|Number of Students||202|
|Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board)||$320/Credit Hour|
|Net Price (learn more)||$9,870|
|Number of Majors||5|
|Median High School GPA||3.5|
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?
Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Yes, approved by the U.S.D.o.E.
Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.
Ranked 2 by Best Valued Schools for Online Theology and Christian Studies Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) in 2015
Our Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program has been named #1 among Catholic higher-ed institutions and #4 overall among the 20 Best Online Master’s in Pastoral Counseling Degree Programs by Top Counseling Schools.
Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)
It is our goal that a philosophically based, Catholic liberal arts program will prepare our students for life and for graduate school if that be their goal.
Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?
Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?
Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?
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?
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):
Roger Duncan: Ph.D. in Philosophy-Yale; senior professor of Philosophy for many years; writes extensively for Communion & Liberation.
Angelyn Arden: Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology-University of New Hampshire; numerous publications, book reviews, professional lectures on the psychology-philosophy-literature interface; Professor of Humanities.
Sebastian Mahfood, Ph.D. in English – Saint Louis University; nationally recognized leader in the fields of educational technology and online learning; Director of the Catholic Distance Learning Network
Patrick Madrid, M.A. in Theology – Pontifical College Josephinum; director of the Catholic Apologetics Academy and the Envoy Institute; Host of three EWTN television series: “Pope Fiction,” “Search and Rescue,” and “Where Is That in the Bible?” nationally recognized leader in Apologetics.
Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein – University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, S.T.D, summa cum laude, 2016. Specialization: Systematic Theology. Author of: The Thrill of the Chaste , My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, and Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, with combined sales of more than 35,000 copies. Professor of Theology and Humanities.
Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?
Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?
Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law?
Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
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?
Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:
SAS 101 Sacred Scripture- Dr. Joan Gilbert (On Campus) and Fr. Randy Soto (Online)
PAS 161 Catechism I – Sr. MaryAnne Linder, FSE ( On Campus) and Prof. Steven Schultz (online)
PAS 162 Catechism II – Sr. MaryAnne Linder, FSE ( On Campus) and Prof. Steven Schultz (online)
MTH 300 Moral Theology – Dr. Joan Gilbert (on Campus) and Prof. Jacob Torbeck (online)
MTH 425 Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson (On Campus and Online)
SAS 451 Synoptic Gospels – Fr. Jude Surowiec (on campus) and Fr. Randy Soto (online)
Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.
The undergraduate program is a philosophically-based Catholic liberal arts degree designed to prepare the students for graduate studies and/or life. Many of our undergraduate students go on to the study of undergraduate and graduate theology. Catholic philosophy provides the necessary prerequisites to study theology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All theology courses at Holy Apostles are faithful to the Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:
Scripture, Catechism I, Catechism II, Moral Theology, Theology of the Body, Synoptic Gospels
History of Ancient Philosophy, History of Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of God, Philosophical Anthropology, Logic, Metaphysics, Poetry, Drama, Research and Writing, Novels and Short Stories, Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, Psychology
Mathematics among the Liberal Arts, Science Course in either Physics, Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology.
Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:Mathematics among the Liberal Arts, Science Course in either Physics, Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology.
Humanities in the Ancient World, Composition and Rhetoric, Chemistry-Lab, Spanish I & Spanish II, Latin I & Latin II, Greek I & Greek II, Logic, Sociology, Church History, American History, Humanities in the Early Christian World, Fine Arts, Ethics, History of Medieval Philosophy, Epistemology, Economics, Synoptic Gospels, Liturgical Theology, Letters of St. Paul, Political Science
How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?
Associate of Arts Degree – 60 Credits, 50% are Core Courses
Bachelor of Arts Degree – 120 Credits, 50% are Core Courses.
Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?Bachelor of Arts Degree – 120 Credits, 50% are Core Courses.
If Yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?
The first required course for the undergraduate students is The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Beginning students study the first and second pillars (Creed and Sacraments) in their first semester and the third and fourth pillars (Moral Life and Prayer) in their second semester. The courses Synoptic Gospels, Letters of Paul, Bioethics, Theology of the Body, Moral Theology, and Apologetics are designed to meet the Institutions’ objectives that Catholic students become leaders for evangelization, with the expectation that they know the teachings of the Church, will find the continued strength they need to live them and will be prepared to promote and defend them.
Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?
Suggested but not required.
List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:
Associate of Arts Degree Majors: Liberal Arts and Theology
Bachelor of Arts Degree Majors: English in the Humanities, History in the Social Sciences, Philosophy, Sacred Art and 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?
Theology – 55%
Philosophy – 41%
English in the Humanities – 17%
History in the Social Sciences – 11%
Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study?
Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines?
If Yes, please describe:
The campus is the locus for the John Paul II Bioethics Center and hosts a bi-annual lecture series on pertinent bioethical issues. The three most recent speakers have been Fr. Paul N. Check, executive director of Courage International, a Roman Catholic apostlate to same sex attracted persons that encourages holiness and purity in life and provides spiritual direction, friendship, support group, retreats, etc., Dr. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Dr. Allen Sears, president of The Alliance Defense Fund
Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research and other academic activities?
If yes, please describe.
The faithfulness of faculty participation in the monthly Fides et Ratio Faculty Seminars based on the summer Fides et Ratio seminars sponsored by the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, DC.
All courses in the different disciplines are directed toward the mission of cultivating Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.
Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?
Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
Some of the local students choose to attend Mass in their parishes while others choose to attend Mass on campus with the seminarians
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
Yes, twice a day during the week on campus
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
More than 30 undergraduate students attend daily Mass
Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?
Yes, twice during the week and on Saturday mornings
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
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.):
Monday – Friday, 6:45 Morning Prayer, 7:00 AM Ordinary Form Mass
Thursday – Sunday Morning – Continuous Adoration
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
Mo before morning Mass
Tu before morning Mass and before evening prayer
We before morning Mass
Th before morning Mass and before evening prayer
Fr before morning Mass
Sa before morning Mass
Su before morning Mass
Or by appointment
Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
Catholic Underground – 1 meeting per month
Charismatic Renewal – Sunday evening
Contemporary Praise & Worship – Monday evening
International Rosary – Wednesday afternoon
Confraternity of Mary – Thursday afternoon
Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
We have no formal programs to foster vocations, but they are fostered through the undergraduate students’ living and studying and praying side by side with priests, seminarians, and religious brothers and sisters.
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.
We are not aware; most of our seminarians and religious have chosen their vocation before they matriculate.
Additional chaplaincy information
The nature of the campus built around a seminary formation program lends itself to a Catholic prayer life. Students are welcome to participate in daily Mass, daily Liturgy of the Hours, a daily holy hour, common devotional prayers such as the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On Fridays during Lent the seminary community prays the Stations of the Cross. Some students choose to be part of Catholic Underground that meets on campus once a month. Literally and spiritually Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel centers the entire campus.
Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:
Holy Apostles College is an institution that serves lay commuter and online undergraduate students. Students who wish to attend classes on campus are responsible for providing their own living arrangements and transportation.
Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?
Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (please put an “X” in front of any that apply):
Any Student who wishes
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
On campus housing is provided only for seminarians, priests, and religious sisters.
What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?
When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?
Never, there are no common areas for anyone not a resident
Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)
How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?
Alcohol is forbidden in all campus residences.
How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?
Does your institution have formal programs to foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?
If Yes, please describe:
Daily Mass, daily Liturgy of the Hours, a daily holy hour, common devotional prayers such as the Rosary and Divine mercy Chaplet. During Lent, on Fridays, Stations of the Cross. The Catholic Underground meets on campus once a month.
Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution…
The lay student body has forged a strong sense of community and family as evidenced by their robust activities together. Most students participate in several sports daily at lunchtime. There are eat-outs at different restaurants; movie, pizza and game nights; hiking around CT. trails and beaches. Students all meet at Catholic Underground on campus each month. They participate in a choir program with the seminarians as well as a Latin schola. The lay students also participate in a broad range of joint activities with the seminarians and religious, including the organization of study groups; a very large joint representation of the student body takes part in the March for Life in January. Additionally, every Saturday a number of students and seminarians keep a prayer vigil at a local abortuary. Our end of semester and end of year celebrations see a large number of participants from the students and their families for Mass, dinner and evening entertainment including talent shows. In sum, this is a unique and positive dimension of Holy Apostles: the experience of the praying, studying and working together of those called to priesthood, to the lay faithful and to consecrated life. In fact, we refer to ourselves as a mini ecclesia. The fact of relatively small classes and very solicitous teachers gives the opportunity for each student to be well known and to be addressed personally on their faith journey.
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?
How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?
All sanctioned clubs must be approved by the administration and are required to adhere to Catholic teaching.
Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?
Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic?
Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?
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:
The mission of Holy Apostles College and Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated, and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.
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?”
We do not have a written policy but all speakers are approved by the administration and by the Bishop of Norwich, Chancellor of Holy Apostles.
If yes, please give the policy:
All speakers and honorees support the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
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):
202 Undergraduate Students – (144 online, 58 on campus)
Approx. 25% of on-campus students are seminarians/religious
Male: 54% Female 46%
Catholic: 95% Other 5%
Number of States Represented: 50
Top States: Connecticut, New York, California, Texas,
Students from Top States: 70%
Catholic HS N/A Homeschool: N/A
Private HS: N/A Public HS: N/A
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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?
Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?
Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?
Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
A message from the president.
Dear Parents and Prospective Students:
Thank you for your interest in Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Our mission is to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization.
Towards this end, we offer a philosophically-based, Catholic, liberals arts undergraduate degree program to prepare students for what Pope Paul VI called “the greatest drama of our time” – i.e., the split between the Gospel and culture. A degree from Holy Apostles prepares students to be active participants in the culture of life and to succeed in their chosen secular professions.
Holy Apostles is one of the few Catholic colleges in America where lay students, religious and seminarians attend many of the same classes together, worship together and grow intellectually and spiritually together. We are also one of the few Catholic colleges where all members of the faculty must be approved by the bishop in order to ensure fidelity to the magisterium.
Our Catholic identity is very strong and we are committed to providing an affordable education to educate young men and women while forming moral and ethical leaders who know and love God.
I invite you to visit or call to learn more about the exciting opportunities we offer. You are always welcome.
Very Rev. Douglas L. Mosey, C.S.B., Ph.D.