Location
Buffalo, NY
Undergrads
2,954
Tuition
$32,030
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 498 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The griffin after dark offer very diverse activities from headphone discos to movie nights with the latest movies to roller skating and free massages.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our public safety is the best! I have complete confidence in our system.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Yes there are people who take part in drug use but it is very low key and they don't force others to part take so unless you are interested you barely even notice it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is in the city so there is general something to do. Someone is always getting mugged though so don't carry valuables.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It low key compared to bigger colleges but there are plenty events and clubs available if you want to have a good time on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Very competitive and if you want to succeed then do the work. I love the tutoring center it is extremely helpful and it is free!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus but from what I have heard it is worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its really good but they have cut back on custodians this year who usually do an amazing job with cleaning the kitchens and bathrooms and now it is very evident that they are missing as the dorms are not as cleanly as they used to be.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority are mainly white so other ethnic groups do stand out but they are also welcomed. I am really impressed by how accepting this Jesuit campus is towards the gay and lesbian community.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its was good when I started as a freshman. I receive a lot of aid but Canisius is an expensive college so I have a lot of loans and in the last month the tuition was raised so now I am a bit desperate for more scholarships.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It very small not many choices to choose from and the few we have aren't very popular.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very strict. The administration stays on top of things, they always know when something is up.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement is high at big events with rival colleges but attendance is poor otherwise especially for women's sports. Team performance is good but they play the same player most of the time. We have a really popular and crazy cheer team.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Better value than the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Below average drug use and drinking compared to most college campuses, I'd say.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Way too expensive for what you get, in my opinion, especially since being somewhere else, I've seen way nicer dorms for way less. They're just too expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My best experience at Canisius was provided by financial aid. Superb.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I mean, it's Buffalo, but just be safe and you should be ok.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Average. Not awful for sure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not awful, but you can't do whatever.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Since I transferred to a bigger school, with a lot more major choices even in the sciences, I feel like I would've liked more flexibility in my major choices and a lot more class options.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I never had one. Like I said in a previous post, I think options are more limited at smaller schools, but if you suck up to your profs and play the game, it will probably work out for you if a small environment is what you're after. Not without merits-I can at least say that. But, it is very much a game, and the winners are the students on their professors good sides. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to be a good student, either.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not awful, but definitely easier to meet people if you're straight.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: To be honest, I transferred out, and it was the best decision I ever made. I had looked through grad school applications and always wondered why the research requirement was waived for students from smaller schools. I had been told that students have greater opportunities to get to know their faculty and especially to do research at smaller schools. It was hard at Canisius for every student who wanted to be able to do research to do it, because labs are very small. Additionally, there were a lot of department politics that went into whether or not you could do research where you wanted. You could be as persistent and as proactive as you wanted, and it wouldn't necessarily mean that you'd get the opportunities you sought. I transferred to a bigger school and within two months, had two paying jobs in two labs. I felt like I sort of got sold a bill of goods by Canish, and would have made a different decision had I not been so convinced that opportunities would not be available to undergrads at large research universities-that's far from the truth. I wasted a lot of student loan money here. If smaller class sizes and a smaller school appeal to you, then go for it. But, larger class sizes have not affected my opportunities (quite the opposite-I've had a lot more), and contrary to what I was told at Canisius, I get just as much help from my professors in a class with 300+ students as I did in a class with 30. Additionally, I'd say that because my professors have so many students, the one thing that they don't have time for is petty politics. If the school is a good fit, again, I say go for it. But, if you're hesitant, or you believe that you won't get opportunities at a bigger school that you'd get at a smaller one, I would tell you to be careful, and to go check out your local state school and talk to people that go there before making a decision. I'm posting this because I truly wish that I'd listened when people gave me this same advice.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: People pretty much are the same here.

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Caitlyn Fennell
Hometown
Hamburg, NY
Major
International Relations
Grad Year
2014
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Canisius is a great choice for the ambitious and outgoing student. The excellent professors, honors program, numerous clubs, organizations, and college-sponsored trips and activities provide ample opportunity to expand one's horizons. The uniqueness of Canisius stems mostly from its small size, which allows for a level of familiarity and relationships between professors and students that are lacking at other larger universities. However, the liberal arts model of education needs reconsideration. In a nationwide study (whatwilltheylearn.com), Canisius was given a "D" for its general education requirements because it only requires courses in composition and literature. Math and science requirements can be fulfilled by classes with minimal science and/or math content. Only if a student is in the honors program is there a language requirement, and there are no mandated courses in economics or US government or history. There is more than one religion and philosophy or literature requirement, which seems unnecessary.

Another caveat is the expense, which can put a cramp in your post-graduate living standards, particularly if you're a liberal arts major. A degree is fast becoming the rule rather than the exception, and you need to ensure your usefulness in the workforce by jumping at the hundreds of opportunities Canisius offers. Canisius has many options for educational travel and services; students are able to go to China for a month in the summer at a minimal expense, and there are dozens of campus ministry trips annually to countries all around the world, not to mention the study abroad programs. Canisius isn't perfect, but every year, it seems to improve on its lesser points.

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