Canisius College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Canisius College is a private, 4-year Jesuit school located in Buffalo, NY. The college was founded in 1870 by the Society of Jesus and is one of 28 Jesuit Colleges in the country; the school was started after a church split which led to the establishment of the school aimed at educating the children of German immigrants. The campus includes a labyrinth of tunnels which serve practical uses— ease of access across campus and to help keep warm through western New York winters. The campus features a blend of collegiate Gothic, modern and contemporary architecture, centered around a main academic quad, with Main Street dividing the campus into two sections – academic and residential. Buffalo is close to two Great Lakes, the city of Toronto, and Niagara Falls, so there is a myriad of available activities in the local area.

Academic Programs

Canisius College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees and post-masters Certificates in over 140 fields of study. Noted for Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Biology/BioMedical fields. Canisius also offers 11 online Bachelor’s degrees and 5 Certificates. The College is comprised of three academic schools: College of Arts and Sciences, The Wehle School of Business and the School of Education and Human Services. There are also five separate Research Institutes on campus: Canisius College Video Institute, Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, Institute for Autism Research, Institute for the Global Study of Religion and the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships. Per the Mission Statement, “Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, offers outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional programs distinguished by transformative learning experiences that engage students in the classroom and beyond. We foster in our students a commitment to excellence, service and leadership in a global society.”

Student Life

There are approximately 3000 undergraduate students enrolled in Canisius College; on-campus housing is divided by class year and includes traditional residence halls and themed housing. The school sponsors over 100 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the blue and gold Golden Griffins, led by Petey the Griffin, field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AAA competition. The annual calendar includes an Autumn barbeque and bonfire as well as Griffin Week and Griff Fest. Students learn the Values of the college: “A Canisius education will require a lot of you. You’ll be expected to work hard and work smart. But you won’t learn aimlessly, you’ll learn with purpose… Whatever your field, whatever your dreams, we’ll help you start exploring. There’s no telling where your Canisius education will take you. Life will bring unexpected challenges—right after college or many years in the future. But one thing is certain: though you may not have all the answers, you’ll be courageous enough to find them.”

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