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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am very happy to be at Canisius College and it has helped me grow as a person and academically.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I've never really felt like I've ever been around anyone who cares about their education as much as I do.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The English, Creative Writing, Pre-Law, and Political Science departments are amazing. The professors are, for the most part, pretty accessible. Each program brings in relevant lecturers who are big names in their fields. We've had several Supreme Court Justices and award-winning writers are willing to answer students' questions.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Professors are great. I've only had two that I've actively disliked, but I've still done well when putting the work in. Registration is like at any other school. The Honors Program is amazing.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great education with awesome professors. Work load is average with a fair curriculum that helps students become well rounded


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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 58 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 25 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 48% This was one of my top choices.
  • 32% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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