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Niagara University

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Founded in 1856 by the Vincential Community, Niagara University is a private, liberal arts university located in Buffalo just 4 miles from the world-famous Niagara Falls. The school offers bachelor’s programs, pre-professional programs and graduate programs and also provides students with an opportunity to earn an accelerated masters degree via the combined degree program.

Niagara University offers plentiful recreational activities both on campus and in the surrounding community. Because of the school’s location, there are opportunities for outdoor activities year-round such as hiking, camping, water sports, skiing and myriad other activities. There are numerous student clubs and organizations as well as an active Greek life at NU. Since there are on-campus dormitories that provide student housing, the college is a great way to meet people and form lifelong friendships.


Niagara University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, several accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs, almost 10 pre-professional programs and more than 20 graduate majors, including a doctorate. Thanks to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, students may even choose to design their own courses of study in order to meet individual educational and career goals.

In addition to traditional classroom study, NU also offers evening classes, Saturday classes and online programs that allow students who wouldn’t be able to pursue higher education under standard circumstances to do so. There are several programs, both undergraduate and graduate, that can be completed entirely online.

Undergraduate Programs

Students working toward an undergraduate degree at Niagara University will do so through one of four colleges. The first three are standard at most colleges and include a College of Arts & Sciences, a College of Business Administration and a College of Business. The fourth college is not-so-standard: the College of Hospitality & Tourism Management, in which students may pursue degrees in programs such as lodging, foodservice management, recreation & sports management, tourism and entrepreneurship.

The College of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Niagara University was the first in the country to offer a degree in tourism and regularly ranks in the top 20 H&T programs in the United States. It’s also a founding member of The Leading Hotel Schools of the World and has partnerships with such heavy-hitters in the industry as Waldorf-Astoria and Carlson. Students may choose to study abroad or participate in the cruise abroad program with Carnival Cruise Lines. The program has much to offer and any student considering a career in this industry would do well to put Niagara University at the top of their list of schools.

Niagara University also has an active ROTC program, a study-abroad program, an Honors Program, and an Eagle Leadership Program for students that are interested in pursuing other goals in addition to standard academic participation.

Graduate Programs

Students wishing to earn a graduate degree from Niagara University may do so in one of three ways. There are the standard graduate programs that require students to apply for the program and attend traditional, weekday classes, and there are also programs that may be completed online either in whole or in part. The third way that a student may earn a graduate degree is by participating in one of the combined master’s programs. Students who choose the combined program can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in 5 years instead of the standard 6.

Of the graduate programs offered, one in particular stands out. The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a 33-credit-hour program that allows a student to create an individual curriculum with a diverse blend of courses targeted at a particular theme of interest for the student. A core of nine foundational courses required but the degree can be a blend of methodological seminars, internships, independent study or thematic courses.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Niagara University evaluates incoming freshmen on both an academic and personal level and base admissions decisions on such considerations as scholastic achievement, SAT/ACT scores, recommendations, and evidence of past performance and character. The college has a rolling admissions policy and applications are generally informed of admissions decisions within a few weeks of application.

There are several items that are required in order for an application packet to be complete. These include the application and fee (the fee is only for those who submit paper applications), SAT/ACT scores, official high school transcripts or GED records, a counselor or teacher recommendation and an untimed, short essay.

Graduate Admissions

Admission to each graduate program at Niagara University has different application requirements but some general documents that students may be required to submit include the application and fee, standardized test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT, references, a resume, official transcripts of all colleges attended, and personal statements. Since requirements vary by program, students should work closely with their chosen program in order to ensure that a complete packet is submitted.

There are also separate requirements for transfer students and international students and those students should review the website and contact the school to ensure that all requirements are met.

Financial Aid

As a private school, Niagara University recognizes that some students automatically assume that they can’t afford an education, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The school works diligently to provide a financial aid packet substantial enough to make them affordable to most students. There are many different types of scholarships available to eligible students, including both need-based and merit-based awards, grants, federally subsidized loans and work-study programs.

Niagara University also offers locked in tuition rates to incoming freshman. This is an optional program that allows full-time students to lock in the same tuition rate for 4 years. The first year of tuition will be a bit higher than the rate is currently being charged, but it will average out and may even be lower by the end of the fourth year. As long as the student maintains full-time status, the rate stays locked.

In order to begin the process of applying for financial aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that’s available online beginning in January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1872nd for the average student loan amount.
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Niagara University offers an NCAA Division I athletics organization that offers several different sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming & diving and tennis. Men may also chooee to play baseball while women have the additional options of softball, lacrosse and volleyball. The Purple Eagles’ colors are purple and white.

In addition to varsity sports, NU also offers club and intramural sports as well as a wellness program for students who would like to get healthy and stay that way.


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Ranks 87th in New York and 765th 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 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District3627

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 532nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,900 $26,900 $26,900
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $900 $900 $900
FT Graduate Tuition $11,790 $11,790 $11,790
FT Graduate Required Fees $70 $70 $70
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $655 $655 $655
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,350 $42,350 $42,350
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,300 $42,300 $42,300
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,250 $31,250 $31,250

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $26,400 $27,230 $26,400 $27,230 $26,400 $27,230
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,000 $11,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,450(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,450 $7,900
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,300 $3,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,000(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,716 (1,448 male / 2,268 female)
Admitted 2,465 (962 male / 1,503 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 700 (294 male / 406 female)
FT Enrollment 698 (294 male / 404 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (N/A male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment4,056

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
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

677th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

SAT Test Admission

773rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1120

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 Capacity1,458
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 450 39 23 9 7 861 68 1,470
Accounting 36 4 4 2 1 84 7 139
Biochemistry 1 6 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 2 2
Biology Teacher Education 1 1 3 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 1 16 20
Business Administration and Management, General 9 4 2 1 1 83 6 106
Business Teacher Education 7 1 8
Business/Commerce, General 40 8 4 1 2 95 7 158
Business/Managerial Economics 2 2
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1 2
Chemistry, General 3 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 8 10
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 16 4 22
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 2 1 66 4 83
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 17 1 19
Education, General 205 205
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 1 35 1 38
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 20 22
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 26 3 1 30
Elementary Education and Teaching 60 1 2 25 1 89
English Language and Literature, General 1 10 1 12
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 8 1 9
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 1 1 13 15
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 3 1 1 39 3 48
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 2 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 14 1 17
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 25 3 28
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 9 10
Mathematics, General 10 1 11
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 3 6 1 10
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 6 7
Philosophy 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 7 1 10
Psychology, General 1 1 1 19 22
Public Finance 4 1 9 14
Reading Teacher Education 31 31
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 14 2 18
Religion/Religious Studies 3 3
School Psychology 2 16 2 20
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education 15 1 8 24
Social Work 16 1 3 5 25
Sociology 1 4 5
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 16 18
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 29 1 32
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 1 26 2 31
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 1 5 4 10
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 3 11 14
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 7 8
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 8 1 9
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 25 1 27

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1108th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,216 ($75,219 male / $66,033 female)
Number of FT Faculty 163 (95 male / 68 female)
Number of PT Faculty 412
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,049,669

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