Canisius College


Consistently ranked among the top regional institutions in the Northeast, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York and one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic colleges in the nation. Founded in 1870 by German Jesuits, Canisius is named for St. Peter Canisius, a renowned Dutch educator and one of the original members of the Society of Jesus. What began in a single building in downtown Buffalo now consists of 37 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo. We are a masters-level, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration and experiential learning opportunities that transform the mind and spirit. Canisius promotes the Jesuit principles of excellence, service and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences and a distinct core curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts. 

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  • Phone: 1 716-242-7989

  • Famous graduates: John Rowe, Dennis F. Strigl, Mary Wittenber

  • Type of University: Private non-profit college

  • Year founded: 1870

  • No. of undergraduate students: 2,671

  • International students: 3%

  • No. of postgraduate students: 1,229

  • International students: 3%

  • Students who received financial aid: 98%


Application Statistics

  • Number of undergraduate applications received:4,209

  • No. of undergraduate students accepted:3367

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate:

  • 80.2%

Free tuition for foreign students

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Standardized Test Requirements

International candidates for undergraduate admission should submit a completed application and certified transcripts from all secondary schools or colleges attended. Transcripts not in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation. International students whose native language is not English, and/or students whose primary language of instruction is not English, are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. All documents should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In order to attend Canisius College, Canadian and other international students must receive a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form 1-20). This form is issued by Canisius College after the student has submitted proof of the student’s ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of study. The student must provide this proof by filling out the Canisius College International Student Certification of Finances form, which includes a budget worksheet to help the student determine the total educational expenses. This form must have enough funds listed (in U.S. dollars) and verified to cover the full amount of the student’s educational and living expenses. This form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

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Cost of attendance

Tuition and Fees$35,424
Room and Boar$13,022
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Expenses$1,500

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Provides guidance to foreign students for housing

Provides Free local language classes


AccountingAccounting Information Systems
Adolescence EducationAnimal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation
AnthropologyArt History
Chemistry and BiochemistryChildhood Education
ClassicsCommunication Studies
Computer ScienceCreative Writing
Criminal JusticeDigital Media Arts
Early Childhood/Childhood EducationEconomics
Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Studies
European StudiesFinance
Health & WellnessHistory
Human ServicesIncludes Initial Adolescence and Initial Childhood
Includes Strength and Conditioning MinorInternational Business
International RelationsJournalism
Latin American StudiesManagement
MarketingMathematics and Statistics
Medical Laboratory ScienceMusic
PhilosophyPhysical Education Sports Studies
Physical Education/HealthPhysics
Political SciencePsychology
Religious Studies and TheologySociology
SpanishSpecial Education
Special Education/Childhood EducationSpecialized Studies
Sport ManagementUrban Studies
(Includes School Building Leader and School District Leader licenses)Adolescence Education
AnthrozoologyApplied Nutrition
Childhood EducationClinical Mental Health Counseling
Communication and LeadershipCommunity & School Health
CounselingDifferentiated Instruction
Education Technologies & Emerging MediaEducational Leadership and Supervision
Evening MBAForensic Accounting
Health & Human PerformanceHealth Information Technology
Higher Education and Student Affairs AdministrationIncludes Initial Adolescence and Initial Childhood
Literacy EducationMBA
MBA in Professional AccountingOne Year MBA
Physical EducationPhysical Education (Online)
Respiratory CareSchool Counseling
Special EducationSpecial Education (Adolescence)
Special Education (Advanced)Special Education/Childhood Education
Sport AdministrationTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Middle Childhood Extension


  • Nate Cronk published a new announcement
    Canisius Decreases Tuition for 2018!
    Bucking trend, Canisius will cut college tuition – by 23 percent

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