Canisius Climbs to 23rd in US News rankings; Wehle School Scores High Marks

October 10, 2016


Buffalo, NY – Canisius climbed to the 23rd spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North.  Canisius moved up four spots from its U.S. News ranking of 27th in 2015. 

The college was recognized for its first-year student retention rate, average graduation rate, small class sizes and student-faculty ratio (11:1).  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 is also in the top 10 named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Value Schools. Canisius ranked 8th out of 42 regional universities in the North.  The Best Value Schools 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 U.S. News & World Report rankings are one resource that students and parents use to evaluate their college choices. U.S. News & World Report rankings 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.

Based on peer rankings, US News ranked the Richard J. Wehle School of Business:

  • 12th out of 48 on its list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs among small, private universities nationally.
  • 28th in accounting and 27th in finance out of all 488 institutions who participated in Best Undergraduate Business Programs.

“We are delighted with the recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Daniel Borgia, dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business. “The Wehle School has a long tradition of excellence. This ranking is a reflection of our distinctive programs and the quality of our students and faculty.”

The Canisius College Accounting Program has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its courses and the success of its graduates. Canisius accounting alumni ranked first (1st) overall, in New York State during the 2015 CPA exam cycle.

The Canisius Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) is a successful investment-management course for both undergraduate seniors and MBA finance majors. The college’s GGF team won the Global Finals at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge in 2015. The team competed against more than 4,000 students from 865 universities from around the world.

For more information, contact the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at (716) 888-2160.

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College develops business professionals to lead within their organizations, to excel in the globally competitive marketplace and to behave as ethically and socially responsible individuals. This is achieved through teaching excellence, intellectual vigor and community involvement in the Jesuit tradition.  

One of 28 Catholic, Jesuit colleges in the nation, Canisius is the premier private college in Western New York.