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Canisius College

Buffalo, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

Canisius College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Canisius College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Canisius College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Canisius College's admissions stats.

Canisius College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Mean SAT Score 1139
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist Yes

Canisius College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Canisius College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes –– ––

Want to Apply Early to Canisius College?

Canisius College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Canisius College accepts around 97% of early action applicants and 81% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Canisius College admitted 71 of the 725 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Canisius College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Canisius College

In 2022, Canisius College waitlisted 98 students and 98 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Canisius College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Canisius College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Canisius College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Canisius College for more information on admission factors.

Canisius College Application Requirements

To apply to Canisius College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Canisius College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Canisius College?

Students admitted to Canisius College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 54% submitted a class rank. At Canisius College 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 79% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Canisius College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 4%
3.75 and 3.99 30%
3.50 and 3.74 25%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
2.00 and 2.49 5%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Canisius College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Canisius College looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Canisius College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 30% of Canisius College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Canisius College?

The mean composite SAT score for a Canisius College student is 1139.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Canisius College students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Canisius College students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Canisius College?

To be most competitive at Canisius College, you should strive to earn between 24 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Canisius College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Canisius College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Canisius College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Canisius College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Canisius College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Canisius College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Canisius College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Canisius College.

Does Canisius College accept transfer credits?

✅ Canisius College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Canisius College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Canisius College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Canisius College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Canisius College?

❌ No, Canisius College is test optional, so you can choose whether to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Canisius College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Canisius College is 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Canisius College?

❌ Canisius College does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Canisius College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Canisius College was 97% in 2021.

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Canisius College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Canisius College? Canisius College is a somewhat selective institution. The Canisius College acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.


Canisius College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Canisius College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Canisius College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Canisius College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

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Canisius College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Canisius College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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