Academic Achievement

At Canisius, academic support is central to our mission of cura personalis — care for the whole person. The support structure at Canisius is multi-layered and highly individualized. All students have an advisor with specialization in their major as well as the opportunity to work with a team of additional advisors who assist with signature learning experiences such as study abroad, internships, career development, undergraduate research opportunities, and service learning. The Griff Center for Student Success provides an additional layer of advisement support.

Student Success Coach: A professional staff member who works in academic support services that can assist students with any non-advisement academic concerns and connect them with helpful campus resources. Success coaches help incoming first year students create their fall schedule, meet weekly with assigned students who are on academic probation as part of their academic recovery plan developed from the college/school associate dean, address student concerns submitted by faculty/staff, and assist with time management/study skills. Success coaches are assigned by college/school and work closely with their respective college/school associate dean.

Care and Concern Management: Create a network of support for students who are academically at-risk or are experiencing any challenges during their pursuit of their academic goals.

Freshmen Course Scheduling: Student Success Coaches collaborate with academic departments to ensure new students have a positive academic transition from high school to college by creating a schedule based on their academic goals. Canisius has a faculty advising model where beginning in their first semester, faculty within their respective department, serve as their academic advisor.  

Student Success Assistance Program: The Student Success Assistance Program is an amazing opportunity for students to get back on track academically by taking summer courses at Canisius at a discounted rate! Any full-time undergraduate student who has not successfully completed credit hours to be considered on track for graduation or within their major can be reviewed for eligibility for the Student Success Assistance Program. Requirements needed for more than one major are not applicable.  Students must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress. Students must submit an application, completed in its entirety, to Jennifer Herrmann at @email

Student Athletic Advising: Achieving the balance necessary to be successful as a student and an athlete can be challenging. Division 1 NCAA student-athletes have access to an advisor specializing in their needs to enhance their regular advisement process. The student-athlete academic specialist works closely with the coaching staff and athletic compliance.