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Catholic School Rankings Revisited


Replies to: Catholic School Rankings Revisited

  • VillageMomVillageMom Registered User Posts: 311 Member
    1. Christendom
    2. St. Thomas Aquinas
    3. Franciscan University - Stuebenville
    4. Ave Maria University
    5. Benedictine College

    Honorable Mention to Hillsdale College... While not Catholic, it's traditional and conservative enough that many of my uber-Catholic friends send their kids there.
  • kitty56kitty56 Registered User Posts: 1,326 Senior Member
    firefghtrsDad ~D had a close friend who became a philosophy major who LOVED Haggerty. I don't think either of my kids got to have him though. Because of SJLA and the way the courses work, an SJLA member can somewhat easily make philosophy a double major, which my D chose to do. Most of my S's closest friends were in SJLA even though he was not. Another philosophy professor who is absolutely wonderful is Dr. Rowe. S was able to maneuver to get him for the 2 required phil. classes in the gen. ed. curriculum. We have also met him several times. Just a great guy.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. When you have enough posts, you can PM me if you wish and I can fill you in on other information.
  • Lady LornaLady Lorna Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    I would have to add Thomas Aquinas in Santa Paula, California into the mix. It's unique--a Great Books school--and is consistently ranked toward the top of lists for schools offering a superior education, especially for the money. It is also ranked very high on lists for student satisfaction. I don't have the sources at hand at the moment, but remember being impressed. Disclaimer--my daughter was admitted and they are holding a place for her until after the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,542 Senior Member
    RE: #19
    TAC was mentioned in #14.

    #17 , VM, The name of the college you're thinking of is "Thomas Aquinas College" in Santa Paula, California.
    (Not to be confused with "St. Thomas Aquinas College" in Sparkill, NY--a much lower ranked college, or "Aquinas College," a Dominican school in Nashville, TN)

    Academically, most would rank Thomas Aquinas College above Christendom, and U. Dallas above Christendom as well.
  • sally305sally305 Registered User Posts: 7,604 Senior Member
    We are not Catholic but our daughter might be looking at a few Catholic schools. If anyone has opinions on Depaul, St. Thomas (MN) or St. Benedict, we would appreciate them. Especially how they are for science and the arts, and how liberal/tolerant the campus culture is.
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Registered User Posts: 4,577 Senior Member
    I would throw St Mary's (South Bend) as a great school as well, for those willing to consider single-sex education.
  • Mary13Mary13 Registered User Posts: 3,799 Senior Member
    sally305 wrote:
    We are not Catholic but our daughter might be looking at a few Catholic schools. If anyone has opinions on Depaul, St. Thomas (MN) or St. Benedict, we would appreciate them. Especially how they are for science and the arts, and how liberal/tolerant the campus culture is.

    sally305, my daughter just finished her freshman year at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She loves it. She had terrific classes her first year, with wonderful professors. The school is a mix of liberal and conservative. (During the time of the Minnesota vote on gay marriage, you would see “Vote Yes” signs flying from some dorm windows and “Vote No” from others.) Both sides are very tolerant of each other – I think the students enjoy the lively discussions that come from having friends with different perspectives.

    In our experience, St. Thomas excels in the areas of Business, Communication and Journalism, English, and Justice and Peace Studies. It embraces its Catholic tradition and theology courses are required for all students. It is not the place for anyone interested in majors such as studio art or theatre (which don’t exist there).

    There has been a slow but steady move toward more liberal thinking in the past few years. After over 120 years of Catholic priests as presidents, UST now has a lay woman president, Dr. Julie Sullivan, who is a strong supporter of Catholic social teaching. If your daughter is considering St. Thomas, she should visit the campus. I think she’ll know quickly whether or not it’s a good fit. And even if it’s not a good fit, you won’t have wasted your time because both the campus and the Twin Cities are beautiful places to visit!
  • familykCTfamilykCT Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    Also, St. Joe's in Philadelphia is a really nice school as well. It has come way up in the rankings in the last several years.
  • sally305sally305 Registered User Posts: 7,604 Senior Member
    Mary, thank you so much for the great information! I am glad your daughter is enjoying St. Thomas. My son visited and thought the campus was beautiful but didn't think it would be the right fit for him. From what you describe it might be perfect for my daughter. If only it were in a warmer climate...

    Speaking of, does anyone know anything about St. Edward's in Austin, TX?
  • scout59scout59 Registered User Posts: 3,393 Senior Member
    Sally, I know nothing about St. Edward's in Texas, but my D graduated from the College of Commerce at DePaul. (She also considered Loyola Chicago.) She was interested in an urban campus in a large city with a strong business program, and DePaul fully lived up to her/our expectations. She enjoyed good relationships with her professors, both in and out of the business school, and she loved Chicago.

    Here's what she liked about the school: small class size (which is strange, considering how big the school is!), the location, the friendships she made with both students and teachers, the school's reputation in the local business community, and the strength of the DePaul alumni network. She found DePaul to be pretty liberal-leaning (and pretty live-and-let-live, too); for example, they are the first Catholic university to offer a LGBTQ Studies minor.

    It's not the right school for everybody - it IS pretty urban (not a lot of leafy campuses and ivy-covered walls). It's also not a big sorority/fraternity school and it's not big into sports, as a generalization. D loved it, though, and she's now working and living in Chicago.
  • sally305sally305 Registered User Posts: 7,604 Senior Member
    Thank you, scout! I will pass your information on to my daughter as well.
  • dbwesdbwes Registered User Posts: 1,660 Senior Member
    Both my daughters had wonderful experiences at Marquette.
    Most impressed with their relationships with faculty. Older daughter changed majors, but not only was she still able to graduate in four years due to good advising, she was also led to an internship which clarified her plans for grad school where she is now thriving.
    Younger daughter has taken advantage of an opportunity to begin her own graduate work in a highly competitive field during her senior year next year at Marquette.
    You have to love cities and not mind a little urban grit. The majority of students probably lean conservative, but there seems to be room for those who think a little differently. My daughters thought it was a perfect size (8,000 kids) and a great atmosphere.
  • giterdonegiterdone Registered User Posts: 1,410 Senior Member
    ...and she's now working and living in Chicago.

    one of the more poignant statements and missed outcomes of a college decision.

    We heard very early in DD's search to; "go to school where you want to work and live." Each school has its "pipeline" and regional footprint. Of course there are exceptions - but they are just that. Exceptions. When including this information? DD dropped a handful of contenders from her short list.

    She LOVES University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Great atmosphere. Good athletic spirit, urban defined campus with great off campus entertainment options (Twin Cities) and very good Grad School.
  • sally305sally305 Registered User Posts: 7,604 Senior Member
    giterdone, you make a good point. And it's especially relevant for students considering colleges with strong regional reputations but not much of a national "brand." Having said that, I think it is too much to ask a 17-year-old to plan out where he or she wants to live after college--so much can change. It's hard enough to get them to think about what colleges might appeal to them (or at least this has been my experience).
  • Mary13Mary13 Registered User Posts: 3,799 Senior Member
    Although I understand how giterdone's scenario could happen, that has not been the case with us. Our three oldest graduated from schools in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Two have full-time career track jobs in Chicago near dear old Mom and Dad, and the third is aiming to land here as well after grad school. I hope our St. Thomas daughter follows suit. I suspect she will because everybody knows Chicago is the best city in the country. ;) And she can do her laundry for free at my house. :)
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