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Canisius College
Canisius College 2001 Main St Buffalo, NY 14208 Phone: (716) 883-7000
  • General Information
    About Canisius College

    We, the members of the Canisius Jesuit Community, in prayer and conversation with one another, set out our community mission statement. In companionship with Jesus Christ we are inspired by the Sacred Scriptures and documents of the Society of Jesus: The Spiritual Exercises, The Formulas of the Institute and The Constitutions, the documents of our General Congregations and the U.S. Assistancy’s strategic discernment document, Responding to the Call of Christ: A Renewed Way of Proceeding for Our Mission Today. Our current circumstances invite this communal reflection and expression. We are priests and a brother ranging in age from our forties to our eighties. Drawn from provinces across the United States, we serve the New York Province of the Society of Jesus in Buffalo in three primary apostolates: Canisius College, Canisius High School and the NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo. With our lay colleagues we teach in classrooms, labor in administrative offices, offer guidance and spiritual direction, and serve in campus ministry. In all, we seek to build the body of Christ across the Diocese of Buffalo chiefly through the works of the intellect, ministries of the Word, spiritual direction and companionship, sacramental service, and the corporal works of mercy. We follow the traditional apostolic works and Jesuit way of proceeding initiated five centuries ago by our Society’s founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and his first companions. We, like them, search for God in all things by serving the faith and promoting the justice of God’s Kingdom. We desire to discern God’s will for ourselves and to assist others in doing the same. As “friends in the Lord” we live and share a common life rooted in our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. As an international order with a special vow to the Pope, we are available for mission anywhere in the world as directed by our provincial and general superiors as well as by the Holy Father. As brothers in Christ we pray in private and in common. The Eucharist is at the center of our sacramental life. Living with Jesus Christ, a grace of The Spiritual Exercises, is at the heart of our Jesuit spirituality. Through these Exercises and in light of our human experiences, we recognize we are sinners called to be companions of Jesus Christ in our world. United in the Holy Spirit, we offer one another and our world our diverse gifts in a spirit of fraternal hospitality and Ignatian discernment. As we experience our life in and among the Body of Christ, we see we are men at work alongside our colleagues in the centers and on the frontiers of our Church. We engage in dialogue with people of other religions as well as with members of society who have no religion. In all our labors we witness to the Gospel values of faith, hope, love, justice, and reconciliation for the greater glory of God.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Roman Catholic
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • City: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 3,847
    Percent Admitted 76%
    Men Admitted 77%
    Women Admitted 75%
    Full Time Retention Rate 82%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 490 600
      Math 500 620
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 22 27
      English 20 27
      Math 22 28
      Writing 21 26
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 5,757
    Native American 22
    Asian 71
    African American 292
    Hispanic 119
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 3,011
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 887

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