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Change your life.

Trocaire College changes the trajectory of the lives of its students as well as the lives of those they come in contact with. We help our students of promise recognize their own talents and maintain their motivation while providing them the means by which to grow intellectually and emotionally. 

Graduates of Trocaire are sought by Buffalo employers across some of the most in-demand industries for their exceptional character, skill and dedication. Alumni of Trocaire College can be counted upon to work collaboratively to excel in their professions.

The goal of a Trocaire College degree is to equip our students to become graduates of choice, fully prepared to thrive in a variety of in-demand career-oriented professions. 

Mission Statement

Trocaire College, a private, career-oriented Catholic college, in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, strives to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity, and self-worth through education in a variety of professions and in the liberal arts. Recognizing the individual needs of a diverse student body, Trocaire College provides life learning and development within a community-based environment. Trocaire College prepares students for service in the universal community.

Our Promise to You

We help students, who are determined to succeed, build careers of achievement and lives of purpose.

Trocaire and the Sisters of Mercy

Trocaire College was founded in 1958 in the City of Buffalo by the Sisters of Mercy as Sancta Maria College, offering higher educational opportunities to women of the order. The College gained distinction early on in the field of nursing and Health Science education. 

In 1967, the college’s name was officially changed to Trocaire, which is Gaelic for mercy, to honor the heritage of the founding sisters. Trocaire granted admission to lay female students in 1965 and male students in 1972.

The college has evolved extensively over the past 50 years. It confers a number of Associate and Bachelor degrees with an emphasis on the health care professions. In 2008 the college expanded its offerings with The Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business and an extension site in Williamsville, NY, and later in 2012, with a Massage Therapy Program.

The Trocaire College of today is a vibrant, multi-dimensional coeducational Catholic college which continues to operate in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Trocaire is an active member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE).

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Vision Statement Trocaire is the college where lives are transformed. Our students will be graduates of choice in career-oriented professions.
94% of Trocaire’s alumni recommend our school to others.
Trocaire alumni are the solution to many of WNY’s challenges — our graduates are skilled, confident, compassionate and looking to make a difference.
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Make your opportunity.

Trocaire serves students from Western New York and beyond who seek a challenging education in a supportive environment. Trocaire provides the necessary skills, industry knowledge and hands-on experience you need to become a graduate of choice, ready for an exciting career in a variety of thriving industries.

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If you have more than one passion, you don’t have to live by the rules and go to school for just one thing. You can study something else. You can create your own career. After all, it’s your own destiny.
Kittrella Whitlock – ’20, Nurse & Entrepreneur

The support you need.

At Trocaire, you’ll gain more than the specialized training and experiential learning you need for a rewarding career. You’ll also find an understanding and encouraging faculty and staff ready to help you find and fulfill your promise.

We’re here to help you succeed with flexible scheduling, including day, evening, weekend and online classes and to give you the support you need to reach your goals.

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Careers of achievement and lives of purpose begin here.

For more than 60 years, our students have been gaining the technical education, theoretical knowledge and real-world clinical experience they need to thrive.

Trocaire-trained professionals are consistently in high demand. Beyond the opportunity to earn great salaries, our graduates also enjoy long-term growth potential. Which means you won’t be getting just another job. You’ll be blazing your own trail with a career you can be proud of.