At this time of year, many are headed to college for the first time and others are just beginning the college search.  Worried about going to a university far away from home and forgetting your Catholic roots? Choosing a school can be a nightmare, especially when you have no idea about the college lifestyle.

Many Universities claim to be Catholic, yet the types of programs, speakers, and groups they have available on campus defy Catholic teaching. We would love to help point you in the right direction with a few schools that appear to be remaining true to their Catholic identity and encouraging students to grow in faith.


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18 Truly Catholic Colleges

1. Christendom College– Front Royal, Virgina

2. Ave Maria University – Ave Maria, Florida

3. Franciscan University of Steubenville – Steubenville, Ohio


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4. Holy Apostles College and Seminary-Cromwell, Connecticut

5. International Theological Institute – Trumau, Austria

6. Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula, California

7. The University of Dallas – Irving, Texas

8. Northeast Catholic College – Warner, New Hampshire

9. Benedictine College – Atchison, Kansas

10. The Catholic University of America

11. Belmont Abbey College –  Belmont, North Carolina

12. Wyoming Catholic College – Lander, Wyoming

13. Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Philippines

14. The Thomas More College – Merrimack, New Hampshire

15. Universidad de Navarra – Pamplona, Spain

16. John Paul the Great Catholic University-  San Diego, CA

17. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom – Ontario, Canada

18. The Cardinal Newman  Society

The Cardinal Newman Society is not a college, but it is an organization that offers a comprehensive guide of Catholic colleges. Using their college guide you can find extensive details about the universities that you are interested in.  They include information such as the percentage of Catholic students, number of days of Confession, and types of Masses offered.  If the college you are interested in was not listed above, be sure to check out The Cardinal Newman Guide.

If you decide not to go to any of these Catholic universities, in most of the schools across the United States, you can always find a Catholic Newman Center. A great example would be the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Check out their Newman Center website  If a Newman Center does not exist at your school, go to your school’s diocese and start a new one. The world needs more evangelizing agents!