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Catholic Profile

Steeped in Jesuit ideals, our undergraduate academic programs are distinguished by academic excellence, student-faculty interaction, and a variety of experiential learning opportunities that engage students and transform the mind and spirit. 

Canisius College is not for the faint of heart. Our academics are challenging. Curiosity is encouraged. Thinking, required. Students undertake real-world experiences, participate in real research, and tackle real problems. 


Unlimited learning opportunities
Canisius students can choose from more than 1,000 courses in 140 majors, minors, and special programs. They study in small classes with distinguished faculty. (The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.) But they don’t just sit through lectures. Students are challenged to discover and debate practical and ethical issues. They stand elbow-to-elbow with faculty to conduct their own research. Those same faculty capitalize on the College’s dynamic urban campus to turn everyday occurrences into learning experiences. Students travel into select neighborhoods to help improve struggling schools, study animal behavior up close at the Buffalo Zoo just blocks away from campus, or examine the impact of security on international trade along the US-Canadian border in Buffalo. Students’ learning environments expand beyond Buffalo as well. Miles off the coast of Maine, students study killer whales. They refine their journalistic skills within the corridors of Congress, visit sites of Jewish internment camps in Poland, and follow in the footsteps of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall in Tanzania, East Africa. 

Canisius College’s flexible programs let students fit courses to their aptitudes and attitudes. Some choose to combine Marketing with International Business to help stimulate trade between rural Mexico and western New York. Some pair Philosophy and Environmental Studies to investigate the impact of lead paint on children who live in low-income housing. Others study Physics, Music, and Digital Media Arts to design new and innovative digital electronic instruments. 


A Catholic, Jesuit tradition
Founded in 1870 by German members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private liberal arts institution conducted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. The College offers a concentrated liberal arts core to help students focus their personal philosophies and high priority on intellect and offers learning experiences that are world affirming and committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Students are trained to think critically about their place in and responsibilities of the world. Service learning courses put students in neighborhood settings where they are exposed to their field of study while giving back to the community. During semester breaks, groups of students and faculty travel the world to serve people in India, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Ecuador.


Home away from home
When Canisius students aren’t working hard, they take advantage of opportunities to play hard. The College is home to the Golden Griffins, with 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 29 club and intramural sports. There are over 100 student clubs and activities on campus dedicated to everything from academics to performing arts. Buffalo is home to professional football and hockey teams, minor league baseball, and a world-champion lacrosse team. Just a five-minute walk puts students in Delaware Park, one of Frederick Law Olmstead’s most beautiful parks, where they can bike, play tennis, golf, or rent boats on its scenic Hoyt Lake. With shopping, restaurants, theaters, world-renowned art galleries, and live music just a subway ride away, students soon learn why Buffalo is one of the top five college towns of its size. 

And when it’s time for rest and relaxation, Canisius offers some of the most comfortable and spacious suites and apartment-style residence halls around. Students can choose from a range of meal options from any one of Canisius’s dining halls and campus snack bars, which include Tim Hortons, Subway, and Starbucks.

Canisius looks for students who are passionate, motivated, hardworking, and interested in making a difference in the world around them. Canisius sets the academic bar high and encourages students to challenge themselves, try new things, and set goals that may seem impossible at first. But part of the transformational experience provided at Canisius is a transformation of self. Whatever students choose to do, rest assured they will go on to live their passion and make a difference. So you see, time devoted to Canisius College is definitely time well spent. 


Founded: In 1870 by German Jesuits 

Location: Buffalo, New York 

Campus: 72 acres, with most buildings connected by tunnels or overhead walkways 

Enrollment: 2,671 undergraduate, 1,233 graduatestudents 

Academics: More than 1,000 courses in 140 majors, minors, and special programs 

Financial Aid: 98% of Canisius students qualify for generous financial aid/merit packages.