About Canisius

About Canisius

Mission Statement

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, offers outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional programs distinguished by transformative learning experiences that engage students in the classroom and beyond.  We foster in our students a commitment to excellence, service and leadership in a global society.

Supporting Key Concepts

Canisius is an open, welcoming university where our Catholic faith and traditions are vitally present and operative.  Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Canisius cultivates human knowledge for the benefit of Church and society.
Founded by the Society of Jesus as a manifestation of its charism, Canisius espouses the Jesuit principles of human excellence, care for the whole person and service to humanity. Jesuit spirituality calls us to seek God in all things and Jesuit education aims to form students who become men and women for and with others.

Transformative Learning and Student Engagement
Steeped in Jesuit ideals, our undergraduate and graduate academic programs are distinguished by academic excellence, student-faculty interaction, and a variety of experiential learning opportunities that engage students and transform the mind and spirit.  Our undergraduate core curriculum enriches students’ academic pursuits and delivers a strong foundation in liberal arts, critical thinking, and diversity. Graduate and professional programs promote the application of theory to practice.

Benefitting from academically rich, values-based experiences in their interactions with faculty, staff, and community, students learn responsible leadership and develop their ability to inspire others to achieve excellence.  At Canisius, students practice these leadership skills in the classroom and through co-curricular activities.