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Campion College

Year Founded 2006
Number of Students 85
Location Toongabbie East, NSW
Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board) $20,535 (US$)
Net Price (learn more) $19,535 (US$)
Number of Majors 4
Catholic Students 95%
Catholic Faculty 80%
Median High School GPA

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Campion College outside of Sydney, Australia, is a faithfully Catholic liberal arts college established in 2006 under the patronage of the English martyr St. Edmund Campion. 

The College welcomes English-speaking students for one or more semesters or to complete a full degree, and it has had several students from the U.S., England, Canada, and New Zealand. They fit well within the close-knitcommunity, which has 85 students in 2018. 

The College is governed by a 12-member board of trustees, the Campion Institute. The nine-member Campion Foundation launched the College and provides financial support.

Dr. Paul Morrissey became president of Campion College in December 2014. His previous role was as senior lecturer in theology and acting associate dean in the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. Dr. Morrissey holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He has been published in journals such as New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. 

Campion College offers a fully-accredited three-year bachelor’s degree program in the liberal arts, a one-year diploma in the liberal arts, and a one-year diploma in classical languages. The College has several credit transfer and recognition agreements with colleges in the U.S. Students planning for graduate studies in the U.S. should check to ensure that a Campion degree is accepted. 

The cost of studying at Campion is relatively low. Not only are degrees awarded after three years, but the total cost for tuition, room and board in 2017 (February-November) is about $20,535 in U.S. dollars.  Scholarships and bursaries are available. 

The integrated core curriculum for all students includes 24 required courses in subjects including history, literature, philosophy, and theology. Students may choose to study extra courses in Latin, classical Greek, science, and mathematics as electives.

Core subjects are taught in sequence, with some flexibility in choosing courses and majors in the third year. For example, in history, students progress from an overview course to ancient history, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and beyond. In the third year, students have options such as studying the 20th century or taking the course Australian Politics, Culture and Religion.

Theology courses consider Christian culture, revelation, the Sacraments and contemporary theology. Optional courses include sexual ethics, bioethics, and Catholic social teaching. Optional courses include contemporary theology, sexual ethics, bioethics, and Catholic social teaching.

Each member of the academic faculty at Campion holds a doctorate. Campion’s uniquely small class sizes grant students direct access to professors, ensuring individual attention. The College’s Learning Centre offers guidance in finding the right materials for assignments—the library contains over 25,000 volumes—and in providing assistance in research and writing skills.

The chaplaincy team is led by Father Peter Kruk OP, who provides daily Mass in the College chapel.  To nurture the spiritual life of students and staff, the team provides other sacraments and activities, including Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, spiritual retreats, and individual spiritual direction. All-night Adoration occurs every first Friday of the month. 

Every fortnight, the College hosts a “Formal Hall,” a special dinner held in conjunction with special feast days at which students and staff wear academic gowns.  

Campion students are active leaders in the local Catholic community, including the Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA), the annual Corpus Christi procession in Sydney, and various Catholic charitable organizations. 

Campus housing includes separate men’s and women’s dorms or houses, with both single and double rooms, with air conditioning and wireless internet access. A linen service is provided for laundry needs.

Students can also rent nearby homes or apartments.

The College is located in Old Toongabbie, one of the oldest suburbs of Sydney, and is located 18 miles from the central business district. It is also near Parramatta, a major business and commercial center.

Three medical clinics, as well as the 975-bed Westmead Hospital, are in the vicinity.

Most travelers to Australia arrive at Sydney International Airport. The 45-minute trip from Sydney to Campion is possible by automobile, bus, and rail service.

Students engage in a number of clubs and activities coordinated by the Campion College Students Association. There is a debating team, chess club, public speaking club, rowing club, netball club, and campus pro-life group that works to support local pro-life organizations. 

Popular annual events include a soccer tournament, talent night, and formal Campion Ball. The annual Campion Olympics is hosted by the Cassics Society. Students enjoy regular poker nights and playing billiards and ping pong in the student common room. Students play the grand piano and a variety of other instruments at Formal Hall every fortnight. 

Since the inception of Campion, students have provided assistance to members of the local community and along with staff hold an annual BBQ for the neighbors. 

There are many outstanding cultural, shopping and sports opportunities in Sydney, a city of nearly five million people. Residents and tourists enjoy the beaches, including Bondi Beach, about 45 minutes away. 

Hiking is a popular activity in the nearby Blue Mountains World Heritage Area 

The first liberal arts college in Australia, Campion College was founded to provide students an opportunity to be well-educated and grow in the Catholic Faith. The College’s founders carefully studied the renaissance taking place in U.S. Catholic higher education, and they have sought to plant a similar flag of orthodoxy in Australia. 

Today Campion is a successful Catholic institution that offers a unique experience to American students seeking a study-abroad option or a full degree. While certain aspects of Australian colleges and universities are unfamiliar to U.S. students—for example, a three-year undergraduate program and a February-to-November academic year—the opportunity to study at Campion with its strong curriculum and Catholic identity could be very appealing to the faithful, adventurous student. 

Questions & Answers

Answers from the college on the most important questions. Click a topic below to read more.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association?

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) – the National regulator in Australia.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

The average graduation rate over the past three years is 73%.

In a survey conducted in August 2015, 80% of the 2014 College Graduates who responded were engaged in full time work or study within 6 months of graduating.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

Re-accreditation of the BA in July 2015 for a further 7 years by the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

Completed the AUQA (Australian Universities’ Quality Agency) audit in late 2011 and received an excellent report.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

80%

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?

Yes

Are members of your teaching faculty expected, as a condition of employment, to respect Catholic teaching and comply with Catholic morality in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Please identify key undergraduate faculty who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Dr Jeremy Bell
BA MPhil (Syd)
Lecturer in Philosophy 

Dr Luciano Boschiero
BA Hons (Wollongong) PhD (UNSW) DipEdSt (CoT, London)
Senior Lecturer in History 

Dr Colin Dray
BA BCA Hons (Wollongong) PhD (Sydney)
Lecturer in Literature 

Mr Thomas Flynn
MA (Oxford) MPhil (UNDA)
Tutor in Classics 

Rev Dr Luke Holohan SM
BA (Qld) AssDipRelSt (UTI), Grad DipEd (SIE) BTh Grad DipMinLead (SCD) PhD (Trinity Coll Dublin) DipEdSt (CoT, London)
Lecturer in Theology 

Dr Amitavo Islam
BSc Hons (ANU), PhD Mathematics (Syd) PhD Philosophy (UNSW) DipEdSt (CoT, London)
Lecturer in Philosophy and Mathematics 

Dr Stephen McInerney
BA Hons (ANU) PhD (Syd) DipEdSt (CoT, London) DipTh (Cambridge)
Senior Lecturer in Literature
Associate Dean of Studies 

Additional Faculty information, clarification or description (optional):

College sessional staff include: 

Dr Stephen Chavura
BA (Hons I) PhD (UNE)
Lecturer in History 

Dr Kathryn Hillier
BSc (Brock) PhD (UNSW) DipEd (UTS)
Lecturer in Science 

Dr Yvette Debergue
BA (Hons I) PhD (Sydney)
Lecturer in History 

Sr Elena Marie
BPsych (Hons I), PhD (Adelaide)
Lecturer in Biology and Theology 

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Yes

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines have a mandatum according to the procedures established by the local bishop or other competent ecclesiastical authority?

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology?

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

THE101 Theological Foundations of Christian Culture

THE102 The Development of Revelation

THE201 Sacramental Theology

THE202 Fundamental Moral Theology

THE301 Theology of the Post-Conciliar Era [Elective]

THE302 Bioethics and the Catholic Tradition [Elective]

THE303 Moral and Sexual Integrity [Elective]

THE304 Public Morality and Catholic Social Ethics [Elective]

 

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

Our Catholic theology is distinct from other institutes because the content is integrated with the other disciplines – history, literature, philosophy and science – giving the subject greater depth and breadth.

Additional Theology information, clarification or description (optional):

Completion of eight Theology units constitutes a major in Theology.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

For the first two years, full-time BA students will study, at 100 and 200 level (total 16 subjects), four of the five core disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, History and Literature.

In their third year, students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts are required to complete eight 300-level subjects from the core disciplines (Theology, Philosophy, History, Literature and Science).

Third year students may elect to complete a major in a core discipline by completing a total of eight units from that area of study.

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

See above.  Students have the option of taking majors (8 units) in Theology, Philosophy, History, or Literature. 

Students also have the option to take above-load units in Latin and Classical Greek (for the Classical Languages Diploma), as well as Mathematics, and Study Skills. 

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

144 credit points for the Bachelor of Arts 

48 credit points for the Diploma of Liberal Arts 

48 credit points for the Diploma of Classical Languages 

100% of the 144 credit points for the BA must be from the core areas of study 

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Theology is one of our four core subjects and is studied by every one of our students for at least two years.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?

Yes

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Campion students may elect to complete a major (8 units of study) in any of the four core areas of study (History, Literature, Philosophy, Theology).

 

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Of the College’s 2015 BA Graduates:

26% majored in Theology or History

16% majored in Philosophy or Literature

16% did not declare a major

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study?

Yes

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines?

Yes

If yes, please describe:

We run an extensive program of visits by guest speakers, who will address students either formally, in lectures, or less formally during the course of our weekly dinners in hall.  During 2011 Campion sponsored a visit by George Weigel who spoke at two events in the College (as well as at several other college-connected occasions).

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research and other academic activities?

Yes

If yes, please describe.

The Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts has an integrated curriculum, where the content in each of the four subjects being studied in a given semester are inter-related. Faculty spend time ensuring linkages between subjects.

Additional Programs of Study information, clarification or description:

Latin, Greek, and Mathematics are currently taught as above-load at all year levels.  

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?

Yes

Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?

No, Mass is not celebrated in College on Sundays, for we wish to encourage our students to participate in the life of the local parishes.

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

N/A

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?

Yes

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

Approximately 50%

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?

Yes

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?

Yes

Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?

Male only

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Mo Noon, OF said
Tu Noon, OF with chant
We Noon, OF said
Th Noon, OF said
Fr Noon, EF with chant
Sa
Su

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?

Yes

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm

Friday, 11:30am to 12noon

Other: variable according to need

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?

Yes

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Variable

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Daily

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?

Yes

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes. Several Campion graduates have gone into religious life, Dominicans primarily, with others still discerning their vocation into the priesthood.

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

It is not normal practice in Australia for students to leave home to study. 50% of our students reside in the Sydney metropolitan area and commute to classes.  Two options are available to the remainder:  single study-bedrooms, or shared rooms in a student house.

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?

Yes

Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (please put an “X” in front of any that apply):

X  All students
Any Student who wishes
No students
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
Only freshmen
Other

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?

100%

Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)

No

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

The College has a policy on alcohol consumption on campus (NB: the legal drinking age in Australia is 18y.o.) Alcohol is not permitted in residences and times/locations for consumption of alcohol are specified and supervised. Breaches of the policy, including behavioural issues, are dealt with by the Residential Manager in the first instance and disciplinary action/fines apply. Illegal substances are not permitted on campus and this has not been an area that has arisen as a problem thus far.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

Residential areas are single sex and students are not permitted in the bedrooms of members of the opposite sex.

Does your institution have formal programs to foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

No

Additional Residence Life information, clarification or description (optional):

There is a Leadership Award Program in which students may choose to participate.  To qualify for the Award a student must perform well consistently across a range of special areas including leadership, social service, and public speaking.   

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

foster spiritual development:

The Rosary Group

engage in corporal works of mercy:

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

Campion College Human Life Protection Society

address issues of social concern:

address particular academic interests:

Classics Society, Aristotle Reading Group

address particular cultural interests:

Chess Club, Debating Society, Creative Writing, Campion College Schola, Arts & Multimedia Club

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

Fencing Club, Soccer Club and annual competition, Football Team, Campion College Rowing Crew

please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

The overarching Campion College Students’ Association, and the Editorial Board of the Student magazine Sextant (published six times yearly)

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?

N/A

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

Clubs and societies are coordinated by the Campion College Students Association. There are periodic meetings between the CCSA with the College Executive. There have not yet been any instances of conflict with Catholic teaching; however the College Rules give authority to the College over establishment any affiliated organisations, including the CCSA and its clubs and societies.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?

Yes

Additional Student Activities information, clarification or description (optional):

Schola, the Campion choir, performs at appropriate College, Church and cultural functions.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic?

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?

What is your institution’s mission statement:

‘To form future leaders of society and the Church by a broad program of learning in the Liberal Arts that integrates the insights of faith and reason.’

Campion College Australia is distinctive in both educational and religious terms.

Educationally, the curriculum of the College is based on the traditional Liberal Arts model, which has stood the test of time as an educational structure that fosters the intellectual development of students, as well as preparing them for a career. It entails systematic study across a broad array of subjects, stimulating genuine freedom of thought by opening the mind to the discovery and embrace of truth.

Religiously, it is recognisably Catholic in its affirmation of belief in the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. Students will receive a proper grounding in Catholic belief and thought, and be exposed to the richness of the Church’s spiritual, moral, intellectual and cultural traditions.

The teaching authority of the Church is of decisive importance in the life of Campion College. The Church has a recognised competence in its own sphere of theological enquiry. More broadly, its authority safeguards the search for truth by keeping in balance a range of intellectual freedoms.

These acknowledge:

  • the right of individual scholars to ‘search for the truth’, as Pope John Paul II states in ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae’, ‘wherever analysis and evidence lead them’;
  • the right of students not to be misled or victimised;
  • the right of the university to have its defined identity and purpose respected; and
  • the right of the community to have the common good protected.

Does your institution have a written policy regarding speakers and honorees that at a minimum meets the standards established by the United States bishops in “Catholics in Political Life?”

N/A

How does your institution address student and faculty invitations to speakers and honorees who have publicly opposed or acted contrary to Catholic moral teaching?

All invitations for speakers and honorees have to be approved by the President, whether issued by students or faculty.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 85

Male: 45%  Female: 55%

Catholic: 95%  Other Christian: 4%
Jewish: %  Muslim: %  Other: 1%

Number of states represented: 6
Top three states: NSW, Queensland, Victoria
Students from top three states: 90%

Catholic HS: 60% Homeschool: 12%
Private HS: 20% Public HS:  8%

Most up-to-date information as of 8/1/14

Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution?

Yes

Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?

Yes

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

No

Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?

Yes

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

Yes

President's Note

A message from the president.

Campion College is a unique institution in Australia – the only institute of higher education dedicated to the Liberal Arts. Here at Campion we are committed to the Catholic Liberal Arts tradition whereby an education is truly about the fostering of the life of the mind and the pursuit of wisdom. In order to think freely as humans we need the tools that liberate us to know and contemplate all that is good and true. These tools are what Campion provides. Engaging with ideas, reflecting on the big questions, knowing our past, thinking logically, investigating the insights of faith and reason, reading great works, constructing arguments, are just some of the ways that the life of the mind is fostered at Campion College.

Campion, though, is not just about the life of the mind; we attempt to engage and to form the whole person. Grounded in the Catholic tradition, we see no conflict between a dedicated life of study and the flourishing of the whole person.

As part of educating you in wisdom there is special care taken at Campion with your individual academic development. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and talented academic staff that will instruct, prompt and guide you in the life of the mind. With small classes you will not be lost in a crowd as academics and students create a true community of learning.

Thank you for considering Campion College. Please be in touch if you would like to find out more or visit our lovely campus.

Dr Paul Morrissey

President

Contact Campion College

+61 2 9896 9300

PO Box 3052
Toongabbie East, NSW 2146, Australia

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