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 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 just blocks away from campus at the Buffalo Zoo, and examine the impact of security on international trade along the US-Canadian border in Buffalo. Students’ learning environments expand beyond Buffalo aswell. 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 traditions. 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—NCAADivision 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 quickly 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 suitesand apartment-style residence halls around. Students can choose from arange 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 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.