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Niagara University, also referred to as Niagara, is located in Lewiston, New York, United States. This university was established in the year 1856 by the Congregation of the Mission. It was originally known as Our Lady of Angels Seminary. It gained university status in 1883. The university currently enrolls more than 3,000 students on an annual basis and offers over 50 academic programs. Niagara University has five degree-granting colleges under it. These are the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • College of Nursing

The athletic department of Niagara University sponsors over ten divisions. The sports teams in the university are nicknamed the Purple Eagles. They participate in sports such as ice hockey, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, and tennis.

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Niagara University

The campus of Niagara University is in Niagara University, NY, which is a large suburb. Its Roman Catholic nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Niagara University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school s highest level, the Post-Master s certificate.

Course Topics

Niagara University is known for its programs in hospitality, drama and performing arts, education and teaching, and security and law enforcement.

Niagara University Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 470 and 570.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student enrolment

In 2007, Niagara University had 4,116 students enrolled (3,859 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Niagara University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Niagara University educates its students and enriches their lives through programs in the liberal arts and through career preparation, informed by the Catholic and Vincentian traditions. Enabling goals: As a university, Niagara prepares its students for positions of responsibility in the professions and in the broader society. Through teaching, research and service in programs of study at the baccalaureate and graduate levels, Niagara seeks to develop within its students a passion for learning. The university s commitment to the Catholic doctrine and its moral code inspire respect for the God-given digity of every person and all faith traditions Studenrs experience the vision and reality of a gospel-based, value-centered education. As a vincentian university, Niagara draws inspiration from St. Vincent de Paul, who organized his contemporaries to respond compassionately to people s basic needs. Continuig this tradition, Niagara seeks to inspire its students to serve all members fo society, especially the poor and oppressed, in local communities and in the larger world. Overall, through its curricular and extracurricular programs, Niagara University seeks to develop the whole person, mind, body, heart and soul, for the benefit of one s personal and professional life. "

Niagara University Programs and Degrees

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching516 elementary school teaching, teacher ed, education, social studies teaching, English teaching, special ed, educational admin and supervision, special education, . . .
Business and Management211 business, accounting
Security and Law Enforcement88 criminal justice and administration
Hospitality 79 tourism and travel, hotel management
Liberal Arts65 political science, history, English, sociology, international relations, liberal arts and sciences, French language, Spanish language, . . .
Therapy and Counseling48 psychology, school psychology, mental and social health services
Media45 communication studies
Family and Social Work29 social work
Science26biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences
Drama and Performing Arts19 drama
Computer Science and Engineering8 computer and info science
Mathematics 4 mathematics
Religion and Philosophy 1 philosophy, religion

Contact: Niagara University

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY 14109

General Phone: (716) 285-1212


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