The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (2014 edition) is out

The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (2014 edition) is out October 17, 2013

The Cardinal Newman Society want to spread the word about faithful Catholic colleges to as many Catholic families as possible:

New Resources to Help Catholic Families Find Faithful Colleges

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  • Matthew Malicki

    Loved my time at Franciscan University – highly recommend it

    • B

      Agree with Matthew…it’s solidly Catholic. Just never leave campus (without a gun and combat experience) and wear a gas mask on summer mornings (terrible smell on campus…probably toxic).

  • kenofken

    I see Miskatonic didn’t make the list, and it’s a shame. They’re and old school with deep traditions and they’re doing some cutting edge mind-breaking.., I mean ground breaking work these days!

  • Raymond

    1. Do they provide a definition of “faithful” Catholic colleges?
    2. Do they indicate why some (specific) Catholic colleges are excluded from the list?
    3. I find it interesting that Ave Maria is included in the list.

    • Faithr

      Yes, they do provide those definitions and indications.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Do they provide advice on affording Catholic college? When I was applying for college, my parents would have loved me to go to a Catholic school, but it wasn’t feasible. Even with a scholarship to a Benedictine college, it was out of my reach and my family’s.

  • Mike Petrik

    What? No DePaul!? When my son matriculated there in 2000, the folks running the orientation proudly proclaimed the school’s catholicity, very carefully emphasizing the lower case “c”.

  • Elmwood

    Unless you get a scholarship, or the catholic college is affordable (<$10,000/year), you are better off going to a public university IMO. Why be burdened with huge debt only to have a degree from a no-name "catholic" college. Most state and public universities have good Newman centers for the observant catholic to join.

    • RogerDodger

      Agreed. A well-raised Catholic kid should be able to navigate most public universities. Yes, they’ll be exposed to things decidedly not Catholic but, they’re 18, not 8. Second, they have to get out into the real (messy and un-sanitized) world eventually.

      • Faithr

        I don’t believe you have any teenagers. Do you have children? This just sounds so naive to me! Of course some kids can navigate but a whole lot of those 18 yo’s can’t. Let them focus on study and get out into the real and messy world when they are fully fledged. Some kids really need that time, especially when society is aggressively (and most college campuses particularly) trying to undo any formation their parents might have tried to instill.

        • IRVCath

          And that’s why Newman Centers are so necessary. In fact, my undergrad often would have speakers in the community and even a few professors to come and prove to university students that in universities, there exist real examples of practicing Catholic role models. Also, there is a risk if we insulate them too long they will crumble when the first challenge comes after college.

          • Faithr

            Depends on the student. I am glad we have choices. I am glad there are Newman centers and glad there are good orthodox colleges as well. I have a homeschooled daughter (all the way through high school) and then she went to a good “insulated’ Catholic college. She’s now working in the public school system. Haven’t noticed any crumbling yet……

            • IRVCath

              Certainly – I’ve just heard on good authority one too many stories of students who went to TAC, or UD, or Steubenville (which are good schools, don’t get me wrong – I applied to some of them!) who once there was no-one watching them, broke under the strain of living in our pagan culture and even went to far as to abandon the Faith.

              Of course, the problem is that some parents, reacting to the very real threat of our pagan society, completely isolated their kids. This is an overreaction. We are called to not be of the world, sure, but we have to live in it.

              What matters most is good catechesis, and good faith life in the household, which is antithetical to merely walling ourselves off in our little Catholic bubbles, which some unfortunately do. That matters whether one ends up at Loyola, or UCLA, or Thomas Aquinas.

              • Faithr

                I am sure there are plenty of kids who left the faith in spite of Newman Centers on public college campuses. I know lots of kids who went to UD, Steubenville and Christendom and seem pretty solid in the real world. I do understand that there are some parents who overprotect their kids and maybe the kids aren’t mature enough to handle it, but do you think these same kids would be better meeting the real world when they are 18 instead of 21? Hardly. And frankly I think a lot of people in this day and age go through a rocky journey and then as they age come back to the faith. The thing about our faith is that it is very intellectually challenging and profound. Going to a university that is closer in philosophy to the great classical institutions that turned out such wonderful intellectuals in our past is a rich, rich gift to anyone who has the opportunity. I think the education itself has greater depth because of that.

                • IRVCath

                  Of course, it’s possible to get a good classical education even in a state college – it takes good course selection, for one (it can be done, even if your major is not the liberal arts!). But that sort of intellectual discipline and curiosity tempering each other starts early. We need to encourage our children to read and to explore the arts and humanities – not because it will show up on some state-mandated test (I’ve taken my share, and they’re not meant to ensure real reading than to ensure basic literacy), but for their own sake and the sake of truth that transcends mere numbers on a balance sheet. If we fail at that, fail at preparing a good climate for Catholic teaching commensurate with the level of education they aspire to, not even a Thomas Aquinas education will accomplish anything.

                  I know people who went to those institutions who are still going strong. I just hope the problems from before were mere growing pains.

                  Of course, the Faith may at some level be intellectually challenging, but we have to remember that it should not require a college education to belong to – literacy, perhaps, but our faith is as good for the pipe-fitter and the day laborer, as it is for an attorney or a JPL physicist.

              • Faithr

                But I do agree with you about good catechesis and a good family faith life being absolutely key. And I do think fear undermines things.

      • Paxton Reis

        I agree. Years ago I attended a Jesuit institution and frankly it was a big party school with little religious focus or direction. I transferred to a state school after two years and saved a lot of money of the family. In hindsight, I wish I did not attend that particular Jesuit school at all.

    • Abigail

      I have three kids at one of those small Catholic colleges. They’re learning to see the world as charged with God’s presence. They’re learning to see the latest ideological fad in the context of the whole history of Western thought. It would be worth the debt–but there’s very little debt because the official cost means almost nothing. There are huge scholarships available for decent students from moderate-income families. So, everyone, please! Don’t look at the tuition numbers and decide you can’t afford it. Apply, ask for financial aid, negotiate. You may be astounded at the real bottom line.

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