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Top Catholic Colleges and Universities

A List of 23 of the Best Catholic Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

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Marquette University

Marquette University
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  • Location: Milwaukee Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 11,516 (7,955 undergraduates)
  • Order: Jesuit
  • Description: Marqueete frequently places well on rankings of national universities, and its programs in business, nursing and the biomedical sciences are worth a close look. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Marquette was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. On the athletic front, Marquette, competes in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Marquette University profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Marquette

Notre Dame, University of

University of Notre Dame Golden Dome
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  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 11,733 (8,371 undergraduates)
  • Order: Holy Cross
  • Description: Notre Dame boasts that its undergraduate alumni have earned more doctorates than any other Catholic university. The school is highly selective and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Roughly 70% of accepted students rank in the top 5% of their high school class. The university's 1,250 acre campus has two lakes and 137 buildings including Main Building with its well-known Golden Dome. In athletics, many Notre Dame Fighting Irish teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Notre Dame profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Notre Dame

Providence College

Providence College
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  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Enrollment: 5,297 (4,504 undergraduates)
  • Order: Dominican
  • Description: Providence College typically ranks well for both its value and its academic quality when compared to other master's-level colleges in the Northeast. The curriculum is distinguished by a four-semester long course on western civilization that covers history, religion, literature and philosophy. Providence College has an impressive graduation rate of over 85%. In athletics, the Providence College Friars compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Providence College profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Providence College

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University Cupples House
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  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 16,086 (11,187 undergraduates)
  • Order: Jesuit
  • Description: Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is the second oldest Jesuit university in the country. The university has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. Professional programs such as business and nursing are particular popular among undergraduates. Students come from all 50 states and 90 countries. In athletics, the Saint Louis Billikens compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Saint Louis University profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Saint Louis University

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library
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  • Location: Santa Clara, California
  • Enrollment: 8,758 (5,267 undergraduates)
  • Order: Jesuit
  • Description: Santa Clara University frequently ranks among the best master's universities in the country. The university wins high marks for its retention and graduation rates, community service programs, alumni salaries, and sustainability efforts. Business programs are the most popular among undergraduates, and the Leavey School of Business ranks highly among the nation's undergraduate B-schools. In athletics, the Santa Clara University Broncos compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Santa Clara University profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Santa Clara

Siena College

Siena College
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  • Location: Loudonville, New York
  • Enrollment: 3,217 (all undergraduate)
  • Order: Franciscan
  • Description: Siena College is highly student-centered with a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. The college can also boast of an 80% six-year graduation rate (with most students graduating in four years). Business is the most popular field for students at Siena. In athletics, the Siena Saints compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Siena College profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Siena

Stonehill College

  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 2,426 (all undergraduate)
  • Order: Holy Cross
  • Description: Stonehill ranks well among national liberal arts colleges, and the school recently appeared in U.S. News & World Report's list of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools." Stonehill students come from 28 states and 14 countries, and the college wins high marks for its level of student engagement. Stonehill College has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. Students can choose from 80 majors and minors. In athletics, the Stonehill Skyhawks compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast Ten Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Stonehill College profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Stonehill

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College
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  • Location: Santa Paula, California
  • Enrollment: 340 (all undergraduate)
  • Order: Independent
  • Description: Little Thomas Aquinas College is probably the most unusual school on this list. The college uses no textbooks; instead, students read the great books of Western civilization. The college has no lectures, but sustained tutorials, seminars and laboratories. Also, the school has has no majors, for all students acquire a broad and integrated liberal education. The college frequently ranks highly among national liberal arts colleges, and it also wins praise for its small classes and its value.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the Thomas Aquinas College profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Thomas Aquinas

University of Dallas

University of Dallas
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  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Enrollment: 2,972 (1,233 undergraduates)
  • Order: Diocesan
  • Description: The University of Dallas does well on the financial aid front -- nearly all students receive significant grant aid. Academically, the university can boast of a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university has a campus in Rome where nearly 80% of all undergraduates study for a semester.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the University of Dallas profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for the University of Dallas

University of Dayton

University of Dayton Chapel
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  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 10,395 (7,434 undergraduates)
  • Order: Marianist
  • Description:  The University of Dayton's program in entrepreneurship has been ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report, and Dayton also gets high marks for student happiness and athletics. Nearly all Dayton students get financial aid. In athletics, the Dayton Flyers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.
  • For acceptance rates, standardized test scores, costs and more information, visit the University of Dayton profile.
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Dayton
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