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Canisius College

Buffalo, New York, United States
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. 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.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



The college we know today has been shaped by a nearly 150-year history that started in 19th century Buffalo.  Canisius and the city have been synonomous ever since. Canisius College was founded by German Jesuits in 1870 at the invitation of the Most Rev. John Timon, C.M., the first bishop of Buffalo.


Undergraduates choose from 147 majors, minors and special programs to create a path that is uniquely suited to their interests and career goals. Graduate students can select from 35 outstanding master’s and certificate programs, including an array of degrees offered fully online.


The Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness is the primary resource at Canisius College for accurate, timely, and consistent data on the College and its constituents. We are responsible for providing College administrators with reports and analysis that can facilitate data-driven policy decisions.


The Griff Center for Academic Engagement at Canisius College provides personalized, cutting-edge services and programs to meet the complete career development needs of Canisius students and alumni.

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Student services

The Division of Student Affairs supports the Canisius College mission through programs, initiatives, and services designed to advance student learning and leadership.

Housing services

Bosch and Frisch Halls house approximately 250 students each, in double or suite-style rooms.  There are five bathrooms per floor. Each floor also houses a social lounge, and a kitchenette. Student rooms are all equipped with cable television and Internet access. A computer lab is located in the basement of the adjoining Palisano Pavilion and laundry facilities are located at the tunnel level.

Library services

Opened in 1988, the 96,000 square-foot, air-conditioned, three story building can hold up to 700,000 volumes and seat over 500 people. Excellent study and research accommodations are provided by a mix of individual carrels, table seating, and lounge chairs that are positioned throughout the building.

Medical services

Student Health is committed to optimizing good health.  Staffed by physicians and registered nurses, Student Health offers services that are easy to access, individualized and targeted to treating illnesses and injuries common to college students.

Student Life

Campus life

Canisius is located in the Hamlin Park district, an historic and conveniently-located residential neighborhood in north-central Buffalo.  Spanning 77 total acres, the campus is comprised of 16 academic and administrative buildings, three athletic complexes and 11 residence halls.

Sports facilities

The KAC is open for all current students and staff members, offering wellness opportunities within the Canisius College aquatic center and weight room, boasting state of the art free weight and cardio equipment, and a fully renovated aquatic center for open swim.


Canisius College is accredited by numerous national organizations. These accreditations serve as testament to the excellent quality of a Canisius education. These accreditations include:

  • Middle States
  • CAEP

Student Reviews

Canisius College
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Canisius offers small classes with interaction between professors and students. Most of the professors are engaging and are well respected in their fields. Unfortunately, the Anthropology department is no more, but courses are still offered in related fields.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very happy to complete my studies

Canisius College
Erica Harms rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy the professors in the department for my majors. They have a lot of knowledge in their fields and make the classroom an inviting place to participate.

Buffalo, New York, United States

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