Canisius Scores High in Numerous College Rankings

September 10, 2018

Buffalo, NYCanisius earned the 23rd spot in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings of America’s Best Regional UniversitiesNorth. The college was recognized for its first-year student retention rate, its average graduation rate, small class sizes, its student-faculty ratio and its average alumni giving rate. 

U.S. News also ranked Canisius 10th among Best Value Schools in the Regional Universities – North category. 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 students who receive the average level of need-based financial aid. 

Canisius’ strong support of veterans also earned the college recognition from U.S. News & World Report.  Canisius ranked 9th (for the second consecutive year) among 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 to be considered. 

Based on nominations by schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and peer institutions, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business in the following areas:

  • #7 among undergraduate business program (small, private institutions nationally)


  • Top 10 percent in the nation for undergraduate accounting (Canisius is one of only two New York State programs and the only Western New York program to make the list)


  •  Top 5 percent in the nation for undergraduate finance (Canisius is one of only four New York State programs and the only Western New York program to make the list)


To be considered on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Undergraduate Business programs, colleges and universities must be accredited by the 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.

Money magazine names Canisius “Best College for Your Money.” 

The latest rankings by Money magazine include Canisius among the best colleges for your money – in the nation. 

According to the magazine’s 2018-19 “Best Colleges for your Money” list, Canisius is among the top third of all high-value colleges ranked nationally and the top private institution in Western New York. 

The rankings took into consideration 727 schools and ranked them based on 26 measures of educational quality, affordability and alumni success. 

Money magazine estimated the price of a Canisius education to be $22,300 for students who receive need-based or merit-based grants.  Approximately 99 percent of Canisius students receive need-based and/or merit-based grants, according to the ranking.  Additionally, Money magazine commended Canisius for the early career earnings of its alumni (those within five years of graduation), which it estimated to be $43,800. 

The latest education ranking by places Canisius among the best online colleges in New York State. 

According to the organization’s 2018-19 list of top online colleges, Canisius ranks No. 15 out of 91 public and private higher education institutions throughout New York.  The college offers 15 online and advanced certificate programs. Twenty-four percent of Canisius students are enrolled in distance education. used the most recent data from IPEDS to evaluate colleges and universities across the country. Rankings focused on three main categories: affordability, student services and the availability of online programs.  Additional consideration was given to the ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment, graduation rates and retention rates.   

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Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.