Canisius College

684 reviews
  1. Buffalo, NY
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Canisius College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Address
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208

Canisius College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$20,505/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,645/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,251/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,319/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,822/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,178/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.58 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,725Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
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  • Driven
    44%
  • Average
    36%
  • Awesome
    12%
  • Stressed
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
73%
Poll
42%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.50 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Average
    38%
  • The Best
    38%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Very good!
    8%
  • Bittersweet
    4%
  • I didn't have a good experience at all.
    4%

After Canisius College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses

Reviews

684 reviews
  • Excellent
    140
  • Very Good
    235
  • Average
    249
  • Poor
    38
  • Terrible
    22
Canisius has a very good reputation with businesses in Buffalo. Companies in Buffalo really like to hire Canisius students. So, as a finance and economics major I feel confident about being able to find a good job after graduating -- which is really the goal of going to college in the first place! One complaint about my program is that it is relatively small, and often required classes are only offered at one time each semester, so there isn't usually a chance for students to arrange their class schedule exactly as you might like. Also, because it is a small program, it is likely students will have to take the same professor for multiple courses -- which can be good or bad.
  • College Sophomore
  • Feb 23 2013
Many Options Depending on Time of Day – I loved the food at Canisius. Brunch is amazing; it is offered on Saturday and Sunday during breakfast and lunch time at the dining hall and have items from both meal times (cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, eggs, bacon, waffles from a real waffle machine, not frozen waffles). Dinner is offered in the dining hall every day and offer lots of options as well. The best part of the dining hall for dinner, breakfast and brunch is that you scan your meal card when you enter and then can eat as much as you want. For lunch you scan your meal card after you pick up your food, so sometimes you get charged a little more if you pick up too many sides. There are always vegetarian options in the dining hall and for Lent they offer even better options on Fridays, the seafood bisque is amazing!

Canisius also has a place that used to be called Upper Deck, and is now known as Iggy's, which is located on the Second floor of the Palisano Pavilion. It offers good pub kind of food, burgers, onion rings, chicken sandwiches, salads, and have specials during the week. It is open later than the dining hall so we used to visit it when we had late classes, and on the weekends. You can also get everything to go very easily.

There is a cafe on the bottom floor of the main campus building where I used to grab lunch on a regular basis, they offer sandwiches, chips, and a hot entree such as pasta. It is very convenient, and is open all day.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 21 2012
Get to Know Your Surrounds – Canisius is not located in the worst part of Buffalo, but it is not located in the best part either. The neighborhood surrounding the college is not very good, but if you are smart about your surroundings, then you will not have a problem. I know a couple of people who had cd's stolen from their cars, but they also left them in view, on the dashboard and on the seat. I had a friend with a nice radio, so she just took it out of her car when she parked. All of the incidents that happened on campus also only happened at night, so as long as you are not just wandering around the surrounding neighborhood, you will not have any issues. Canisius also offers a fantastic bus service that will pick you up from anywhere on campus after dark and take you to anywhere on campus, you just have to call their line.

Buffalo is a wonderful city and Canisius makes it very easy for students to explore the city and its attractions by providing public transportation cards for all students, meaning you have free access to the buses and trains in Buffalo. I used public transportation all the time to get back and forth from stores, and to visit area attractions. Buffalo transit system has a wonderful website that makes getting from point A to point B very easy. Canisius also offers discounted and free tickets to events at Shea's Performing Arts Center. I saw Stomp! and the Lion King for very little money using tickets from Canisius.

I enjoyed living in Buffalo, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to go to school. There are a lot of colleges in Buffalo, which makes it a very friendly place for students.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 21 2012