From the School

Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in a values-based, Catholic tradition. With more than 80 majors, 55 plus minors, six preprofessional options, combined master's programs, and a Ph.D. program, NU students are immersed in meaningful real-world learning opportunities from the moment they step foot on the university's beautiful campus.

Niagara's colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral level. All four of the university's academic colleges have received the highest rankings from the top accreditation boards in their fields. In addition, the university offers an award-winning Academic Exploration program for students who are undecided about their academic major.

A student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of approximately 20allow for personal attention and classroom interaction. The faculty members at Niagara are internationally renowned for their abilities as researchers and teachers, helping students to accomplish things they never thought possible. A recent survey indicated that 97 percent of Niagara's graduating class was employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation.

Niagara offers a wide variety of entertainment options on and off-campus, including trips to professional sporting events, local landmarks, concerts, malls, restaurants and cultural festivals in the U.S. and nearby Ontario, Canada. And with 18 Division I athletics programs, there are numerous chances for NU students to put their "Purple Pride" on full display.

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Overview

Applicants
3,101
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
89.00

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 15

Regular — August 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
442
with Terminal Degree
212

227
Men
215
Women
42
International
39
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Financial Planning and Services.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Public Finance.
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Business Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs.
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services Administration.
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Gerontology.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
  • School Psychology.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.


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.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David Sylvester
Principal of King's University College

Jerry Bisgrove
Arizona philanthropist, Chairman & CEO Stardust Companies

John P. Bobo
US Marine Corps; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism

Hugh B. Scott
Magistrate Judge US District Court for Northern Dist of NY

Chris Begg
Prof baseball player; member Team Canada during 2004 Summer Olympics

Joe McCarthy
Major league baseball player & manager, National Baseball Hall of Fame

John Beilein
Collegiate men's basketball head coach

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,682

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,246

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,941

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,251

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,682

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,500
Required Fees
$1,450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,250

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,950
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,994
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

1.52%
Asian
4.76%
African-American
4.35%
Hispanic
71.30%
Caucasian
2.24%
Unknown
12.76%
International

62% female
38% male
8% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Kelly Adams Engert

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
6

1% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

38% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Purple Eagles)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Purple Eagles)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

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!

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
75%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
GovConnection Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mark Wojnowski
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Cen
Niagara University, NY 14109

Phone
716-286-8700

Email
admissions@niagara.edu

Experience College Life

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

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
9:00-4:00
716-286-8700

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Throughout the academic year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors only for overnights

Transportation

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. Take the I-290 toward Niagara Falls. Follow the I-290 until you see signs for the Grand Island bridges and the I-190 North (Grand Island). Go over both bridges, proceed for approximately five miles and then take Exit 24, Witmer Road (Route 31). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Witmer Road. Continue on Witmer Road until the first traffic light and turn right onto Campus Parkway. Continue on Campus Parkway until you reach Monteagle Trail. Turn left on Monteagle Trail to enter the Niagara University campus. Southbound After entering New York State, please follow directions above (From East and West). From Canada & Detroit via the Rainbow Bridge From Toronto: Take the QEW toward Niagara Falls, Ontario. Enter the USA via the Rainbow Bridge and onto Niagara Street. Follow directions below. From Detroit/Windsor: Use Route 3 to Fort Erie. Take the QEW toward Niagara Falls, Ontario. Enter the USA via the Rainbow Bridge and onto Niagara Street. Follow directions below. Proceed to the second traffic light and make a left onto 384 North (Rainbow Boulevard). Stay in the center lane; pass through the first traffic light following signs for Robert Moses Parkway, Whirlpool State Park, the Power Vista and Fort Niagara. Continue on the Parkway for 3.5 miles before exiting at Devils Hole, Power Vista, and Niagara University." Turn left at the stop sign. At the first traffic light, bear to the right and you will see the entrance to Niagara University. Continue forward onto University Drive and then turn left into the Welcome Circle. The Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center, home of the Office of Admissions, will be on your right when you enter the circle. Park in the designated spaces next to the building and enter the Gacioch Center to sign in and obtain a parking pass. From Canada via the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Take the QEW toward Niagara Falls, Ontario. After traversing the St. Catherines Skyway, get into the left lane and take Exit 37 (HWY-405) toward Queenston. Continue onto the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge (where Niagara University should be visible on your right hand side). After customs, proceed to the far right hand lane and take the first right hand turn, which is the exit toward RT-104 (Robert Moses Parkway / Lewiston). Take the RT-104 West ramp and turn slight right onto Lewiston Rd / NY-104 West. Turn left onto University Drive before making another left into the Welcome Circle. The Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center, home of the Office of Admissions, will be on your right when you enter the circle. Park in the designated spaces next to the building and enter the Gacioch Center to sign in and obtain a parking pass.

Local Accommodations
Sheraton At The Falls Hotel - 716.285.3361 Comfort Inn The Point - 716.284.6835 The Giacomo - 716.299.0200 The Hampton Inn - 716.285.6666 Holiday Inn - 716.285.2521 The Red Coach Inn - 716.282.1459 Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls - 716.299.0344 Best Western Summit Inn - 716.297.5050 Holiday Inn Express - 716.298.4500 Byblos Niagara - 716.773.1111


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