Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my son/daughter choose Canisius?

  1. Academic quality:  Canisius offers the best in quality academic programs and facilities and an outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields.
  2. People who care:  At Canisius your son/daughter won’t be just another face in the crowd.  With a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, it is easy for students to get to know faculty on an individual basis.
  3. State-of-the-art campus and technology:  Canisius has invested more than $115 million in recent years in its academic, residential and recreational campus facilities.  In addition the college has more than 90 technology classrooms and wireless zones all over campus.
  4. Value payoff on your investment: Our students are well prepared for leadership roles in their careers, communities and in service to others.
  5. Location, location, location:  Buffalo, New York is a great college town that has it all; professional sports teams, a world-renowned art gallery, historic architecture, scenic parks, along with great shops, restaurants and night life.

My son/daughter has just been accepted to Canisius!  How can I get them a Canisius T-shirt?

You can order all kinds of Canisius apparel and gifts online at the Canisius College Bookstore.

Who will advise my son/daughter?

All freshmen are assigned a Canisius faculty member or administrator as an advisor, who they meet for the first time during Summer Orientation.  Your son/daughter will also meet with the advisor at least twice each semester for his/her first year, once to discuss progress reports from instructors, and once to discuss registration for the following semester.  In addition, students are encouraged to contact their advisor at any time during the year.  After the first year, students who have decided on a major are assigned a faculty member in their department as an advisor.  If they are undecided about a major, a member of the Student Advisement Center will advise the student until a major is chosen.

Are there any classes that all students are required to take?

All Canisius students take the following four courses:
FYS 101 - First Year Seminar
ENG 102 - English Seminar II
RST 101 - Introduction to Religious Studies
PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

In addition, all students fulfill the liberal arts course requirements of the Core Curriculum by selecting 12 courses from the knowledge and skills requirements.  Some modification of these requirements is permitted depending upon the student’s major.  View more information about the Core Curriculum.

What is the deadline for choosing a major?

There is no specific deadline for choosing a major, although students who remain undecided through their sophomore year should utilize the services of the Student Advisement Center for assistance. In addition, the Career Center can be a valuable resource in helping students decide upon a major and a career.

Does Canisius award credit for AP courses or courses taken at other colleges?

Canisius College awards course credit for AP courses taken in high school.  In order to receive credit for an AP course, students should have their official score reports sent from the College Board to Canisius College. The score required to qualify for Canisius course credit varies depending upon the subject. View the current equivalencies.

Canisius College will award either direct credit or free elective credit for courses taken at other colleges.  The student should have an official transcript sent from the other college to Canisius.  The student must have achieved a “C” or better in order to qualify for credit.

Where do freshman resident students live?

First year students live in one of three residence halls – Bosch Hall, Frisch Hall, or Eastwood Hall.  Double rooms are available in Bosch and Frisch Halls and four-person suites are available in all three residence halls. Canisius guarantees housing for all freshmen. Take a look at our residence halls.

How are roommates assigned?

The Residence Life staff matches roommates based upon personal lifestyle preferences that the student provides on the housing preference form, which students receive in their admissions acceptance packet. If students request to be roomed together, the staff will make every effort to accommodate them.

What are the freshman meal plan choices? 

All freshmen residents must be on Meal Plan 1 or 2 for the first semester; the second semester you can choose Meal Plan 1 - 3. Other plan choices are available for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. View Meal Plan Options.

Flex Funds may be debited from students Canisius ID cards and can be used to purchase any food item at any dining location on campus.  Additional funds may be added to the Flex Funds account in $25.

Can freshmen resident students have a car on campus and where do they park?

Canisius College is one of very few colleges that allow freshmen resident students to keep cars on campus. After purchasing a parking pass, students may park in various assigned lots around the campus. While there is plenty of parking available, most freshmen will not be able to park next to their residence hall. Best advice: Leave the car at home for the first year.

How can my son/daughter get a Work-Study job?

Students who are granted Federal Work-Study are notified of the placement process by the Financial Aid Office.  After viewing an on-line list of jobs, students apply for jobs that interest them.  There are many positions available, however, placement is not guaranteed. View for more information about Federal Work Study.

What measures does Canisius take to make sure that students are safe?

The Canisius Public Safety Department protects the educational environment of the college.  They do this by providing 24-hour surveillance of the campus and surrounding area, offering a shuttle service to all students, utilizing blue light emergency phone systems and closed circuit TV all over the campus, limiting building access through a swipe card system, providing motorist assistance, and educating students about crime prevention. 

Additionally, Canisius has implemented Canisius Alert, which is anotification system that will enable college officials to quickly notify students of an emergency, college closing or class cancellations.  Students can be notified via email and/or phone (preferably cell phone).

Access to all residence halls is limited to residents of those buildings through a state of the art swipe card access system.  In the residence halls, at least one professional staff member is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  By law all colleges are required to publish monthly crime statistics. View more information about Canisius crime statistics.

Who responds to emergencies?

Canisius Public Safety officers are “first-responders” for all fire, medical and criminal activity on campus.  All officers are trained in standard first aid, CPR and AED. A recent review found that all emergency calls had a Public Safety officer at the location within 120 seconds. In addition, our urban location means easy access (within two blocks) to one of seven hospitals in the city of Buffalo.