About Canisius

Consistently ranked among the top regional institutions in the Northeast, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York and one of 27 Jesuit, Catholic colleges in the nation. Founded in 1870 by German Jesuits, Canisius is named for St. Peter Canisius, a renowned Dutch educator and one of the original members of the Society of Jesus. What began in a single building in downtown Buffalo now consists of 37 buildings located on 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in North-Central Buffalo. We are a masters-level, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that are distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration and experiential learning opportunities that transform the mind and spirit. Canisius promotes the Jesuit principles of excellence, service and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences and a distinct core curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts. 

A Message From Our President

President John J. Hurley welcomes you to Canisius. 


Why Canisius?

If you're new to Canisius, there's a lot to learn about us. See how Canisius helps each student find their path through a transformative education.

Rankings & Distinctions

Canisius is consistently rated as a top university in the Northeast. See our most recent rankings and other distinctions.

Our Campus

Canisius' 72-acre campus sits in the heart of one of Buffalo's most vibrant neighborhoods. Learn more about our historic campus, modern facilities and prime location.

Canisius History

The Canisius story begins in 1870 with our founding by a small group of pioneering German Jesuits. Read a short history of the college from the early years to the present day. 

Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Our Catholic, Jesuit ideals guide us each day and inform our goals for the future. Get a glimpse of some forward-looking initiatives as we prepare to celebrate our sesquicentennial.   

Our Leadership

Meet our senior leadership and the other distinguished men and women responsible for upholding the Canisius tradition of excellence and charting a course for our future.