Many of the Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide are hosting summer programs for high school students in 2014. From studying Shakespeare in Italy to kayaking in Wyoming, a wide array of opportunities is available. What makes so many of these programs distinct from offerings at secular or even other Catholic colleges is that they remain grounded in the Catholic faith. High school students will get a chance to taste a bit of college life—and see what living the faith in college is all about. These programs often prove to be the reason why a student chooses to attend a Newman Guide college.
Ave Maria University in Florida is inviting rising freshmen to graduating seniors for a weekend-long “Made for Another” youth conference from July 11-13, 2014. The conference includes “dynamic talks, moving music, prayer, adoration, Mass and the opportunity to make some incredible friends!”
Students can choose from a weekend-long youth conference at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., or one of three week-long “Cathedral” (CATHolic EDucation RALly) programs, including Great Books, Youth for Life, and Voice. The Youth for Life program was announced shortly after the College returned from sending eight buses and leading the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this year.
Engineering, drama and architecture are the focus of the three high school summer programs at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The programs help students be “prepared for success at the University level” and offer a taste of “living on campus” and “exposure to the best of Washington, D.C., including special museum tour, sporting events, and various other safe recreational activities.”
Every year, more than 200 high school students spend a week at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and “leave campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship, and the beauty of God's creation evidenced in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.” The College’s “Experience Christendom” program, which usually has a waiting list, is open to rising high school seniors.
Academic programs offering college credit are available through the University of Dallas in Irving, Tex., this summer. “Shakespeare in Italy” and “Latin in Rome” will take place abroad, while “Arete: An Introduction to the Classics” will be hosted on the University’s home campus. The Arete program serves as an introduction to the “essential texts of Western Civilization and allows [students] to reflect on works of fine art, film, and music.”
DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., is offering a variety of day and overnight athletic camps and performing arts institutes in addition to two programs for area high school students this summer. The performing arts institutes include a Video Institute, Theatre Institute and Dance Intensive.
Twenty Steubenville Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, will draw more than 45,000 high school students from across the country this summer. These high-energy conferences feature “inspiring talks, dynamic worship, and profound encounters with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation.” This year, students can attend the Conference on the campus at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Georgia, in Canada, and a number of other locations.
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to spend two weeks at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., from July 27-August 9 this summer. “Participants live in the College's residence halls, study philosophy, theology, and music (with the option to study politics and literature), attend daily Mass, and enjoy sports, drama, and socials,” along with several day trips.
Student-athletes are invited to work hard, grow in their athletic abilities, and experience college life at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Participants will be challenged by many of the Mount’s own Division I coaching staff, including the head men’s basketball coach who led the team to an NCAA tournament appearance this year. The camps include men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, and men’s lacrosse and baseball.
Rising high school seniors are invited to spend two weeks on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., from July 20-August 2 for a Great Books Program. Students will “engage firsthand with the greatest minds of Western civilization,” enjoy recreation in the College’s ideal location, and have opportunities for daily Mass and other religious activities.
The oldest summer program in the country, according to the College, the Great Books program at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will take students back five-hundred years in time to “explore the lives of great men and women who lived, challenged, defended, and helped spread the Catholic Faith to the world.” Students will grow in friendship, study, play sports, hike, and pray together at the program. Other summer programs at the College include a Catholic Writers Program, Catholic Leadership Institute, and Naturalistic Drawing and Iconography classes.
The University of Mary in Bismarck,N.D., is hosting a Cor Christi (Heart of Christ) Institute for high school students to encounter Christ. The program is designed to prepare students for Confirmation and equip them “with the information they need in order to know and love their Catholic faith.” Last year, more than 150 students, mostly from the region, took part in the Institute. Please contact the University's office of public affairs for more information.
The “Virtue, Character and Community” camp at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., introduces students “to the art of close, analytical, integrative reading and discussion of texts drawn from multiple disciplines and historical periods” and “employs the Socratic method of discussion.” The University is offering a number of other academic, athletic, and music camps.
The liberal arts and the great outdoors await rising high school juniors and seniors at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., this summer. In addition to study and prayer, students will take part in outdoor excursions like canoeing, rock climbing and caving. Two-week and 10-day adventure camps are being offered.
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