Rankings & Distinctions

National Rankings

Best Value - Regional Universities North 

In its 2018 ranking of Great Schools, Great Prices, US News & World Report places Canisius 9th out of 15 regional universities in the North, recognizing the college's academic quality and net cost of attendance. 


America’s Best Colleges - Regional Universities North 

Canisius is ranked 22nd out of 137 regional universities in the North in US News & World Report’s 2018 ranking of America’s Best Colleges. The college was recognized for its first-year student retention rate, average graduation rate, small class sizes and student-faculty ratio (11:1).


Top 40 Traditional Catholic and Jesuit Colleges in America 

The independent media organization Newsmax placed Canisius 11th on its 2016 list of Top 40 Traditional Catholic and Jesuit Colleges in America. Newsmax ranked more than 300 Catholic colleges and universities, including 28 Jesuit schools, based on legacy and influence, class size, student-faculty ratio and retention rates.


Top Catholic Colleges and Universities  

College Choice ranked Canisius 39th in its list of Top Catholic Colleges and Universities for 2016. The ranking is based on factors that current freshmen indicated were most important in their college search - including college reputation, net cost, financial aid and average graduate salary.


Best Colleges for Veterans  

US News and World Report ranked Canisius 12th among 52 regional universities in the North for Best Colleges for Veterans. To be considered for this ranking, schools must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, be certified for the GI Bill and have 20 or more students enrolled using GI Bill benefits. 


Best Online Colleges  

Canisius was recognized for excellence in online education by The Community for Accredited Online Schools. The online publication ranked Canisius 4th on its 2016-17 list of Best Online Colleges in the nation.  


Academic Distinctions

The quality of a Canisius education is demonstrated by excellent programs and student outcomes.  Here are some recent distinctions we're especially proud of.