Canisius College

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School Overview

Canisius College is a private, four-year, coeducational college in Buffalo, New York that is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Church. The institution was established by the Jesuits in the late 1800s, is named after St. Peter Canisius (a Jesuit Catholic priest) and belongs to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (a consortium of 30 Jesuit education institutions). While sometimes confused with Canisius-Kollege a Jesuit secondary education institution in Germany, its is an entirely distinct institution.

Students at Canisius can select from over 130 undergraduate majors, minors and educational tracks in various academic fields of study and disciplines including Ecology, Conservation, Writing , Health, Journalism, Business, Management, Education English, Foreigh Languages, History, and Computer Science, among others. Canisius is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools on Higher Education. The institution also maintains accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

General Information

Admission Office

2001 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

(716) 888-2200

(800) 843-1517

Fax: (716) 888-3230

Contact: Ann Marie Moscovic

Director of Admissions
Main Address

2001 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14208

(716) 883-7000

Total undergrads: 3,346

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 807

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,224

Graduate enrollment: 1,570


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 76%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 83%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

European Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting Technology B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Early Childhood Education B
Early Childhood Special Education B
Elementary Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Germanic Languages B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities A,B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B
Mathematics and statistics B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Canisius College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(716) 883-7000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,734
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):67%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,834 (76% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$35,424
Out-of-state Tuition:$35,424
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$26,003

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Canisius College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Canisius College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies13
Biological and Biomedical Sciences41
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services104
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics6
Health Professions and Related Programs235
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies21
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences17
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total1926335

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Canisius College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Grand total510

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Canisius College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid60199%
Grant or scholarship aid60099%$26,003
Student loan aid42971%$8,735

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,48293%$23,535
Federal student loans1,82568%$6,762

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants4,6201,9842,636
Percent admitted100%80%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled13%16%11%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Canisius College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,734
Undergraduate enrollment2,595
Graduate enrollment1,139

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Canisius College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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