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. First year students are required to attend all three days of the program. Transfer students, although encouraged to attend the full program, are only required to attend on Friday, August 28. The New Student Summer Orientation program includes the 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 campus based traditions. We do encourage all students to attend the introduction to service, Mass in the Grass and the Bon Fire on this day.

The full schedule will be made available on this website soon. For more information regarding summer New Student Orientation please do not hesitate to contact us by calling (716)888-3781 or via email at

Family Orientation for Fall 2020

Due to our commitment to the New York State recommendations and guidelines for social distancing practices, our family orientation will be entirely virtual this year. Various podcasts will be released throughout mid-July and leading into August, in addition to a virtual parent panel session, and an online streaming of the President's Welcome and Blessing. Stay tuned to this page for more details in the coming weeks.