Admissions Criteria

When reviewing applications for admission, the Admissions Committee looks for students with at least a solid B average in a college preparatory program of study. Rigor of curriculum, including the types of courses being taken in the senior year, is considered the most important factor in the admissions decision.

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

  • A completed paper or the 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 are encouraged to submit at least one additional letter of recommendation from a teacher and information about their extracurricular involvement.

Secondary School Preparation

Student's secondary school program should include a minimum of 16 units of credit in college preparatory academic subjects. The College will consider courses in the areas of English, social studies, science, mathematics, and foreign language.

When Your Students Should Apply?

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.

Counselor Resources:

Below are some links we hope you'll find helpful while going through the college search process with your students.