Chances of getting into Canisius College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
78.7%
Admission Difficulty for Canisius College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Canisius and can I get accepted? The school has a 79% acceptance rate ranking it #111 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,793 out of 3,549 applicants were admitted making Canisius College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 47 percent. Canisius College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Canisius SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1050-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for Canisius College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for Canisius College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1160

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Canisius College?

Canisius College typically requires applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school ranks #46 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Canisius College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >86%
1160 to 1270 Avg + 79%-86%
1050 to 1160 Avg - 69%-79%
940 to 1050 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 940 Low <57%
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Canisius ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
39%
ACT Scores for Canisius College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Canisius College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Canisius?

Admission data indicates that Canisius regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #39 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Canisius College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Canisius College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >86%
24 to 27 Avg + 79%-86%
21 to 24 Avg - 69%-79%
18 to 21 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 18 Low <57%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Canisius College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Canisius College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Canisius accepts 79% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Canisius College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 28% Good
3.50 to 3.75 26% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 17% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 11% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

53% of Canisius College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Canisius College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 2%

Admission Statistics

Canisius College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,885 1,664 3,549
Accepted 1,468 1,325 2,793
Acceptance Rate 78% 80% 79%
Enrolled 241 244 485
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Canisius College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Canisius College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Canisius College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=189705 IPEDS survey data for Canisius College.

Frequently Asked Questions

87% of students submit their SAT scores to Canisius. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

79% of those who apply are granted admission to Canisius. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1270. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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