Canisius College, a Jesuit Catholic college, offers outstanding professional programs distinguished by transformative learning experiences that engage students in the classroom and beyond. We foster a commitment to excellence, service, and leadership in a global society in our students.


Founded:  In 1870 by German Jesuits

Location:Buffalo, New York

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

Enrollment:2,398 undergraduate and 1,066 graduatestudents

Academics:More than 1,000 courses in 100+ majors, minors, and special programs

Financial Aid:94% of Canisius students qualify for generous financial aid/merit packages.

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Transfers are welcome here
Canisius College enrolls nearly 200 transfer students per year. We work hard to make sure each student has a smooth transition to becoming a Golden Griffin. 

To help students get started, we have a dedicated Transfer Admissions Counselor, one-on-one academic advising, and orientation. Our flexible transfer credit evaluation policy enables students to see which credits transfer to Canisius up front, even before they apply 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 these organizations.

Unlimited learning opportunities
Canisius students can choose from more than 1,000 courses in 100+ majors, minors, and special programs. Benefiting from an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, they study in small classes with distinguished faculty. Styles of instruction include both discussions and 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 meaningful learning experiences.

Students travel to select neighborhoods to help improve struggling schools; study animal behavior up close at the Buffalo Zoo, just blocks away from campus; and 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 in the corridors of Congress, visit sites of German concentration camps in Poland, and follow in the footsteps of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall in Tanzania.

A Jesuit Catholic tradition
Founded in 1870 by German members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private liberal arts institution conducted in the Jesuit tradition. The College offers a concentrated liberal arts core to help students focus their personal philosophies. A high priority is placed on inquiry and intellectual growth. The varied learning experiences are world affirming and focus on educating the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. These are all values rooted in the Jesuit tradition. 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 a number of club and intramural sports. There are over 90 student-run 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. An easy walk puts students in Delaware Park, one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s most beautiful parks, where they can bike, play tennis, golf, or rent boats on 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, students can enjoy some of the most comfortable and spacious suites and apartment-style residence halls around. Students can choose from a range of meal options at the dining halls and campus snack bars, which include Tim Hortons 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.

We hope to see you on our campus to learn how Canisius College can help you achieve your goals, fulfill your passions, and provide an exciting and meaningful college experience.