Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., recently finished its last session of the Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP), according to the College. Earlier this summer The Cardinal Newman Society reported that the high school program was already receiving rave reviews from its participants. Now, at its conclusion, the College declares the program a success.
According to the College website:
Since it began in 1999, over 1600 students have attended the ECSP, with 32% of the attendees eventually choosing Christendom as their school of choice. Approximately 40% of the college's current student body has been to a program, and 65% of the incoming freshmen are alumni of the summer programs.
Tom McFadden, who runs ECSP and serves as vice president of enrollment for Christendom, described the program as a success and said that students “are blown away by the depth of knowledge that our professors have,” according to the College
"I didn't realize how much there is to learn and how little we know, until going to the classes during the program," said one participant on the Christendom website.
"The academic level of the school is beyond anything one could expect from most colleges, even some Ivy League schools," said another participant. "Not only that, but the professors did an excellent job of making the topics interesting and enjoyable."
Throughout ECSP, participants have the opportunity to experience liberal arts in the classroom, Catholic culture, “true friendships,”and God’s creation through nature’s beauty, according to the College. "I don't have a favorite part because every single second of that summer program was incredible. It was sincerely the best week of my life," reflected a third high school student.
Because of its success, two additional program sessions will be added to next summer’s schedule.
Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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