What is it Like to Attend Canisius College?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Victoria lives in Buffalo and is a 2013 graduate of Canisius College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and specializes in algebra tutoring, anatomy tutoring, and biology tutoring. Check out what Victoria had to say about her time at Canisius College:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options at Canisius College.

Victoria: Canisius College is located in the city of Buffalo, New York. Throughout my years in Buffalo, I have had the pleasure of watching the city transform into a great place for young adults to live. The campus is located on Buffalo’s subway line, which extends downtown through a restaurant and nightlife scene, all the way to the waterfront where the Buffalo Sabres play at First Niagara Center.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Victoria: I personally had a wonderful experience with Canisius College’s faculty and staff, as the student-to-faculty ratio is kept close to 9:1. Teaching assistants are available to help students in labs, but nearly every course is taught by a professor. I felt as if both the professors and the support staff bent over backwards to assist me in all ways possible.

How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Victoria: I lived on campus for three years, and I thoroughly enjoyed the housing options. In comparison to most schools, Canisius College has spacious, clean, and comfortable choices. The majority of the campus is connected by underground tunnels, which makes it easy to get from the library to your dorm to the dining hall without having to go outside in the winter months.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported at Canisius College?

Victoria: Canisius College has a wide range of programs, with strong science, business, and education programs. I chose to study biology, as I wished to attend dental school, and after almost earning my D.D.S., I can attest to the fact that Canisius College prepared me extremely well for graduate school. Canisius College also has an extremely strong accounting program, and it offers graduate courses in a variety of fields.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Victoria: With less than 3,000 undergraduate students, it is easy to assimilate and become comfortable when living on the Canisius College campus. Greek life is not a huge component of social life, but students often become very close with people within their majors, as well as people who live close to them in campus housing.

How helpful is the Career Center and other student support services? 

Victoria: The career center is a fabulous tool. If you are interested in the sciences, they provide great resources for mock interviews and resume building. My friends in the business school had great job offers right after graduation, and the network of successful Canisius College alumni in the Western New York area give great opportunities to recent graduates.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Victoria: The Canisius College library was my home away from home, and I actually chose to continue to study there throughout my graduate school career. A Tim Hortons (local coffee shop) was added to campus a few years before I attended, transforming the first floor of the library into a fun social environment. The second floor is designated for quiet study, and the basement offers various group rooms for group projects and activities. There are other study areas throughout campus, and finding a favorite spot never proved difficult.

Describe the surrounding town.

Victoria: One of my favorite parts of attending Canisius College was getting to know the city of Buffalo. Buffalo has phenomenal restaurants, unique neighborhoods, and friendly people. Elmwood Village and Allentown offer a more hipster vibe, with boutiques, coffee shops, quirky bars, ethnic cuisine, and plenty of annual events. Canalside is the recently renovated waterfront, which includes tons of free fitness classes, concerts, a bike trail, and beautiful views. Chippewa Street is the nightlife district, which is open until 4:00 A.M. The city continues to grow and thrive, making it a fabulous place to live.

How big or small is the student body at Canisius College? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Victoria: The student body is relatively small compared to most colleges. Coming from a small high school, I was pleased with the typical class sizes, which generally ranged from 18 to 24.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Victoria: My favorite professor taught organic chemistry, and volunteered to be the faculty member for a club that my friends and I started and funded. As Canisius College Endurance Athletes, the school sponsored us to run in local 5Ks and half marathons. I ran my first half marathon with my favorite professor on a weekend trip to Cleveland. Being able to form connections with faculty members outside of class really enables you to get to know each other, making recommendations for future job opportunities or graduate school easy to obtain.

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