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Education that makes a difference. 

Niagara University has a 160-year history of educating students in mind, body, heart, and soul. A Niagara education is an ideal balance of challenging academic programs and a close-knit campus community where professors and administrators care about you. Through active and integrative learning, our curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume leadership roles in their careers and community.


Who we are
Niagara University is a private, coeducational liberal arts university founded in 1856 by the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers. As the oldest Vincentian university in the United States, we have a rich Catholic heritage that traces back to St. Vincent de Paul. The Vincentian dedication to assist and care for all, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is reflected by our students, who volunteer their time and talents to help those less fortunate. Each academic year Niagara students provide more than 1,000 hours of community service per week. It is no surprise that Niagara University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006.

Affordable private education
When you enroll at Niagara University, you’re getting a prestigious private college education for a cost that is often comparable to that of a state institution when you consider our generous financial aid packages. Ninety-eight percent of our incoming students receive financial aid. These packages may combine scholarships, grants, student employment (work-study), and loans.


Scholarships and grants
At Niagara University we recognize your academic efforts by offering a generous scholarship and grant program. Merit-based awards, which range from the minimum of $8,000 per year up to $22,000 per year, include the following scholarships: Presidential, Trustees, Niagara Vincentian Scholars Program (service-based), ROTC, and athletic, as well as grants such as the Academic Achievement Award and NU Grants.


What we offer
Niagara University offers more than 80 majors, more than 55 minors, several combined master’s programs, 29 graduate and certificate programs, and a doctoral program. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education programs, service learning projects, study abroad, practicums, independent study, honors programs, and research. All four of our academic colleges have programs that have received the highest rankings from the top accreditation boards in their fields. And even though our professors are regularly published in research and professional journals, they are committed to teaching and helping you realize your potential. These are just some of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks NU in the top tier of institutions in the northern United States. We are also one of only six regional institutions deemed an “Up-and-Comer” on a select list of schools cited most often by college presidents, provosts, and admission deans who were asked to identify schools on the rise.


Niagara University is located in the suburbs of Lewiston, New York, just four miles north of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Nearby metropolitan areas include Buffalo, New York, and Toronto, Canada.


Extracurricular activities
With more than 100 different clubs and organizations, plus a well-rounded athletic and recreational program that includes 18 Division I sports, students have the opportunity to enhance their academic, social, cultural, athletic, and humanistic experiences.


Welcome to NU!
Now that you’ve read about our University, we hope you’ll soon be a part of our community and become one of the many students who use the knowledge they’ve gained here at NU to make a difference on campus, in the surrounding community, and in the world at large. To visit our picturesque campus or to receive more information, call the Office of Admissions at 800-462-2111 or visit our website at


Year Founded: 1856


Enrollment: 3,200 undergraduates and more than 850 graduate students


Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1 on campus


Class Size: 19 (average)


Expenses: 2016–2017 tuition: $29,500 per year; room and board: $12,700 per year; 98% of our entering freshmen and transfer students receive some type of financial aid.


Athletics: NCAA Division I 


Academic Majors and Programs:

• Academic Exploration (undeclared program)

• Accounting (BBA)

• Accounting (BBA/MBA option)

• Actuarial Science

• Art History with Museum Studies

• Biochemistry
- Bioinformatics 

• Biology
- Bioinformatics
- Biotechnology
- Environmental Studies 

• Chemistry (BA/BS)
- Computational Chemistry
- Environmental Studies 

• Communication Studies 

• Computer & Information Sciences 

• Criminology & Criminal Justice (BS/MS option)

• Developmental Disabilities

• Early Childhood Development & Cognition

• Economics

• Education
- Concentration areas: Biology, Business Education (5–12), Chemistry, English, French, Liberal Arts (Birth–Grade 6, Special Education & Childhood), Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish
- Adolescence (Grades 7–12)
- Dual Certifications in: Early Childhood & Childhood (Birth–Grade 6), Childhood & Middle Childhood (Grades 1–9), Middle & Adolescence (Grades 5–12), Special Education & Childhood (Grades 1–6), Special Education & Adolescence (Grades 7–12)

- TESOL—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PreK–12)

• English

• Finance

• French

• General Studies

• Gerontology

• History
• Hotel & Restaurant Management
- Food & Beverage Management
- Luxury Hospitality Operations
- Planning, Development & Operations

• International Studies

• Liberal Arts

• Life Sciences

• Management
- Human Resources
- Integrated/General
- International Business
- Supply Chain

• Marketing
- Food Marketing

• Mathematics (BA/BS)

• Nursing

• Philosophy

• Political Science
- Environmental Studies

• Psychology (BA/MS)

• Religious Studies

• Social Sciences

• Social Work

• Sociology

• Spanish

• Sport Management
- Revenue Management
- Sport Operation

• Theatre Studies (BFA)
- Design & Production
- Performance
- Theatre Specialization

• Tourism & Recreation Management
- Event & Meeting Management
- Tourism Destination Management


Pre-professional Tracks:

• Pre-dental

• Pre-law

• Pre-medical

• Pre-pharmacy

• Pre-veterinary

• ROTC-Army