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Canisius College ( ) is a private Catholic college in the Delaware Parkmarker district of north-central Buffalo, New Yorkmarker. It was founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is named for St. Peter Canisius. As of 2008, Canisius has 3,346 undergraduates and 1,570 graduate students. The campus houses 37 buildings. The school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Canisius College consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services.

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 . Of the $90 million goal, $47 million will fund the creation of an interdisciplinary science center at the college in the former HealthNow building and parking pavilion at 1901 Main Street. The college announced on November 20, 2008 the acquisition of the building from The Uniland Partnership of Delaware LP .

Rankings

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

Academics

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).

Beginning in fall 2009, Canisius College will introduce a new major in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation.

Student life & Residence Halls

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, and Springfest.

Approximately 1500 students live in 11 residence halls. Hundreds of other upperclass students rent housing in the immediate neighborhood.

Sports

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. Canisius College does not currently have their own track. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

NFL 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 Stadiummarker in 1924.

Greek Life

All of Canisius College'sfraternities and sororities are approved by the Canisius College Office of Campus Programing and Leadership Development and each has strict policies against hazing.

Fraternities



ROTC

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 , 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.

Accessibility

Canisius is served by two stations on the Buffalo Metro Rail, the Humboldt-Hospital marker Station near Sisters Hospital and the Delavan marker Canisius College Station near the Koessler Athletic Center. In addition, Canisius is accessible via Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus and by car.

Notable alumni and faculty

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


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