#38 Best Private Colleges in New York

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

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Canisius College overview
Location Buffalo, New York
Online canisius.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Canisius College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Canisius College, founded in 1870 and named after St. Peter Canisius, is a private Jesuit institution situated in Buffalo, New York, minutes from the Canadian border. The urban campus is recognized for Gothic-inspired architecture and offers on-campus living options for its student body. Canisius provides a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a noted emphasis on business and the health professions, as well as sciences and the liberal arts. The college has a somewhat selective admissions process and maintains a holistic approach to evaluating applicants. Canisius College is not particularly renowned for its athletic programs, thus no specifics on athletics or team names are included.

In the most recent statistical year 4,131 prospective students applied, and 3,211 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 478 enrolled in the school.  2,103 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 389 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $30,180 plus fees of $1,620. Canisius is ranked 376 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Canisius is rated within the top 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1050/1320
ACT 22/28
GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Canisius College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,620
Room and Board $12,158
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$46,458

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

67% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Canisius College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 25%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication 10%
Education 9%

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