Canisius Ranks in Top Tier of "Best Colleges"

September 16, 2023
Canisius is Best College

Canisius University has once again reaffirmed its position among the leading institutions of higher education, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 rankings of America’s “Best Colleges.” Canisius secured its place in the top tier at No. 33 among 150 regional universities in the North.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a comprehensive assessment of nearly 1,500 U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree-granting institutions. These rankings consider various factors including first-year student retention rate, graduation rate and student-faculty ratio, providing a holistic view of an institution’s academic excellence and commitment to student success.

In addition to its “Best Colleges” recognition, Canisius ranked No. 12, among regional universities in the North, on the U.S. News list of “Best Value Schools.” The “Best Value Schools” ranking takes into account an institution’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 average discount from the school’s total sticker price for full-time undergraduates is also considered.

Canisius further solidified its reputation as a leader in undergraduate education by securing the No. 8 spot among regional universities in the North on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” This ranking focuses on schools whose faculty and administrators are committed to excellence in teaching undergraduate students.

Recognized for graduating economically disadvantaged students, Canisius ranked No. 54 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility” among regional universities in the North. 

In recognition of its commitment to serving veterans and active-duty service members, Canisius earned the No. 14 spot, among regional universities in the North, on the 2024 U.S. News list for “Best Colleges for Veterans.” To be considered for this ranking, colleges and universities must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, be certified for the GI Bill® and have 20 or more enrolled undergraduate veterans or active service members. Qualifying schools must also be included in the top half of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings.  

Canisius was founded in 1870 in Buffalo, NY, and is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the Northeast, Canisius offers undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional programs distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration, mentoring and an emphasis on ethical, purpose-driven leadership.