Canisius College

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2001 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

Phone: (716) 883-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
May 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#27 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Canisius College is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,280, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 72 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Canisius College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 27. Its tuition and fees are $33,252 (2013-14).

Founded by Jesuits in 1870, Canisius College is a private school in Buffalo, just a few miles from Lake Erie and the Canadian border. Undergraduate and graduate students at Canisius College can choose from more than 125 majors, minors, and special programs in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Richard J. Wehle School of Business; and the School of Education and Human Services. Through the education school and its cooperation with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, Canisius offers a deaf education master’s program, which is nationally recognized by the Council on Education of the Deaf.

Outside the classroom, Canisius students can get involved by joining more than 100 campus organizations and trying out for the Canisius Golden Griffins varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Notable Canisius College alumni include Edward Zubler, inventor of the halogen lamp, and basketball player Michael Smrek, who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, Canisius College prides itself on fostering leadership and focusing on individual student learning. With an average class size of 17, a student to faculty ratio of 11.2:1, and extensive opportunities for one-on-one work with faculty, Canisius truly exemplifies the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, or care for the individual. Nestled in a historic, residential community in Buffalo, NY, Canisius is a small college that offers many of the amenities of a larger university, with more than 70 distinct academic programs, 16 Division I athletic teams and approximately 140 plus clubs and organizations.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $96,031,298


When applying to Canisius College, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Canisius College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.9%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Canisius College is 11:1, and the school has 45.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Canisius College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12%
Education 12%
Psychology 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Canisius College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,280, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus. Canisius College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,908
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Canisius College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Canisius College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Canisius College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Canisius College, 77.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,666.

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Tuition and fees $33,252 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,270 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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