Accepted Graduate Students

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, we welcome you to the Canisius family. As you begin this new and exciting journey, we invite you to become more acquainted with Canisius and follow the steps below to get started on the next step of your academic career.

Accept Your Offer of Admission

To accept your offer of admission, refer to the instructions provided with your acceptance letter.  The procedure varies by program but will require submission of either a tuition deposit or decision form to reserve your place in the program. Once complete, you will be eligible to register for class.  Early registration will ensure the best scheduling options since some sections may become unavailable. 

Make a Deposit

A deposit is required to secure your place in the program. You can submit your deposit in the following ways:

  • Make a credit card payment online (using the username/password provided with your letter of acceptance)
  • Make a credit card payment by phone by calling the Office of Student Records & Financial Services at 888-2600 (local) or toll free at 800-238-8160. 
  • Mail a check or money order for $100 ($500 for Anthrozoology applicants) in US funds made payable to Canisius College to:

Canisius College
Graduate Admissions Office (Lyons Hall, Room 118)
2001 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14208

Canadian/International Students

Your deposit cannot be processed (allowing you to register for class) unless your Certificate of Finance (COF) is on file. Download the COF form

Once both the deposit and COF are received, we will process the I-20 Form (Certificate of Visa Eligibility). I-20's are mailed as soon as they are processed.

Please read the instructions in your I-20 packet carefully. Once you receive the packet, you must pay your SEVIS fee online and print out a receipt. Upon entering the US for the first time, present your I-20 Form and proof of SEVIS fee payment to the US immigration officer at the border station or port of entry to have the I-20 Form processed (stamped and returned with an I-94 card).  When you arrive on campus, you must have the I-20 Form signed on page 3 by the International Student Office to verify your enrollment. 

Check out our International Student Brochure here!


Once you have accepted the offer of admission for your program, you are eligible to register for classes.

All other students can register online here. For a walkthrough on how to register click here

Immunization Record Form

Graduate students registered for 6 or more credit hours attending class on campus are required by New York State to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and submit proof of either meningitis vaccination or a signed waiver declining vaccination prior to the first day of classes. Vaccinations are available in the Student Health Center at the college for a fee. To view New Graduate Student Health Requirements, click here.

Non-Canadian international students, studying on an F1 Visa are also required to submit a completed physical examination prior to the start of class. The physical examination and immunization form must be completed in English and signed by you and your health care provider. International students can also obtain a physical examination and immunizations in the Student Health Center upon arrival at the college, for a fee. To view New International Student Health Requirements, click here.

Students can now email Student Health using the or call the Student Health office at 716-888-2610 to get more information on health requirements or to ask questions. 

Learn More about Student Health

New Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate Student Orientation Checklist will be helpful in facilitating a smooth transition to your graduate studies at Canisius. Most of the checklist items may be satisfied prior to your first day of classes.

Download the Student Orientation Checklist

Student I.D. Cards

An identification card is issued to every student entering Canisius College. Cards may be obtained through Public Safety located in the lower level of Bosch Hall. When you go to Public Safety to obtain your student ID, make sure to bring your student number with you. This number is on the second page of your acceptance letter. I.D. cards can be used for a variety of services on campus, including: the library, dining services, vending machines, laundry services, fitness facilities, and building access.