US News ranks Canisius 23rd; School of Education and Human Services Recognized

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.

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 and World Report ranked Canisius 5th out of 72 small, private, regional universities – North, with an education program.

 “It is gratifying to see our education program achieve such a high ranking by U.S. News,” said Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services.  “This is a testament to our nationally-recognized programs and the personal attention our students receive from expert faculty.”

For more information, contact the School of Education and Human Services at (716) 888-2391.

The School of Education and Human Services houses four departments (Counseling and Human Services, Graduate Education and Leadership, Kinesiology, and Teacher Education) and the Office of Professional Studies, 12 undergraduate majors, 19 graduate programs, and multiple certifications, extensions, and advanced certificates of study.  Many of the graduate programs are offered fully online. In addition, the school houses the Institute for Autism Research and the JUSTICE project.

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