Oct   2013



The Catholic Connection in Your College Search

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, Stonehill College

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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