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This really isn't true. Sure, there are a lot of specialty majors at Canisius that cannot be found in many other places and most of the major are small because of the size of the school, but that doesn't mean that Canisius is lacking in options. There are many programs that are very good even when compared to larger school that are very popular throughout the country like biology, international business, and finance. In fact, Canisius' small size means more options for research, involvement outside the classroom, and networking opportunities for every student that looks for them or desires such experiences.
See, I would personally disagree with the above. My experience was that it was difficult to find research BECAUSE Canisius was so small, and labs were small. Canisius is average as far as majors (although, the B I gave Canisius is technically above average). They have Biology, finance, etc., but what college doesn't?
All of the people I know who wanted research are on teams and have even been awarded CEEP, or the Canisius Earning Excellence Program, and are getting paid to do research. If you really want research experience, I feel like you should be able to find it. It may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it is still experience. It is crucial to connect with professors and build networking relationships as early as your Freshman year, which is much easier at a small school like Canisius. I was pointing out those majors, such as Biology, to show that you can often get a better experience at a smaller school even in big majors that could potentially be found anywhere. And what other college has things like the Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation program at Canisius? I will agree that it depends on what you are looking for, however, Canisius certainly has numerous unique and quality options as far as majors and out of classroom experiences go.
I guess the only thing that I would have to add, was that I still had an opposing experience to the one you are describing, despite the fact that I began looking for research freshman year. I also knew plenty of people that couldn't find labs, because they were full. I think the opportunities certainly can be there if you look for them at the right time and in the right place, but I disagree that these opportunities are available to everyone who actively and persistently seeks them. I also would caution that just because a classroom is small, doesn't necessarily gaurantee better instruction. I've had both class sizes, and it never really seemed to make a difference. If you want a lot of personal attention, of all kinds, it's great. However, that kind of attention at a small school does have its pitfalls, just like a large class size at a large school does. I wouldn't argue that smaller is necessarily better, and that anyone applying should be aware that that is something to consider. If smaller is for you, Canisius is perfect, but that doesn't mean the education a person receives will necessarily be better.
and would add that anyone applying* sorry, that typo changed the meaning of my sentence.
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