Top 20 Catholic Universities and Colleges in North America

 In order to promote Catholic Education JCE, Catholic News World, has featured this Catholic Educational Institution GUIDE YEARLY. These Colleges and Universities are in no particular order since they serve different needs, talents and gifts. They have been chosen from an examination of numerous Catholic guides of Catholic higher education. The difference of this Guide is that these are only accredited universities.
SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II's encyclical on Education states:  

In the world today, characterized by such rapid developments in science and technology, the tasks of a Catholic University assume an ever greater importance and urgency. Scientific and technological discoveries create an enormous economic and industrial growth, but they also inescapably require the correspondingly necessary search for meaning in order to guarantee that the new discoveries be used for the authentic good of individuals and of human society as a whole. If it is the responsibility of every University to search for such meaning, a Catholic University is called in a particular way to respond to this need: its Christian inspiration enables it to include the moral, spiritual and religious dimension in its research, and to evaluate the attainments of science and technology in the perspective of the totality of the human person.

1. St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX - Educating Leaders of Faith and Character
Academic excellence attracts students from all over the world to the University of St. Thomas, located adjacent to Houston’s Museum District. Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University remains Houston’s first and only Catholic university. 
Bachelor of Arts, Science, Theology, Fine Arts, Master's of Arts, Education
  • 40 states and 54 foreign countries represented
  • 10:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 94% of full-time faculty have earned the top degrees in their fields
  • A variety of degrees offered
  • Worldwide respected doctorate in philosophy from the University’s Center for Thomistic Studies
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University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626
713-522-7911 Web:

2. University of Dallas



The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers
A private, Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts university founded in 1956

  • One of only 16 Catholic universities in the nation to earn a Phi Beta Kappa chapter
  • Located in Irving, Texas, (population: 216,290) on the northwest boundary of Dallas; 10 miles from DFW International Airport, 10 miles from Dallas Love Field and 15 minutes from downtown Dallas
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, American Academy for Liberal Education and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Enrollment Fall 2013 - 1,380 undergraduate; 1,218 graduate
  • Undergraduate Students - From 49 states and 22 countries; 28% minority; 82% Catholic
  • Graduate Students - From 40 states and 35 countries; 40% minority; 31% Catholic
  • Academic Profile Freshmen 2013 - Middle 50% Score Range: SAT 1090-1330; ACT 24-30
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Faculty - 139 full-time; approximately 90% hold a doctorate or highest degree in their field
  • Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio - 11:1
  • Average Class Size - 17 in the undergraduate program, 21 in Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business graduate programs, 16 in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and nine in the School of Ministry
  • Degrees Offered - B.A., B.S., M.A., M.B.A., M.C.S.L., M.C.S.T., M.F.A., M.P.M., M.R.E., M.S., M.T.S., Ph.D., D.B.A.
  • University of Dallas Logo
    1845 East Northgate Drive
    Irving, Texas 75062-4736
3. Benedictine College


Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of ArtsExecutive Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of ScienceMaster of Arts in School Leadership
Bachelor of Science in NursingMaster of Business Administration
Bachelor of Art EducationMaster of Arts in Education
4. St. Gregory's UniversityLogo

 is a private, co-educational Catholic liberal arts university. It has its main campus in Shawnee, and an additional campus in Tulsa. Sacred Heart College was founded with the permission of the Vatican in 1877, in 1922 the name was changed to St. Gregory's College. 
Fr. Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B., serves as chancellor of SGU and Abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey.
St. Gregory's University serves 692 students in two colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences and the College for Working Adults. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are provided with a solid foundation in the liberal arts through a common core curriculum. The College for Working Adults is located in two cities – Shawnee and Tulsa – and offers evening degree programs at the associates, bachelors and masters levels. St. Gregory's has a student/faculty ratio of 12 
5. University of Mary: 
About Us
The University of Mary is a private, Catholic university based in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Preparation for the Professions with a Strong Liberal-Arts Base
    58 Undergraduate Majors • 10 Master's Degrees • 1 Doctoral Degree
  • A Flourishing University More than 3,000 Students • Locations in
    North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona ... and Rome, Italy • Vibrant Online Offerings
  • An Exceptional Value One of the most affordable private colleges or
    universities in the nation
  • A Strong Community Education for Leadership and Moral Courage • Challenging Academics • NCAA Division II Athletics, with 17 Varsity Sports •
    A Caring Environment

6. Dominican University College, Canada (Bilingual English/French)

The Dominican University College, first established in Ottawa in 1900, by the Canadian Province of the Dominican Order, is one of the oldest university colleges in the nation’s capital. Its educational roots lie in the studium generale of 1260 at the very beginning of the development of universities in Europe. With its specialization in philosophy and theology, Dominican University College is devoted to the search for truth in an environment which nourishes critical thinking, amicable dialogue and a unique educational experience. 

Dominican University College
96 Empress Ave
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Phone: 613-233-5696
7. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts 
Thomas More College launches 'New World' scholarship in honor of Pope
Thomas More College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college that combines intensive reading of the Great Books with lectures and seminar discussions placing those works in their historical, cultural, and theological context. Students are trained to see in the many facets of Beauty the single face of Truth. The College welcomes students of all faiths.
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Founded: Thomas More College was founded in 1978 by Catholic laymen.
Campus: Thomas More College is housed on a 14-acre campus in Merrimack, NH on the original lot of the “Brenton Grant,” which is a piece of land given to William Brenton by the Massachusetts Court in 1658.  The campus is 45 minutes north of Boston and one hour from the Atlantic Seacoast and the White Mountains.
Academic Program: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.  Our Program includes tutorial classes that are tailored to student interests, a semester in Rome and an optional Oxford Program.
Student Ratio: 48% women, 52% men
Student Body Size: 96
Freshman Retention Rate: 81% (compared to 71% nationally)
Graduation Rate: 65% (compared to 52% nationally)
Average class size: 18
Alumni: Over 60% of alumni continue on to professional or graduate school – a percentage comparable to that at Ivy League schools.
Graduate Schools: Over 80 Graduate Programs and 30 Schools of Law have accepted our graduates for admission.
Chapel: Thomas More College is faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Mass and Confession are offered daily.  The Rosary and the Divine Office are recited daily.
Faculty: Student/Teacher ratio is 10:1.
Rome Campus: 100% of Thomas More College students study in Rome for one semester.  Students reside in an historic villa with the Maronite monks of Saint Anthony Monastery–just 5 miles from the Vatican.
Geographic Breakdown: Students come from 30 US States and 3 Foreign Countries
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: 47%
South: 17%
Midwest/West: 31%
International: 3%
Students Living on Campus: 95%
Freshmen Average GPA: 3.6
Freshmen SAT Midranges: V: 610-680, M: 520-600
Tuition Cost: $19,200
Room and Board: $9,400
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. 
Six Manchester Street, Merrimack, NH 03054
Ph (603) 880-8308 

8. Mount St. Mary's University 
Mount St. Mary's University

    Quick Facts About the Mount

    Private, coed college (nonprofit)
    Established in 1808
    Located in Emmitsburg, Maryland - 1,400 acres, mountain, rural
    Roman Catholic religious affiliation


    Academic calendar - by semesters
    Accredited by:
    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
    Total enrollment - 2,240

    Student Body

    2,083 Total FTE enrollment
    1,630 Traditional undergraduate students
    345 Graduate students (without Seminary)

    Undergraduate Student Body

    • 44% male
    • 56% female
    Student-faculty ratio - 13:1
    Classes with fewer than 20 students - 46%
    30 majors offered
    38 minors offered
    106 full-time faculty
    89% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
    82% Undergraduates living on campusCosts and Financial Aid
    Tuition - $33,674
    Fees - $970
    Room - $5,635 ($6,270 for apt./suite)
    Board - $5,879
    16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727 Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122

    9. Fisher & More College


    3511 W. Biddison St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76109 Phone (817) 923-8459

    What is today the College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More was first established in 1981 as the Saint Thomas More Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1991, it became The College of Saint Thomas More.
    The founders  Dr. James Patrick, who led the Institute and then the College through all of its first thirty years, Dr. Ronald Muller, and Dr. Judith Shank, who is presently the senior member of the College faculty. 
     In December of 1999 the College received a Level II accreditation to award a Bachelor of Arts degree.

    For their Bachelor of Arts degree, students may concentrate in one or more of the academic disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Classical Studies, and Finance & Economics.
    Campus life at the College is centered around the traditional Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, which features the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Latin Mass daily.
    10. Belmount Abbey College 

    Home to more than 1,700 students, Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. We find our center in Jesus Christ, and believe in the development of the whole person—in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide an education that will enable our students to lead lives of integrity, succeed professionally, become responsible citizens and be a blessing to themselves and others.
    Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks we continue to celebrate the 1,500 year old Benedictine monastic tradition. 
    Offers Bachelors of Arts, Science, Theology, Education


     Ave Maria University is a vibrant university located in beautiful southwest Florida. It is an academic institution that pledges faithfulness to the teachings of the Church and is committed to offering one of the finest classical liberal arts curricula available, as well as opportunities for specialized study in all of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
    Ave Maria University
    5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
    Ave Maria, FL 34142

    CDU was founded in 1983 as the first catechetical institute in the United States to award the Catechetical Diploma and teach the Catholic faith to adults using distance education. 2008 marked CDU’s 25th year as a Catholic institution of higher learning. Location: The school’s academic and administrative offices are located in Hamilton, Virginia, about 50 miles west of Washington, DC. CDU students are located in all 50 states and over 40 countries.
    Chairman of the Board: The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, DD
    Contact Information: Our web site can be reached at . Contact us at , 1.888.254.4238 ext. 700 or you can write CDU at 120 East Colonial Highway, Hamilton, VA 20158.
    CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA: Located near the heart of Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America is unique as the national University of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. It is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning.
    Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 3,694 undergraduate and 3,144 graduate students from all 50 states and 86 countries enrolled in 12 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, business and economics, canon law, engineering, law, music, nursing, philosophy, professional studies, social service, and theology and religious studies. Eighty percent of undergraduates and 57 percent of graduate students are Catholic.

    School of Architecture and Planning

    School of Arts and Sciences

    School of Arts and Sciences

    School of Business and Economics

    School of Engineering

    Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

    School of Nursing

    School of Philosophy

    National Catholic School of Social Service

    Pre-Professional Studies

    Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
    • General Contact Information
    • The Catholic University of America
      620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
      Washington, DC 20064
      Phone: 202-319-5000


    JP CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY RELEASE: John Paul the Great Catholic University, which opened in September 2006, is a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do.

    Why Franciscan? Get the Facts

    Our 42 undergraduate majors and 32 minors, as well as seven graduate programs, offer a variety of academic challenges within the spirit of Christian humanism that educates you as a whole person. Inside and outside the classroom, you’ll experience the joy-filled Franciscan spirituality that enables you to answer the call of the Holy Father to evangelize the culture through volunteer work, mission trips, and community service. Our dynamic campus life, where unique faith “households” create a family away from home and lifelong connections, encourages your participation in everything from intramural sports and NCAA Division III athletics to Chapel Ministries, student government, clubs, and organizations for faith, fun, and friendship.
    Admissions Office
    1235 University Boulevard
    Steubenville, Ohio 43952
    800-783-6220 toll-free
    740-283-6226 voice
    740-284-5456 fax
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    Redeemer Pacific College (RPC) is a Catholic liberal arts college with a unique partnership with Trinity Western University (TWU), providing students with a solid foundation in Catholic liberal arts as they work towards an undergraduate degree in any one of the 40 + undergraduate majors offered by TWU. RPC functions in fidelity to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church as we lead our students to grow in knowledge and love of Christ and His Church.

    Campus Beauty Shot

    It Roman Catholic with Lay Administration. They offer Bachelor of Arts degree.
    Room & Board$7,550
    Other Costs$450 (books & supplies, no additional fees)

    10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula, California 93060
    (805) 525-4417 | contact
    A private, four-year Catholic university for men and women administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

    Student/Faculty Ratio

    Average Class Size

    1,576 full-time undergraduate day students. Total full-time enrollment for traditional, graduate, and evening
    (ACCESS) students: 2,468.

    Student Profile
    45% male, 55% female; 11% minority; 24 states and 4 other countries represented.
    103 full-time faculty members; 76% have the highest degree attainable in their field.

    Center Valley Campus
    DeSales University
    2755 Station Avenue
    Center Valley, PA 18034
    Telephone: 610.282.1100

    Expenses (2011-2012)

    Room & Board$10,520
    Student & Technology Fee$1,200

    Holy Apostles College and Seminary is Approved by The Cardinal Newman Society. Holy Apostle's commitment to fostering a strong sense of Catholic identity.
    Holy Apostles College & Seminary - 33 Prospect Hill Road Cromwell, CT 06416-2027, USA

    HOLY APOSTLES WEBSITE: Holy Apostles College & Seminary is a regionally accredited, co-educational Catholic college located in historic Cromwell, Connecticut. We welcome and serve lay commuter students, distance learning students, as well as seminarians.
    We offer undergraduate, graduate, and seminary degrees in philosophy & theology, in on-campus, on-line, and blended formats.



    Basic Statistical Data for the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Academic Year 

    Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
    Year Founded: 1977
    Degrees: Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.)
    Total Undergraduates: 388 (from 45 States and 5 foreign countries)
    Male/Female Ratio: 42:58

    Freshman Class Stats: 105 freshmen:
    48% are siblings of either current Christendom students or alumni, 13% are legacy students, 47% attended one of the College's Summer Programs, from 33 US States, UK, Canada, Greece, and Ireland, 35% of them are on academic scholarship.
    Freshman SAT Midranges: 
    Reading: 560-700
    Math: 510-640
    Writing: 570-690
    Average SAT score: 1820
    Tuition: $21,000
    Room & Board: $7,970

    What is Christendom College?

    Christendom College is a four-year coeducational Roman Catholic Liberal Arts College with undergraduate and graduate programs offered on three campuses in Front Royal and Alexandria, Virginia, and Rome, Italy.
    Founded in 1977 in response to the devastating blow inflicted on Catholic higher education by the cultural revolution which swept across America in the 1960s, Christendom's goal is to provide a truly Catholic education in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and thereby to prepare students for their role of restoring all things in Christ.

    Mailing Addresses

    Front Royal Campus
    Christendom College
    Recipient's Name
    134 Christendom Drive
    Front Royal, VA 22630-6534
    Alexandria Campus (Graduate School)
    Christendom Graduate School
    Recipient's Name
    4407 Sano Street
    Alexandria, VA 22312-1555


    Main Number: 800.877.5456 or 540.636.2900
    Fax: 540.636.1655 / Email



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