Canisius College


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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Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in New York and 469th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 87.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $42,288
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1270
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 18 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 85% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,244


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.


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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

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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.

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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.


  • 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


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