The Catholic Connection in Your College Search

A higher education expert offers his take on the benefits of studying at a Catholic college or university.

As you consider the many facets of the college search, don’t forget to incorporate any interest you may have in a Catholic education.

Catholic colleges and universities, which are as diverse as any segment of higher education, often demonstrate the characteristics that suggest they are a good investment. From liberal arts colleges with fewer than 1,000 students to large, urban, research-oriented institutions with several thousand students, Catholic institutions serve Catholic and non-Catholic students alike. A great resource for Catholic institutions is Catholic Colleges Online, which provides information on approximately 150 member institutions in the National Catholic College Admission Association.

Catholic colleges and universities have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate education and provide a campus culture rich in academic excellence, a commitment to serving others, and a supportive community environment. One of the strongest factors in support of Catholic higher education are retention and graduation rates, which are generally higher than the national averages for other four-year institutions. With strong support from their communities, students at Catholic colleges are mentored and supported in a way that increases the likelihood that they will complete their degree in four years.

If you're considering attending a Catholic college or university, what are some of the issues that factor into your decision?

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About Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.


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