The largest private university in western New York
Located in Buffalo, New York, Canisius University is a premier private university that consistently ranks among the top institutions in the Northeast. Since 1870, Canisius has been preparing students for lives of scholarship, service, and leadership.
A transfer-friendly school
Canisius welcomes nearly 200 transfer students every year and offers a number of resources to help each new student make a smooth transition. These resources include a dedicated transfer admission counselor, one-on-one academic advising, and transfer orientation. Our flexible transfer credit evaluation policy enables students to see which credits can be transferred to the University up front, even before you apply.
Transfer students accepted for admission to Canisius will be automatically evaluated for an academic merit scholarship based on their cumulative college GPA. Additionally, there is a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Beta Gamma scholarship for those inducted into one of these organizations.
Unlimited learning opportunities
Students at Canisius can choose from more than 100 majors, minors, specializations, and pre-professional programs. Styles of instruction include lively discussions and lectures. Students are challenged to discover and debate practical and ethical issues. They enjoy collaborations with faculty as they conduct research or work on special projects. Our students study animal behavior up close just blocks away from campus at the Buffalo Zoo and examine trends for international trade along the US-Canadian border. Learning environments expand beyond Buffalo as well, with study abroad travel opportunities available in a variety of countries.
Flexible academic programs allow students to match courses with their strengths and interests. Some even combine different areas for a dual or triple major. Students who aren’t sure what they want to study can go through the Pathfinders Academic Exploration Program. Every student at Canisius is encouraged to create their own unique academic path.
A Catholic, Jesuit tradition
Canisius is a private liberal arts institution grounded in the Jesuit tradition with a high priority placed on inquiry and intellectual growth. Our varied learning experiences are world-affirming and focus on educating the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Students are taught to think critically about their place in and responsibilities to the world.
In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, Canisius University exemplifies the phrase “men and women for and with others.” Service learning courses put students in neighborhood settings where they can expand on their classroom learning and give back to the community. During semester breaks, groups of students and faculty embark on service-immersion trips across the country and even around the world. Recent trips include Appalachia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, and Poland.
Our staff and faculty encourage students to strive for magis, a Latin term meaning “more.” Through the core curriculum, service, and reflection, students are asked to give more of who they are. The goal is to grow as an individual and help develop the community around them.
Home away from home
When Canisius students aren’t working hard, they take advantage of opportunities to play hard. The University is home to the Golden Griffins, with 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 29 club and intramural sports. There are over 90 student-run clubs and organizations on campus. Canisius also offers comfortable, spacious suites and apartment-style residence halls, and students can choose froma range of meal options at the dining halls and campus snack bars, which include Tim Hortons and Starbucks.
Buffalo is home to professional football and hockey teams, minor league baseball teams, and a world-champion lacrosse team. An easy walk takes students to Delaware Park, one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s most beautiful parks, where students can bike, play tennis and 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 will soon learn why Buffalo is one of the best midsized cities for college.
Canisius looks for students who are passionate, motivated, hardworking, and interested in making a difference in the world around them.
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Type of School: Private four-year Catholic, Jesuit university
Location: Buffalo, New York
Size of Campus: 72-acre urban campus
Number of Faculty: 148 full-time faculty
Schools: College of Arts and Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, the School of Education and Human Services
Programs: Over 100 majors, minors, specializations, and pre-professional programs
Student services: Transfer enrollment counseling, Griff Center for Student Success, academic mentoring and advising, veteran support, study abroad opportunities, support for internship and job searches, and 90 student-run clubs and organizations, including a transfer student club
Dual-admission and transfer agreements: Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Jamestown Community College, Monroe Community College, Niagara County Community College, SUNY Erie Community College
Financial Aid: 98% of students receiving some level of assistance; special scholarships for transfer students available
Application Deadlines and Fees: Rolling admission; application fee waived if applying online