Rankings and Distinctions
The quality of a Canisius College education is consistently recognized by respected publications and college ranking lists, including the following:
Canisius climbed to the 23rd spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North. Canisius moved up four spots from its U.S. News ranking of 27th in 2015.
Canisius is in the top 10 named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Value Schools. Canisius ranked 8th out of 42 regional universities in the North.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Canisius 12th among 52 regional universities – North in Best Colleges for Veterans.
Canisius received a “military Friendly” designation for 2016 from Victory Media Inc., publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
Newsmax ranked Canisius College 11th on its 2016 list of top 40 traditional Catholic and Jesuit Colleges in America. Newsmax, an American news media organization, ranked more than 300 Catholic and Jesuit schools (There are 28 Jesuits schools within the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.) Criteria included legacy and influence, along with quantifiable measurements like class size, student-faculty ratio and student retention rates. Canisius ranked 7th out of the 28 Jesuit schools, all of which made the top 40 list.
College Choice ranked Canisius 39th in its list of Top Catholic Colleges and Universities for 2016. The independent online publication is dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. Criteria used to compile the list included factors that freshmen indicated are most important in their college search: college reputation, net cost, financial aid packages and average graduate salary. The ranking aims to find the nexus between the best of academic prestige and return on investment.
The 2016-2017 Catholic Colleges of Distinction guidebook recognized Canisius for great teaching, successful outcomes, vibrant campus community and engaged student body. Specifically, the Colleges of Distinction guidebook noted the college’s strong focus on teaching undergraduates, and its wide variety of innovative learning experiences and personal development opportunities for students. Canisius was also cited as being nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school and highly-valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation of students.
BestCollege’s.com placed Canisius 13th on the list of Best Online Catholic Colleges. The ranking highlights Canisius’ “innovative online graduate degree options” and “small class sizes, which encourage engagement and group discussion.
Canisius College alumni ranked first (1st), overall, in New York State during the 2015 CPA exam cycle, with a 75 percent pass rate, among medium programs (institutions with between 21 – 60 candidates).