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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!

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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4 College Freshman

Academics: My major here is amazing. I enjoy it a lot, the internships are amazing too.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very nice, some of them. Some are insane, read Rate My Professor.

The curriculum is good; Religion is a pain.

Registering for classes is an easy process if you get your first choices.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It is difficult because of workload.


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  • 131st
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 380th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 406th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 498th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 539th
    Most Available Classes

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Caitlyn Fennell
Hamburg, NY
International Relations
Grad Year
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Founded in 1870, Canisius is a Jesuit liberal arts institution that has long been renowned locally and nationally for academic excellence, with the accounting program often ranked as one of the best in the country. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the collegiate atmosphere is ideal for personalized attention. Canisius professors are on the whole extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and interested in seeing their students succeed. It is very easy to communicate with your professor via email, and, if necessary, set up meeting times if you can't drop by during office hours. Each student is matched with a faculty adviser freshman year. The adviser helps the student with course selection and reviews mid-semester progress reports. A student in the honors program—which has a somewhat different core curriculum and requirements—must meet with an adviser all four years. Students register for classes online in order of seniority. There are occasionally computer mishaps, and because of the emphasis Canisius places on small class sizes, necessary courses are often quickly filled to listed capacity. Students can go to the professor of that class or an adviser to request admittance, but it can be a hassle.

There is also confusion regarding the "Griff Audit," a program that shows what classes you have taken and what classes you need to take for your degree. It is sometimes out-of-date and lacks some course listings. Often, courses can be counted for more than one requirement—particularly if it is an honors one—but the Griff Audit does not always count it as such. Certainly, professors are always available to help you out with such things, but Griff Audit and class registration could use some fine-tuning. The workload at Canisius is rigorous but manageable. Grading is standard letter, though some classes may be taken as pass/fail.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Sport and Fitness Management: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Though they differ year to year, Canisius has many online options that can be explored. From master's degrees to teaching certifications, courses in Arabic to courses in sports psychology, all are available to the interested student from the comfort of his or her own computer.
Best Places to Study
  • Benches scattered around campus and under trees are nice places to sit and read in sunny weather.
  • The second floor of the library is a "quiet zone." No computers. You can bring your laptop, but you better have headphones, too. If you need noise or want to chat with your friend, stay on the first floor.
Tips to Succeed
  • Academics come first.
  • Get involved.
  • Get your sleep.
  • Go to professors' office hours-they really help.
  • Have fun!
  • Keep a master schedule of readings and deadlines for all of your courses to keep track.
Did You Know?
  • Canisius has a program for high school juniors or seniors to take up to 10 college courses for only 33 percent of the tuition cost called "Explore Canisius." Call (716) 888-2203 for more information.
  • For undergraduates at Canisius, there are 60 majors, 65 minors, and five pre-professional programs to choose from.
  • There are 25 programs of study for graduate students.

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Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

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  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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