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.
Majors & Degrees
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Hotel, Motel, And Restaurant Management|
|Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management|
|Tourism And Travel Services Management|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer And Information Sciences|
|Biology Teacher Education|
|Business Teacher Education|
|Chemistry Teacher Education|
|Education (multiple Levels)|
|English As A Second/foreign Language (teaching)|
|English/language Arts Teacher Education|
|French Language Teacher Education|
|Mathematics Teacher Education|
|Social Studies Teacher Education|
|Spanish Language Teacher Education|
|Special Education&-elementary School|
|Special Education&-secondary School|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Human Development And Family Studies|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Registered Nursing/registered Nurse|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Sport And Fitness Administration/management|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Research And Experimental Psychology Related|
|Public Administration And Social Service Professions||Associate||Bachelors|
|International Relations And Affairs|
|Political Science And Government|
|Transportation And Materials Moving||Associate||Bachelors|
|Transportation And Materials Moving Related|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Art History, Criticism And Conservation|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||August 1st||Not reported|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||August 15th||Not reported||Yes|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score||25th %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||557||510||600|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||No|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||No|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Tuition deferred payment||Yes|
|Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition||
|Black or African American||4.76%|
|White or Caucasian||71.23%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.55%|
|Two or more races||2.69%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||40%|
FirstFest (Welcome Back Week), Talent Night and RidgeFest (spring fest)
Student Nursing Association, Future Teachers Association, NY Players (theatre), Beta Alpha Psi and Hospitality & Tourism Association
24-hour escort service, Emergency Notification System
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 1|
|Ice Hockey||Division 1|
|Swimming And Diving||No||Division 1|
|Track And Field||No||No||No|
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 1|
|Swimming And Diving||No||Division 1|
|Track And Field||No||Division 1|