If you’re searching for a great Catholic institution to call home for four years—or if you’re just curious about what Catholic colleges are all about—you’ve come to the right place! All the schools listed below are church-affiliated institutions in various Catholic traditions that are located in the six states of New England. And to make your college search easier, you can connect with all of them quickly and easily! Just click the “Connect me” button underneath each featured school if you’d like to learn more about them—then they'll reach out to you. Dive into these great options now and see where your education could take you!
College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross is an exclusively undergraduate private liberal arts institution located on a 174-acre campus in Worcester, Massachusetts—around 50 miles from Boston. At Holy Cross, students design their own course of study with a curriculum consisting of common requirements, a major, and freely elected courses—allowing you to combine majors and/or add a minor or concentration. The College also offers many opportunities to participate in dialogues, identify and pursue your passions, and engage in meaningful community service.
Merrimack College is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts college with a 220-acre campus in North Andover, Massachusetts—25 miles north of Boston. The Schools of Liberal Arts, Science & Engineering, Health Sciences, Education and Social Policy, and Business offer more than 150 high-impact majors and minors, plus small class sizes and hands-on experience. With the annual service tradition Mack Gives Back, hundreds of student, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers perform hours of community service throughout Boston and the Merrimack Valley.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University is a private coeducational institution with a 50-acre campus located in Fairfield, Connecticut. As the second-largest Catholic university in New England, SHU provides students with an education rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Approximately 9,000 students are enrolled in more than 80 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, benefitting from professional career coaches and peer mentors, short-term and semester-long programs around the globe, a First-Year Experience course, and more.
Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts university with an 80-acre campus located in Newport, Rhode Island—35 miles from Providence. More than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students can choose from 46 majors, 42 minors, and options to pursue combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees. The University’s long-established Sisters of Mercy and Catholic liberal arts traditions broaden minds, appreciate differences, and celebrate the exploration of purpose and potential.
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