The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts was founded in 1978 by Catholic scholars in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Situated on a colonial-era farm, the College strives to preserve traditional Catholic higher education and the canon of Western civilization.
Thomas More offers one liberal arts degree with an integrated, four-year core curriculum including a very impressive seven Catholic theology courses and five philosophy courses. Also distinctive are the courses in both Latin and Greek and the College’s “Catholic guilds,” in which students study sacred art, sacred music, folk music, woodworking, and gardening with the guidance of master craftsmen. All sophomores study in Rome for one semester, residing at a villa with Maronite monks just five miles from the Vatican.
All professors are Catholic, take the Oath of Fidelity, and make the Catholic Profession of Faith, and all theology professors have a mandatum from the local bishop. Nearly all students are Catholic. Classes are scheduled around daily Masses, including Extraordinary Form once a week. There are frequent Confession opportunities, nightly recitation of the Rosary, and chanted morning and evening prayer.
All student residence halls are appropriately single-sex with no opposite-sex visitation to private rooms, and there is a nighttime curfew. Campus activities include dances, concerts, and intramural sports, and students are just 45 minutes from Boston or an hour from hiking in the White Mountains.
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has one of the lowest net prices among colleges recognized in The Newman Guide. For students seeking a faithfully Catholic and enriching intellectual formation in a small-campus environment, Thomas More is a great option.
What we really like:
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has deservedly received high rankings for its educational quality, while providing that education from a thoroughly Catholic worldview. We are impressed by its unique Way of Beauty program and emphasis on the arts and craftsmanship, in addition to a seriously philosophical and theological curriculum.