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Canisius is a great choice for the ambitious and outgoing student. The excellent professors, honors program, numerous clubs, organizations, and college-sponsored trips and activities provide ample opportunity to expand one's horizons. The uniqueness of Canisius stems mostly from its small size, which allows for a level of familiarity and relationships between professors and students that are lacking at other larger universities. However, the liberal arts model of education needs reconsideration. In a nationwide study (whatwilltheylearn.com), Canisius was given a "D" for its general education requirements because it only requires courses in composition and literature. Math and science requirements can be fulfilled by classes with minimal science and/or math content. Only if a student is in the honors program is there a language requirement, and there are no mandated courses in economics or US government or history. There is more than one religion and philosophy or literature requirement, which seems unnecessary.
Another caveat is the expense, which can put a cramp in your post-graduate living standards, particularly if you're a liberal arts major. A degree is fast becoming the rule rather than the exception, and you need to ensure your usefulness in the workforce by jumping at the hundreds of opportunities Canisius offers. Canisius has many options for educational travel and services; students are able to go to China for a month in the summer at a minimal expense, and there are dozens of campus ministry trips annually to countries all around the world, not to mention the study abroad programs. Canisius isn't perfect, but every year, it seems to improve on its lesser points.
They're a very small college, and don't have a ton of options.
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.
Parking passes cost either $70 or $120. Certain permits only allow you to park certain places. If you live in Bosch, Frisch or Dugan you will have a D permit, you must park in the ramp. C, E, and F permits are given on a first come first serve basis and allow you to park in other places. It can be a nightmare, and the City of Buffalo will not think twice to give you a ticket, nor will public safety.
Canisius College has very strict policies but it is a school built on trust. There are rules and if broken penalties but overall they are extremely lenient. The campus security is not there to get you in trouble, their main focus is to keep you safe and make sure you get to and from safely. As for academics, the professors really care about you. They have no tolerance for plagiarism. As far as attendance they want you to do well, but will not treat you like a child. They will expect you to be responsible for your own well being.
Living on campus is fantastic. There are tunnels that connect all the main buildings and the campus is not large at all. It is also really convenient because you always know whats going on and they are always holding events to entertain us. Every weekend there are Griffin After Dark activities.
Buffalo is a city full of things to do. It is a city of art, home of the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bison's. Downtown there are many clubs for a night life and there is an extremely large mall twenty minutes away. The college provides every student with a metro pass, allowing free busing and metro use around the area.
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