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Catholic School Rankings Revisited

JuniorMintJuniorMint Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
edited August 2013 in Parents Forum
So I happened to be casually browsing this thread, and I thought it might be an entertaining exercise to see us debate our favorite Catholic schools.

So how would you rank the nation’s Catholic schools?

Do it however you like – by branch of Catholicism, by quality, by prestige, getting you into Heaven, etc.
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Replies to: Catholic School Rankings Revisited

  • JuniorMintJuniorMint Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    I compiled some data from CollegeBoard for you.

    School, Order, UG Size, admit rate (2012), 25% - 75% CR, 25% - 75% M, USN

    Notre Dame: Holy Cross, 8500, 23%, (660-750), (680-770), 17

    Georgetown: Jesuit, 7500, 17%, (650-750), (660-750), 21

    Boston College: Jesuit, 9100, 29%, (620-710), (640-740), 31

    Holy Cross: Jesuit, 2900, 34%, (600-700), (620-680), 32 LAC

    Fordham: Jesuit, 8300, 43%, (570-670), (590-680), 58

    Villanova: Augustinian, 7100, 46%, (590-680), (610-710), 1 (reg)

    Fairfield: Jesuit, 3900, 71%, (530-620), (550-630), 2 (reg)

    Creighton: Jesuit, 4000, 78%, (530-630), (540-660), 1 (reg)

    Santa Clara: Jesuit, 5200, 51%, (590-680), (610-700), 2 (reg)
  • JuniorMintJuniorMint Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    Personally, I would order them like this:

    1. Notre Dame
    1. Georgetown
    3. Boston College
    4. Holy Cross
    5. Fordham
    6. Villanova
    7. Santa Clara
    8. Fairfield
    9. Creighton
    10. Providence

    Although, as a disclaimer, I was admitted to a three of these schools...
  • moneypmoneyp Registered User Posts: 790 Member
    to OP: are you asking for schools that are nominally Catholic or those that are true to the magisterium type of Catholic?
  • JuniorMintJuniorMint Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    It's up to you, but I am including all Catholic schools. Those Jesuits can be rebels sometimes, but I still love them. ;)
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 76,104 Senior Member
    Disclaimer...DD is a graduate of Santa Clara. We think it's a great school...and would agree that it would "rank" higher than Fairfield and Creighton.

    The Jesuits really have a good handle on higher education. Great course offerings and great schools.
  • GretaGreta Registered User Posts: 703 Member
    I will throw Gonzaga into the mix.

    We know many alumni, young and old, and personally don't know anyone who did not like their Gonzaga education and experience. I am not familiar with Fairfield, Creighton nor Providence, but we placed Gonzaga just below Santa Clara when we were looking at schools and that was only because both kids preferred the Santa Clara's location.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,905 Forum Champion
    Personally, I would order them like this:

    1. Notre Dame...G'town....tied
    3. Boston College
    4. Holy Cross & Santa Clara .....tied
    6. Fordham
    7. Villanova
    8. Fairfield
    9. Creighton
    10. Providence & SLU ....tied
  • jaylynnjaylynn Registered User Posts: 1,635 Senior Member
    My D had a great experience at University of San Diego, which is not Jesuit but is Catholic. We're not Catholic, but were impressed by the school's staff's compassion when she had some anxiety issues. And I'm from Wisconsin, so I like Marquette, too.

    Another plug for Gonzaga. We were impressed. Unfortunately its location and campus could not compete with USD.
  • gosmomgosmom Registered User Posts: 1,948 Senior Member
    Lots of very good Catholic schools not on list: The Loyola's (MD, LMU, Chicago, NO), Marquette, USan Diego, USan Francisco, DePaul, Xavier, U Dayton, UPortland, Canisius.

    Agree with Jaylynn...Gonzaga, USD and Marquette were impressive.

    And I'd put Notre Dame at the #1 Catholic U in the US....
  • marlenemarlene Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    My wonderful Jesuit education taught me to think with an open mind.... Which, many years later, resulted in my leaving the Catholic Church.
  • firefghtrsDadfirefghtrsDad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hello all. A total dark horse candidate for your consideration may be the University of Scranton. Totally Jesuit but surprisingly conservative. Located since 1888 in Scranton, PA. My daughter passed up UVA and Notre Dame to attend. Check their website, especially the 'Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program'.

    Program: Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA) - University of Scranton - Acalog ACMS?

  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,641 Senior Member
    Loyola Marymount University is an outstanding Jesuit institution. Great location, beautiful school, and solid to excellent academics (depending on the field). I know conservative Catholics and liberal atheists who go there and love it.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,658 Senior Member
    Thomas Aquinas College (CA) and University of Dallas are a couple of the top conservative Catholic colleges.
  • kitty56kitty56 Registered User Posts: 1,331 Senior Member
    firefghtrsDad ~ I totally agree with you!

    Interesting article you posted by Fr. Ron. My D was in SJLA when he was the head of it and it was one of the best experiences for her. My S also got to know Fr. Ron as Fron lived on the same floor as my S during S's freshman year. H and I met Fron several times - a wonderful man.
  • firefghtrsDadfirefghtrsDad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    kitty56- Thanks for your response. It is great to hear that the results matched the expectations of the SJLA at Scranton. Fr. McKinney is still there and active in the Philosophy Department. He has handed over the honors program to the capable leadership of the Philosophy Chairman, Daniel Haggerty.
    We were so impressed by this school. They are really guiding their money and efforts towards their traditional strengths of sciences and the core humanities. It is hard to know what is not to like when the school has invested so heavily in a new science center, student commons, upperclass dorms and now nursing and physical therapy department buildings. Add to that the Jesuit Magis, Cura Personalis, SJLA, Trivium, 'Pride, Passion, Promise', multiple Fulbrights, and all for AMDG.
    Well, as you can tell, we are as excited as my daughter about her start in September.
    Best Regards.
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