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Catholic School Rankings Revisited

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  • hen4763hen4763 79 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Fordham is discussed favorably in the Falling in Love with My Safety School thread in the admissions forum: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/1532205-falling-love-my-safety-school.html
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  • JuniorMintJuniorMint 1465 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Fordham is discussed favorably in the Falling in Love with My Safety School thread

    Well that thread made for a happy change of tune. :)

    If anecdotal evidence matters, I fell in love with Fordham myself. I got in by likely letter back in October, which I suppose made it my safety. Sad news from Gtown EA, a full-tuition scholarship, a very favorable alumni reception in Seattle, and a pleasant honor's program invitation (~30 students) made Fordham look quite attractive.

    It's all retrospective now, but in my case, would you rather go to Gtown for ~110k, Fordham with the perks for ~50k, or Boston with honors for ~120k?

    Let's hope I chose correctly. :)
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  • cbreezecbreeze 4682 replies88 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Fordham vs Georgetown. I am sure the campus' locations heavily influence kids and their families.
    When my son was visiting a friend at Fordham, first thing he said to me was there's a fence surrounding the campus to keep it safer.
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  • AlwaysLearnAlwaysLearn 311 replies15 threadsRegistered User Member
    Just my own personal rankings based on my experience with these schools over the years as a student and, now, as a parent:

    1) Georgetown
    2) Notre Dame
    3) Boston College
    4) Holy Cross
    5) Fordham

    They are all good schools; however, in your shoes, JuniorMint, I would have made the same decision that you did.
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  • taben1112taben1112 456 replies78 threadsRegistered User Member
    Anyone have any sense of which of the Jesuit schools are the most diverse and accepting ethnically? The stats don't always tell the story, so we are most interested in personal experiences and perspectives.
    T
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  • JuniorMintJuniorMint 1465 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just my own personal rankings based on my experience with these schools over the years as a student and, now, as a parent:

    1) Georgetown
    2) Notre Dame
    3) Boston College
    4) Holy Cross
    5) Fordham

    They are all good schools; however, in your shoes, JuniorMint, I would have made the same decision that you did.

    Well that makes me glad! Thank you for your ranking. I agree with it completely, although I’m not so partial that I see Georgetown as decidedly better than Notre Dame. It is for me, but that is a touchy distinction.
    Anyone have any sense of which of the Jesuit schools are the most diverse and accepting ethnically? The stats don't always tell the story, so we are most interested in personal experiences and perspectives.

    I touched upon economic diversity elsewhere, but I wouldn't dare assume economic diversity equals ethnic diversity.

    It sounds like you have seen the stats, but you may find this Diversity Index Ranking interesting.
    USN wrote:
    Campus Ethnic Diversity on a scale of 0.1 to 1.0, with scores closer to 1.0 being more diverse.

    Pepperdine University 0.59



    University of San Diego 0.51
    Loyola University Chicago 0.50
    Fordham University 0.49

    Georgetown University 0.47



    Boston College 0.43



    University of Notre Dame 0.39

    So from this we could assume Notre Dame has the most homogeneous student body. It is predominantly white (78%) and more than half of the class is drawn from private schools. According to their institutional data, the student body is 3% Black, 4% Asian, and 6% Hispanic. I’m sure Notre Dame is very welcoming, but in absolute numbers, there are more diverse student bodies.

    From what I observed from the students and alumni, Fordham was satisfyingly diverse. It wasn’t pronounced, but neither was its absence.
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 26752 replies174 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    fyii -- Pepperdine is neither Jesuit nor Catholic. (It's affiliated with the Church of Christ.)
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  • JuniorMintJuniorMint 1465 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well spotted, blue. I apologize everyone.

    My Catholic friend going there might be in for a surprise in the fall...;)
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  • omzacomzac 242 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Junior Mint -- My son had exactly the same offers as you did down to the finances and chose Georgetown. Although he was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Fordham and I am a Fordham alumn, he fell in love with Georgetown during the GAAP weekend and could not be convinced otherwise. I love Fordham and believe that it is a wonderful place, but the tradition, academic excellence and prestige of Georgetown cannot be denied.
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  • JuniorMintJuniorMint 1465 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's nice to meet again, Omzac! :) I hadn't realized your son and I had such similar adventures.

    I'd be interested to meet him, since I think we are both pre-meds.

    So how was your experience at Fordham?
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