From the School

Niagara University (NU), founded in 1856, is a private, independent university rooted in a Catholic and Vincentian tradition. The suburban 160-acre campus combines the old and new; both ivy-covered buildings and modern architectural structures are among its thirty-three buildings. The University is easily accessible from every major city in the eastern and midwestern United States via the New York State Thruway, Buffalo International Airport, and rail and bus service.

There are approximately 3,300 undergraduate and 965 graduate students enrolled at Niagara. A large percentage of these students take advantage of the more than eighty extracurricular and cocurricular activities offered. Volunteer work in the community is popular among the students and enhances community relations. Students work with numerous organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped.

University teams compete on the Division I level and are members of the NCAA, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Atlantic Hockey Conference, and College Hockey America Conference. Intercollegiate sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Club sports include cheerleading, danceline, hockey, martial arts, rugby, and skiing. The Kiernan Center offers a variety of sports and recreational facilities, including a multipurpose gymnasium, a swimming and diving pool, an indoor track, racquetball courts, free-weight and Nautilus rooms, and aerobics rooms. There are several outdoor athletic fields and basketball and tennis courts.

Additional student services include the Health Center, which provides inpatient and outpatient care during the day; the Learning Center, which provides free tutoring services; and the Career Development Office, which offers professional and career counseling. Other services include counseling, orientation, academic planning, career planning, and job placement. Niagara University's housing accommodations include five residence halls, a grouping of five small cottages, and a student apartment complex. Both coed and single-gender accommodations are available. The University offers graduate studies in business, counseling, criminal justice, education, and interdisciplinary studies.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 550
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 25


August 1

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From The School

Niagara University's curricula enable students to pursue their academic preferences and to complete courses that lead to proficiency in other academic areas. Courses that have been considered upper-division courses are available to all students. This provides students with the opportunity to avoid introductory and survey courses and permits motivated students to take advantage of more challenging courses early in their collegiate career. The honors program provides special academic opportunities that stimulate, encourage, and challenge participants. In addition, an accelerated three-year degree program is offered to qualified students. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree must complete a total of 40 or 42 course units (120 or 126 hours) to meet graduation requirements. Niagara grants credit for successful scores on the Advanced Placement and College-Level Examination Program and the International Baccalaureate tests. Internships, research, independent study, and cooperative education are available in many academic programs. An Army ROTC program is also offered. The University operates on a two-semester plan (fall and spring). A comprehensive summer session offers a variety of courses.

NU is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its programs in the respective areas are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the Council on Social Work Education, and the chemistry department has the approval of the American Chemical Society. The travel, hotel, and restaurant administration program is accredited by the Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

Students Say

Niagara University is a Catholic college that offers its students “a friendly learning community” and an education that “is very focused on service and the Vincentian tradition.” Niagara’s “great hospitality program” stands out among its academic offerings and students in the program highlight that “There are also many resources available to us and various classes that are truly staples to helping us with real world situations within our careers.” The college also boasts strong programs in business and education. Education majors looking to get some real life teaching experience should also note that at Molloy, “Their education program puts you in the classroom in your first year!” Students love the school’s “small size and individual attention” as well as the “family-like support system.” They also rave about the “one on one with professors” who are “fantastic” and “very approachable and knowledgeable.” One student tells us that “Most of my professors have fulfilled my expectations of a teacher: polite, humorous, reasonable, and stimulates interest in his/her class.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Rev. Nelson Baker
Founder of Our Lady of Victory, candidate saint

Calvin Murphy
NBA Hall of Fame

Frank Layden
NBA Coach

James Glynn
Maid of the Mist Corporation

Bob Wegman
Founded Wegman's Markets

William Donovan
Founded Office of Strategic Services (CIA)

Bill Press
Co-host Buchanan and Press (MSNBC)


From The School

Tuition for 2011-12 was $25,300 . Room and board (with a choice of meal plans) cost an additional $11,000 per year. Fees were estimated at $1,100 per year. Niagara estimates that an additional $2500 to $3050 per year is adequate for books, laundry, and other essentials, such as travel to and from home.


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

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State Aid

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Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The Student Government represents all parts of the student body equally. It coordinates and legislates all student activities, serving as both liaison to and a participating member of the University. In addition, students serve on all major departmental committees and on the University Senate, which is the major advisory committee to the president and Board of Trustees.

Students Say

Students at Niagara generally recognize that “a lot of students are from this area and seem pretty similar due to similar upbringing” and that many members of the student population could fit the description of “Catholic raised, upper-middle class, white student.” They observe that Niagara “is a Catholic school so there [are] a number of religious students, but it isn’t crammed down anyone’s throats.” “Everyone seems to know everyone,” at Niagara. Some observe that “Students fit in well, especially if they are into athletics” and that “the hard-working, normal, athletic not-crazy-partiers but not-geeks are the hardest group to find friends.” School pride seems to be a common thread among the students and “the typical student owns 10+ purple shirts, is very friendly to everyone, [and] likes to be involved in any/every way possible.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

60% female
40% male
9% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time


From The School

Niagara University's picturesque 160-acre campus is located in the town of Lewiston, New York, 2 minutes off I-190 on Route 104. The campus is situated on Monteagle Ridge overlooking the lower Niagara River, which connects the two Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario. The University's suburban campus setting is just a few miles from the world-famous Niagara Falls, 20 minutes from Buffalo, which offers a variety of cultural events, sports, and entertainment opportunities, and just 90 minutes from Toronto, Canada's largest metropolitan area. In addition, the University is minutes away from the quaint village of Lewiston, New York, and the city of Niagara Falls, New York.

Students Say

Life at Niagara seems to be a whirlwind of activity set against a backdrop of “beautiful architecture.” In addition to either participating in or supporting the Division I sports teams, students gush that “There is so much that the school offers: concerts, game nights, movie nights, ice skating, fitness programs (yoga, zumba, spinning, pilates, karate, etc.)” Another student adds, “Hiking and running along the gorge right across the street is an absolute pleasure throughout the seasons.” For the less athletically-inclined, other campus activities range “from guest comedians, to movie nights, to Christmas cookie decorating.” Be warned though, “One major draw back at NU is that though there are a lot of clubs and organizations, campus activities tend to have limited attendance, and limited variety.” For those seeking adventure off campus, having a car helps as “going to downtown Buffalo or Niagara Falls to the bars is popular on Thursdays (college student night) and throughout the weekend.” If that’s not an option, then it might be good to note that “Canada is a taxi’s drive away and is always a fun time.”

Campus Life

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Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

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Number of Social Sororities
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Athletic Division
Division I

9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Purple Eagles)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Purple Eagles)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Located just miles from the majestic Niagara Falls, Niagara University has a special appreciation for the natural environment. Where else could a college senior earn not one but two community service awards for revitalizing a once-forgotten Niagara Falls Park? In fact, the business management major’s renovation of the park—located in a prime tourism corridor not far from the national landmark—was inspired by a Niagara University business professor! This type of cross-curriculum collaboration among students, faculty, and the community is emblematic of NU’s wholehearted commitment to “incorporate sustainability into the Life of NU.” To achieve that, NU has outlined a thorough set of goals that include developing new sustainability-related educational programs, environmentally responsible practices, energy conservation, recycling, green building project initiatives, and a conscientious self-evaluation of what Niagara is doing to protect the environment. The campus boasts both a LEED Gold-certified, 50,000-square-foot integrated science center and the Dwyer Ice Arena, which is equipped with 25-kilowatt roof solar panels. Bike racks, a new bike path and bike share program, a free shuttle bus, and a new electric vehicle for facilities services show NU’s commitment to green transportation. The university has policies in place to use only green cleaning products and recycled paper, and a whopping 98 percent of NU’s electricity is purchased from a hydroelectric generator! With all its green initiatives, it seems NU’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2050 is more reality than dream. Thanks to Earth Day Events and ReNU Niagara’s community outreach program, students always have a chance to play an active part!

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Mark Wojnowski
Director of Admissions

Bailo Hall
Niagara Falls, NY 14109



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Gallagher Center
St. Vincent's Hall
Castellani Art Museum
Clet Hall
Dwyer Arena
Student Apartments; Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Niagara Falls
Prime Outlet Mall
Galleria Mall
City of Buffalo
City of Toronto

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Throughout the academic year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, Shuttle bus, metro bus, Amtrak, and Greyhound. Nearest airport is the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Niagara University is serviced by the Niagara Falls City bus line as well as the Buffalo bus terminal. Please contact a travel agency for additional information. The Niagara Falls Train Station is approximately 2 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From East and West Take the New York State Thruway (I-90) to Exit 50. This is the Youngmann Highway (I-290) to Niagara Falls. Follow I-290 until you see signs for the Grand Island Bridges and I-190 North, Grand Island. Go over both bridges. Exit at the Robert Moses Parkway. Continue on the Robert Moses Parkway until the end (4 miles), following signs for State Park and American Falls. Continue until you reach Niagara Street. This will be your second right-hand turn. Turn right onto Niagara Street. Move into the left lane. At the second trafffic light, make a left onto 384 North (Rainbow Boulevard). Stay in the center lane. Once you reach the first traffic light, continue straight and follow signs for the Robert Moses State Parkway, Whirlpool State Park, Power Vista, Fort Niagara. Continue on the Parkway for 3 1/2 miles. Exit at the sign for "Devils Hole, Power Vista, Niagara University". Turn left at the stop sign. At the first traffic light, bear to the right, and you will see the entrance to the University. Continue forward onto University Drive. Turn left onto Sophmore Drive. Bailo Hall, the Office of Admissions, is the first building on the left. Park in the designated spaces next to the building. From the South After entering New York State please follow directions above From Canada Via Toronto take the QEW to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Enter the USA via the Rainbow Bridge onto Niagara Street. Via Detroit/Windsor, use Route 3 to Fort Erie. Take the QEW to Niagara Falls, Ontario and cross at the Rainbow Bridge. That is Niagara Street. Go to the second traffic light and make a left onto 384 North (Rainbow Boulevard). Stay in the center lane. Once you reach the first triaffic light, continue straight and follow signs for Robert Moses State Parkway, Whirlpool State Park, Power Vista, Fort Niagara. Continue on the Parkway 3 1/2 miles. Exit at the sign for "Devils Hole, Power Vista, Niagara University". Turn left at the stop sign. At the first traffic light, bear to the right, and you will see the entrance to the University. Continue forward onto University Drive. Turn left onto Sophmore Drive. Bailo Hall, the Office of Admissions, is the first building on the left. Park in the designated spaces next to the building.

Local Accommodations
A list of hotels in the Niagara Falls area include, Hampton Inn (501 Rainbow Blvd., 800-426-7866); Sheraton Four Points (114 Buffalo Ave., 800-325-3535); The Red Coach Inn (2 Buffalo Ave., 716-286-1459); Holiday Inn at the Falls (231 Third Street, 716-282-2211); and The Comfort Inn (1 Prospect Pointe, 716-284-6835) which is the closest to Niagara Falls and offers free continental breakfast. Please identify yourself as a Niagara University visitor to receive a discounted room rate.
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