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Canisius College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 358 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $84,902)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $70,664)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 14 12 - Yes
Golf 8 - - -
Ice Hockey 27 - Yes -
Lacrosse 35 21 Yes -
Soccer 28 24 Yes Yes
Softball - 17 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 17 17 - -
Synchronized Swimming - 11 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 8 9 - -
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Bowling - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Equestrian - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Rifle - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.3%
Hispanic 1.9%
Non-resident alien 7.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 12.1%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 71.6%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 17 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 6
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 12

Notable Alumni

  • Calvin Darden, senior vice president of the United Parcel Service
  • Carl Montante, founder, president, and managing director of Uniland Development
  • Dale Volker, state senator
  • Dick Poillon, NFL player
  • Elaine Sciolino, author and Paris Bureau Chief for "The New York Times"
  • Elizabeth MacDonald, business journalist for the Fox Business Network, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal
  • J. Michael Collins, co-founder of PBS Buffalo, executive producer and Emmy winner for "Reading Rainbow"
  • Johnny McCarthy, NBA player and coach
  • Mike Smrek, NBA player
  • Salvatore R. Martoche, New York State Supreme Court Justice
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Dinko
  • 3
  • The dorms are sizable (more so than what I've seen for some places). The furniture is provided, which for incoming freshman will be a load off the shoulders. Freshman dorms…

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  • Staci from NY
  • 4
  • Even though I live at home, I have seen the dorms and apartments/houses available to students and they are really really nice. Most of them are very spacious, connected to…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • joseph from buffalo, ny
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    during accepted students day at canisius college they had a lunch session in the cafeteria and let me tell you, the food was quite delicious!

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  • 2
  • New Start Girl
  • I am a current student here

    The dining hall is usually not going to be your first choice for food options. But sometimes it can prove you wrong. Subway, Starbucks, Tomatoes, and especially Tim Hortons are great other options though. We also have a restrunt called Iggys, it is rather on the unhealthy side though. But it open late and what college student doesn't love fried foods late at night?

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  • 4
  • Staci from NY
  • I am a current student here

    I've only eaten at the campus dining hall a few times but the food was very good and there was a great selection. There are healthy options, vegetarian options, fast-food type options and more. Also, there is a Tim Hortons and a Subway/pizza place on campus which are all really good and convenient if you need to grab food fast.

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  • 4
  • Paige from Buffalo, NY
  • I am a current student here

    The food on campus is good but the restaurants in the surrounding areas are better. Restaurants aren't too far away from the campus which makes the commute easy.

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  • 3
  • Chelsea from Syracuse, NY
  • I am a current student here

    The food is average- the dining hall is all you can eat. They also offer two restaurants owned by the school (Iggy's and 2Mato). Then they have a Subway, Tim Hortons, and Science Hall cafe that offers Starbucks drinks. The only downfall to the dining system is that you can only use meals/meal blocks at the dining hall, 2mato, and Iggy's. You are forced to use Griff Bucks at Tim's, Science Hall, and Subway. As a freshman, you are forced to get a meal plan with both Griff Bucks and Meals/Meal blocks but after your first year you get to customize your meal plan or choose not to have own at all and buy your own groceries. The dining system may not be bad if you don't mind the food from the campus kitchen... it depends on how you plan to eat. Just a heads up, Iggy's, 2mato and the dining hall all consist of the same food, the only difference is the location and the fact that Iggy's and 2mato are a la carte.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Elizabeth - Batavia, NY
  • I am a current student here

    There is only one social sorority and one fraternity on campus. There are a few academic ones but I wouldn't consider them Greek life. The Greek life of a phi Sigma Sigma at Canisius is great! Since we are a relatively small school it truly opens up the opportunity for great relationships and school involvement. Our philanthropic cause of school and college readiness is a strong belief in all of the women. Phi Sig does all that can to make our school a better environment.

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  • 0
  • New Start Girl
  • I am a current student here

    There is one fraternity and sorority on campus. Greek life is nearly unexistant on campus.

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  • 0
  • Caroline from Seaside, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Minimal. There is one social business fraternity, which accepts females as well, and one sorority. They aren't very prevalent on campus.

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  • 0
  • Chelsea from Syracuse, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life isn't very popular on this campus. We have one sorority- which doesn't have a house. It is just a group of girls that get together and talk. There is also a law fraternity. It's main purpose is to get you connections, especially with alumni, if you are interested in law.

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  • 0
  • Katie
  • I am a current student here

    Canisius has a small greek life. There is 1 fraternity, 1 sorority, and 1 co-ed business fraternity. There is no on campus greek housing, but a lot of members live together in houses off campus. While the greek life is small, there is still a presence. They do a lot of volunteer work. Greek like is a great way to make friends, gain connections, and learn leadership skills. There's a fall and spring recruitment. If greek life interest you, I recommend you attend all the events during recruitment week. Try and really get to know the members. Greek life has a lot to offer.

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  • 0
  • Dinko
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is lacking. There's only two fraternities and one sorority a the school. There are honor societies such as Tri-beta or Psi Chi but there really isn't a lot of the Greek life culture to be held here.

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  • 0
  • Taylor from Buffalo, NY
  • I am a current student here

    There are several moderate sized Greek clubs on campus. When I first arrived the welcomed me warmly and encouraged me to join but were not pushy. They want people in their groups so you don't have to be nervous about attending meetings.

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