Freshmen Requirements

Freshmen Requirements

Application Requirements

The following materials are required to apply for freshmen admission to Canisius:

  • A completed paper application, online application, or Common Application, including the school counselor recommendation form.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • An official copy of your SAT or ACT scores – these may be included on your transcript or sent directly to Canisius (SAT Code 2073, ACT Code 2690).
  • An essay of at least 250 words on a topic of your choice.
  • Students should submit two recommendation letters. The high school counselor recommendation, part of the application, may be used as one of the recommendation letters.

All application materials should be sent to:

Canisius College
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098  

Early Action - November 1st deadline

Canisius offers an early action date of November 1.  If you apply by this time, you will receive your admissions decision and scholarship notification by early December or before.  If you choose this option, you will still have until May 1, the National Candidates' Reply Date Agreement, to make your college decision. 

Rolling Admissions - After November 1st

Canisius adheres to a rolling admission policy that allows you to apply at any time until the class is full. You will have until May 1, the National Candidates' Reply Date Agreement, to make your college decision.

Evaluating applicants

  • When reviewing applications for admission, the Admissions Committee looks for students with above average achievement in a college preparatory program of study.
  • The middle 50% for first year students accepted to Canisius had the following profile:

High School Average: 90%
SAT Combined Score: 1110 (old test) 1170 (new test)
ACT Composite Score: 25

SAT Information

As of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign and how the test has changed please visit the College Board website.

Below are some commonly asked questions about the redesigned SAT in relation to the admission process.

Do you require the SAT?
Canisius requires an applicant submit either SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.

Will you still accept my scores from the old version?
Yes, we will accept scores from both the old version and redesigned version. Rest assured, there is no advantage in the admissions process to taking one test over the other. Both tests are viewed as equal.

What parts of the test will you look at?
We will use the evidenced-based reading and writing and math section scores only. The optional writing section will not be required and will not be part of the application review.

What about superscoring?
Superscoring, which refers to combining a student's best critical Reading score from one sitting of the SAT with her/his best Math score from another, is a practice at Canisius for both admissions and scholarships. We will continue to superscore like versions of the test. We will not superscore between new and old versions of the test because the scoring is not structured the same way.

What if I have taken both versions?
We encourage applicants to submit their scores from every sitting. We will determine which scores are highest and use them for admission and scholarship consideration.

College Board has provided the SAT Score Converter to show the value of the redesigned SAT score compared to the former SAT.