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Canisius College

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Founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private Roman Catholic college in Buffalo, New York. The college is one of 28 institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The school is divided into the College of Arts & Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. The programs at Canisius College are accredited by national organizations that include the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Council for Education of the Deaf, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Chemical Society, and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Canisius has state-of-the-art classrooms and learning facilities, while also offering its students unique life experiences through field study and internship opportunities. Canisius has over 70 majors, minors and special programs, as well as a graduate school and a school of continuing & professional studies. U.S. News and World Report ranked Canisius as one of the top 20 colleges in the northern region.

Canisius College also offers joint degree programs in Dental Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatric Medicine. These are all seven-year combined program, in which students study at Canisius for 3 years, and for 4 years at the professional school level. The students are awarded bachelor’s degrees from Canisius after they successfully complete the first year at the professional school. The professional degree is awarded after the student successfully completes the seventh year.

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Admissions

Students who wish to apply to Canisius College should attend one of the college’s Academic Open Houses and submit the following requirements:

  • Completed paper or online version of the Canisius College application OR the Common application
  • SAT or ACT score report sent directly to Canisius by the College Board Note: First-year applicants who are 22 years or older are required to submit a statement describing their activities since leaving high school in lieu of standardized test scores.
  • Official high school and/or college transcripts
  • Non-refundable application fee

International students, transfer students, homeschooled students, and applicants to some of the college’s specialized programs may have additional requirements.

All applicants are automatically considered for admission to the All-College Honors Program at Canisius. Eligible students will receive invitations after they are accepted to the school.

Financial Aid

76 percent of the full-time undergraduates at Canisius College receive some form of need-based financial assistance. The average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,092, and the average undergraduate aid package is $24,558. In 2009, 100% of first-year students with demonstrated need received financial aid. Forms of aid include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Institutional scholarships for academic achievement, creative arts, fine arts, special achievements, and athletics are available as well. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting this application is February 15.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2599th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

46% of the students at Canisius live on-campus in the college’s two main dorms, Bosch Hall and Frisch Hall. Both buildings accommodate mostly freshmen, are well maintained, and feature carpeted floors, furnishings, cable television, and Internet access. Double rooms and suites are available. The college also offers newly built apartment style townhouses that feature living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, two bedrooms, and shared bathrooms. There are also other apartments available in the Main Delvan and Main Humbolt residence halls. Campion and Desmond Halls both offer single and double occupancy housing, and the renovated Martin Honors House offers single rooms for students in the honors program.

Canisius also offers a variety of clubs and activities. There are more than 100 student organizations, an excellent athletic program, as well as fun and interesting events like Family Weekend, the Best of Buffalo series, the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit with Fall BBQ, the Contemporary Writers series, the annual Fall Semi-Formal, the annual Mr. Canisius competition, and theme nights in the Palisano Pavilion. There are 25 academic clubs, 15 honor societies, 23 service and social clubs, 11 performing arts orgs, and 19 recreational clubs. There are also many student media organizations, as well as numerous fraternities and sororities at Canisius College. The college is the Reserve Officer Training Corps hub for Western New York, with students from Canisuis and other regional schools. The battalion won the MacArthur Award as the top battalion in the East.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Known as the Golden Griffins, Canisius College’s 16 intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for most sports, except for the ice hockey team, which competes in Atlantic Hockey Association. Sports played include men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s track, men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s diving. Women’s sports include synchronized swimming, volleyball, and softball. Canisius College’s athletic rival is Niagara University. The two schools compete in the annual Canal Cup, which Canisius has won twice in the past three years.

In 2008, the college’s men’s lacrosse team won the MAAC tournament and the baseball team won the regular season MAAC championship and broke the school record for wins in a season. The softball team won 3 consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournaments. The synchronized swim team has been the 3rd best team in the country every year since 2008.

Alumni

  • Calvin Darden, named 8th Most Powerful Black Executive in America by Fortune Magazine
  • Dennis F. Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless
  • Elizabeth MacDonald, award-winning business journalist for Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal
  • Gene F. Jankowski, former president of the CBS Broadcast Group
  • John Thomas Curtin, former United States Attorney and Federal Judge for the Western District of New York
  • Denise O’Donnell, former United States Attorney for the Western District of New York
  • Thomas J. Lawley, Dean of the Emory University School of Medicine
  • Bob MacKinnon, former NBA Head Coach and General Manager of the New Jersey Nets

Bibliography

  • Canisius College. Canisius College. 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.
  • “Canisius College.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.
  • Snider, Mark. How to Get Money for College 2011: Financing Your Future Beyond Federal Aid. Lawrenceville: Peterson’s, 2010.

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Ranks 61st in New York and 540th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.06
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 5 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 6 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,634 0.62
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 36 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.05
Robbery 1,459 0.56
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,473 1.70
Larceny 8,711 3.32
Vehicle theft 1,121 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population13,207 (13,207 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,102 (2.33 people per house)
Median Household Income$21,783
Families2,925 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District3626

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 322nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,990 $31,990 $31,990
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,342 $1,342 $1,342
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $914 $914 $914
FT Graduate Tuition $13,500 $13,500 $13,500
FT Graduate Required Fees $594 $594 $594
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $750
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,102 $48,102 $48,102
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $43,832 $43,832 $43,832
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,032 $38,032 $38,032

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,713 $32,030 $30,713 $32,030 $30,713 $32,030
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $700(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,360 $11,820
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,130(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,360 $8,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,130(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,560(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,322 (1,906 male / 2,416 female)
Admitted 3,134 (1,396 male / 1,738 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 682 (319 male / 363 female)
FT Enrollment 680 (319 male / 361 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (N/A male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment4,537

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

403rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

464th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,422
Meals per Week17
Room Fee$7,210
Board Fee$5,060

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 121 84 28 18 9 1,059 195 1,514
Accounting 5 1 1 35 3 45
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Business/Management 3 1 21 1 26
Accounting and Related Services, Other 1 1
Animal Behavior and Ethology
Anthropology
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 11 13
Biochemistry 11 3 14
Bioinformatics 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 3 35 5 47
Business Administration and Management, General 5 6 1 2 1 75 17 107
Business Teacher Education
Business/Managerial Economics 3 1 4
Chemistry, General 1 6 2 9
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 3 1 4
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Communication and Media Studies, Other 4 7 1 42 4 58
Communication, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 5 1 20 2 29
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 5 6
Computer Science 2 5 1 8
Conservation Biology
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 14 4 21
Creative Writing 1 1 1 3
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminology 4 11 3 18
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 17 1 19
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 2 14
Economics, General 1 5 6
Education, General 4 5 2 11
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 1 7 1 9
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 2 1 25 3 31
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 6 1 7
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 1 5 2 9
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 6 4 48 7 65
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 3 1 33 2 39
Educational/Instructional Technology 3 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 34 4 30 3 71
English Language and Literature, General 1 16 1 18
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 10 11
Environmental Science 1 5 6
Environmental Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Finance, General 4 1 2 1 25 2 35
Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation 1 6 7
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature 2 2
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1 1 14 4 21
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Health and Wellness, General 5 2 7
History, General 2 21 2 25
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 5 11 12 28
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4 1 7 5 17
International Relations and Affairs 1 2 1 9 13
Journalism 1 1
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 3
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 1 3 2 8
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 1 1 1 26 6 35
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 1 2 22 3 31
Mathematics and Statistics 1 1 4 1 7
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 2 3
Music, General
Nutrition Sciences 2 2
Organizational Communication, General
Philosophy 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 14 3 2 1 1 77 14 112
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General 4 2 4 48 9 67
Public Administration
Reading Teacher Education 2 2 1 47 5 57
Religion/Religious Studies
Secondary Education and Teaching 8 3 47 4 62
Social Sciences, General 1 5 1 15 29 51
Sociology 1 1 3 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other 2 8 1 11
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 7 11 2 1 84 10 115
Sports Studies 3 7 10
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies 3 3
Zoology/Animal Biology, Other 1 26 8 35

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 968th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,302 ($79,658 male / $69,611 female)
Number of FT Faculty 206 (119 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 443
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $7,044,848

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