Canisius College

2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

School Details

In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage. 

More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the independent, not-for-profit Canisius and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Campus life provides multiple extracurricular activities, and the physical campus even maintains an underground network of tunnels for easy access between buildings during inclement weather. ArtsCanisius sponsors concerts and art exhibits and students can worship at Christ the King Chapel. The Koessler Athletic Center provides recreation activities, and students can also participate in intramural or NCAA Division I athletics.

Canisius College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools of The Commission on Higher Education, and all programs are approved by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. In addition, a number of individual programs also retain programmatic accreditation, including:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International for undergraduate Business Administration degrees and the MBA program
  • American Chemical Society for the chemistry program
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs for the athletic training program
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for programs in the School of Education and Human Services
  • Council of the Education of the Deaf for the Graduate Program for the Teachers of the Deaf
  • Graduate Counseling programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Canisius College maintains three colleges:

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

Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Undergraduate major programs range from majors in Animal Behavior, Ecology & Conservation to Journalism and Urban Studies. Students can pursue degrees in Digital Media Arts, Criminal Justice, Athletic Training/Sports and more. Furthermore, students can complete minor programs, including studies in Neuroscience, Pastoral Counseling, Cell & Molecular Biology, Irish Studies, and other options. Pre-Professional studies include Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Dental Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Veterinary. 

For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. In addition, Canisius College supports distance education programs. Students can complete the following Master of Science degrees online:

  • Literacy Education
  • International Business
  • Anthrozoology
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Administration
  • Community and School Health
  • Respiratory Care
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Educational Leadership
  • Education Technologies and Emerging Media
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In addition, the Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Certification in Educational Leadership, the Online Certificate in Educational Technologies, and the Bilingual Education Extension program are all supported via distance education. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students, including mandatory fees, is $16,015 annually. Graduate tuition is program specific, ranging from $578 to $862 per credit hour. The one year MBA program costs $35,800.

Canisius College provides multiple financial assistance options for students, including federal, state, and institutional aid, along with alternative resources. Grants include the Canisius Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, along with state grants, including the Tuition Assistance Program, Merit Scholarships for Academic Excellence, Higher Educational Opportunity Program, and the NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship. 

Students may also qualify for student loans, including the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program, Federal Undergraduate PLUS Loan, and alternative loans. Canisius College also supports student employment via Federal Work-Study and Griffin Employment. Additionally, Canisius College supports a large number of institutional merit-based scholarships.

Canisius has been honored by GI Jobs Magazine as a 2012 Military Friendly School, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Benefits for eligible students include the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, Veterans Tuition Award, and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Jesuit, Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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