Niagara University

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
62%
38%
student ratio
3,136
total students
Tuition Cost $30,500 | $30,500
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $25,326
August 1
fall application deadline
82%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
518
sat math
511
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 the community. This focus is integrated throughout the institution, 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 community development.

A Top University in the North

Niagara University continues to be recognized for excellence by many sources.

Niagara University is featured in four prominent categories by "U.S. News & World Report" in the 2017 edition of the magazine's annual survey of America's Best Colleges. "U.S. News" includes Niagara among its Best Regional Universities (North), Great Schools, Great Prices, Best Colleges for Veterans, and Foreign Student Factor.

Niagara University's commitment to embracing military veterans and their families has also been lauded by Military Times, College Choice and Victory Media.

In terms of return on investment, Money magazine and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance joined U.S. News and World Report in praising the value of a Niagara University education. These publications assessed institutions on numerous factors of educational quality, affordability and graduate outcomes.

Niagara University is one of only 10 Catholic colleges and universities in New York state - and 76 nationwide - to be selected to the 2016-17 list of top academic institutions by Colleges of Distinction. Published annually, the Colleges of Distinction list is based upon exemplary commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes, all of which reflect Niagara University's values-based, holistic education model. 

The Princeton Review once again tabbed NU as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The publication cited the university's new bike path and free campus shuttle, plus its commitment to 100 percent LEED-certified construction, in its analysis. Niagara is one of only two Western New York institutions to appear on the list.

A recent report released by the National Center for Education Statistics found that Niagara graduates full-time students in four years at one of the highest rates in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

In light of its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement, Niagara has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006. Through the university’s IMPACT, NU students dedicate thousands of collective hours of education and human needs-related services each week during the academic year to community agencies in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Numerous Academic Options

Niagara's four academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management) offer more than 80 majors, nearly 60 minors, and several combined master's programs. Pre-professional tracks are available in pre-dental, pre-law, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, and ROTC/Army programs. 

Other degree options include combined master's programs in accounting, criminal justice, mental health counseling, and commerce. 

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, nursing, psychology, religious studies, and theatre.

Interdisciplinary scholarship is embraced at NU. With the exception of nursing majors, 75 percent of the college's students who enter as freshmen or transfer students study for a second major and/or a minor. Required general education courses emphasize critical thinking skills, clear verbal and written communications, competence in diversity, and strong values and ethical standards. 

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 practical 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, Food Marketing Center of 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).

The college also offers MBA programs in several concentrations as well as an M.S. program in finance.

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. 

In addition, the college’s success rate is extremely impressive. Previous classes of graduates have achieved a pass rate on the New York state teacher certification exams that are typically around 96 percent (elementary edTPA), 100 percent (math edTPA), and 94-100 percent in content specialty areas.

Majors offered by the College of Education include early childhood and childhood, childhood and middle childhood, middle childhood and adolescence, special education and childhood, special education and adolescence and Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL), among others.

Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Niagara's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a founding member of Hotel Schools of Distinction, a network of internationally renowned hotel schools, which provides students with cutting-edge educational experiences through 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, 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. The college also introduced 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

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

During regular one-on-one 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 historic 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. 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

Mr.Mark Wojnowski

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 716-286-8700
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.
    • Actuarial Science
      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
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Tourism and Travel Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      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.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      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.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      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.
    • 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.
    • Special Education&-Elementary School
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Secondary School
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Human Development and Family Studies
      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
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Gerontology
      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
    • Research and Experimental Psychology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      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
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

82% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,359
    • Accepted2,784
    • Acceptance Rate82%
    • Enrolled3,136
    • Female Applicants2,133
    • Females Accepted1,726
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants1,226
    • Males Accepted1,058
    • Male Acceptance Rate86%
  • Applying
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.38
  • 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 511 460 560
    • 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 *$30,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$30,500
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,450
    • Room and board *$12,950
    • 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

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$25,326
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$27,638
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$14,628
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,984
    • Average Grant Aid:$14,868
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$20,970
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 83%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 53%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,136
    • Male Student Percentage38%
    • Female Student Percentage62%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.3%
    • Black or African American5.06%
    • White or Caucasian71.72%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.72%
    • Asian1.31%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.03%
    • Two or more races2.4%
    • Unknown or International Student2.13%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout12.32% representing 36 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 41%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • 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 Beta Alpha Psi, American Sign Language, Biology Club, Circle K, Sports Management Association
  • 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, Emergency Notification System, self-defense education

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty407
    • Full-time Percentage41%
    • Part-time Percentage59%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 3,012 students to 246 faculty


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