Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cardinal Newman Society publishes 2012-2013 edition of "The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College."

Published by the Cardinal Newman Society, The Newman Guide identifies faithful Catholic colleges.

(Scroll down for the list of authentically Catholic colleges and links to school profiles)

Additional information on The Newman Guide, including a free on-line edition of the book, can be found here.

From the CNS website:
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith. Both publications are available free online or can be ordered in print at

Together these unique resources for Catholic families recommend 28 colleges, universities and online programs for fidelity and excellence and help families navigate the college search and the transition from high school to college life...

...The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College is now in full color and features profiles of the 28 recommended institutions including information on academics, residence life, student activities and spiritual life. The profiles are completely updated after extensive campus visits and/or interviews with faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni.

Each profile has a “Quick Facts” box that notes the number of undergraduate students, median SAT scores and high school GPAs of admitted students, the number of majors offered, the percentage of students who are Catholic, and the cost of the college. The profiles also include a letter to parents and students from the college president and information on financial aid opportunities...

...In addition, each recommended college has completed a comprehensive questionnaire on academics, student life and institutional governance, and their answers are published online. The questionnaire was developed in response to families’ requests for information about everything from accreditation to majors, and from Mass times to student clubs...

U.S. Colleges and Universities
Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.)
Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.)
Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.)
Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)
Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.)
DeSales University (Center Valley, Penn.)
Holy Apostles College (Cromwell, Conn.)
Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Md.)
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)
University of Dallas (Irving, Tex.)
University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)
University of St. Thomas (Houston, Tex.)
Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio)
Wyoming Catholic College (Lander, Wyo.)

Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.
In addition to publishing The Newman Guide, the Society administers the Catholic High School Honor Roll, which recognizes high schools across America for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civics education.
The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education works to support and foster collaboration among those presidents, faculty and staff interested in strengthening and protecting their colleges’ Catholic identity.
The Society’s online publication and regular e-mail service, Campus Notes, reports on developments on Catholic campuses and works to defend Catholic identity by shining a light on scandal.
Additionally, the Society promotes Eucharistic Adoration and for The Real Presence Association is the national coordinator of the Vatican’s International Exposition “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” on college campuses.
For those who prefer paper in their hands, a hard copy of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College can be ordered HERE.



  1. Not sure if any of the recommended colleges are Jesuit. Schools like Gonzaga, Xavier (Ohio), Georgetown and Wheeling Jesuit are fine Jesuit institutions. Although not Jesuit, Duquesne in Pittsburgh is also a find Catholic institution. As far as the larger schools such as Notre Dame and Boston College go, I wonder why they do not pass muster among the best Catholic schools despite excellent academics.

    1. The reason those schools did not pass muster is because they are lacking in the area of Catholic identity and in fidelity to Catholic teaching.

    2. I totally agree. For instance, some Jesuit Colleges have excellent academics but they fall short in teach the Catholic principles and doctrine, some teach yoga, reiki, are in favour of gay marriage, abortion, homosexuals, etc, etc.
      Cardinal Newman's guide is great for Catholics because it reminds us that knowledge is nothing without Catholic principles.

  2. I attended one of the schools on the list. The reason they are in this list is because they promote the Catholic faith almost "Cult like". There is very little study of or acceptance of other Religions.

    1. I am not sure what your point is.

      People throughout history have felt that devout Christians were "cult-like."

      Indeed, devout Christians will always seem cult-like to those of luke-warm faith.

  3. Schools like BC and Georgetown , Fordham, Notre Dame are not on this list because they promote Catholicism as a beacon of free thought and reflection and study, rather than stuffing dogma and orthodoxy.

    1. I would not call embracing secular humanism as "free thought and reflection."

  4. I went to one of those institutions listed , and I am still vomiting all the BS they rammed down our throats--These schools need to open their windows up and let in some fresh air--Most of these schools mentioned will NOT exist in 20 yrs---Mr Ron

  5. How did the 150 year old Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, not make the list? Wayne T. Johnson

  6. I was going to ask the exact same question. Loras is a good Catholic school as far as I know. Maybe I'll call the admissions office there.