The criteria used in most college rankings, like the ones newly released by U.S. News & World Report, don’t include some of the most important factors for Catholic families choosing a college. These include quality of the core curriculum, study in authentic Catholic theology and philosophy, interdisciplinary study, ethical formation, morality of campus life, and more.
Nevertheless, such rankings have some value, especially by confirming that faithful Catholic colleges measure up to other colleges even according to limited secular criteria. Congratulations to the following colleges featured in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for ranking among the top 100 colleges in their categories, according to U.S. News & World Report.
National Liberal Arts Colleges
Thomas Aquinas College (Calif.) – #82 overall, #114 in high school counselor rankings, #36 best value
Regional Universities (North)
DeSales University (Penn.) – #75 overall
Mount St. Mary’s University (Md.) – #23 overall, #13 best value
Regional Universities (Midwest)
Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) – #31 overall
Walsh University (Ohio) – #66 overall
Regional Universities (West)
University of Dallas (Tex.) – #12 overall, #10 best value
University of St. Thomas (Tex.) – #34 overall
Regional Colleges (South)
Aquinas College (Tenn.) – #42 overall
Belmont Abbey College (N.C.) – #39 overall
Regional Colleges (Midwest)
Benedictine College (Kan.) – #29 overall
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