Educating and Empowering

Educating and Empowering

Rich with intellectual capital, the Canisius community leverages its resources to provide solutions to Buffalo’s challenges.

Investing in our future leaders

Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC)

Image of Crystal shaw ’15, ULLC StudentThe ULLC provides socially and economically disadvantaged students, who are committed to developing their academic talents and leadership abilities, with an opportunity to obtain a high-quality Canisius education. A hallmark program of Canisius, the ULLC is defined by a specialized team-learning curriculum, scholarship support, on-campus residency and leadership development programs to create a new generation of leaders for Buffalo. Established in 2000, the ULLC has 127 graduates. Ninety-percent are either working in their chosen field or pursuing graduate studies.  


Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)  

The goal of the HEOP at Canisius is to make higher education a reality for New York State residents who are academically under-prepared and economically disadvantaged. Established at Canisius in 1969, the college was one of the first HEOP Programs in New York State. Canisius now admits approximately 35 HEOP students each year. Alumni of the program have distinguished themselves as physicians, attorneys, educators, counselors and judges. 


Academic Talent Search Program (ATS)  

ATS is one of five federally-funded TRIO programs established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Academic Talent Search of Canisius College serves approximately 600 youth recruited from area schools and community service organizations each year. The program provides students with educational, social and career support services to increase the possibility of participants becoming enrolled in postsecondary institutions.  


Say Yes to Education

Canisius is proud to partner with Say Yes to Education, a national organization committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates. In fall 2013, Canisius enrolled 13 Say Yes students who graduated from Buffalo Public Schools. Ten of the students received full scholarships from Canisius. 


Getting Down to Business

The Canisius Center for Professional Development (CPD) provides leadership and management training services for businesses, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and all their employees. Annually, the CPD enrolls an average of 200 participants and serves more than 100 corporations and organizations.  

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) helps women in business build and strengthen their entrepreneurial enterprises. Since opening in 2003, the WBC has served thousands of program participants, worked with hundreds of businesses, and created jobs in the Western New York community. It is the only women’s business center in the country affiliated with a university.