Canisius College

Canisius College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Canisius College Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Canisius College was awarded 148 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting technology/technician and bookkeeping.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Canisius as #642 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Canisius held the #687 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Canisius is also ranked #57 out of 143 schools in New York.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Canisius?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Canisius College is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Canisius is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Canisius submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Canisius College  ( 520 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Canisius College  ( 520 to 620 )
Canisius received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Canisius College  ( 21 to 27 )

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Canisius College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Canisius, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Canisius College is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Canisius College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Canisius College has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Canisius for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

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Canisius College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,980 undergraduates at Canisius with 1,915 being full-time and 65 being part-time.

How Much Does Canisius College Cost?

The overall average net price of Canisius is $18,602. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Canisius

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,990 $14,064 $17,680 $20,547 $23,757

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Canisius, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Canisius, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $8,129 a year. That adds up to $32,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Canisius is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Canisius Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Canisius make about $53,395 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Canisius students since it is 26% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Canisius College make the most money.

Location of Canisius College

Located in Buffalo, New York, Canisius College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Canisius are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Phone: 716-888-2200

Canisius College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Canisius College. Of these students, 608 received undergraduate degrees and 350 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 62 $26,549
Accounting 61 NA
Finance & Financial Management 50 $44,460
Child Development & Psychology 47 $24,164
General Biology 39 $25,120
Zoology 36 $21,220
Communication & Media Studies 29 $32,425
Business Administration & Management 28 $44,179
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 23 $28,012
Political Science & Government 23 $31,606

Learn more about the majors offered at Canisius College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Canisius

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 2,376 students took at least one online class at Canisius College. This is an increase from the 992 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,376 300
2018-2019 992 291
2017-2018 977 337
2016-2017 937 408
2015-2016 900 449

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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