New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation: Ignite Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Welcome to the Canisius College!  We are excited that you have chosen to become part of the Canisius College family, and we’re looking forward to providing you with a solid beginning to your undergraduate education. To this end, we have designed a New Student Orientation program to take care of this all-important first step in your college success.


Our mandatory 3-day summer New Student Orientation (NSO) program for all incoming undergraduate first year and transfer students will take place Thursday, August 27 - Saturday, August 29, 2020. The New Student Summer Orientation program includes resident student move-in day, President's Welcome and Blessing, an academic day, a student life day, various workshops, nightly entertainment, as well as multiple opportunities that will build community and tradition among all students. Activities are planned for Sunday, August 30, however these are optional. We do encourage all students to attend Mass in the Grass and the Bon Fire on Sunday, August 30, as these are tradition for Canisius students.

Details regarding schedules and programming will be made available in late spring. For more information regarding summer New Student Orientation please do not hesitate to contact us by calling (716)888-3781 or via email at