Canisius Climbs to No. 22 on U.S. News "Best Colleges" Rankings

September 12, 2017


Buffalo, NY – Canisius College climbed to the 22nd spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North.  The college was recognized for its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes, its student-faculty ratio (11:1) and its average alumni giving rate.  U.S. News separately ranks comprehensive colleges and universities by region of the country.  There are 137 schools in the Regional Universities – North category.  Canisius moved up one spot from its 2017 U.S. News ranking of 23rd among regional universities in the North. 

“We are pleased with this national recognition, which shines a spotlight on the excellent teaching, learning and discovery that is happening at Canisius College,” says Canisius President John J. Hurley.  “Our high ranking is a testament to the quality of undergraduate education offered by Canisius and the passion of our faculty, staff and alumni for the college’s mission.”

In addition to Canisius’ climb among top tier regional schools, U.S. News & World Report includes the college on its list of Great Schools, Great Prices.  Canisius ranked 9th out of 84 regional universities in the North, and was recognized for the percent of students who receive grant-based need (76 percent) and the average discount from the total cost of the school (47 percent).

The Great Schools, Great Prices ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality (based on U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking) and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.                                          

Canisius’ strong support of veterans also earned the college recognition from U.S. News & World Report.  Canisius ranked 9th (up three spots from 2017) among 52 regional universities in the North on the publication’s list of 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 enrolled students using GI Bill benefits to fund their tuition and fees.  Schools also had to be in the top half of U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking. 

Based on peer rankings, U.S. News & World Report also ranked the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business in the following areas:

  • 7th out of 45 of its list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs among small, private colleges and universities, nationally
  • 30th in accounting, out of the 418 institutions ranked in Best Undergraduate Business Programs.  (Canisius was one of only two New York State programs and the only Western New York program to make the list)
  • 18th in finance, out of the 418 institutions ranked in Best Undergraduate Business Programs. (Canisius was one of only four New York State programs and the only Wewstern New York program to make the list)

To be considered on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Undergraduate Business programs, colleges and universities must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are one resource that students and parents use to evaluate their college choices. The results are based on several key measures of quality that include (but are not limited to) graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, financial resources and student selectivity.  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.

For more information about Canisius College and its 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings, contact Canisius’ Office of College Communications at 716-888-2790.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York.