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Catholic Schools for Non-Catholics?

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Replies to: Catholic Schools for Non-Catholics?

  • JustAMomOf4JustAMomOf4 Registered User Posts: 4,563 Senior Member
    Jesuit schools would be "more welcoming" than other types of Catholic schools
    Absolutely not true either. Catholic colleges are very welcoming to folks of all faiths. Just don't try to change them. It's their school, they make the rules.
  • OhManOhMan Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    4gsmom: I would respectfully submit that the reason many Catholic schools are terrific is precisely that, they ARE Catholic! Catholic Christian values are taught and lived by the faculty, staff and students. My own college search involved applying to 6 Catholic colleges and I am on my way to one this fall. (It is Jesuit, by the way) Being involved in church, service and a pro life community will be part of my education. Eventually I hope to attend medical school at a Catholic University. I also look forward to meeting and interacting with students from other religious backgrounds, but I want to attend a Catholic school so I can openly be who I am with no apology.
  • JustAMomOf4JustAMomOf4 Registered User Posts: 4,563 Senior Member
    Catholic Christian values are taught and lived by the faculty, staff and students.
    true that. I hope you have a great year!
  • ND DadND Dad Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    My S recently graduated from BC, and all of his non-catholic friends always felt like they fit-in just fine. My impression from BC was: they stress "service and responsibility" and that applys to kids of all faiths.
  • SmithviewSmithview Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    When we visited Georgetown a student came up to us and chatted while we were waiting to go in for the tour [talk about friendly!]. He was Jewish so my son asked him this very question and he had never had a problem with it. He found the mandatory religion classes very interesting. Sounds like they do not push it down their throats, which was my son's concern. It was my first choice for him of the schools he got into, but alas, only #3 for my son, so he will not be attending...
  • historymomhistorymom Registered User Posts: 3,467 Senior Member
    DDs will be attending a LaSallean campus in the fall and agree that their campus is equally welcoming and accepting: the focus is on following the LaSallean mission of service so would like to coroborate scout59's quibble that Jesuit schools are the "most" welcoming of others.
  • studious momstudious mom Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    I really appreciate all the feedback...keep it coming.
  • mantori.suzukimantori.suzuki Registered User Posts: 3,347 Senior Member
    Did research at Notre Dame some years back. Totally spiritual environment and totally accepting of other faiths, or no faith. There is a continuous dialog about spiritual matters and the big questions of life and society, and all viewpoints are welcome. Some people fear that Notre Dame will be to Catholicism as Liberty or Oral Roberts are to fundamentalism. Absolutely untrue; they are not remotely comparable.
  • JustAMomOf4JustAMomOf4 Registered User Posts: 4,563 Senior Member
    The vast majority of Catholic colleges and Universities are quite accepting to people of other faiths or no faith.

    There are a few Catholic colleges that are more Evangelical, e.g. Franciscan University of Steubenville or more "fundamental", e.g. Christendom; that probably would not appeal to kids of different faiths.
  • par72par72 Registered User Posts: 4,208 Senior Member
    Jesuit schools Holy Cross and Georgetown actively seek diversity.
  • 1980collegegrad1980collegegrad Registered User Posts: 1,503 Senior Member
    As many others have said, Jesuit colleges are the ideal Catholic schools for non-Catholics. There are 28 in the US alone.

    Complete list here:

    Jesuit Colleges and Universities Quiz Results - sporcle
  • cadburycadbury Registered User Posts: 330 Member
    As others have suggested, the order that the college is associated with is critical. The Jesuits are generally thought to be the most liberal and welcoming. But the Augustinians (Villanova and Merrimack) are right up there with them. The Dominicans and Benedictines tend to be more conservative and their colleges are more strongly Catholic identified.
  • mantori.suzukimantori.suzuki Registered User Posts: 3,347 Senior Member
    Franciscans are also fairly conservative (e.g., Franciscan U of Steubenville).

    Vincentians are also fairly liberal (e.g., DePaul).
  • CapeCodLady8CapeCodLady8 Registered User Posts: 421 Member
    I think that Catholic colleges definitely differ in their 'feel'. Being Catholic, we even found that some of the schools we visited had a strong Catholic flair. But having said that, at some non-Catholic college tours, they try to dismiss the fact that many students do partipate in weekly services of different faiths, and hence walked past beautiful chapels with nary a mention of them. Villanova had a strong service, fun-loving feel to it, which would have been great for one of my sons, but the other would have been horrified by a priest living in his hallway. Assumption College seemed a bit more 'heavy' Catholic though very friendly, than let's say, Merrimack, which was actually the most upfront about it when asked, saying it is a Catholic college but religion is definitely not pushed on anyone.

    When looking at colleges ahead of time, we looked at also student groups, if there were no groups for gay/lesbian/alternative lifestyles, it gave us a clue that perhaps it was not as tolerant as another school might be, this is true for all of the colleges we looked at, not just the Catholic ones. I liked the 'List' on Princeton Review that says, 'Alternative Lifestyles, not an Alternative', and 'Gay Community Accepted'. It gave us an idea of schools that might be on the rigid side.
  • tractorfarmertractorfarmer - Posts: 162 Junior Member
    With all the schools preeching diversity, I think it would not be a problem for you. I went to Villanova and saw no disrespect based on religion. They have a church, but nobody takes attendance. Some of the teachers might say a prayer before class. Even the religion classes are more theory based and not meant to try to convert people. Being so close to Philadelphia helps. There are so many religious groups I think you could fit in whatever religion you are.
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