Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

  • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, NH

  • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, NH

  • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, NH

  • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, NH

  • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

    Warner, NH




Catholic Faculty


Catholic Students


On-campus students in single-sex dorms


Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts is a small, residential, Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1973, as part of the new wave of renewal in American Catholic higher education. Over the last seven years, the College has transformed its approach to student life, expanded its Great Books curriculum to include five majors and a fine-arts concentration, and enhanced its career and discernment programs for students.

The College’s curriculum includes four majors and integrates the study of the Great Books with the classical liberal arts and fine arts (including music, drama, iconography, drawing, and painting).  The study of theology and an eight-semester series of seminars in philosophy and humanities are at the center of the integrated curriculum. In their junior and senior years, students build on their core studies and take up majors in theology, philosophy, literature or history. Beginning with the incoming class of 2019, students will study in Rome, Krakow, and Norcia during the spring semester of their sophomore year and can choose to study in Oxford during the summer.

Through the College’s “Career Pathways Program,” Magdalen College researches and communicates internship opportunities, pre-professional programs, graduate school planning, and employment opportunities to its students and their families through a special website and electronic newsletter. The College also organizes a series of professional seminars for its students to help them develop the skills needed to find, keep, and advance in their first job after college. And the College also helps students understand employment in vocational terms and develop an integrated theology of work.

The College offers an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma following the completion of six semesters of theology and catechesis that cover the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as pivotal Church documents and key texts by the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Through this program, students are prepared to be effective communicators of the Faith in their homes, parishes, and communities.

The faculty and chaplain annually take the Oath of Fidelity, and theologians have received the mandatum.

Magdalen College rests on the 3,500-foot Mount Kearsarge in Warner, New Hampshire, a quaint town of 2,800 residents in the Lakes Region. But students are also just 90 minutes from Boston, with numerous educational, cultural, and social opportunities.

Students come from across the United States and other countries, and 100 percent are Catholic.  A significant number of the students have gone on to graduate study, and about 10 percent of the graduates have become priests or other religious.

Magdalen College is fully accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC).

The tuition is far below the typical private-college tuition in New Hampshire. Magdalen College strives to help families who need financial aid, through its academic, need-based, and service scholarships as well as its home school and Catholic high school awards.


Magdalen College’s liberal arts education is built upon the careful reading, study, and discussion of the Great Books of the West, covering key texts from ancient Greece, Rome, the Church Fathers, medieval authors, modernity, and post-modernity. In its eight-semester “Philosophy and Humanities” sequence—team taught by the full-time faculty of the college—literature, theology, philosophy, political philosophy, and the fine arts are deeply integrated. The college’s emphasis on and integration of the fine arts is unique.

Four majors are available: theology, literature, philosophy, and history, as well as a concentration in the fine arts (including music, iconography, drawing, painting, and drama).The core course of studies includes a four-year philosophy and humanities sequence of seminars, three years of theology leading to an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma, two years of Latin or Greek and additional courses in science, logic, geometry, writing, non-Western cultures, music, and art. Students complete a junior project based on their major and in their senior year complete comprehensive exams, with the option to write a senior thesis.

Freshmen take a writing course each semester in which they prepare essays based on Great Books. Classes include the oral presentation of those essays and practice in writing and editing.

In 1983, following the receipt of a Vatican rescript, the College began awarding an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma to students who complete the College’s six-semester theology and catechesis sequence with at least a 2.0 in each course and promise to teach the faith in accord with magisterial authority. For more than three decades, the College has developed its theology and catechetical program around the Catechism of the Catholic Church, other magisterial documents, the classics of theological and spiritual writing, and practical works in catechetics.

Students may elect to participate in the Honors Program, which was launched by former College President Dr. George Harne—who earned his musicology doctorate from Princeton—in his previous role as academic dean. With form and content similar to graduate seminars, the honors colloquia explore a variety of topics such as cinema, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” the classics of children’s literature, and ancient and modern tragedy and comedy. Honors students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete six honors colloquia and an honors thesis.

The college’s new “Career Pathways Program” provides students with opportunity to explore their vocations through internships and the spring-break “New York Experience.”  Since the inception of this program in 2015, students have participated in internships nationally, including New York, Boston, and beyond.


The “Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Chapel” is the center of campus spiritual life. The chaplain offers Mass and Confession six days per week (with Mass available at a local Carmelite monastery on Saturday morning), marking Holy Days and the liturgical seasons with special observances. No classes are held during Mass times. Students gather for Morning and Evening Prayer and sing Compline in their residences. The Traditional Latin Mass is offered once per week, and the Melkite Divine Liturgy is offered once per semester.

The spiritual lives of students are nourished through the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Solidarity of Mary, groups that meet bi-weekly for prayer, spiritual reading, and a home-cooked meal. There is also a discernment program led by the college’s chaplain. On important feast days such as the Immaculate Conception and the feast of St. John Paul II (the College’s patron), Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts closes its offices and celebrates both through the liturgy and with feasts, dances, and other cultural celebrations.

The Rosary is prayed daily in the Chapel or residence halls, and exposition and Adoration are offered twice a week. Both the men’s and women’s residences have chapels in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

The College places a special emphasis on reverence and beauty in campus liturgy, with a strong commitment to liturgical renewal.  Dr. Harne says it was the beauty of the liturgy that initiated his conversion to the Catholic Church, entering “through the door of the beautiful.” The student choir sings chant, motets, polyphony, and traditional hymns.

In 2011, Magdalen College announced that students would chant the Propers of the Mass in newly composed English settings. Dr. Harne explained: “The introit, offertory, and communion chants of the Graduale Romanum have largely disappeared from the celebration of Mass.  These chants have remained the ideal, being advocated in all magisterial documents concerning the liturgy in the past one hundred years, including those following the Second Vatican Council.  Restoring the singing of these chants to our celebration of the Mass is another step toward fulfilling [Pope Benedict’s] call for a reform of the reform.”

All Masses are celebrated ad orientem, facing East as was traditional for much of the Church’s history, and students kneel to receive the Eucharist. Mass is celebrated in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Additionally, the Tridentine Form of the Mass is offered each Sunday at a nearby parish, which is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.  A shuttle is available for students who wish to attend a Tridentine Mass on Sundays.

The College also provides retreats at the beginning of each academic year.  The 2018 retreat was led by Fr. Michael Gaitley.


Built with clapboard siding, brick, and shuttered windows, the residences are a “home away from home” for students enrolled at the College.  Both residences—St. Mary’s for the women and St. Joseph’s for the men—have a large living room, a chapel where Christ resides in the Blessed Sacrament, study areas, and laundry facilities. Each spacious bedroom accommodates several students with bunk beds, wardrobes, storage spaces, and a private bathroom.

Magdalen College’s policies are similar to other faithful Catholic colleges, allowing students independence while strongly encouraging moral development and growth in the virtues. The College’s student handbook is available online. Opposite-sex visitation is not permitted in the campus residences.

All students participate in the Campus Service Program by working in the library, serving in the administrative offices, or helping maintain campus facilities. All students also serve in the kitchen in some capacity. These programs help defray the cost of tuition and promote responsible stewardship of the campus buildings and grounds.


Students may choose from a variety of on-campus activities, and the College’s location in beautiful New Hampshire offers students access to Boston and the beauty of the Atlantic Coast.  The College recently announced a new partnership with a nearby skiing resort giving students access to free passes.

Rowing, skiing, hiking, running, and soccer are among the clubs and co-curricular activities available to athletically-minded students.

Through the College’s new “Arts of the Beautiful” program, students integrate courses in music, the visual arts, and aesthetics with participation in the robust cultural life available on campus and in New England, particularly in Boston, Concord, and Hanover.  Activities for those in this program include concerts, ballets, the theater, and museums.  Opportunities to study iconography, drawing, and painting are also offered.

On campus, the initiative of the students and the efforts of the student life staff combine to provide activities for students year-round. These include New England bonfires, plays, dances, special dinners, intramural sports, several film series, concerts, the pro-life club, the hiking club, the St. Joseph’s Confraternity, the Sodality of Mary, polyphony choir—which tours New England each December—a Knights of Columbus council, dance clubs, and the art club.

The St. Genesius Players, the College’s drama club, has performed works by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, as well as popular musicals.  In 2018, on the feast of Saint John Paul II, the college performed his play, The Jeweler’s Shop.

Members of the college choir sing at daily Mass, Sunday Mass, and on Feast Days. Smaller ensembles, such as the Polyphony Choir, and the chant schola, require an audition. The choirs of the College sing at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester and at various other venues, including the Shrine for Divine Mercy in Stockbridge on Divine Mercy Sunday.  In recent years, the Polyphony Choir has toured New England in the week following the fall semester.  The College made its fifth cd of sacred music in 2018.  Music also finds a prominent place around campus in a variety of settings, such as the Academic Convocation, parents’ weekend, coffee houses, visitor weekend, the annual Feast of Saint Nicholas celebration (following the “Lessons and Carols” service), and more.

Pro-life activities are another important component of student life, with well-over half the student body participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. and many participating in the New Hampshire March for Life.  Many students also participate in local pro-life activities, attending marches and vigils in Concord, and supporting the national “40 Days for Life.”  Four organizations on campus—Spes Vitae, the World Youth Alliance chapter, the Dignitas Scholars, and the Knights of Columbus—are all active in pro-life work in different ways.

Through the College’s new “Dignitas Scholars” program, students carry out the corporal works of mercy both locally and in the Dominican Republic.  These scholars are also pro-life leaders on campus and receive formation through the writings and spirituality of St. Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, and the Church’s magisterial teaching on the social doctrine of the Church.

Annual traditions include also include formal and swing dances, retreat weekends, the Fall Festival, the Spring Art Show, play productions, attending Boston Ballet performances, as well as canoeing, apple picking, and hiking trips.  Students also visit New York in the fall or spring and make an annual pilgrimage to Montreal.

The locale provides ample opportunities for outdoor and winter activities both on and off campus.

Bottom Line

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts offers an education of the whole person—both in and beyond the classroom. With joy, the College proudly proclaims its fidelity to the Church, its commitment to intellectual excellence, and its determination to prepare Catholic leaders who will fearlessly renew the culture for Christ.

Students attending Magdalen College find themselves in a small community that is serious about the liberal arts and the Catholic faith, finding expression in the beautiful and reverent liturgies and music.

Magdalen College offers students an idyllic setting and the opportunity to freely participate in a small community seeking to know the Truth, love the Faith, and transform the world.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association?


Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE,formerly NEASC), which is approved by the U.S Department of Education.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

Graduates from the College have gone on to over forty-five different graduate school programs, including most recently, Boston College, the Catholic University of America, and Oxford University. According to a recent alumni survey, 18% of graduates go into education, 12% into business, sales, or finance-related fields, and 10% enter the priesthood or religious lifeGraduates also go to law school and medical school, run for public officebecome journalistsIT professionals, and novelists.  Others become Church musicians and still others lead non-profits.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

In 2019, the American Council of Trustees and alumni awarded the college an “A” rating for its academic program. This places within a group of four Catholic institutions in the country.

The renewal of the Catholic Great Books curriculum at the College in 2010 has received attention both regionally and nationally and in 2015 the college’s Great Books program was recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.  For the last four years, from 2015 to 2018, members of the faculty of the college were invited by the journal “First Things” to develop and lead Great Books seminars in New York City for professionals from around the country.  The Napa Institute has done the same for its programs in California and New York. 

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?


The oath of fidelity to to faithfully teach the truth according to the Church is taken yearly before the Bishop. Faculty swear to avoid leading students into errors as regards the faith and to be active in guiding them safely through difficult topics and ideas that challenge the truth of the faith.  The curriculum itself is geared to the truth during our reading of the classic books of the western tradition.

Library materials: Criteria for Selection

Preference is given to those materials, both print and nonprint, which are appropriate to college libraries of liberal arts institutions.  Criteria to be considered in determining the value of materials to the collection are:

  1. Importance of subject matter/author to the curriculum
  2. Relevancy in content and academic level
  3. Authority of author, contributors, or editors
  4. Current holdings in related materials in the collection
  5. Changes in the curriculum

Particular criteria regarding periodical subscriptions:

  1. Accessibility through indexing or abstracting in the appropriate scholarly sources
  2. Requests for articles from particular journals via interlibrary loan
  3. Availability in electronic format

Responsibility for Selection of Materials

The Library Director communicates regularly with the Academic Dean and Faculty regarding the purchase of monographs and reference materials, periodicals, standing orders, and media.  The library’s Criteria for Selection is used as a guide for all library acquisitions.

Allocation of Funds

The library apportions funds to monographs and reference books, subscriptions in both print and electronic format, and audiovisual materials.  The library budget takes into account the costs of interlibrary loans and preservation of library materials.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

The Program of Studies at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts offers a path to joy that can only be found through knowing in its most complete sense.  Aristotle, in recognizing that “all men desire to know,” discerned something in human nature that comes from the created image of God rendered at the deepest core of every human being, something that is universal.

This desire is not for facts or for information, but a desire for wisdom, an encounter with the real, the permanent things, the reality that constitutes both the realms of becoming as well as those of being. This includes things that are the fruit of the intellect and the imagination, of human action and human making, and the things that elude us at the horizon of transcendence where reason and faith meet as wings to lift us ever higher. This desire to know is a gift, one that summons students and teachers to an active engagement in the journey and the joyful gift of ourselves to others.  These in turn become manifest in a desire for communion in knowing, one in which students, teachers, and the authors from each generation of human culture participate in a dialogue ordered to the highest Wisdom.  We know that Mary is called the “Seat of Wisdom” and here any distinction between the secular and the sacred melts into a unified call to transcendence, a call to conversion that leads us from Plato’s cave, guiding us toward the Good, toward the Wisdom that is the author of all Being. As Pope Saint John Paul II recognized, if we are to encounter and receive wisdom, we must give primacy to enquiry, and the animating principles of our enquiry must be the perennial questions, the fundamental questions about life’s meaning.  But we are not relativists or skeptics:  with great humility and with the recognition that the fullness of knowledge will always elude us, we insist—against the powers of this age—that we can know.

These three things—the primacy of enquiry embodied in the perennial questions, the classic books and greatest artifacts of culture read as a three-millennia conversation, and the belief that truth can be found—form the animating soul of our Program of Studies.

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

We read closely both the book of nature and the book of revelation, not in opposition to one another but as complementary sources of truth. We undertake a sustained philosophical inquiry using faith and reason (fides et ratio), what Pope John Paul II called the “two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth,” taking up and pursuing unrelentingly the perennial and sapiential questions such as “Who am I?,” “What does it mean to be human?,” “What is the good life?,” and “How should we order our lives together?”

Observing the relationships that structure reality, the unity of truth, and the nature of things, we seek to build a foundation for the good life properly constituted by and ordered toward the good, the true, and the beautiful.

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts offers a liberal education for greatness.  This may be a public greatness that human history will mark within its records or the quiet, hidden greatness that sustains families, societies, and the world, just beyond the vision of others.  This greatness gives form to a life transformed, one in which students find true freedom, joy, and the wisdom that transcends our age.

Through its deep integration of liberal education and the Catholic faith within a joyful community, Magdalen College offers students the opportunity to pursue wisdom in a spirit of friendship, animated by a communion of faith, bringing the intellect and imagination to their full realization.  Our community is unlike any other.

At Magdalen College we educate our students not only for the lives they will live immediately following graduation, but also for the lives they will live two decades later.  When our graduates step into the leadership of public, private, and ecclesial institutions, or lead quietly in the private spheres of life, they will be taking up the reins that will shape and sustain society and the Church through the next generations.

It is for these high and heroic callings that we educate.

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

Building on the foundation established by the college’s founding Dean, Dr. George Stanciuthe College renewed its Catholic Great Books Program in 2010 by integrating a wider range of authors into the conversation spanning from Homer to Pope Benedict XVI.  Complementing its Great Books Program with the study of theology, and the fine arts, the renewed curriculum has set standard for Catholic Great Books education in the 21st century. 

The addition of majors in Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Theology, and the Great Books in 2015—with a fine artsconcentration added in 2017sets this prograapart among the greatbooks colleges.  These developments are further complemented by the Junior Project and Senior Thesis. 

In 2018, the college’s Philosophy and Humanities Sequence and Writing Workshop underwent further developments, drawing inspiration from earlier work done by two of its faculty members, Dr. Peter Sampo—the college’s founding president—and Dr. Mary Mumbach (as well as the latters teacher, Dr. Louise Cowan.)  These included the addition of new texts to the sequencethe integration of the Humanities across the college within a single cycle, and an accent on literature.  These respected tutors also inspired the creation of a study abroad program in Rome in the sophomore year, whichincorporating the college’s other traditionsalso includes study in Krakow and Norcia.  The “Writing Workshop” was also expanded from two to four semesters and Greek was added to the Program of Studies.  

Dialogue exists at the heart of the college, within its DNA.  Through close reading, lively presentation, and disciplined discussion, students strive to perfect their intellect and imagination while clarifying the principles that structure all of reality.   

Taking the complementarity of Faith and Reason as their starting point, students and teachers order their learning to human flourishing in this life and to the beatific vision in the next 

Together, all the members of the collegiate community “seek wisdom.” 

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?


Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?


Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?


How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

Full- and part-time faculty have a special obligation to understand the mission of Magdalen College and to appreciate its unique objectives and philosophy — particularly its identity as a Catholic college and its mission to provide a superior liberal arts education from the point of view of Catholic commitment. Catholic members of the faculty, as a public indication of their fidelity, take the Oath of Fidelity at the Academic Mass at the beginning of each academic year.

As an expression of the college’s Catholic identity and the integration of our intellectual and spiritual lives, professors begin and end each class with a prayer.

Professors are also expected to teach the sequence of readings in the Program of Studies as this sequence is presented in the current Catalog.  Any variation from this sequence must be approved by the Instruction Committee.

All members of the faculty are encouraged to dine regularly with students and, if possible, participate in the liturgical life of the College and in other highlights of the year, e.g., the St. Nicholas Advent Feast and the Easter Vigil Feast.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)


Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?


Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Please identify key undergraduate faculty who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Dr. Anthony Esolen is a nationally renowned scholar and translator of literature—including works of Dante, Lucretius, and Tasso—as well as a prolific essayist, poet, and author of works on contemporary matters.  Dr. Esolen is invited speaker nationally.

Brian FitzGerald is a scholar of medieval history whose first book, Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages: Prophets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Mary Mumbach is an expert on Shakespeare, Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.  In 2011 she was awarded the Russell Kirk Paideia Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Erik van Versendaal is a scholar of classical and Thomistic metaphysics, the exchange between faith and reason, and the Catholic philosophical engagement with German Idealism and phenomenology. He received his doctorate from the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America with a dissertation on the philosopher Ferdinand Ulrich.

Dr. Eric Buck, the College’s interim president, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, and has expertise in the fields of modern philosophy, Asian philosophy and religion, and social-political philosophy.

Additional Faculty information, clarification or description (optional):

All of our Catholic faculty take the Oath of Fidelity in the presence of the bishop at the beginning of each academic year at the Academic Mass of the Holy Spirit.  All hiring is carried out according to the principles outlined in Blessed John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Yes. In the College’s Great Books Program, each student takes at least six semesters of theology that cover all of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other key magisterial and theological documents.  Students may also earn a major in Theology that requires an additional eight courses of theology.  Theological works ranging from Scripture and writings of the Church Fathers through the encyclicals of Pope Benedict are also included in our Philosophy and Humanities courses.

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?


Do all faculty in the theological disciplines have a mandatum according to the procedures established by the local bishop or other competent ecclesiastical authority?


Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law?


Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology?


Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Theology 101:   Prayer and the Sacraments

Theology 102:  The Creed

Theology 201:  Sacred Scripture I

Theology 202:  Sacred Scripture II

Theology 301:  Life in Christ (Moral Theology)

Theology 302:  The Theology of Love

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

Our unique six-semester theology sequence required of all students aims to ensure that our students develop a complete grasp of the Deposit of Faith. This is done through the careful study of magisterial documents, classical theological texts, and Sacred Scripture. To these works are added more recent theological studies (such as encyclicals and writings of Benedict XVI) which conduct their work in a hermeneutic of continuity. Through our theology sequence, our graduates are then prepared to pass the fullness of the faith on to others in their families, parishes, and communities.

Additional Theology information, clarification or description (optional):

Undergraduates who complete the Theology sequence with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and promise to teach the faith in accord with magisterial authority, qualify to receive an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

Fall Semester Freshman Year:  Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Ancient World I, Freshman Seminar I: “The Nature of Man,” Writing Workshop I, Latin or Greek I, Euclidean Geometry Choir

Spring Semester Freshman Year: Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Ancient World II, Theology: Prayer and the Sacraments, Freshman Seminar II: “The Nature of Man”, Writing Workshop II, Latin or Greek II, Choir

Fall Semester Sophomore Year: Theology: Sacred Scripture I, Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Greece, Rome & the Birth of Christianity, Latin or Greek III, Choir

Spring Semester Sophomore Year (in Rome, Krakow, and Norcia):  Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Middle Ages, Theology: Sacred Scripture II, Intermediate Latin or Greek IV, Astronomy, Art & Architecture of Rome

Fall Semester Junior Year:  Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Renaissance, Reformation, & Catholic Renewal, Theology: The Creed, Astronomy, Choir, Junior Project, major courses in Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or History

Spring Semester Junior Year:  Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Dialectics of Enlightenment, Theology: Life in Christ (Moral Theology), Physics, Choir, major courses in Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or History

Fall Semester Senior Year: Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Late Modernity & Postmodernity I, Theology: The Theology of Love, Biology I, Choir, major courses in Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or History

Spring Semester Senior Year: Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Late Modernity & Postmodernity II, Biology II, Comparative Cultures, major courses in Politics, Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or History, Comprehensive Exams, Senior Thesis or Portfolio

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

In the Junior and Senior years, each student takes a series of major courses.  They may choose from courses arranged according to the five majors:  Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Literature, and the Great Books: 


The Gospels 

Patristic Theology 

Medieval Theology and Philosophy 

Medieval Law, Political Theory, and Ecclesiology 

Ascetic Theology 

Nineteenth & Twentieth-Century Theology 


Saints in Art & Icons 




Modern & Contemporary Philosophy 

Philosophy of Law 

Moral Philosophy 

Philosophy of Religion 

Philosophy of Art 

Bioethics and Life Issues 

Medieval Theology and Philosophy 

Philosophy of History 



Southern Literature 

The Russian Novel 


Literary Criticism 

The English Poetic Tradition 


Governments of Western Europe 

International Relations 

Modern Ideologies 

State and Local Government 

Medieval Law, Political Theory, and Ecclesiology 

Philosophy of History 

Political Economy 


Great Books majors select eight of the courses above. 

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

129 credits, 88% from the core

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?


If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

All students take at least six semesters of theology that are devoted to the basic Deposit of Faith and Sacred Scripture.  These courses are based upon the Biblegreat works of theology, the Catechism of the Catholic Churchand other magisterial documents.  Students may also concentrate in Theology, continuing their studies with courses that are in harmony with the mind of the Church. 

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?


Additional Core Curriculum information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s Great Books curriculum reflects a deep integration of the humanities, the traditional liberal arts, the fine arts, and classic disciplines of literature, philosophy, political philosophy, and theology beginning with the origins of Western civilization and continuing through the present. It represents the integration of Faith and Reason, the cultivation of the poetic imagination, and attention to the traditionaltriviumandquadriviumordered to the pursuit of wisdom.  The sequence of readings and descriptions of each of these courses are available on the College’s website.

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Students may choose to major in Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Literature, or the Great Books. Students may also earn a concentration in Fine Arts in addition to one of these majors. 

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Literature: 30%

Philosophy: 30%

Theology: 30%

Great Books and Politics: 10% [Both are being replaced by History for future classes]

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study?


Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines?


If yes, please describe:

The College regularly hosts academic speakers on topics that pertain to theology, liturgy, or the spiritual life.  The College’s integrated vision of the intellectual and spiritual life encourages speakers on other topics to treat their subjects—even when they are not specifically theological—against the background of a fully integrated Faith and Reason. A list of recent lectures is available on the college’s website.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research and other academic activities?


If yes, please describe:

Our faculty teach in a highly integrated and coherent curriculum which requires that they cooperate and collaborate across disciplines to assist students in their pursuit of wisdom. They affirm the unity of Faith and Reason and a common Catholic understanding of the human person.  This cooperation is fostered through regular conversations and colloquia among the faculty: an annual faculty seminar at the beginning of the year devoted to a topic in liberal arts education; regular meetings for all those teaching in the core team-taught Philosophy and Humanities sequence, meetings devoted to discussing the books in the curriculum.

Additional Programs of Study information, clarification or description:

In 2010, the College undertook a thorough renewal of its Great Books curriculum, seeking to create the strongest Catholic Great Books Program in the nation. A further integration across the college took place in 2018, one that would allow the full-time faculty to teach in the unified Humanities sequence.

The faculty meet regularly to consider a variety of matters, including the integration of Faith and Reason within courses and the nature of Catholic liberal education.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students

The priest chaplain is resident on campus six days per week.

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

Father Roger Boucher, retired priest of the Diocese of Wrocester, MA, retired Navy Chaplain, former campus minister as Clark University and the Navy Intelligence campus in Pensacola, FL.    Studied at Holy Apostles Seminary, MA (Philosophy); St. Paul’s College, Washington, DC, MA (Theology); additional study at University of Notre Dame (History of Religions) and Baylor University (Church and State Relations).

In addition, Father John Brancich, FSSP, Pastor of St. Stanislaus Church, Nashua, NH.  Provides retreats, spiritual direction and Solemn High Masses on campus.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?


Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.


Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?

Yes. Six days per week on campus and Saturdays at the local Carmelite Monastery.

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 


Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?


On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?


Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

Yes. Extraordinary Form is provided weekly as a Missa Cantata, and especially on first Fridays as a five-server team with incense and fully sung by the student population.

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?

Yes, and it includes a Byzantine Liturgy once per term.

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Mo 11:30 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

Tu 11:30 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

We 11:30 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

Th 11:30 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

Fr 11:30 a.m., Extraordinary Form Latin, High Mass (Missa Cantata)

Sa 9:00 a.m., Ordinary Form English, hymns (at a local Carmelite monastery)

Su 10 am., Ordinary Form English, chant, traditional hymns, and polyphony

Mass is normally celebrated ad orientem.  Communion is normally received kneeling and on the tongue.

Holy Week liturgies are celebrated on campus with great splendor, beauty and reverence, including chant and polyphony. At least once per semester our chaplain celebrates Mass according to the Melkite Rite.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?


List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Mo 11:00 a.m.

Tu 11:00 a.m. and 7-8 pm

We 11:00 a.m.

Th 11:00 a.m.

Fr 11:00 a.m.

Sa 8:15 a.m.

Su 8-8:45 pm

Other: Confession and spiritual direction are also available by appointment

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?

Yes, with the addition of Compline and Benediction at the close of the hour.

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Adoration is available and encouraged throughout the year.  Days and times vary each semester but is offered at least twice per week, including on Sunday when it concludes with sung Compline and Benediction.  Adoration is further encouraged through the main chapel’s central location on campus and the two chapels in the residences in which the Blessed Sacrament is reposed. 

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

The Rosary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer are prayed in the College chapel daily.  Night Prayer (Compline) is sung in the residence chapels nightly.  The Angelus and St. Michael Prayer are prayed following Mass each day as appropriate.  Novenas are prayed informally throughout the year. The College chaplain also provides the opportunity for the veneration of relics on special feasts.  Each class begins and ends with prayer.  The Stations of the Cross and Advent prayers are also part of community life. Through the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Sodality of Mary, students participate in special devotions andLectio Divina. 

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?


Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

At Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, each student is encouraged to carefully discern his or her vocation over the course of four years. The entire spiritual life of the college functions as an integrated discernment program for all students. Key features include:

A weekly formal meeting called ‘The Discernment Group’ for young men meets at the Chaplain’s rectory for prayer and discussion of books on vocations to the secular and religious priesthoods.

A vibrant liturgical life that includes Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline.

A liturgical life that accents beauty, reverence, and the transcendent through sacred music, visual beauty, ad orientem celebration of the Mass, and kneeling to receive communion.

Experience of the liturgy in its Ordinary, Extraordinary, and Byzantine Melkite forms.

Six-semesters of academic theology that is faithful to magisterial teaching and that covers the established deposit of faith and sacred scripture.

Spiritual formation and retreats.

A close-knit community life centered on faith and the Eucharist.

Regular Adoration and Benediction.

A lively Marian piety within the student culture, expressed through regular Marian consecration, walking rosaries, and more.

A strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  (The college was consecrated to the Sacred Heart in 2011.)

The opportunity to major in philosophy or theology.

Opportunities to develop a “sacramental imagination” through the college’s Humanities sequence and its “Arts of the Beautiful” program.

Frequent opportunities for spiritual direction and guidance with a variety of priests.

Retreats and days of recollection.

A residential life conducive to discernment, including chapels in each residence in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and single-sex residences without inter-visitation.

Many opportunities for service through the corporal works of mercy and pro-life activities, particularly through Spes Vitae (our pro-life club), the Dignitas Scholars, and the state and national March for Life.

A campus-wide, common-sense approach to digital and other media.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?


Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes. In its forty-year history, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.  We believe this has been the fruit of the College’s integrated program of liberal arts and Great Books that includes eight semesters of the Theology.   This is also the result of the common student life that unfolds throughout the year according to the rhythms of the liturgical year and that places the sacraments at the center of its existence.  The College also offers special financial arrangements for students considering the priesthood or religious life through which the college can assume outstanding student loans for those who are ordained or take final vows. 

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)

Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s resident chaplain has several decades of pastoral experience. In addition to his liturgical duties, he also teaches in the theology sequence, provides spiritual direction, devotes himself to maintaining a strong Catholic culture at the College, frequently dines with students, offers retreats, assists in selecting speakers, and occasionally leads students off campus for pilgrimages and other events.  A second priest teaches in the theology sequence and celebrates Mass.  The students also receive spiritual formation from Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC and other Marian priests through the college’s partnership with the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.  The college also has a close relationship with the FSSP parish, St. Stanislaus, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where students frequently sing and serve.

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

Students normally reside on campus in one of the single-sex residences. 

What percentage of students reside in housing offered by your institution?

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?


Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (please put an “X” in front of any that apply):

X All students
Any Student who wishes
No students
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
Only freshmen

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?


When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?


Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)


How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

We have a “dry campus.” At the College, sobriety is the cultural norm that is expected and maintained on campus.  If such a problem does arise, the situation is immediately addressed.

  1. Magdalen College of Liberal Arts is a dry campus and therefore offers alcohol free options at each event on campus. At the beginning of each academic year faculty and staff are educated about behavioral indicators, student norms, and cultural attitudes related to high-risk or illegal alcohol and illicit drug use. Magdalen College encourages its faculty to engage in a higher level of contact with students by inviting the faculty to evening events and meals with the students. Exams and projects increasingly require class attendance and academic responsibility, especially because core classes are offered on Thursdays and Fridays. Alcohol is only available during special occasions with the permission of the president. On these occasions when alcohol is offered, ID checks are enforced. Alcohol advertising and promotion on campus as well as any alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited.
  2. “The Alcohol and Other Drug prevention program created and administered by Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts receives its inspiration and focus from various sources, not the least of which is the institution’s intention to provide the highest quality Catholic liberal arts education possible. The College believes that the best environment for learning is one in which mutual trust and respect is given to each person and friendship which really seeks the good of the other is nurtured and encouraged in tangible ways.  As such our AOD prevention goals are to (1) Articulate and consistently enforce clear policies that promote an educational environment free from substance use/abuse.  (2) Provide ongoing education for members of the campus community for the purpose of preventing alcohol abuse. (3) Provide a reasonable level of care for substance abusers through counseling, treatment, and referral. (4) Implement campus activities that promote and reinforce health, responsible living, respect for community and campus standards, individual responsibility on the campus, and intellectual well-being of the members.”

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

The College cultivates an ethos animated by a joyful acceptance of the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and its context within a Catholic philosophical anthropology. The challenges faced by young people are addressed in a commonsense and positive way: personal affirmation of human dignity and beauty,  single-sex residences, and the absence of inter-visitation within the residences. Through the Sodality of Mary and the Confraternity of Saint Joseph, as well as through other means, the College addresses questions of modesty and virtue. 

How does your institution foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

A chapel containing the Blessed Sacrament is at the center of each residence.  Daily Rosary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer are scheduled in the campus chapel but also occasionally take place in the residences. Compline takes place in the both residences each evening. There is a shrine to St. Joseph near the men’s residence and a shrine to Our Lady near the women’s residence. Through a student-led group, “Orantes,” students explore the rich tradition of prayer and receive encouragement to cultivate deep personal prayer lives. 

Additional Residence Life information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s student life staff includes a Dean of Students (supervising all of student life)a Dean of Men and Dean of Women, and residence assistants in each residence.  Social, educational, and spiritual events are scheduled for students throughout the year. 

The Student Handbook is available on the College’s website. The student life policies of the College were thoroughly updated in 2010 and are consistent with other Newman Guide schools. 

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

foster spiritual development:

The college has a close relationship with the FSSP parish, St. Stanislaus, in Nashua New Hampshire.  Students frequently sing and serve at this parish and its pastor offered the retreat for the college in the fall of 2017.   

The Confraternity of Saint Joseph.  This confraternity meets bi-weekly for a common meal and spiritual reading and discussion.  The Confraternity requires its members to follow a common rule of life that is ordered to study, prayer, the sacraments, and sanctification.  Members of the Confraternity also cultivate a devotion to St. Joseph. 

In the 2012-2013 academic year the Sodality of Mary was established. In the Sodality of Mary, young women from the College gather bi-weekly for a time of food, prayer, fellowship, and mutual encouragement.  Each gathering begins with prayer (often including lectio divina) and is followed by discussions of topics that affect Catholic women at the beginning of the twenty-first century. 

In the academic year 2011-2012, the young men of the College organized a new Knights of Columbus council that includes students, faculty, and staff. It has won the national ‘Sar Council’ designation the last three years, and this year were awarded the ‘Faith Program Award’ for promoting prayer on campus.

Students and the student life staff also organize special reading groups, Bible studies, Marian Consecration, and other spiritual activities. 

engage in corporal works of mercy:

In 2015, the College’s president and five students spent seven days working in the Dominican Republic at a children’s home through Nuestros Pequenos Hermaños.  This was the beginning of the “Dignitas Scholars” program that unites a pro-life witness to the corporal works of mercy (both locally and in the Dominican Republic) in the spirit of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Since then students have returned to the Dominican Republic but also served in Guatemala 

Students also gather food once per month from the community through our monthly fish fries.  These canned goods are given to the local food bank. 

Each year, students participate in a clothing drive.

The college hosts speakers that discuss topics related to the corporal works of mercy.

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

The College—including students, the president, and other staff—gives a public witness to the culture of life by participating in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. The primary pro-life club, “Spes Vitae,”one of four organizations on campus that devote themselves to pro-life activitiesis also active throughout the year.

address issues of social concern:

In addition to engagement in pro-life activities, students also serve the community in a variety of ways as the opportunity arises, including visits to a local retirement community, service to the local food pantrycollaboration with Catholic Charities, and support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

address particular academic interests:

The College hosts an Academic Speaker Series and encourages special discussion groups devoted to academic topics and interests. 

Students have recently been awarded fellowships with the Ropke-Wotyla Fellowship, John Jay Institute and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

In 2020 an Inklings-style Writing and Presentation club began for the presentation of student academic works.

address particular cultural interests:

Students have participated in a conference at Princeton University on “Love and Fidelity”  As well as in the “Emerging Leaders Conference” in New York City, hosted by the World Youth Alliance.  (These trips provide students with access to the cultural treasures of New York.)  WYA also welcomes applications for international internships from Magdalen College’s students. 

Beginning in 2018, the college has also introduced students to New York through the Career Pathway’s “New York Experience,” through which students meet Catholic leaders in the city and experience its cultural riches.   

The College welcomes cultural speakers to campus, plans trips to Boston and greater New England art galleries and concerts.  It also organizes a film-series and there is an active drama club, the St. Genesius Players. 

Students of the college also host an art exhibit each spring and there is an active art club on campus. 

Through the college’s “Arts of the Beautiful Program,” students have the opportunity to enjoy concerts, plays, galleries, films, and other cultural treasures in New England.  Through this program, students also have the opportunity to study directly with practicing artists who visit campus. 

With the gift a large greenhouse, the Five Saints Gardening Club began to plant and harvest food for serving in the kitchen.

Two clubs on students’ favorite writers—G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien meet to read and discuss their works.

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

The college encourages an integrated approach to human flourishing—one consistent with a Catholic understanding of the incarnation as well as the Greek model of education—that cares for the mind, body, and spirit.  For this reason, students have ample opportunities to play on various teams (see below) and experience the beautiful New England outdoors through skiing and hiking. 

Rowing, which not only provides a great way to stay physically strong within a beautiful New England setting (Sunapee Lake), it also provides an icon for the college’s motto, “Set out into the Deep.”  Rowing represents both the spiritual daring to which Christ called his apostles—and calls us today—but also symbolizes the daring required to become truly educated, to become free from the chains of ideology and false opinion.

Hiking, soccer, basketball, dance, and volleyball are also available through student clubs and co-curricular activities.

Students also regularly enjoy winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating during the winter months. 

All students receive free ski passes through a local ski resort. 

Students also enjoy the benefits of a full gymnasium and exercise rooms in the residence halls.

please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

The College has an active student government in the form of the “Student Activities Board,” and the “President’s Advisory Council.”

The students produce a yearbook each year.

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?


How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

All clubs and activities on campus must have a faculty or staff advisor whose responsibilities include making sure that all of the club activities are in agreement with traditions and magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?


How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

Neither residence hall has wifi access.  Such access is only available in the multi-purpose main building.  In addition, all networks have gatekeeper software on them, allowing us to block the intrusion of or access to obscene material.

Additional Student Activities information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s student handbook is available online.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic?


Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?


Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?


What is your institution’s mission statement:

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts calls her students to a transformative liberal education of the whole person.  This education is ordered to human flourishing and communion, animated by the perennial questions, given shape by the classic books, and nourished by a vibrant liturgical and sacramental culture.  Joyfully Catholic in this ascent toward true freedom and a vision of the Good, Magdalen College calls all within her community to enter the great conversation of authors seeking wisdom that has unfolded across the ages, cultivating a life of virtue, poetic imagination, service, and life-giving fidelity.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)


Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts welcomes speakers to the college that will enable us to grow as a collegiate community.  Though the college welcomes the opportunity to pursue the truth in dialogue with those with whom we may disagree, the college will not—in accordance with the directives of the document “Catholics in Political Life,” issued by the USCCB–honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles or provide platforms that suggest support for their actions.

Additional Institutional Identity information, clarification or description (optional):

The College seeks to guard and strengthen its Catholic identity at every level and in every sphere of its activity.  Inside the classroom, Faith and Reason are integrated.  Outside the classroom, the teachings of the faith guide students, faculty, and staff in their conduct.  The authentic, traditional Catholic identity of the College is non-negotiable.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 84

Male: 46%  Female: 54%

Catholic: 100%  Other Christian: %
Jewish: %  Muslim: %  Other: %

Number of states represented: 20
Top three states, Freshman class: New Hampshire, California, New York
Students from top three states: n/a

Freshman Class:

Catholic HS: 29% Homeschool: 51%
Private HS: 10% Public HS:  10%

Most up-to-date information as of 09/2/20

Additional Student Body information, clarification or description  (optional):

One of the strengths of the College is the closeness of the student body.  Through a variety of means, the College seeks to promote a common life conducive to intellectual and moral flourishing and that promotes social and spiritual maturity.  Graduates consistently report that the closeness of the student community is one of the most important parts of their undergraduate experience.

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Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution?


Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?

Yes, all are practicing Catholics, and must be.

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?


Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?


The president is required by our bylaws to be Catholic. 

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?


Additional Leadership information, clarification or description (optional):

All members of the board and president must be faithful and practicing Catholics.  Virtually all of the College’s senior staff are faithful Catholics.

A Message from the President

Dear Prospective Students and Parents,

When Christ set out to make disciples and change the world, he was exceedingly wise in his approach. He spent several years forming a small group of students in the context of a shared life and then sent them out as witnesses to the truth in all corners of creation. Jesus knew something about the most potent way to achieve formation.

Magdalen College takes the example of our Lord seriously, as our goal is a similar kind of formation—indeed, transformation—of the whole person. We call students to share in an intellectual, spiritual, and social fellowship that equips them to pursue their callings and careers and, ultimately, to share in the life of the Triune God.

This formative fellowship looks like:

  • Taking part in seminar discussions with faculty like Anthony Esolen,
  • Engaging in a “Perfect A”-rated curriculum (awarded by ACTA), consisting of great, primary source texts rather than modern textbooks,
  • Exploring a particular field of interest in depth through one of four majors,
  • Sharing dinner with the President and his family on a regular basis,
  • Celebrating reverent liturgies, including the Novus Ordo, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Melkite Divine Liturgy (Eastern Rite),
  • Singing beautiful sacred music together with peers in the Student Choir,
  • Exploring breathtaking New Hampshire, from rowing with the crew team on Lake Sunapee, hiking our mountain home: Mt. Kearsarge, or skiing for free at a nearby resort,
  • Participating in some of our many student-led clubs, covering various sports, Irish dance, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, St. Genesius Players (drama), Spes Vitae (pro-life club), the Knights of Columbus council, and much more.

Might the Lord be calling you to this sort of deep formation in the context of a personal, close-knit fellowship? If so, we invite you to come visit Magdalen College in the beautiful mountains of New England. The experience could very well change you…and the world!

In Christ,

Dr. Ryan Messmore

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