Niagara University’s outstanding academic experience, affordability, career services, and employability of its graduates keep it among the best schools in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review, which has again recommended Niagara in its feature, “2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Niagara is one of only two—and the only private university—from the Buffalo-Niagara region included in the list.

Academically, Niagara University offers its students “a friendly learning community” and an education that “is very focused on service and the Vincentian tradition,” according to students in the survey. Niagara’s “great hospitality program” and strong programs in business and education stand out among its academic offerings. Students note that “There are also many resources available to us and various classes that are truly staples to helping us with real-world situations within our careers,” including education programs that “put you in the classroom in your first year!”

Niagara’s 11:1 student/faculty ratio was also noted by students, who said that they love Niagara’s “small size and individual attention” as well as the “family-like support system.” They also rate the faculty highly in terms of their accessibility outside the classroom for one-on-one engagement, and describe them as “fantastic” and “very approachable and knowledgeable.” One student reported that “Most of my professors have fulfilled my expectations of a teacher: polite, humorous, reasonable, and stimulates interest in his/her class.”

Student life was described as “a whirlwind of activity set against a backdrop of ‘beautiful architecture.’” Students say they appreciate the many and varied activities offered at Niagara, including “concerts, game nights, movie nights, ice skating, fitness programs” and that “Hiking and running along the gorge right across the street is an absolute pleasure throughout the seasons.” Many also participate in or support the university’s 19 Division I sports teams.

Additionally, Niagara’s affordability and accessibility (100% of Niagara’s incoming freshmen receive a financial aid package); its post-graduation placement rate (98% are either employed or in graduate school); and its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility factored into the university’s place on the list.

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