With tuition rates typically higher at Catholic colleges than at their public school counterparts, television host Colleen Carroll Campbell asked why Catholic higher education is worth the cost in an episode of “EWTN News Nightly,” featuring Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly and three Newman Guide colleges (starting at about the 3:00 mark).
The Catholic University of America and Christendom College, which are recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, “aim to stand out from the crowd,” said Campbell.
An all-male dorm where students live in the same building as a Benedictine monk is highlighted on the episode, noting that CUA president John Garvey switched to all single-sex dorms in 2011 to “promote virtue among students.”
The Newman Society’s Reilly is paraphrased as saying that this decision by CUA was one of the reasons why the University was included in 2014 edition of The Newman Guide.
“That Guide highlights colleges that the Newman Society considers in-sync with the teachings of the Church,” EWTN reported.
At Christendom College, the liturgy and the sacraments are emphasized, and 75 percent of the students attend daily Mass, according to EWTN.
College president Timothy O’Donnell is quoted as stating that Christendom “aims to educate the whole person—and help students grow intellectually, morally and spiritually.”
Addressing the financial burden on families to send their children to Catholic college, Ave Maria University, also recommended in the Newman Guide, slashed tuition by 22 percent for next year’s incoming freshmen and froze tuition for all students.
Ave Maria President Jim Towey also emphasized the importance of “effectuating” a strong Catholic mission statement throughout the entire University, as we previously reported.
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