Niagara University

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College Profile

Founded by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers and Brothers) in 1856, Niagara University is distinguished by its beautiful campus on the gorge bordering Canada, the quality of its highly accredited academic programs, and commitment to student engagement and community service. All undergraduates participate in service learning; half in undergraduate research, and many in study abroad, cooperative education and internships. A Niagara education is designed to make a difference in the lives of students, leading them to make a difference in the community and the world.

Niagara offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, a wide array of minors and specialized programs, six preprofessional options, two 5-year combined bachelor’s/master’s programs, 18 graduate programs, and an award-winning Academic Exploration Program for undeclared students. The breadth and quality of its programs are recognized often:

  • NU has been named three times to the U.S. News World Report’s top 20 “Great Schools at Great Prices.” The publication also says that Niagara University is one of the top 24 institutions in the nation when it comes to offering its students service-learning opportunities.
  • Named to the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges in the Northeast,” and was included in its “Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
  • Niagara University offered the first bachelor’s degree in tourism and is ranked in the top 20 programs of its kind in the country.
  • Niagara University is one of only a dozen colleges and universities in New York – and 170 nationwide – to be selected to the 2010-2011 list of top colleges by
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Niagara has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the community.
  • Designated as a “Military Friendly School” for the second straight year, NU is among the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.
  • Niagara University ranks as one of the top colleges and universities to work for among medium-size institutions in the United States, according to a survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Niagara University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its program in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The College of Business Administration holds the prestigious AACSB accreditation of The International Association for Management Education. The university’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Ontario College of Teachers for its program of professional education for teachers that is offered under consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in the Province of Ontario. The department of chemistry has the approval of the American Chemical Society. The College of Hospitality Tourism Management is accredited by the Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE). The university holds membership in the American Council on Education, the Association of University Evening Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Studies in the United States, the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, the American Library Association, and other organizations.

The university is located on Route 104 on the northern limits of the city of Niagara Falls. The 160-acre main campus runs along the top of picturesque Monteagle Ridge overlooking the Niagara River gorge just four miles north of the world-famous waterfalls. The location of the main camp us adjacent to the international border between the United States and Canada and relatively near the American and Canadian cities of Buffalo and Toronto, creates an international milieu.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 4,182
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,292
  • Graduate enrollment: 879
  • International Student Enrollment: 585 undergraduate, 281 graduate
  • Male 38% Female 62%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 12:1
  • Faculty: Full-Time 156
  • Number of countries represented on campus: over 20+
  • Top five countries represented on campus: Canada, Hungary, Italy, Peru and Germany

English as a Second Language Program and Services

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International Student Housing Options

First time undergraduate international students are housed on campus. Upperclassmen, transfers and graduate students may live on campus or choose from a variety of off campus housing options.

Collaborative programs

  • Universite de Lille, France (semester)
  • University of Padua, Italy (Business)
  • University of Insubria – Como, Italy (Hospitality)
  • International University of Applied Sciences – Bad Honnef, Germany (Hospitality)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Australia (all majors)
  • St. Mary’s London, England (all majors)
  • Como, Italy – Dr. Gary Praetzel (Hospitality)
  • Cusco, Peru – Katie Finnamore (Hospitality)
  • Faculty Led Programs:
    Como, Italy – Dr. Gary Praetzel (Hospitality)
    Cusco, Peru – Katie Finnamore (Hospitality)
    Netherlands – Dr. Susan Sze and Dr. Donna Philips (Education)
    Taiwan – Dr. Tenpao Lee (Business)
    Thailand – Dr. Mike Smith and Dr. Thomas Sheeran (Education)
    Shanghai, China – Dr. Peggy Choong and Ed Kowalewski – MBA
  • Partnership agreements:
    American University in Cairo – UAC
    Blantyre International University – Malawi
    Carnival Cruise – Caribbean culture and cruise course
    Center for Cross Cultural Study – Seville Alicante, Spain Cordoba, Argentina
    Columbia – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (faculty exchange)
    Universite de Lille (summer) – Lille, France
    Universite Catholique de l’Ouest – Angers, France
    Schiller International Institute – London, England
    FASTA – Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Monterrey Tech – Monterrey, Mexico
    Center for European Studies, Universiteit Maastricht – Maastricht, Netherlands
    University of Santo Tomas – Santiago, Chile
    University of the Sunshine Coast – Brisbane, Australia
    Reutlingen, Germany – MBA students coming to Niagara
    International Fachhochschule Bad Honnef – Germany (dual degree Hospitality)
    St. John’s – Discover the World (Rome, Paris, Salamanca, Spain), Rome semester, Paris semester.
    Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – Lima, Peru
    Semester at Sea – University of Virginia
  • Consortium: Programs
    AIFS – Australia/Fiji, Austria, China, Czech Republic, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand/Fiji, Russia, South Africa, Spain CCIS over 80 programs in over 30 countries – Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany,Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland GLOBAL LEARNING SEMESTERS – Cyprus (including multi country programs), France, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Dual Degree with Bad Honnef Germany requires a year abroad in the partner country.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International students seeking to enroll as first-time undergraduates:

Graduate admission requirements for international students:

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

I-20 only

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Tuition: Full-Time $26,100 (12-18 credits/semester)
Room & Board (traditional residence hall): $5,325 semester $11,300 year

Total: Tuition, Fees, Room & Board $38,530

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

International students are eligible for Niagara University merit scholarships.

First year students who have not taken any post-secondary courses: For native English speakers, merit-based scholarships, achievement awards and grants for incoming first-year students are based on your cumulative high school average and standardized test scores (either SAT or ACT). For nonnative English speakers, merit-based scholarships, achievement awards and grants for incoming first-year students are based on your cumulative high school average. Please submit SAT or ACT scores if you have taken them as they may increase your eligibility. Please contact us if you have questions pertaining to standardized test requirements.

All merit-based scholarships, achievement awards and grants are for each of your four years at NU, providing you maintain full-time status and the required quality point average. All you need to do is make application and submit results from either the SAT or ACT. Scholarships range from $7,500 to full tuition (the levels are listed below). Students in the Ontario Teacher Education – Bachelor’s Degree Program are not eligible for these scholarships.

  • Competitive Full Tuition NU Honors Scholarship
  • Niagara Trustees Scholarship: $15,000
  • NU Presidential Scholarship: $13,500
  • NU Achievement Award: $12,000
  • NU Grant: $7,500

Transfer students who have taken post-secondary courses: After official translated and evaluated transcripts are received, in accordance with our policy, entering students are eligible for scholarships and grants based on their full-time (or equivalent) cumulative grade point average on the U.S. scale.

Contact Niagara University’s Office of Admissions at (800) 462-2111 or for more information about eligibility requirements for the international grants and scholarships.

Student Activities and Campus Life

  • International Supper Club
  • Annual International Week
  • Multicultural International Students Affairs (MISA)
  • Conversation Tables (Italian, French, Spanish)
  • Global Network for Niger
  • Invisible Children
  • Ski Club
  • Active Minds (contact Psychology)
  • Bienvenidos (contact Spanish)
  • Diversity Advocates
  • NU Alliance
  • Pax Christi

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