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) 888-2200
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,102
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,110 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $29,428
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,428
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $19,632

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Canisius College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 105
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 13624
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Health Professions and Related Programs 336
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 18
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 1726540

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $29,428
Out-of-state $29,428
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,480
Out-of-state $15,480

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 470 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 465 96% $19,632
Student loan aid 328 68% $8,091

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,087 93% $17,701
Federal student loans 1,426 63% $6,440

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,422 1,487 1,935
Percent admitted 100% 84% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 18% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 3,102
Undergraduate enrollment 2,213
Graduate enrollment 889

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:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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