Recognized Colleges

Choosing a Catholic college

The Cardinal Newman Society recognizes colleges for their commitment to a faithful Catholic education. No secular education is a complete education, and today much of secular education is opposed to Catholic belief and morality. On the other hand, sadly much of Catholic higher education has been compromised by ideology, infidelity, and scandal, and so we cannot recommend any college that is not listed below.

Our reviews are based on extensive research and dialogue with Catholic educators and families and are based on what the Church expects of Catholic colleges. Ultimately, however, The Newman Guide represents The Cardinal Newman Society’s subjective analysis and suggestions for Catholic families.

The bottom line

No college is perfect and no college is right for every student, but at least one of the colleges listed below is likely a good fit for your needs.

Parents and students should look closely at each college and, most importantly, make a campus visit, overnight if possible. We pray that you successfully find the college that is the best fit for you!

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Colleges Recognized for Strong Catholic Identity in The Newman Guide

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   Aquinas College (non-residential)

    Nashville, Tenn.

Ave Maria University

   Ave Maria University

    Ave Maria, Fla.

   Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, N.C.

Benedictine College

   Benedictine College

    Atchison, Kan.

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   Campion College (international)

    Toongabbie East, NSW

   Catholic Distance University (online only)

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   The Catholic University of America

    Washington, D.C.

   Christendom College

    Front Royal, Va.

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  Franciscan University of Steubenville

   Steubenville, Ohio

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   Holy Apostles College and Seminary (non-residential, online)

    Cromwell, Conn., and Online

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   International Theological Institute (international)

    Trumau, Austria

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   John Paul the Great Catholic University

    Escondido, Calif.

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   Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, N.H.

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   Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (international)

    Barry’s Bay, Ontario

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   Thomas Aquinas College

    Santa Paula, Calif., and Northfield, Mass.

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   The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    Merrimack, N.H.

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   University of Dallas

    Irving, Tex.

   University of Mary

    Bismarck, N.D.

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   University of Navarra (international)

    Pamplona, Spain

   University of St. Thomas Houston

    Houston, TX

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   Walsh University

    North Canton, Ohio

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   Wyoming Catholic College

    Lander, Wyo.

Catholic Identity Special Recognition Categories

  • GOLD: Catholic Trustees

    100% of trustees are Catholic.

  • GOLD: Profession of Faith

    All Catholic faculty and president make the Profession of Faith at least once upon hiring, and all theology faculty have the mandatum.

  • GOLD: Theology and Philosophy

    At least 24 credits of study in Catholic theology and philosophy required for all undergraduates.

  • GOLD: Honors and Speakers

    Has policy prohibiting honors and speaking invitations to those who publicly oppose Catholic moral teaching and ensures that speakers do not call into question Catholic moral teaching.

  • GOLD: Spiritual Life

    Mass is offered every day on campus and there are scheduled opportunities at least three times/week for Confession & Adoration.

  • GOLD: Student Residences

    Student residences are single sex, and there is never opposite sex visitation in student residences.

  • GOLD: Catholic Faculty

    100% of faculty is Catholic.

  • GOLD: Catholic Students

    At least 95% of students are Catholic.

  • SILVER: Catholic Trustees

    At least 85% of trustees are Catholic.

  • SILVER: Profession of Faith

    President makes the Profession of Faith at least once upon hiring, and all theology faculty have the mandatum.

  • SILVER: Theology and Philosophy

    At least 15 credits of study in Catholic theology and philosophy required for all undergraduates.

  • SILVER: Honors and Speakers

    Has policy prohibiting honors to those who publicly oppose Catholic moral teaching.

  • SILVER: Spiritual Life

    Mass offered most days each week on campus and there are scheduled opportunities each week for Confession & Adoration.

  • SILVER: Student Residences

    Student residences are single sex, and doors must remain open during limited opposite sex visitation in student residences.

  • SILVER: Catholic Faculty

    At least 85% of faculty is Catholic.

  • SILVER: Catholic Students

    At least 80% of students are Catholic.