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Canisius Admission Requirements

Buffalo, New York

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Your chances of getting into Canisius College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Canisius College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Canisius is 81.5%.  Its admission rate is the 108th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Canisius and can you get accepted?

Canisius College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 2,988 out of the 3,668 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 39 percent on standardized admission tests. Canisius College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Canisius?

81% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Canisius College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.7 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1150 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Canisius GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Canisius College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Canisius are to have around a 3.7 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.7 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Canisius accepts 81% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Canisius is 3.7 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #23 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Canisius is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Canisius College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 30.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 25.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Canisius SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Canisius College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 30% of students submitted SAT scores and 6% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Canisius College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 520
Math 25th Percentile 530
Composite 25th Percentile 1050
SAT Scores for Canisius College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 630
Composite 75th Percentile 1250
Average SAT Score 1150

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Canisius is 1150 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1050-1250. Students who get into Canisius College score in the top 51 percent of all SAT test takers..  Canisius ranks #61 in the state of New York for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1150 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Canisius regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1050, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 950, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Canisius College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1150 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1150, you have around a 81% chance of being admitted. A 1250 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 89% chance of getting in.

Canisius College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1250 and Above Good >89%
1150 to 1250 Avg + 81%-89%
1050 to 1150 Avg - 69%-81%
950 to 1050 Reach 54%-69%
Less than 950 Low <54%
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Canisius ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Canisius College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Canisius College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Canisius is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 31.  The school ranks #35 in New York and #243 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

6 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Canisius College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Canisius College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Canisius for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 81% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 90% with a 31 ACT score.

Canisius College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >90%
27 to 31 Avg + 81%-90%
24 to 27 Avg - 71%-81%
21 to 24 Reach 59%-71%
Less than 21 Low <59%
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High School Class Rank

79% of Canisius College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 47% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Canisius College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 47%
Top 50% of class 79%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Canisius College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,098 1,570 3,668
Accepted 1,751 1,237 2,988
Acceptance Rate 83% 79% 81%
Enrolled 255 201 456
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Canisius College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Canisius College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Canisius College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Canisius College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.7 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1150 and ACT of 27 will almost guarantee your admission.

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


Does Canisius College prefer SAT or ACT?

30% of students submit their SAT scores to Canisius. 6% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Canisius College?

81% of those who apply are granted admission to Canisius. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Canisius College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1250. The average SAT score is 1150. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Canisius College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 31. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.