|Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|President||Linda M. LeMura|
|172 Full-time (Fall 2021)|
|Students||3,409 (Fall 2021)|
|Campus||Urban and suburban, 160 acres (64.7 ha)|
|Colors||Green & gold|
|NCAA Division II – NE-10|
|Mascot||Iggy the Dolphin|
Le Moyne College is a private Jesuit college in DeWitt, New York. It was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946 and named after Jesuit missionary Simon Le Moyne. At its founding, Le Moyne was the first co-educational Jesuit college in the United States.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946 and named after Jesuit missionary Simon Le Moyne, S.J., the college has graduated more than 35,000 students as of 2021. At its founding, Le Moyne was the first Jesuit co-educational college in the United States.
Walter A. Foery, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Syracuse, helped bring about the formation of Le Moyne College. Foery purposed to provide for the city of Syracuse "a truly American school with religion and morality as the foundation stones". The college's first home was a storefront on East Onondaga Street in Syracuse. Later, it moved to the Hiscock Mansion on James Street. The college moved to its current (as of 2021) campus in 1948.
As of 2020, the college enrolled more than 3,700 students. As of 2021, the college offers more than 30 majors, an evening program, a variety of graduate courses, and a doctoral program in executive leadership.
In 2014, Linda LeMura, formerly the college's provost and academic vice president, was appointed as the 14th president of Le Moyne College. LeMura is the first laywoman in history to serve as president of a Jesuit college or university.
Le Moyne College's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is mostly located in the suburban town of DeWitt, although a small portion of the campus is within the city of Syracuse. As of 2021, there are 35 buildings on the campus.
Le Moyne College begins every academic year with two rituals: (1) 'Moving In Weekend,' when current students help to carry the boxes and suitcases of the new, first-year students into the dormitories; and (2) the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which continues a tradition dating back to the first Jesuit school, established in Messina, Sicily in 1548 (probably preceding this date). The meaning of this Mass is based in Catholic theology; the campus community commits to seeking knowledge as a community of scholars. The song "Stay with Us," composed by Le Moyne alumna M.D. Ridge especially for Le Moyne College, is performed.
Another annual tradition at Le Moyne College is "Dolphy Day," which originated in 1971. Dolphy Day is named for Eric Dolphy and has been said to have been inspired by Frank Zappa's song, "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue." Although Le Moyne's mascot is a dolphin, campus officials say there is no direct relation between the name of this event and this college icon. Each year, a "Wizard" is chosen (by the preceding Wizard).
Environmental sustainability is integrated into Le Moyne College facilities planning and operating processes. In June 2010, the college began construction on a new, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) science facility. The science complex provides teaching and research space for use by faculty and students in the science and health professions. Its environmentally-sound design features include day lighting, solar preheating, and thermal storage, resulting in the award of LEED-Gold certification.
Main article: Le Moyne Dolphins
The Le Moyne Dolphins are the athletic teams for the college. Le Moyne competes in the NCAA at the Division II level for its 21 varsity teams and offers participation opportunities for over 340 students. Since 2003 Le Moyne Men's Lacrosse has won Five NCAA National Championships Le Moyne competes in Northeast-10 Conference in all sports.
Among those faculty and administrators who serve or have served on the Le Moyne campus are: