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 online institutional application, 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

Canisius adheres to a rolling admission policy that allows students to apply at any time until the class is full. We encourage all seniors to apply by January 1.  However, they should apply by March 1 of their senior year for full and equal consideration. 

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Counselor Resources:

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