans are under way to move to Division II, which will increase our visibility and allow greater opportunities for our student athletes.

In line with D’Youville’s rigorous curriculum, Division II athletes are required to meet specific academic standards, which will keep them on track to earning our in-demand degrees. In addition to the benefits to our student athletes, Division II standing also will help recruitment of new students, boost school pride, and increase engagement with the local community and beyond.