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Transfer Profile

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

You are welcome here
Canisius College welcomes transfer students; we believe they are an integral part of our campus community. Our liberal transfer policy allows for an easy transition. Our flexible transfer credit evaluation policy enables students to see which credits transfer to Canisius up front, before even applying to the College. Students who are accepted for transfer admission to Canisius are automatically evaluated for an academic merit scholarship based on cumulative college GPA. In addition, there is a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Beta Gamma Scholarship for those inducted into one of the organizations.

Unlimited learning opportunities
Canisius students can choose from more than 1,000 courses in over 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 U.S.-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.

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 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams and a number of clubs 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 to transfer students. 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 transfer 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.




A Snapshot of Canisius
Founded:  In 1870 by German Jesuits
Buffalo, New York
Campus:72 acres, with most buildings connected by tunnels or overhead walkways
Enrollment:2,868 undergraduate, 1,313 graduatestudents
More than 1,000 courses in over 140 majors, minors, and special programs
Financial Aid:98% of Canisius students qualify for generous financial aid/merit packages

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