College Timeline

Applying to college is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in life, and there are many layers to wade through as you narrow down choices. It's never too early to start thinking about your future education, so follow this college decision timeline throughout the process to help make the most informed decision possible. 

Senior Year of High School


  • Fill out the Canisius College application for admission and submit it to your high school counselor so they can add your official high school transcript. When you send the completed application and supporting materials, you will automatically be considered for an academic merit scholarship.
  •  Visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Web site at to sign up for your pin number. This will make it easier and faster for you to apply for financial aid. Both you and your parent or guardian will need a pin number, which serves as your online signature.
  • As of October 1st, file the FAFSA to be considered for all forms of financial aid available at Canisius. We recommend you file the FAFSA online at for the fastest processing time.  The Canisius FAFSA code is 002681.
  • Watch the mail for your admission decision letter and academic merit scholarship notification.
  • If you are interested in playing an NCAA Division I sport at Canisius, fill out the NCAA Clearinghouse registration form, available online or at your guidance office.
  • Attend fall open house to learn about Canisius’ diverse academic programs, student life opportunities, admission and financial aid.
  • Talk with one of our representatives during a college fair or visit to your high school.
  • Apply for one of our specialized scholarships.


  • If you intend to apply for Canisius’ music or art scholarships, be sure to do so by the appropriate deadlines in January or February. More about the scholarships and online application may be found online.
  • Watch the mail for your financial aid award, if you filed the FAFSA. Read the award letter carefully and contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with questions.  Call toll free at 1-800-541-6348 or locally at (716) 888-2300.


  • Attend one of our many events for accepted students. Invitations to these events are sent by mail and more information can be found at
  • Your tuition ($200) and housing deposits ($200) are due by May 1 to reserve your seat at Canisius. Housing and orientation assignments are prioritized based on date of deposit, so we recommend you send your deposit as soon as you have made the decision to enroll.  Deposits may be sent to the Office of Admissions. You may also pay your deposit by credit card online or by phone at 1-800-843-1517 or (716) 888-2200.

Junior Year


  • If you haven't done so already, make an appointment to visit Canisius.
  • If you are not already receiving information from Canisius by regular mail or e-mail, join our mailing lists.
  • If you are planning to take the SAT or ACT, now is the time to sign up to take or re-take your examinations. We are a test optional school, meaning we do not require you to submit an SAT or ACT score. If you would like to submit your score send the report directly to Canisius (SAT Code 2073, ACT Code 2690). 
  • If you are interested in playing an NCAA Division I sport at Canisius, contact the team's coach after July 1.
  • Ask people to write letters of recommendation for your college applications. This is a recommended portion of the Canisius application for admission.


  • Sign up for our electronic and regular mailing lists to receive information about Canisius.
  • Make an appointment to visit Canisius and tour our campus.
  • Meet with one of our representatives at a college fair in your area.

Sophomore Year

  • Write down what qualities you’re looking for in a college – i.e., city or rural, study abroad opportunities, strong science program, etc.
  • Keep up with your extracurricular activities, including involvement in your community.
  • Continue taking academic prep courses and keep your grades up.
  • Start keeping track of your activities and honors.
  • Attend a college fair at your high school, or start looking at college search sites online.