College Timeline

It's never too early to start thinking about your future education and college search! This process is exciting, but certainly comes with a variety of questions. Our team is here as a resource for you and your family as you embark on this exciting journey. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 716-888-2200 or @email.



  • Canisius' application for admission opens August 1. Complete the application, request your official transcripts, and submit all supporting materials. When we receive your completed application, you will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship during the review process.
  • Connect with our admissions team during a college fair or visit to your high school.
  • October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens for the upcoming year. Go to with your parent or guardian to create your pins and begin the process. Submitting the FAFSA allows you to be considered for all forms of financial aid available at Canisius. The Canisius FAFSA code is 002681.
  • Attend one of our Fall Open Houses to learn about Canisius’ diverse academic programs, student life opportunities, admission and financial aid.
  • Watch the mail for your admissions decision and check your email regularly for important information.


  • Apply for specialized scholarship opportunities. 
  • Watch the mail for your financial aid award if you filed the FAFSA. Read the award letter carefully and contact Student Records and Financial Services with questions at 716-888-2600.
  • Refine the list of colleges you are considering. 


  • Attend Accepted Students Day! This event is designed to support you in your college decision and help get your final questions answered.
  • May 1 is our reply deadline. Secure your spot at Canisius by submitting the enrollment deposit of $200 and the housing deposit of $200 if you are a resident student. 

Rising Seniors


  • If you haven't yet, schedule your initial visit to Canisius! We offer both individual and group visits throughout the summer and year. 
  • If you are planning to take the SAT or ACT select a date to take the exam. 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, complete an online recruitment questionnaire for the team you are interested in.
  • Connect with individuals who'd you like to write your letters of recommendation. 
  • Start writing your college essays. Canisius does not require applicants to write on a specific topic - tell us about your unique self!
  • Keep a list of important deadlines and policies at the colleges you are considering.


  • Refine your list of schools you are interested in applying to. Learn more about the application process and timeline.
  • Schedule an initial visit to Canisius. During February Break we host information sessions geared towards students in their Junior Year of High School.
  • Create a list of questions that reflect your wants and needs in a college.
  • Attend college fairs and visits from college representatives at your high school.


  • Begin researching areas of study and careers that capture your interest. Utilize online resources to explore careers and colleges.
  • Connect with your high school counselor about future courses and areas of interest. Ask questions!
  • Keep track of activities, responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Attend a college fair or college night at your high school or in your area.