Canisius Jumps Four Spots to #19 on U.S. News' Best Colleges Rankings

September 9, 2019

Buffalo, NY – Canisius College climbed to the 19th spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities - North. Canisius moved up four spots from its 2019 U.S. News ranking of 23rd among 128 regional universities in the North. 

Canisius was recognized for student excellence, its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes, faculty resources and its average alumni giving rate. U.S. News separately ranks comprehensive colleges and universities by region of the country. 

In addition to Canisius’ climb among top tier regional schools, U.S. News & World Report includes the college on its list of Best Value Schools. Canisius ranked 5th out of 75 regional universities in the North, up five spots from last year. Canisius was recognized for the percent of students who receive grant-based need (71 percent) and the average discount from the total cost of the school (41 percent).

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 higher quality and the lower the cost of the program, the better the deal.                                          

Canisius’ strong support of veterans also earned the college recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Canisius ranked 9th among 53 regional universities in the North on the publication’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans. To be considered for this ranking, schools must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, be certified for the GI Bill and have 20 or more enrolled students using GI Bill benefits to fund their tuition and fees. Schools also had to be in the top half of U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking. 

Based on peer rankings, U.S. News & World Report also ranked the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business in the following areas:

  • #1 Private business program in Western New York
  • Top 6 percent in the nation for undergraduate accounting
  • Top 7 percent in the nation for undergraduate finance

To be considered for the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Undergraduate Business programs, colleges and universities must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are one resource that students and parents use to evaluate their college choices. The 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.

For more information, contact the Office of College Communications at 716-888-2790.

One of 27 Jesuit universities, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York. Visit for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.