Canisius College: Narrative Description

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2001 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Tel: (716)883-7000
Free: 800-843-1517
Admissions: (716)888-2200
Fax: (716)888-2377
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1870. Setting: 36-acre urban campus. Endowment: $48.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6781 per student. Total enrollment: 5,018. Faculty: 452 (202 full-time, 250 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,638 applied, 82% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 12 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,236 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 283 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 31 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 4% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Western New York Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: 5/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $30,206 includes full-time tuition ($20,910), mandatory fees ($901), and college room and board ($8395). College room only: $4860. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $596 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $20.50 per credit, $18 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Programming Board, Undergraduate Student Association, Afro-American Society, Residence Hall Association, Student Association. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Spring Fest, International Fest Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs, closed-circuit television monitors. 1,596 college housing spaces available; 1,450 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library plus 1 other with 328,278 books, 570,475 microform titles, 1,637 serials, 7,710 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 348 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Buffalo metropolitan area of over 1.2 million people offers varied cultural, athletic, and entertainment facilities. Among them are the world-famous Albright-Knox Art Gallery, renowned for its modern and contemporary collection; the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, among the top ranked orchestras in North America, which makes its home in the acoustically excellent Kleinhans Music Hall; the Studio Arena, which offers legitimate theater; and the Buffalo Zoo, one of the leading zoos in the United States. For sports fans, there are the Buffalo Bills football team, the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, and the Buffalo Bisons baseball team. Niagara Falls, the ski areas of western New York, and many attractions in Canada are within easy driving distance of the College. The central location of the College also provides many opportunities for students interested in community service, internships, and employment.

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