Ninety-seven percent of Niagara University students find employment or enroll in graduate school shortly after they earn their degrees, because they receive an education that delivers exactly what employers and the world are looking for.

Matthew Michienzi, for example, received a full-tuition Army scholarship for his doctorate studies at Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. He was introduced to laboratory research in his freshman year and, in his senior year, his research earned him top honors at the Eastern College’s Science Conference. His poster, which detailed the studies he and Dr. Christopher Stoj, associate professor of biochemistry, had done on how the human body metabolizes iron, won first place for biochemistry posters at the conference.

Economics/international studies graduate Nicole Matheis is heading to Ireland to train for her job as a financial engineer at First Derivatives, a leading provider of products and consulting services to some of the world’s largest finance, technology, and energy institutions. She was offered the position even before she received her degree. An internship with a startup company, where she performed research on the mobile financial technology market to assist in developing strategies to increase user retention of its InvestED app, was one of the factors led to the job offer.

Nicole isn’t the only Niagara University student to secure a job before graduation: Gabriel Buck started her position as a digital marketing specialist at Norazza, Inc., in April, while Dana DiMatteo was offered her job as a financial accounting analyst at Citi while pursuing her MBA.

Caitlyn Burns, who will attend Notre Dame Law School in the fall, notes that people she spoke to in the law programs she applied for were “incredibly impressed” with the wide range of prelaw classes and options offered at Niagara University. Her two internships, one in the district office of Congressman Chris Collins, and the other at Frederick Law Offices, complemented her class work with real-world experience and gave her a solid foundation for her future studies. 

Californian Samantha Loper chose to come to Niagara University for nursing because she saw that the faculty and administration were dedicated to her success. Once she arrived, she says the relationships she created with her professors, the fact that she began clinical rotations in her sophomore year, the real-life scenarios she practiced in the Nursing Simulation Lab, and her senior capstone internship at Erie County Medical Center’s Level One Tauma Intensive Care Unit made her feel “confident and prepared” for her career, which she begins as a BSN-RN in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. 

These are just a few examples of how the Power of Niagara University is preparing students for their professional goals.