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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I love my campus, and it feels very homey in its air.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Students centers are accommodating. Plenty of places to study and get some peace. Campus activities are always welcoming all students to participate

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Awesome opportunity to get a great education. The campus is beautiful and the people are always friendly. Students leave campus knowing they have received an awesome education and will have a great future ahead of them

4 College Sophomore

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

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The library is very big and a ton of students go there to study.


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The library and the student centers at Canisius are very nice, up-to-date, and well-maintained, but students usually spend more time at events all over campus—or in dorms—than student centers. The Koessler Athletic Center could use some work, particularly in the nonathlete workout room, but other than that, it's not bad. There are two basketball courts in the KAC, and there's always equipment to use. The library has three floors total, each with plenty of different seating to suit a diverse array of preferences. The first (main) floor is mainly utilized for group projects or those who prefer to chatter while working. There are numerous computers available, both Macs and PCs. There are no computers on the top floor; it's the quiet section. The bottom floor has a few computers and usually isn't very crowded. You are free to chatter there, though. There are hundreds of books organized throughout the entire library. Canisius has a great collection and is always adding books each year from professor or student requests. If the library does not have a book you need, Canisius will order it for you from another library through Connect NY. The librarians are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Overall, the campus has pleasing architecture and layout, except for the misfit that is Churchill Tower, which doesn't look like much of anything except a cylinder. Students also may gripe at the distance they have to walk to the Health Science Center for class.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
36 acres
Student Centers
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The KAC (Koessler Athletic Center)
  • Library, first floor
  • On- and off-campus housing
  • Palisano Pavilion
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Tim Hortons in the library
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Canisius recently became a part of the Buffalo CarShare Initiative. Students-and anyone else who is part of the campus community-can rent an environmentally friendly vehicle to use. The cost is between $5 and $9 per hour of use, gas, and insurance included. A minivan and a pickup truck are also available, in addition to a regular car.
School Slang
  • Grupp: Grupp Fireside Lounge is located next to the Regis rooms in the student center.
  • Health Science: This building is about a five-minute walk from Canisius, where many education and physical therapy classes are held. ROTC offices are also located there.
  • The KAC: The Koessler Athletic Center
  • Palisano: Palisano Pavilion is a recreational building that includes a cafĂ©, computers, ping-pong tables, pool tables, comfy chairs, and a sound system for movies. Also, it has a post office and RHA (Residence Hall Association) office on the tunnel level.
  • Petey Griffin: The school mascot
  • Regis: There are two large rooms for events and guest lecturers on the top floor of the Richard Winter Student Center called "Regis North" and "Regis South."
  • Tunnels : Interconnected underground hallways that run throughout the main campus. They're wonderful in nasty weather. Unfortunately, there are no tunnels to the Health Science Center or Lyons Hall.
  • The Undercroft : Church basement
  • Griffins After Dark: Fun events are held in the late hours on campus and usually involve some sort of game with an object that glows in the dark.
  • Mr. Canisius: A competition among Canisius men that involves dancing and various talent contests to determine who will be selected as "Mr. Canisius."
  • Quad Party: A large festival that celebrates the end of classes for the spring semester.
Urban Legends
The fourth floor of Lyons Hall is haunted by a nun.
Favorite Things To Do
There are plenty of events sponsored by clubs and organizations to keep students entertained year-round. But on their own, students enjoy hanging out in Palisano where there are pool tables, pingpong tables, a lounge area, and large screen and sound system. In nice weather, students spend time in the quad. Both on- and off-campus housing are popular locations for socializing.
Student Newspaper
The Griffin
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Canisius is very encouraging about new student clubs; hence, there are tons of clubs and organizations on campus. As the neat little brochure from the Office of Programming and Leadership Development (CPLD) says, "your toughest decision will be what to do first!" Truly, it is the "toughest decision." There are 28 academic organizations, nine communication clubs, 13 cultural clubs, 16 honor societies, 12 performing arts groups, 25 recreational clubs (not counting individual intramural sports), and 26 social- or service-related clubs. The most active organizations are Unity, SIFE (Students of Free Enterprise), C-Block, The Griffin (school newspaper), Afro-American Society, Little Theatre, Project Conservation, Student Programming Board (SPB), intramural sports, Undergraduate Student Association (USA), and the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Canisius has a beautifully designed church in the center of campus called Christ the King Chapel that holds services daily.
  • It seems like a new club pops up all the time. There's even a Quidditch team. That's right. Quidditch.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 22% Eat with Friends
  • 20% Hang out in the Quad
  • 12% Work in the lab
  • 12% Attend events
  • 10% Study in the Library with Friends
  • 8% Study in Science Hall
  • 5% Common Room Parties
  • 5% Go to hockey games
  • 2% I like to attend anything in Montante
  • 2% None

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Quad Party
  • 19% Mr. Canisius
  • 12% Anything at Montante
  • 6% Griffins After Dark
  • 6% On Campus Component of Online Grad Program
  • 6% None

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 41 responses

  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 10% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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