Millard Fillmore College, commonly referred to as MFC, was named for the first Chancellor of the University at Buffalo and the 13th President of the United States.
MFC has its roots in UB's Evening Session that began in 1923 in Old Townsend Hall on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo, New York. In the 1920s, at major universities across the country a new service was being extended to adults in the form of evening classes and intended for those who had to work during the day. Although many adults still could not afford to go to school even at night, the Evening Session gave many others an option that had not been there before. And like everything else in the 1920s, it boomed. Public response to this new program was overwhelming. The public was so enthusiastic that on March 25, 1937 the university's Committee on General Administration of the UB Council voted to change the name of the Evening Session to Millard Fillmore College. The creation of Millard Fillmore College shifted emphasis from an original purpose of providing new and unorthodox adult educational services in the Evening Session to a more traditional concept for the adult student who wanted to pursue a college education.
Today, MFC offers a variety of courses and programs including traditional
on-campus, online, and off-campus options for working adults and other
nontraditional students. Programs offered online are intended to provide students
with access and convenience to university education utilizing computer and
Internet technologies. Traditional classes are conducted on the university's North,
South and Downtown campus. More than 90 percent of MFC Programs and courses are
offered online. On campus courses typically meet in the late afternoon or
evening on the North Campus, and are typically held once per week for three to
four hours per class meeting. Select courses are offered on weekends.
Many of the courses that MFC offers are part of credentialing programs developed for working adults and other nontraditional students seeking academic degrees, continuing education, lifelong learning opportunities, or personal enrichment.
Millard Fillmore College is a fully accredited division of the University at Buffalo.