About

See what students say:

Academics

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 Niagara, “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.”

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dawn Marasco
Operations Assistant

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
Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons, The Nest

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.

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; Comfort Inn The Point; The Giacomo; Hampton Inn; Holiday Inn; Red Coach Inn; Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls

Admissions

Applicants: 3,740
Acceptance Rate: 92%
Average HS GPA: 3.43







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