Great Catholic Colleges and Universities in the Midwest

Factor your faith into your college search by exploring this list of amazing Catholic colleges and universities in the Midwestern United States.

Sometimes college takes a whole lot of faith to get through, and sometimes college gets you through with a whole lot of faith. If you’re looking for amazing Catholic colleges and universities that will support you in your faith and academics, look no further than this list! Here, you can explore institutions in the Midwestern United States that are looking for students just like you. Just click the green “Connect me” buttons below the schools you’re interested in. Each college will then reach out to you with more information. Who knows? You could be on the right path to your academic future! 

College of Saint Benedict

College of Saint BenedictThe College of Saint Benedict is a church-affiliated liberal arts college in close partnership with Saint John’s University and located in St. Joseph, Minnesota—75 miles north of Minneapolis. With 3,500 undergraduates and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers over 60 areas of study with 37 majors and 32 minors. CSB students benefit from Summer Term specifically for internships, research, and international study; 65 clubs and organizations; opportunities through Campus Ministry, including Sunday evening Masses and Faith Communities; and more.

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Creighton University

Creighton UniversityCreighton University is a private coeducational Jesuit institution in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. With more than 8,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors in the arts, sciences, business, and nursing. Creighton offer students resources like the Pre-professional Scholars Program, undergraduate research opportunities, on-campus and online ministries, the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, and more.

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DePaul University

DePaul UniversityDePaul University is a private coeducational Roman Catholic university in Chicago, Illinois. With a total enrollment of 22,437 and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 130 undergraduate programs. DePaul students benefit from over 350 student organizations, an interdisciplinary Honors Program, study abroad opportunities in over 30 countries, and the Division of Mission and Ministry, which offers a Campus Ministry, the Religious Diversity and Pastoral Care Team, and the Vincentian Service and Formation team.  

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Holy Cross College

Holy Cross CollegeHoly Cross College is a coeducational church-affiliated liberal arts college in Notre Dame, Indiana. With approximately 3,000 undergraduates and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, the College offers more than 20 undergraduate majors as well as minors in most major fields. Students also benefit from three-year accelerated bachelor’s degrees, the Compass Career Program, the Senior Capstone Seminar, a flexible Chapel schedule, Explore Theology on Tap, and more.

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John Carroll University

John Carroll UniversityJohn Carroll University is a private Jesuit Catholic university in a residential community only 10 miles from downtown Cleveland, Ohio. With 3,017 undergraduates and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations. JCU students can take advantage of domestic and international immersion trips, over 90 student organizations, faith-based communities, 88 other weekly service activities provided by Campus Ministry, and more.

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Madonna University

Madonna UniversityMadonna University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university in Livonia, Michigan—just west of Detroit. With 2,460 undergraduates and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 140 majors and minors. Madonna also offers students resources including 500+ annual internship opportunities, numerous service opportunities, regular Sunday campus Masses, Faith Life groups like Franciscan Life, and retreats through Campus Ministry.

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Marquette University

Marquette UniversityMarquette University is a private church-affiliated university in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,024 and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 80 undergraduate majors and 87 minors and pre-professional programs. Marquette students benefit from service learning opportunities, more than 300 students groups like the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Cru, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and more.

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Saint John’s University

Saint John’s UniversitySaint John's University is a church-affiliated liberal arts college in close partnership with the College of Saint Benedict and located in Collegeville, Minnesota—75 miles north of Minneapolis. CSB/SJU share one combined curriculum, with students attending classes and activities together on both campuses, which are connected by a free shuttle service. Students from either school have access to the libraries, dining centers, athletic facilities, Campus Ministry, activities, and resources on both campuses.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis University is a Jesuit Catholic university in St. Louis, Missouri. With nearly 13,000 students on campus and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 90 undergraduates and more than 100 graduate and professional programs. SLU provides nearly 200 student organizations, including the InterFaith Alliance and Java with the Jesuits; events and services through Campus Ministry; opportunities to serve, including mission trips; and more.

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Saint Mary’s College

Saint Mary’s CollegeSaint Mary's College is a private Roman Catholic liberal arts college for women in Notre Dame, Indiana—just six miles from South Bend. With 1,600 undergraduates and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers over 50 majors, minors, and concentrations. Saint Mary’s students benefit from more than 70 student groups, Catholic Relief Services, the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, academic year and summer duration study abroad opportunities, and more.

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St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose UniversitySt. Ambrose University is an independent coeducational Catholic university in Davenport, Iowa—180 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. With 2,305 undergraduates and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degrees, and three doctoral programs. SAU provides students internships, study abroad in more than 40 countries, research opportunities, over 80 student groups, prayer services, a Liturgical Ministry, and more.

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University of Dayton

University of DaytonThe University of Dayton is a private coeducational Catholic university in Dayton, Ohio. With 8,322 undergraduates and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 80 undergrad programs, 50 master’s degrees, and 12 doctoral programs. UD students benefit from more than 280 student organizations, up to $109,000 in merit scholarships over four years, one of the largest Campus Ministry programs in the country, Sunday and weekday Mass, and more.

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University of Notre Dame

University of Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame is a private comprehensive church-affiliated university in Notre Dame, Indiana—five miles outside of South Bend. With 8,874 undergraduates and 9:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers approximately 75 degree programs. Notre Dame provides students 31 unique residence halls for community living, state-of-the-art technology and research facilities, over 400 student clubs, Monday through Friday Masses, Campus Ministry, and more.

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Want to attend college in another part of the country? Check out this list of Great Catholic Colleges and Universities in the West.

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