About Canisius College

Founded in 1870, Canisius College. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,595 full time undergraduate students, and 1,139 full time graduate students.

The Canisius College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 182 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Canisius College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate77%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range970-1190
ACT Range22-28

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,16% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

86% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 55% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Canisius College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
22%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
75%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
33%
“I feel extremely safe”
22%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
56%
“We bought the gear”
22%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
78%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
22%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
56%
“They”re always available”
11%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
67%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
22%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
11%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
56%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
22%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
75%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
33%
“I feel extremely safe”
22%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
56%
“We bought the gear”
22%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
78%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
22%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
56%
“They”re always available”
11%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
67%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
22%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
11%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
56%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    41 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    31 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    50 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    50 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    50 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 70 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    50 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    50 Students rated local services 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    50 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

Canisius College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Canisius College?

9 Students rated Canisius College

Trae - 03/22/2020

I enjoyed my time at Canisius academically and socially. There is a quite a few things to do on campus and definitely benefits being in buffalo. There are a lot of great professors which shouldn't be a shock as Canisius is usually ranked in multiple categories every year. Sporting events were also fun to attend.

Sweeney - 03/29/2018

If you are looking for a school completely dedicated to not just your academic successes but your overall success in general, Canisius is the place for you. We stress the concept known as "Cura Personalis" which is Latin for self-care. Cura Personalis is a characteristic of Jesuit education (we are a Catholic College) that focuses on the individual attention given to the development and welfare of each of the students in the schools. This includes your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. This is reflected in our smaller class sizes; student to professor ratio is 11:1 as well as our Griff Center which provides any type of assistance you need whether it be academic or not. Though certain people may shy away from Religious / Jesuit education, Canisius is very non-discriminatory and although the religious presence is apparent, it is not overbearing or "in your face" so to speak. You should come check us out! It's great to be a Griff!

Kitti - 03/13/2018

It is one of the best colleges I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The teachers are very open to student ideas and the students are all very accepting. I fell welcome all the time, and the Jesuit principles mean that no one is left behind academically.

Jennifer - 11/03/2017

I am a freshman at Canisius and it seems to be a great school especially in the Western New York Area. If you apply yourself, you could do great things within the college, just like any other. The library is really nice and the Subway and Tim Hortons are convenient even though they're terribly slow. I recommend bringing your own food to save money. The only thing really bad is the location of the college because it's right in the middle of a really bad neighborhood, which most people wouldn't know if they're not from the Buffalo area. Don't walk alone at night because you might get mugged, or worse.

Canisius College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Canisius College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Canisius College is 77%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Get involved as much as possible on campus but don't forget that academics are your main priority.

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  3. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who values community service and who is looking for a mid sized school. It is a comfortable environment and is great for anyone looking to study abroad.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Canisius College is a wealhy, snobby school with great classes and professors, but a bad social scene.

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  5. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Canisius is known for its excellent Business program at the bachelor and master levels. Many foreign students come for the International Business Program. It also attracts many Education majors as well as Accounting majors, etc. They are not definicient in the Humanities, with strong English and History programs as well.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had realized how truly expensive this school is. Besides the tuitition, every extra little thing costs money. After enrolling in a class there is an out of pocket $100 lab fee, and extra expenses for any required trips.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about this school, is I feel there is too much expected out of us, and the smaller classes we have.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very eager to learn. When things get tough they aren't afraid to ask for help.

    Read all  8 answers
  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Canisius College would be its small classes and intimate campus.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who doesn't have excellent study habits and time management skills should not attend Canisius because it's a very demanding college and you will get alot of homework. That being said, the work will pay off because you will sharpen your critical thinking skills, writing and research skills and all the other transferable skills that make you marketable no matter what your college major. If you hate writing papers, you will not like Canisius - I had to write a paper for a math class! But my writing dramatically improved in four years.

    Read all  8 answers
  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    It is right in the middle of the city.

    Read all  7 answers
  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It is very well known in the area and has a large history.

    Read all  6 answers
  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I was working as a freelance writer for The Buffalo News on spec as a recent college graduate. When I submitted my first special to the news piece, the editors fiipped out because they couldn't believe how good it was. When they asked where I graduated, I said "Canisius College." They responded, "Oh, that explains alot. Canisius grads always stand out."

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Student Body

Students

52%

female

48%

male

2,595

Total Undergrad Enrollment

1,139

Total Grad Students

10%

Out-Of-State

86%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

140

Student Organizations

1

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

28%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
70%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Canisius College receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 71% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$35,424

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$13,022

Room and Board

49,446

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$14,712
$30 - $48K
$14,328
$48 - $75K
$20,090
$75 - $110K
$23,393
$110K & UP
$25,904

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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