Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

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Not your typical US university

Canisius College is not your typical US university. We offer international students the opportunity to receive personal attention and academic mentorship in Buffalo, the second largest city in New York State. We offer highly ranked Bachelor's and Master's degrees that lead students to fulfilling careers.

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. 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.

Students are taught to think critically about their place in and responsibilities to the world. In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, Canisius College 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. And even during semester breaks, groups of students and faculty embark on service immersion trips throughout the country and 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 College 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.

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, 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 offers comfortable, spacious suites and apartment-style residence halls. 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.



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Named a “Top Performer on Social Mobility” | U.S. News & World Report


Canisius College’s prime location in Buffalo, New York, provides the ideal backdrop for a student’s college experience. We’re within walking distance of Delaware Park, the city’s most popular green space; 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 to most major cities in the Northeast. 

Canisius At A Glance

Type of School: Private four-year Catholic, Jesuit college

Size of Campus: 72-acre urban campus

Number of Students: 2,213 

Number of Faculty: 148 full-time faculty members

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Over 100 majors, minors, specializations, and pre-professional programs in 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’s international students come from 32 different countries. 

International Student Services: Dedicated programming for international students, tutoring support, English-language support, Griff Center for Student Success, academic mentoring and advising, study abroad opportunities, and 90 student-run clubs and organizations, including an active student government

International Student Budget: 
Tuition $31,100
Fees $1,945
Books & Supplies $1,200
Housing $13,160
Transportation $800
Total (before aid) $48,905

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

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

Application Deadlines and Fees: Rolling admission; application fee waived if applying online

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