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 22 - Saturday, August 24, 2019. The New Student Summer Orientation program includes resident student move-in day, a student services fair, 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 25, however these are optional. We do encourage all students to attend Mass in the Grass and the Bon Fire on Sunday, August 25, as these are tradition for Canisius students.

In an effort to assist you with your transition to Canisius, we strongly encourage you to attend the entire 3-day program.  However, we have designed the program to meet your busy lifestyle.  Please note the following requirements for New Student Orientation:

  • Freshmen/Transfer students are required to attend Thursday, August 22 – Saturday, August 24, 2019. Activities are planned for Sunday, August 25, however these are optional.
  • Parents and families are invited to attend and participate in the New Student Orientation activities on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Orientation Fee

The orientation fee will be applied to your fall tuition bill and is non-refundable. The New Student Orientation fee for the summer orientation program is:

  • Freshmen - $275 per student (fee includes up to 2 guests)
  • Transfers - $175 per student (fee includes up to 2 guests)

Guests are welcome to attend the orientation events on Thursday.  If you choose to bring more than two guests, there will be a non-refundable charge of $30 for each additional person. Payment for additional guests, if any, must be made online at the time of registration through MyCanisius and may be made by credit card or e-check.


Registration for the summer New Student Orientation program will only be available online through MyCanisius, the new student portal beginning March 20. You will need your Canisius username and password that was issued to you at the time of your acceptance by the Admissions department. If you do not know or have misplaced your username or password, please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at 716.888.8340. 

Once logged in select the box titled “New Student Orientation” on the left hand side of the screen and click on the "Register for Orientation" button on the right hand side. In order to accommodate the needs of all students and families, it is important that you register online by August 1, 2019.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Click here to view the Student Schedule Booklet (Thursday, August 22 - Sunday, August 25).

Click here to view the Family Schedule Booklet (Thursday, August 22 only).

Canisius College Student ID Cards

All students are required to have a GRIFF PASS, a Canisius College Student ID Card. You are required to submit/upload your photo for your student ID by August 1st.

To submit your photo log into MyCanisius with your username and password, click on the Upload ID Card Photo button located on the left hand column of the portal page, and follow the directions listed.

You will be notified by email once your photo has been approved. Your student ID card will be available for pick up at the Student Services Fair at New Student Orientation.

Attention all International (non-Canadian) and Exchange Students

Please DO NOT REGISTER for New Student Orientation via the portal. It is required that you attend the mandatory International Student Orientation in early August (date to be determined).  For more information on International Student Orientation, please contact the office of International Student Programs (ISP) at 716.888.2400 or visit the ISP website.

For more information regarding summer New Student Orientation please do not hesitate to contact us at 716.888.3781 or via email at

  • Student Schedule: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Family Schedule : Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Student Schedule: Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Student Schedule: Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Student Schedule: Sunday, August 25, 2019