Niagara University

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Niagara University, NY 14109

Phone: (716) 285-1212
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Niagara University is a private institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,175, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Niagara University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 54. Its tuition and fees are $28,200 (2013-14).

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

Founded by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers and Brothers) in 1856, Niagara is distinguished by its beautiful campus on the gorge overlooking Canada, the quality of its highly accredited academic programs, and commitment to student engagement and community service. All undergraduates participate in service learning; half in undergraduate research, and many in study abroad, cooperative education and internships. A Niagara education is designed to make a difference in the lives of students, leading them to make a difference in the community and the world. Niagara University received the Carnegie Classification of Community Engagement in December 2008.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Vincentian)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $72,151,838


When applying to Niagara University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Niagara University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.7 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 68.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Niagara University is 11:1, and the school has 45.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Niagara University include: Business/Commerce, General; Education, General; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 24%
Education, General 15%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4%

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Student Life

Niagara University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,175, with a gender distribution of 39.6 percent male students and 60.4 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. Niagara University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,045
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

Niagara University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Niagara University 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). Of the students at Niagara University, 41 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Niagara University.

Students who have cars on campus 41%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Niagara University, 74.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,961.

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Tuition and fees $28,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,600 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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