Admissions Policy

Niagara University encourages all men and women whose aptitude and demonstrated academic achievement in high school or college give evidence of their ability to successfully complete the various university programs to apply for admissions. Consistent with our Catholic and Vincentian mission, Niagara University welcomes all students, regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, or marital status.

All applications are individually reviewed. Acceptance of a student is based on the following factors: intellectual ability, past academic performance, character, permanent records, and if submitted, results of standardized testing, recommendations of counselors, teachers, alumni, and other pertinent individuals.

Rolling Admissions

Admissions decisions are usually made within a few weeks from the date that the completed application is received. In some cases, additional information may be required and the applicants will be notified. Decisions are rendered on condition that the applicant successfully completes and graduates from high school.

Early Action

Students who are committed to pursuing an NU education should apply under the early action plan. This plan allows students to apply to NU from the summer between their junior and senior years through Dec. 10 of their senior year. Admission decisions will be made within four weeks of receipt of a completed application. For more detailed information, contact the Office of Admissions.

Early Admissions

Students who complete high school in less than four years may apply for early admissions provided that they:

  • Are recommended by their high school counselor
  • Present 16 academic units of high school work
  • SAT or ACT, if submitted
  • Have successfully completed all requirements for their high school diploma.


Students seeking readmission to the university must file an application in the Office of Admissions. Additional records of college work, attempted or completed, must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions.

Candidates for readmission must have been in good standing at the time of their separation from Niagara University. Any student seeking readmission to NU who was not in good academic standing at the time of his/her separation from the university must file an appeals form with the appeals committee.

Candidate’s Reply Date

In an attempt to minimize anxiety, Niagara University combines a rolling admission policy with adherence to the candidate’s reply date. This means that a candidate is usually informed of the decision within a few weeks from the date that the completed application is received. All accepted applicants have the option of delaying their response to the offer of admission until the first week of May.

Required Deposit

All new students who plan to attend NU in the fall, spring or summer are required to submit a nonrefundable deposit to the Office of Admissions. This deposit indicates the student’s intention to enroll. This deposit will be applied toward the student’s first semester tuition payment. Nonresident students are required to submit a $200 deposit and resident students a $300 deposit.