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


Canisius’s prime location in Buffalo, New York, provides the ideal backdrop for a student’s college experience. We are within walking distance to Delaware Park, the city’s most popular greenspace; a short bike ride or drive to the Elmwood Village, a bustling cultural district; and a 10-minute train ride to historic Allentown or Buffalo’s stunning redeveloped downtown waterfront. Canisius is also within driving distance of exciting international destinations, including Niagara Falls and Toronto, and is within a day’s drive or hour-long flight from most major cities in the Northeast. 


Type of SCHOOL: Private four-year Jesuit Catholic college

Size of Campus: 72-acre urban campus

Number of Faculty:
174 full-time faculty

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Canisius College has three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services.

Geographic Diversity: Canisius College international
students come from 32 different countries. The top 10 countries include Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea (Republic of Korea), and the United States.

International Student Services:
• Dedicated International Student Programs office that supports international students throughout their time at Canisius
• Tutoring support
• English-language support
• Advising support
• Student life and clubs
• Study abroad opportunities
• Housing

International Student Budget:

Financial Aid:
International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships.

Test Score Requirements:
• TOEFL: 79
• IELTS: 6.5

Application Deadlines and Fees: Rolling admission—no deadline; the online application fee is waived.

Canisius College is not for the faint of heart. Our academics are challenging. Curiosity is encouraged. Thinking, required. Students will 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 over 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 lively 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 urban 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.

Canisius College’s flexible programs let students match courses with 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 and sciences institution conducted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. The College offers a concentrated liberal arts core to help students focus their personal philosophies. The core places a high priority on inquiry and intellectual growth. The varied learning experiences are world-affirming and focus on educating the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Students are trained to think critically about their place in, and responsibilities to, 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—NCAA Division I athletics with 20 varsity teams—and a variety of club and intramural sports. There are over 90 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. A five-minute 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, 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 at the dining halls and campus snack bars, which include Tim Hortons 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 very high and encourages students to challenge themselves, try new things, and pursue 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 that they will go on to live their passion and make a difference. Time devoted to Canisius College is definitely time well spent.