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Canisius College
Buffalo, NY
Canisius, founded in 1870, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 32-acre campus is located in downtown Buffalo.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,595
   Women 1,340 (51.6%)
   Men 1,255 (48.4%)
Graduate Students 1,139
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 78% of 4,620 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.60
SAT Math 545 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 535 average
480-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $50,946
  Tuition and Fees $35,424
  Room and Board $13,022
Average Percent of Need Met 86%
Average Freshman Award $33,160
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 189
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 33% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Buffalo Population 259,384
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 71% of freshmen, 46% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Griffin
Sororities 1% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
6.8% Hispanic/Latino
1.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.1% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students 4.1% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning 83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 63.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported