Accepted Graduate Students
On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Canisius, we welcome you to the College community. As you begin this new and exciting journey, we invite you to become more acquainted with Canisius by reading the following guides and watching our orientation videos.
Here are the next steps needed to enroll in classes:
Accept Your Offer of Admission
To accept your offer of admission, refer to the instructions provided with your acceptance letter. The procedure varies by program but will require submission of either a tuition deposit or decision form to reserve your place in the program. Once complete, you will be eligible to register for class. Early registration will ensure the best scheduling options since some sections may become unavailable.
Make a Deposit
- Make a credit card payment online (using the username/password provided with your letter of acceptance)
- Make a credit card payment by phone by calling the Student Accounts Office at 888-8500 (local) or toll free at 800-238-8160.
- Mail a check or money order for $100 (US funds) made payable to Canisius College to Canisius College, Graduate Admissions Office (Lyons Hall, rm. 120), 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14208
Your deposit cannot be processed (allowing you to register for class) unless your Certificate of Finance (COF) is on file. Download the COF form.
Once both the deposit and COF are received, we will process the I-20 Form (Certificate of Visa Eligibility). For Canadian students, we will mail the I-20 sixty (60) days prior to the start of the semester until two weeks prior to the first day of class. At that point, we will hold the I-20 for you to pick up your first day on campus. For other international students, I-20's are mailed as soon as they are processed.
Please read the instructions in your I-20 packet carefully. Once you receive the packet, you must pay your SEVIS fee online and print out a receipt. Upon entering the US for the first time, present your I-20 Form and proof of SEVIS fee payment to the US immigration officer at the border station or port of entry to have the I-20 Form processed (stamped and returned with an I-94 card). When you arrive on campus, you must have the I-20 Form signed on page 3 by the International Student Office to verify your enrollment. View more information on I-20 procedures.
Once you have accepted the offer of admission for your program, you are eligible to register for classes. Registration procedures vary by program. Refer to the instructions provided on page 3 of your acceptance letter for guidance from your program. Registration instructions are sent via mail and email once you accept your offer of admission (and submit a certification of finances form for international students). For instructions on registration procedures, see our Web Registration Information.
Immunization Record Form
Graduate students registered for 6 or more credit hours attending class on campus are required by New York State to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and submit proof of either meningitis vaccination or a signed waiver declining vaccination prior to the first day of classes. Download the immunization form. Vaccinations are available in the Student Health Center at the college for a fee.
Non-Canadian international students, studying on an F1 Visa are also required to submit a completed physical examination prior to the start of class. The physical examination and immunization form must be completed in English and signed by you and your health care provider. International students can also obtain a physical examination and immunizations in the Student Health Center upon arrival at the college, for a fee. View more information about international student requirements.
For more information see the Student Health Center Web site.
New Graduate Student Orientation
To better accommodate the needs of our graduate students, graduate orientation is now offered online. Click here to view the online orientation for graduate students.
The Accepted Student Checklist (PDF) will help to ensure a smooth transition to your graduate studies at Canisius. Many of these items can be addressed prior to your first day on campus.
Student I.D. Cards
An identification card is issued to every student entering Canisius College. When you go to the student ID section to have your card made, make sure to bring your student number with you. This number is on the second page of your acceptance letter. I.D. cards can be used for a variety of services on campus, including: the library, dining services, vending machines, laundry services, fitness facilities, and building access.
Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about the graduate programs at Canisius College.