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Niagara University

  • Niagara University, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 3,227
    total students
  • $26,900 | $26,900
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 1
    fall application deadline
  • 66%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 518
    sat math
  • 510
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 23
    act composite

Overview

High Ideals

Niagara University is a private comprehensive school committed to the Catholic tradition, and inspired by St. Vincent de Paul's compassion for the needs of his community. This focus is integrated throughout the school, reflected in its attention to the needs of its students and its university-wide dedication to service learning. Niagara University sits high atop Monteagle Ridge, overlooking the Niagara River Gorge and the Canadian border in Western New York -- a fitting location for an educational community with high ideals.

The school welcomes students from all religious backgrounds to share in its mission of educational excellence, service to the poor, social justice, ethics, and respect for the individual person.

A Top University in the North

Niagara University has been recognized for excellence by many sources.

U.S. News & World Report included Niagara in the top tier of institutions in the northern United States that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs. The publication also included Niagara as a regional "Best Value," a calculation that takes into account a school's academic quality and the 2012-13 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

The Princeton Review has once again recommended Niagara University as one of the best colleges in the Northeast. For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own institutions on several issues - from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food - and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life.

In light of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Niagara has named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006. Through Learn and Serve Niagara, NU students provide more than 56,000 hours of education and human needs-related services to 40-plus social service and community agencies in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

A 2012 report released by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that Niagara graduates full-time students in four years at a higher rate than any other public or private college or university in Western New York.

Numerous Academic Options

Niagara's four academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management) offer more than 80 majors, 50 minors and several preprofessional programs for its 3,300-plus undergraduates. Preprofessional tracks are available in predental, prelaw, premedical, prepharmacy, preveterinary and ROTC/Army programs.

Other degree options include combined five-year programs in accounting, criminal justice and commerce.

Interdisciplinary scholarship is embraced at NU, as more than 70 percent of the college's students who enter as freshmen study for a minor, and many take on double majors. Required general education courses emphasize critical thinking skills, clear verbal and written communications, competence in diversity, and strong values and ethical standards.

Many students also help faculty conduct research, co-authoring papers and presenting at university, state and regional research conferences.

Strong Liberal Arts Offerings

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a diverse set of majors from a wide variety of disciplines, including the sciences (e.g. biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology), criminology, psychology, religious studies and theatre.

The liberal arts major is the home of established programs such as applied fine arts, art history, gerontology, multicultural studies, romance languages and writing studies. This curriculum also provides the infrastructure for those students interested in designing their own individualized majors.

Well-rounded Business Education

NU's College of Business Administration, accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), employs the project model of business education. Through this program, students gain experience equivalent to the work of a consultant.

Opportunities for real-world learning are available through internships, study abroad programs, and student research involvement in business-focused campus centers, including the Family Business Center, the Center for Supply Chain Excellence, and the Center for International Accounting.

Niagara business students may prepare themselves for careers in the in-demand fields of accounting, commerce, economics, finance, or management (within the disciplines of human resources, international, integrative or supply chain).

High Success for Education Majors

Niagara's College of Education has the distinction of being able to offer its graduates the option of earning dual certification to teach in the U.S. and Canada. Also of note is that NU education majors can begin working in classrooms during their freshman year.

The college's success rate is impressive, as previous classes of graduates have achieved a 99 percent pass rate on national exams. Majors offered by Niagara's College of Education cover the areas of adolescence and childhood education, special education, business and marketing, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Niagara's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a founding member of the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, a network of internationally-renowned hotel schools which provides students with cutting-edge educational experiences through 440 five-star member hotels worldwide.

Previous hands-on learning experiences have been held at places such as Walt Disney World, a luxury hotel in Lake Como, Italy, a Norwegian cruise ship, and the Super Bowl and Major League Baseball's spring training. Accredited by the Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), Niagara was the first in the country to offer a four-year degree program in tourism.

NU's well-attended annual career fair attracts employers such as the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Sheraton, Wyndham, and Marriott. The college offers majors in hotel and restaurant management, sport management and tourism and recreation. This year, the college is introducing a master's degree program in sport management.

Support for Major and Career Exploration

Students who wish to take their time to investigate potential majors and career options may enroll in Niagara's Academic Exploration Program, rated as a top program by the National Academic Advising Association,

Guided by a professionally-trained academic advisor, students are able to sample various programs while fulfilling their university requirements. They may transfer into their desired major any time during their first four semesters.

During monthly meetings, the advisor and student explore student abilities, interests, values and work experiences. Students may also use this time to interview university professors and career professionals to learn more about areas of interest.

Attractive, Well-located Campus

The 160-acre main campus is an attractive mix of old and new buildings, just four miles from Niagara Falls, a 20-minute drive from Buffalo and a 90-minute drive from Rochester and Toronto.

Adding to the university's attractiveness is the recent completion of an $80 million capital campaign that has significantly upgraded its facilities and programs. Within the last six years, significant capital improvement projects have been undertaken on Niagara's picturesque campus in Lewiston, each catering to students' varied interests and talents.




Location & Contact


Niagara University, NY 14109
USA

Ms.Christine McDermott

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 716-286-8700 ext. 8715
Fax: 716-286-8733
Email: admissions@niagara.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hotel/Motel Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management and Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Tourism and Travel Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Science technologies
    • Biology/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Transportation and materials moving
    • Transportation and Materials Moving Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,716
    • Accepted2,465
    • Acceptance Rate66%
    • Enrolled3,227
    • Female Applicants2,289
    • Females Accepted1,525
    • Female Acceptance Rate66%
    • Male Applicants1,427
    • Males Accepted940
    • Male Acceptance Rate65%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.40
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 510 460 550
    • SAT Math 518 470 570
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 23 21 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,900
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,300.00
    • Room and board *$11,600.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,227
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.84%
    • Black or African American5.08%
    • White or Caucasian67.09%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.9%
    • Asian1.24%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.03%
    • Two or more races1.46%
    • Unknown5.95%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout14.41% representing 27 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students9% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 43%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Niagara University Community Action Program, student government, Programming Board
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour escort service

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division X No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 1 Yes
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty412
    • Full-time Percentage40%
    • Part-time Percentage60%
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 2,984 students to 246 faculty


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