Campus Ministry Immersion (CMI)

CMI is a special five-day introduction to Canisius, Campus Ministry, Buffalo and the spirit of our Jesuit college.  It is open to ALL new Canisius College students.


CMI is a pre-orientation program for incoming students to get to know Canisius and our Jesuit values through service, reflection, and community building. The program will consist of a sampling of Campus Ministry programs including community service, a daylong retreat on the beach, and nightly reflections. Our team of upperclassmen student leaders serve as mentors and lead activities throughout the week. We guarantee that by the end of CMI you will have built lasting friendships, familiarized yourself with the Buffalo community, and feel ready to start your time at Canisius!

Dates: Saturday August 21 - the morning of Thursday August 26, 2021 (from there you will go straight into New Student Orientaion)


Saturday: Welcome

We kick things off with a welcome Mass, followed by dinner and some welcome activities led by our student leaders to help you get to know everyone that's a part of CMI!

Sunday: Community

Take a day trip to Niagara Falls and dive deeper into our four cornerstone values.

Monday: Social Justice

We will spend Tuesday doing a day of service at various non-profits across the city of Buffalo and putting into the practice the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for and with others. Learn about our city and community partners and how you can get involved with service! 

Tuesday: Simplicity

Plunge into Buffalo with our city-wide scavenger hunt led by our student leaders.  Get to know campus, local cafes, gift shops and more!

Wednesday: Retreat Day

On Wednesday we'll head out to the beautiful shore of Lake Erie and for a retreat. Take some time in the beauty of nature to reflect on this time of transition and your hopes for college.

Thursday: New Student Orientation Begins!

Join us for breakfast and closing ceremony and then head off to New Student Orientation.


CMI is focused on the following cornerstone values:

Community:  We acclimate students to their new community of friends and collaegues and make introductions to a variety of friendly Campus professors, other undergraduate and graduate students and a variety of helpful staff members.  By week's end, you'll know a great variety of friendly faces in advance of the start of New Student Orientation.  This is a great opportunity for the incoming class to meet their classmates and experience our campus community.

Simplicity:  We take value in simple living as a college.  We place less emphasis on material goods and focus more on what are the essentials of life.  We eat simply, live simply and are joyful for who we are and not merely what we have.

Social Justice:  Charitible giving is a fine thing, but discovering the root causes of injustice is at the heart of a Jesuit education.  We perform acts of service on this day while exploring the needs of the communities we visit, putting people and their dignity at the forefront of the learning experience of the day.  

Spirituality:  Morning prayer and Evening Reflection mark every day of CMI.  We even wrap up the CMI experience with a one day retreat on the beach!


Resident students will move in 5 days early during the first day of CMI, Saturday August 21. Commuters will learn their new commute to school. The program precedes New Student Orientation and ends with breakfast on the morning Orientation begins. Freshmen then immediately transition into New Student Orientation. All meals and program transportation will be provided. Participants are expected to abide by the Canisius Community Standards and be present for all activities.

Please note: Students participating the ULLC program or Bio Bootcamp are not eligible because of conflicting schedules.



A $100 program fee will be required of participants to cover the cost of food and transportation. All meals, activitites, and transpoartation are included in this cost.  The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Scholarships are available.  Pelase contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann at @email if you need financial assistance.


  • "It helped me feel more confident and excited for college"
  • "The service sites were amazing and transformative"
  • "I was able to reflect on what I want to do in the future with my purpose and who I am as a person"
  • "I felt comfortable talking about my own personal experiences with my faith"
  • "As an out-of-state student, CMI allowed me to create connections and friendships with my peers and faculty before classes even began"


The Office of Campus Ministry at Canisius College strives to help students find, share, and reflect on where they see God in their lives through personal prayer, vibrant liturgies, and retreats.  We walk with students as they explore the connections between faith and justice through volunteering and service-immersion experiences.  We are committed building community and welcome students of all faith traditions.


Contact @email