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Canisius College
Motto "Where leaders are made"
Established 1870
Type Private
Endowment $64 Million [1]
President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke S.J. until July 1, 2010. John J. Hurley after July 1, 2010
Undergraduates 3,468
Postgraduates 1,389
Location Buffalo, New York, United States
Colors Blue and Gold
Mascot Golden Griffin
Affiliations Jesuit

Canisius College (pronounced /kəˈniːʃəs/) is a private Roman Catholic college in Buffalo, New York. The college was founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) from Germany and is named after St. Peter Canisius. The college is one of 28 institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.[2]

The campus sprawls across over a mile of city blocks and includes dedicated athletic facilities along with various academic and residence buildings.



The Canisius College of Buffalo, commonly referred to as Canisius, has a long and proud history in the city of Buffalo. The first campus was on Ellicott St. in the city and was created in response to a growing need for higher education in the area. Buffalo was composed of many ethnic groups and one of the larger populations was German in origin.[3] As Europe experienced political turmoil, more and more people left for America especially after the failed revolutions of 1848. By 1866, Prussia had exerted considerable pressure on its Germanic neighbors which cause many more people to leave. One of the places where many Germans settled was Buffalo, NY. Part of the immigrant population included German Jesuits. The college formed with Canisius High School as a natural response to the needs of the Catholic community. The college archives has an extensive collection pertaining to the history of the college and its founding.


Canisius College has three schools. They are:

College of Arts and Sciences

Wehle School of Business

School of Education and Human Services.

Campaign for Canisius

In the fall of 2007, the college announced plans to raise $90 million by the year 2010 for capital improvements and to enhance the college’s endowment. It is the largest fund-raising initiative in the college’s history.[4] Of the $90 million goal, $47 million will fund the creation of an interdisciplinary science center at the college. This impressive undertaking creates a vital physical and visual connection between various parts of the campus through 1901 Main Street. Included in this program was the full acquisition of a 1,500 space parking ramp which will provide room for additional commuter students. The college announced on November 20, 2008 the acquisition of the building from The Uniland Partnership of Delaware LP.[5] Coordinates: 42°55′31″N 78°51′10″W / 42.92528°N 78.85278°W / 42.92528; -78.85278


U.S. News and World Report ranked Canisius as 22nd among regional schools in its "North Region."[6] Canisius was included in Kaplan's list of "America's 367 Most Interesting Schools."


Canisius offers more than 70 majors, minors and special programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Links to all of the departments can be found here

In fall 2009, Canisius College introduced a new major in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation.[7]

Student Life

More than 100 clubs and organizations are located on-campus. Student programs offered include the Best of Buffalo series, the annual Fall Semi-Formal, the annual Mr. Canisius competition, the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit with Fall BBQ, Springfest and Oktoberfest.[8] [9]

Athletics - NCAA Division I

Canisius Golden Griffins logo

The Canisius College Golden Griffins are composed of 16 teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, track, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming and diving. Men's sports include baseball, ice hockey, and golf. Women's sports include volleyball, synchronized swimming, and softball. The most popular teams are the men's basketball and men's ice hockey teams. The Canisius College softball team recently won the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, its 3rd consecutive title win, marking the team's 11th trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 15 years.

The men's ice hockey team competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

In 2008, Canisius men's lacrosse won the MAAC tournament and earned its first ever bid to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament.[10]

The 2008 Baseball team won the regular season MAAC championship for the first time in its history with a 41-13 record breaking the school record for wins in a season. One season later, the team advanced to its first MAAC Championship game in program history.[11]

The 2004-2005 Women's Basketball team is the only Division I women's baskeball team from Western New York to compete in the NCAA tournament.[12]

The softball team is consistently the winner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.[13]

Canisius won the Canal Cup in 2008 and 2009. The cup commemorates the athletic rivalry between Canisius College and Niagara University. Canisius has won the trophy two times in the Canal Cup's three year existence.[14]

Intramural sports are also offered to students, faculty and staff.


Pro Football Venue

The College was also the home field of the Buffalo All-Americans of the early National Football League. Around 1917, Buffalo manager, Barney Lepper, signed a lease for the team to play their home games at Canisius College. The All-Americans played several of their games at Canisius before relocating to Bison Stadium in 1924.[15]

Greek Life

All of Canisius College's fraternities and sororities are approved by the Canisius College Office of Campus Programing and Leadership Development and each has strict policies against hazing. A list of organizations approved by the college can be found here:Canisius Greek Life


Canisius College is the Reserve Officer Training Corps hub for Western New York. The Golden Griffin Battalion is composed of students from Canisius, University at Buffalo (UB), Hilbert College, D'Youville College, Daemen College, Medaille College and Erie Community College.

In 2008, the ROTC battalion won the MacArthur Award as the top battalion in the east region.[16]


Canisius is served by two strategically placed stations on the Buffalo Metro Rail, the Humboldt-Hospital (Metro Rail) Station near Sisters Hospital and the Delavan (Metro Rail) Canisius College Station near the Koessler Athletic Center. These two stations are on opposite ends of the campus. In addition, Canisius is accessible via Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus and by car. All undergraduate students receive an all zone Metro Pass that started as a pilot program but became so wildly successful that all students will continue to receive the pass.

Shuttle Services

The college also utilizes shuttles for students to and from various places on campus. For more information see Canisius Shuttle Bus Service

Student Run Media

The Griffin

The student newspaper is The Griffin. The paper started in 1933, replacing The Canisian, and is published every week while classes are in session. The paper also produces a parody issue on the last day of classes each year.[17]

The Quadrangle

An annual literary and artwork magazine. The Quadrangle is primarily built on selected writings, artwork, and photographs constructed by enrolled Canisius students.


Public access television, broadcasting to Canisius College televisions from the fourth floor studio at Lyons Hall.

The Azuwur

The Canisius College yearbook, published once a year. (Pronounced "as-you-were")


The WIRE is the college's radio station, which broadcasts over the campus television system. The WIRE replaced WCCG, and is currently available online through the Canisius College website.[18]

The Courier

Canisius College's magazine-style opinion orientated publication. The magazine has come under scrutiny over the past few years due to its controversial publishing of all school organization budgets at the end of the 2008 school year.[19]

Notable alumni and faculty

Congressman Bill Paxon (R-NY) class of '77

External links


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  2. ^ Learn At Canisius
  3. ^ Gerber, David. The Making of an American Pluralism: Buffalo, New York, 1825-60.
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  6. ^ " America's Best Colleges 2008: Canisius College: At a glance". U.S.News & World Report. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
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  10. ^ "Canisius routs VMI, earns MAAC championship and NCAA bid". May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
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  15. ^ *Miller, Jeffery (2002). Buffalo’s Forgotten Champions. 
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