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This college, located in Buffalo, New York, has quite a history. It was founded in 1870, after the end of the Civil War. Once you show up on campus, you’ll be living in a large city, so it’ll be easy to get off-campus and find fun activities and restaurants where you can eat with your friends without having to brave the cafeteria. This private, not-for-profit college is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church; you’ll likely see the Christ the King Chapel as you go from your dorm to your classes and back again. You won’t have to worry about renting an apartment and paying for utilities; dormitories are included on campus.

Overview of Canisius College

Student enrollment at Canisius College is 3,244. This keeps the student-to-faculty ratio at a decent 12 to 1. This should provide a comfortable balance for you and your professors. You may not even need to meet with them outside of class if there are few enough people that you can ask your questions during the class period.

By attending Canisius College, you’ll be living very close to the dividing line between the United States and Canada. This falls right in the middle the narrow body of water separating both countries. If you look west toward Canada, you may be able to spot where Fort Erie is located. Queen Elizabeth Way, in Canada, meets up directly with the border of Buffalo.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 73%
Year Founded 1870

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,244


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,173
Female 1,083

Graduate Student

Male 514
Female 474

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Male 1,487
Female 1,935


Male 1,249
Female 1,587

Acceptance Rate83%

Male 84%
Female 82%

Enrollment 568

Male  119
Female 102
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1, 2019
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As you consider the costs of the different colleges you’re interested in, you’ll have to consider the total price, beyond just tuition. This includes all of the costs related to attending school; tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other charges like entertainment or gas for driving. At Canisius College, this cost can be as high as $31,928 (as of a recent academic year).

Once some of the cost has been taken care of by financial aid, some of it is still likely to remain. This is called the average net price. As of a recent school year, this amount was an average of $19,330. This isn’t too bad. Still, if your family doesn’t fall into a higher income bracket, that may be difficult to pay.

Luckily, those most eligible for greater financial aid are those who earn a lower income in general. This creates a variability in how much families end up paying, based on their income.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $10,750
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $13,445
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $16,754
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $24,447
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $25,330

Freshmen students like you who apply for financial aid are well-represented at Canisius. About 465 students received an average of $19,632 in grants and scholarships and 461 students received about $16,039 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,330
Average Total Aid $19,632
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $11,526

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $29,428
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $29,428
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $11,526
  • Other - $1,500


As you get used to your first year of college, you may question why you decided to earn a degree. That’s natural—you’re learning at a whole new level and it can be intimidating! The retention rate is the percentage of students who stay at the same college/university after their freshman year. At Canisius College, this is an excellent 85%, which usually means that freshmen students received the help they needed in their first year to feel like they were truly getting all the help they required.

The 4-year retention rate is 67% and two years later, it increases to 73%. This follows a national trend of college students taking an extra two years to earn great grades in their degree programs or to complete extra courses they need if they changed majors in the middle of their college years.

You may need to work during the day so you can make a car payment or cover other necessities, which often leads to working hours interfering with classes. Luckily, Canisius offers its students the opportunity to take evening classes or access their classes via distance (online) learning.

There are a variety of degree programs available at either the bachelor or master’s including: biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; computer and information sciences and related programs; education (graduate level); English language; health professions and related programs (graduate level); homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; physical sciences; psychology; public administration and social service professions (graduate); social sciences (graduate); and visual and performing arts (graduate).

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,244

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 139 Total Graduates / 25%
Accounting 43 Graduates
Finance, General 48 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 16 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 12 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 90 Total Graduates / 16%
Animal Behavior and Ethology 47 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 35 Graduates
Biochemistry 7 Graduates
Bioinformatics 1 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 65 Total Graduates / 12%
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 28 Graduates
Communication, General 26 Graduates
Journalism 11 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 58 Total Graduates / 10%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 30 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 24 Graduates
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 4 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 50 Total Graduates / 9%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 50 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 28%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, you’ll be ready to begin working and earning a salary. On average, you may earn an early-career salary of $48,700, your total average salary may be $63,754, and your mid-career salary should be around $09,200.

Your 4-year cost of education (net price) is $77,320. Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $637,540 and your 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,619,540. After deducting the $77,320 for your education from those potential salaries, your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $560,220 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,542,220.

On the other hand, high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,700
College Grads Average Salary $63,754
College Grads Mid Career Salary $98,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $637,540
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,619,540
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $77,320
10 Year Projected ROI $560,220
20 Year Projected ROI $1,542,220
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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