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4 College Senior

Diversity: Our club for LGBTQI students and their allies is very present on campus. Students of all backgrounds can find something to do, and I don't believe they feel left out.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much diversity on my campus however I would love and welcome more.

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 Freshman

Diversity: People pretty much are the same here.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is great diversity and everyone is very kind.


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Caitlyn Fennell
Hamburg, NY
International Relations
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While white and Christian are the majority at Canisius, there is a noticeable minority presence. In addition to those of African American and Latino descent, there are many international students, as well.

Canisius is a very friendly and accepting campus; almost any culture or minority you can think of probably has a club or organization. Unity, the gay-straight alliance of Canisius, is the largest of these clubs. Other groups include (but are not limited to): Afro-American Society, Amici D'Italia, Asian American Society & Friends, LASAF (Latin American Students & Friends), OASIS (Organization of Arab Students in Solidarity), Spanish Club, Russian Club, and Global Horizons Association.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 17%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 6%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Mainly due to the presence of Unity, the very active gay-straight alliance of Canisius, students feel very safe expressing themselves and talking about sexual orientation issues.
Political Activity
Canisius, like many universities, tends to lean toward the left, in general. Still, it has clubs for both College Democrats and College Republicans, which provide some balance.
Economic Status
Most students are from middle-class backgrounds of varying degrees. There are some students with poorer backgrounds and some students with wealthier ones, but it is a non-issue because Canisius gives some sort of financial aid to almost everyone.
Most Common Religions
Canisius has representatives from all sorts of creeds, but Christianity is definitely the majority, unless there's a bunch of secret Buddhists no one knows about. A second to Christianity would probably be Islam or nonreligious.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are always sponsoring fun events every other week. Afro-American Society has an annual poetry slam, ALANA (African American, Latino/a American, Asian American and Native American) has Latin-American-themed movie showings and invites speakers, and OASIS (Organization of Arab Students in Solidarity) has a "hookah night" with Middle Eastern food and dancing, and sets up guest speakers, as well.
Did You Know?
There is a Muslim prayer room in the undercroft of the church on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 41% Very accepting.
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