Canisius Gets High Marks in College Rankings

          Buffalo, NY - Several college rankings are out and Canisius has received high marks.  Canisius earned the 27th spot in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 rankings of America’s Best Regional UniversitiesNorth for the third consecutive year.  U.S. News named 135 universities in this category.

          The annual rankings are one resource that students and parents use to evaluate their college choices.  The results are based on a proprietary methodology of statistics for 16 indicators of academic excellence.  Each indicator is assigned a weight and expressed as a percentage.  Colleges are then ranked based on their composite scores.  The categories in which schools are listed are based on the classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

          “It is an honor to be consistently ranked among the top regional universities in the North,” said Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs. “Our placement is a result of the expertise of our faculty and rich academic programs that lead Canisius students to successful careers that contribute to the betterment of society and their professions.”

          U.S .News also ranked Canisius eighth in the 2015 “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing among regional universities in the North. This is the third consecutive year Canisius has been in the top 10 in this category.

          U.S. News named only 15 regional universities in the North to its “best value” list. U.S. News classifies regional universities as those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, and tends to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.  The methodology for the annual ranking looks at three variables:  The ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and the average discount.

          U.S. News also ranked Canisius among the top institutes of higher education for military veterans.  Canisius earned the seventh spot among 49 regional universities in the North on the Best Colleges for Veterans ranking for 2015. This is the second year Canisius has ranked in the top 10 on this list.

          The rankings recognize colleges and universities that participate in federal initiatives designed to help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.  Canisius instituted an Office of Veterans Services in March 2011 to meet the needs of a growing veteran student population, which has more than doubled since 2007. “Canisius is proud to be able to provide our veterans with excellent graduate and undergraduate options that are flexible, affordable and meet their educational goals,” said Wall.

          To be considered for U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans ranking, schools had to be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers for veterans.

          In additional rankings, Canisius was named a 2015 “College of Distinction” in the Colleges of Distinction guidebook for the third consecutive year. The annual publication recognizes higher education institutions, nationwide, that excel at four distinctions: An engaged student body, great teaching, a vibrant campus community, and successful outcomes

          The Colleges of Distinction guidebook recognized Canisius for its small class sizes, exciting academic programs, strong faculty interaction, innovative learning experiences, and for providing opportunities to students for personal development.

          Forbes named Canisius to its list of 2015 Top Colleges.  This ranking measures student satisfaction, post graduate success, graduation rates and academic success. 

          For more information, contact the Canisius College Office of Public Relations at (716)888-2790.

          Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western York.