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Newspaper: College of Saint Mary Magdalen Flourishing

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is rebounding since its “refounding” two years ago, as the school reports that its freshman class doubled in size over last year, and is in fact its largest ever.

According to The Union Leader, the college recently welcomed its freshman class of 28 students, bringing the total number of students to 67.

“Our goal is 40 incoming students next year,” Katie Moffett, the college’s director of admissions and communications. reportedly said. “We’re really starting to get our name out there in the broader sphere of colleges.”

The college was founded in 1973 in Bedford by Francis Boucher, John Meehan and Peter Sampo, “in response to the call by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council for a spiritual renewal of the Church and of the world,” according to the college’s mission statement. The college moved to its current 135-acre campus in 1991.

Facing declining enrollment, a new president, George Harne, was brought to campus, many new faculty were brought in, and the college’s name was changed in 2010. But throughout all the changes, the college’s commitment to being a faithful Catholic college never wavered.

The college also adopted the “Great Books Curriculum” as the core of its bachelor of arts program. It offered four concentrations — theology, philosophy, literature and political philosophy. And a semester of study in Rome was added, as well as internship opportunities.

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is recommended in the latest edition of The Newman Guide.

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