The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith. Both publications are available free online or can be ordered in print at TheNewmanGuide.com.
Together these unique resources for Catholic families recommend 28 colleges, universities and online programs for fidelity and excellence and help families navigate the college search and the transition from high school to college life.
“It’s not enough that our Catholic sons and daughters survive college with their faith intact,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Catholic college graduates should be wise, pure, and ready to serve with distinction in any career and vocation. The colleges and universities in The Newman Guide provide this preparation for life.”
The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College is now in full color and features profiles of the 28 recommended institutions including information on academics, residence life, student activities and spiritual life. The profiles are completely updated after extensive campus visits and/or interviews with faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni.
Each profile has a “Quick Facts” box that notes the number of undergraduate students, median SAT scores and high school GPAs of admitted students, the number of majors offered, the percentage of students who are Catholic, and the cost of the college. The profiles also include a letter to parents and students from the college president and information on financial aid opportunities.
My Future, My Faith is a new, full-color magazine that features more than a dozen articles to help students and parents with the search for a Catholic college and to navigate the sometimes difficult transition to college education and campus life. Whereas a smaller set of articles was included in previous editions of The Newman Guide, The Cardinal Newman Society launched the companion magazine because families said the valuable advice was getting lost when paired with the college profiles.
Among the magazine’s features are “Why Choose a Catholic College” by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, “A Checklist for Growing Your Faith” by Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, “Fidelity Matters: Catholic Colleges Are Not All the Same” by Father C. John McCloskey, and “How to Know Which College Is Right for You.”
Other topics include keys for getting into a good college, how to write an exceptional application essay, tips for making a campus visit, and how to pay for college. For the first time The Cardinal Newman Society provides strategies for sustaining and growing your faith on campus, suggested rules for campus dating, and an article from FOCUS on why successful and happy students pursue chastity, sobriety and excellence.
The brand new website at TheNewmanGuide.com is a content-rich, easy-to-navigate online resource that includes all of the content contained in The Newman Guide and My Future, My Faith, plus promotional videos from the colleges, links to campus photo tours, a contact form for the admissions office of each recommended college, and social media links.
In addition, each recommended college has completed a comprehensive questionnaire on academics, student life and institutional governance, and their answers are published online. The questionnaire was developed in response to families’ requests for information about everything from accreditation to majors, and from Mass times to student clubs.
The content available at TheNewmanGuide.com is equivalent to more than 400 pages of additional material for readers to use to help them find the right faithful college for their unique situation.
The 28 recommended institutions include 22 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, four institutions providing English-language instruction in other countries (Canada, Italy and Australia) and two online programs:
U.S. Colleges and Universities
Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.)
Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.)
Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.)
Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)
The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.)
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen (Warner, N.H.)
The College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More (Fort Worth, Tex.)
DeSales University (Center Valley, Penn.)
Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)
Holy Apostles College (Cromwell, Conn.)
Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, Ga.)
John Paul the Great Catholic University (San Diego, Calif.)
Mount St. Mary’s Univerity (Emmitsburg, Md.)
St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Ok.)
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, N.H.)
University of Dallas (Irving, Tex.)
University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)
University of St. Thomas (Houston, Tex.)
Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio)
Wyoming Catholic College (Lander, Wyo.)
International and Online Institutions
Campion College (Old Toongabbie, Australia)
Catholic Distance University (online)
Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (online)
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada)
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy)
Redeemer Pacific College (Langley, British Columbia, Canada)
About the Cardinal Newman Society
Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.
In addition to publishing The Newman Guide, the Society administers the Catholic High School Honor Roll, which recognizes high schools across America for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civics education.
The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education works to support and foster collaboration among those presidents, faculty and staff interested in strengthening and protecting their colleges’ Catholic identity.
The Society’s online publication and regular e-mail service, Campus Notes, reports on developments on Catholic campuses and works to defend Catholic identity by shining a light on scandal.
Additionally, the Society promotes Eucharistic Adoration and for The Real Presence Association is the national coordinator of the Vatican’s International Exposition “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” on college campuses.
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