Canisius College

Canisius College

Canisius College, established in 1870, is a private Catholic college located in the Delaware Park district of Buffalo, New York. It was founded by the members of the Society of Jesus. The college offers enrollment to more than 3,000 undergraduates and over 1,000 postgraduate students every year. The campus is spread across 58 acres of land and houses over 30 buildings. Canisius College comprises of the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Richard J.Wehle School of Business
  • School of Education and Human Services

Through these schools, Canisius College offers more than 70 minors, majors and special programs of study. It is particularly well known for its finance program.

The college's sports teams are nicknamed the Golden Griffins. It sponsors more than 10 men's and women's teams in sports of baseball, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, ice hockey, swimming and diving, golf, volleyball, softball and soccer. The Golden Griffins have won a number of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles in softball, lacrosse and baseball.

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Canisius College
2001 Main St
Buffalo , NY 14208-1098
General Phone: (716) 883-7000

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Canisius Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching629education, educational administration, superintendency and administration, special ed, education of hearing impaired, gifted and talended education, early childhood special ed, special education, school counseling, ...
Business and Management317business management, accounting, accounting technology, accounting and management, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, MIS, marketing ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy130health and physical education, sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Liberal Arts126European studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services, ...
Media90communication studies, digital communications, organizational communications
Therapy and Counseling76psychology, mental health counseling
Science75biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement23criminal justice and administration
Fine Arts6art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering6computer science
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science
Medical Support and Technology2health service and sciences, clinical lab tech
Engineering Technician1telecommunications tech

Number of programs and degrees for Canisius in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree81151
Award of less than 1 academic year01
Master's degree65520
Post-master's certificate262
Associate's degree41

Canisius Student Body

In 2007-2008, Canisius had a total enrollment of 4,984 students (4,812 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 63%
Graduate 37%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 29%
20-21 28%
22-24 17%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Canisius Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Canisius Room and Board (2007)

Canisius offers campus housing for 1,534 of its 4,812 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Buffalo, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Canisius Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math500620
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math2228
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Canisius Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,157
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,157
Room and board $ 10,150
Room charge $ 5,990
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,160
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 1,130

Financial Aid:
Canisius participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 268100)

Canisius Faculty

Canisius has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year49$88,24424$79,792
Associate professoracademic year45$78,55130$65,802
Assistant professoracademic year25$54,06329$52,569
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year119$77,39884$64,924

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Canisius Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Baseball Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Track Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5876134

Canisius Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Engineering Technician
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Organizational Communication, General

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General

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What Sets Canisius Apart:

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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 8%Canisius % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 12%Canisius % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 15%Canisius % of degrees in media
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Top 15%Canisius Number of students
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 17%Canisius Dorm rooms per full-time student

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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