The Institute of International Education's (IIE) "2013 Open Doors" report ranked University of Dallas and The Catholic University of America among the top colleges in the U.S. for the percentage of undergraduates taking part in study abroad programs.
The IIE ranked University of Dallas at 5th place for "Master's Institutions," which is defined according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Catholic University of America was ranked 36th in the category for "Doctorate Institutions." Both University of Dallas and The Catholic University of America are recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.
"Our ranking reflects the enduring importance and success of the Rome Program in the life of UD students since its inception more than 40 years ago," said Rome and summer programs director Rebecca Davies in a University of Dallas press release.
"This ranking is even more gratifying given a common course of study for our undergraduates in Rome comprised of all required courses in our renowned Core curriculum," Davies continued. "Students are taught by our own faculty on our own campus in the city that was, and is, the focus of these great works of heart, mind, spirit, art and intellect."
According to the IIE report, more than 89 percent of Dallas undergraduates participate in the study abroad program.
The Newman Guide includes a letter from University of Dallas president Thomas Keefe, who says, "The Rome Program, which is a cohort to the academic enterprise, brings Western civilization to life by providing students the opportunity to see the most influential places and the greatest art and culture of the West. Rome is one of the birthplaces of Western civilization and the heart of the Roman Catholic Church."
Other Catholic universities to receive top rankings by the IIE include Boston College, University of San Diego, University of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas (Minn.), Georgetown University, Fordham University, Loyola University Maryland, Villanova University, Saint Mary's College of California, Gonzaga University, Xavier University (Ohio), St. Mary's University (Tex.), University of Portland, Loyola University in New Orleans, Loyola Marymount University, and College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.
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