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Welcome to The Ridge

At Niagara University, we understand that it’s been an emotional rollercoaster with the heartbreaking announcement of University of the Arts closing. We are here to help make this challenging transition as easy as possible for you. Niagara’s partnership with University of the Arts for a teach-out agreement allows you to stay on track with your academic path, graduate from Niagara University, and begin your career – just as you originally planned.

NU will help you continue to succeed and have incredible experiences. Our university has similar qualities to University of the Arts, including small classes and caring professors, and we believe you will fit right in.

Ar You Ready to Take Flight?

Take the next steps to start your journey as a Purple Eagle.  We’ll be here every step of the way to help you find your wings!

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Step 1: Generate NU ID

Complete the NU application so we can generate a Niagara University ID number for you.

Please make sure to select University of the Arts as your Transfer Institution.

The process should take no more than 15-20 minutes.

Please send unofficial transcript to Emily Buell.

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Add Niagara University to your FAFSA.

Code is 002788 

Send UArts financial aid package to Emily Buell.

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Step 3: Get in touch

Undergraduate Admissions
Emily Buell: 716.286.8712 or
716.260.3602 (text)
Email Emily

Mark Wojnowski: 716.286.8718
Email Mark 

When you are ready to commit, contact Emily or Mark to have your deposit fee waived.

What are you looking for?

We are ready to welcome you to campus and empower you with confidence, clarity, and a heightened sense of purpose as you find your wings as a Purple Eagle.

» Credits and Outstanding Academic: With our teach-out agreement and 80+ majors, NU will ensure that all of your credits transfer and our academic departments will provide one-on-one advisement to ensure you register for the classes you need to finish your degree.

» Affordability: NU will work with you to obtain the best financial aid package for you by reviewing your previous financial aid package at UArts. 

» Small Class Size: With personalized attention, NU’s dedicated team of professors and caring staff will provide you an opportunity to shine.

» Small Campus: We welcome you to our quiet, beautiful small campus where you will have a sense of belonging. NU is all about community and service – we offer you a chance to find your purpose as you explore your interests.

» Experiences: You will be amazed by the countless hands-on internship and field experiences offered, as we have relationships with numerous local and national businesses that are exclusive to NU.

» Social Activities: We have something for everyone: 100+ clubs and organizations, a theatre and art gallery right on campus, competitive club sports, and NCAA Division 1 athletic teams.

Creativity is at its Finest at NU

Niagara University offers bachelor’s degrees across the curriculum, but we have a long and storied history in the arts. We offer the following academic programs, featuring talented and supportive faculty who are equipped to guide you as you transition to NU and beyond:

  • Theatre and Fine Arts Design and Production B.F.A.
  • Theatre and Fine Arts Performance B.F.A.
  • Theatre and Fine Arts Theatre Specialization B.F.A.
  • Art History with Museum Studies B.A.
  • Art History minor
  • Fine Arts minor
  • Dance minor
  • Studio Arts minor
  • Theatre Studies minor
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Castellani Art Museum

The Castellani Art Museum (CAM) at the center of the Niagara University campus, is dedicated to the enjoyment and educational potential of artistic creativity. The CAM’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art.

Niagara University Theatre
Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre & Leary theatre

Niagara University Theatre,has been proudly entertaining and educating audiences since 1964. Each season strives for great variety in our productions, ranging from classical to contemporary, musical to physical theatre, traditional to new works. Our productions provide students the opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and techniques explored in class.

At the Center of Everything

When you’re at Niagara University, the world is at your fingertips! It’s easy to explore all that our bi-national region has to offer.

Sheas performing Arts Center

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is a campus comprised of three theaters in the Buffalo Theatre District, intent on bringing the best of live performance through touring productions and local collaborations to Western New York.

Buffalo AKG Art museum

The renowned AKG Art Museum has a 150 year tradition of collecting the finest art from around the globe, and is known for being a hub of artistic and creative energies and experiences.

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit professional theatre company that has been providing free, high-quality public theatre to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences through the works of William Shakespeare for over 50 years.

The Shaw festival Theatre

Our campus sits just across the river from Canada, where you’ll find the world-class Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-lake.

Explore Niagara

With such a vibrant region surrounding the campus, you’ll have plenty of can’t-miss attractions to check out while you’re here. There are many ways to enjoy the famous falls, and an abundance of local events and attractions in the Buffalo/Niagara region.

Maid of the Mist

Get up close and personal on a boat tour of the American Falls, just 10 minutes down the road from campus!

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In the summer months, enjoy a concert at Artpark in Lewiston, a historic and culturally significant outdoor venue.

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Hike the Niagara Gorge

The Niagara River is awesomely powerful. Take a day hike down into the gorge for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Undergraduate Admissions Contact

Emily Buell

Associate Director of Admissions
P: 716.286.8712
M: 716.260.3602