Northeast Catholic College - Cardinal Newman Society

Northeast Catholic College

Year Founded 1974
Number of Students 83
Location Warner, NH
Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board) $32,000
Net Price (learn more) $12,758
Number of Majors 5
Catholic Students 98%
Catholic Faculty 95%
Median High School GPA 3.7
Median SAT 1250

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Northeast Catholic College is a small, residential, Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1973, as part of the new wave of renewal in American Catholic higher education. Over the last five years, the College has transformed its approach to student life, expanded its Great Books curriculum to include five majors, and enhanced its career development program for students.

Northeast Catholic College announced in January 2017 an exciting new partnership with Fr. Michael Gaitley and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, who were brought on campus to provide spiritual formation for the College’s students.  Students’ experience on campus will be enhanced through retreats, courses and service opportunities led by Fr. Gaitley and the Missionaries.

The College’s curriculum includes five majors and  integrates the Socratic study of the Great Books with the classical seven liberal arts. The study of theology and an eight-semester series of seminars in philosophy and humanities are at the center of the integrated curriculum. In their junior and senior years, students build on their core studies and take up majors in theology, politics, philosophy, literature, or the Great Books. Students also can choose to study in Rome and Norcia during the summer.

Through the college’s “Career Pathways Program,” Northeast Catholic researches and communicates internship opportunities, pre-professional programs, graduate school planning, and employment opportunities to its students and their families through a special website and electronic newsletter. The College also organizes a series of professional seminars for its students to help them develop the skills needed to find, keep, and advance in their first job after college. And the College also helps students understand employment in vocational terms and develop an integrated theology of work.

The College offers an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma following the completion of six semesters of theology and catechesis that cover the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as pivotal Church documents and key texts by the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Through this program, students are prepared to be effective communicators of the Faith in their homes, parishes, and communities.

The faculty, chaplain, and student life staff annually take the Oath of Fidelity, and theologians have received the mandatum.

Northeast Catholic College rests on the 3,500-foot Mount Kearsarge in Warner, New Hampshire, a quaint town of 2,800 residents in the Lakes Region. But students are also just 90 minutes from Boston, with numerous educational, cultural, and social opportunities.

Students come from across the United States and other countries, and over 95 percent are Catholic.  A significant number of the students have gone on to graduate study, and about 10 percent of the graduates have become priests or other religious.

Following a comprehensive self-study, site  visit, and evaluation of the institution, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges granted the College its candidacy for accreditation in 2013.

The tuition is less than half the typical private-college tuition in New Hampshire. Northeast Catholic strives to help families who need financial aid, through its academic, need-based, and service scholarships as well as its home school and Catholic high school awards.

Northeast Catholic College’s liberal arts education is built upon the careful reading, study, and discussion of the Great Books of the West, covering key texts from ancient Greece, Rome, the Church Fathers, medieval authors, modernity, and post-modernity. The College orders its curriculum according to the traditional seven liberal arts, combined with a strong emphasis on theology, philosophy, and the fine arts—the latter being rather unique by comparison to most other colleges, with a strong emphasis on music.

Five majors are available: theology, politics, literature, philosophy, and the Great Books. The core course of studies includes a four-year philosophy and humanities sequence of seminars, an optional summer course of studies in Rome and Norcia, three years of theology leading to an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma, two years of Latin and additional courses in science, logic, geometry, writing, non-Western cultures, music, and art. Students complete a junior project based on their major and in their senior year complete comprehensive exams, with the option to write a senior thesis.

Freshmen take a writing course each semester in which they prepare essays based on Great Books. Classes include the oral presentation of those essays and practice in writing and editing.

In 1983, following the receipt of a Vatican rescript, the College began awarding an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma to students who complete the College’s six-semester theology and catechesis sequence with at least a 2.0 in each course and promise to teach the faith in accord with magisterial authority. For more than three decades, the College has developed its theology and catechetical program around the Catechism of the Catholic Church, other magisterial documents, the classics of theological and spiritual writing, and practical works in catechetics.

Students may elect to participate in the Honors Program, which was launched by College President Dr. George Harne—who earned his musicology doctorate from Princeton—in his previous role as academic dean. With form and content similar to graduate seminars, the honors colloquia explore a variety of topics such as modern cinema, Dante’s Divine Comedy, a Catholic understanding of gender, the classics of children’s literature, and ancient and modern tragedy. Honors students must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and complete six honors colloquia and an honors thesis.

The college’s new “Career Pathways Program” provides students with opportunity to explore their vocations through internships.  Since the inception of this program in 2015, students have participated in internships nationally, including New York, Boston, and beyond.

Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Chapel is the center of campus spiritual life. The chaplain offers Mass and Confession six days per week (with Mass available at a local Carmelite monastery on Saturday morning), marking Holy Days and the liturgical seasons with special observances. No classes are held during Mass times. Students gather for Morning and Evening Prayer and sing Compline in their residences. The Traditional Latin Mass is offered once per week and the Melkite Divine Liturgy is offered once per semester.

Recently, Northeast Catholic took a large and unique step to help ensure that a deep and abiding Catholic identity imbues the life of students who attends the College by forming a partnership with Fr. Michael Gaitley and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.

President Harne told the Newman Society that the partnership is designed to help “[e]ducate our students in a way that includes and complements evangelization” and forms both the mind and the heart.

“The partnership,” President Harne continued, “will be fundamentally relational and rooted in mentoring relationships. Students will not only learn directly from Fr. Gaitley and other MIC [Marians of the Immaculate Conception] priests, but will also study, worship and grow alongside slightly older (but still young) Catholics who are animated by a lively faith.”

The spiritual lives of students are also nourished through the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Solidarity of Mary, groups that meet bi-weekly for prayer, spiritual reading, and a home-cooked meal. There is also a group devoted to the study of the practice of prayer that reads and discusses the works of Fr. Jacques Phillippe. On important feast days such as the Immaculate Conception and the feast of St. John Paul II (the College’s patron), Northeast Catholic College closes its offices and celebrates both through the liturgy and with feasts, dances, and other cultural celebrations.

The Rosary is prayed daily in the Chapel or residence halls, and exposition and Adoration are offered twice a week. Both the men’s and women’s residences have chapels in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

The College places a special emphasis on reverence and beauty in campus liturgy, with a strong commitment to liturgical renewal.  Dr. Harne says it was the beauty of the liturgy that initiated his conversion to the Catholic Church, entering “through the door of the beautiful.” The student choir sings chant, motets, polyphony, and traditional hymns.

In 2011, Northeast Catholic announced that students would chant the Propers of the Mass in newly composed English settings. Dr. Harne explained: “The introit, offertory, and communion chants of the Graduale Romanum have largely disappeared from the celebration of Mass.  These chants have remained the ideal, being advocated in all magisterial documents concerning the liturgy in the past one hundred years, including those following the Second Vatican Council.  Restoring the singing of these chants to our celebration of the Mass is another step toward fulfilling [Pope Benedict’s] call for a reform of the reform.”

All Masses are celebrated ad orientem, facing East as was traditional for much of the Church’s history, and students kneel to receive the Eucharist. Mass is celebrated in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Additionally, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is offered each Sunday at a nearby parish, which is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.  A student schola provides music for each Sunday Mass.

NCC Residence LifeBuilt with clapboard siding, brick, and shuttered windows, the residences are a “home away from home” for students enrolled at the College.  Both residences—St. Mary’s for the women and St. Joseph’s for the men—have a large living room, a chapel where Christ resides in the Blessed Sacrament, study areas, and laundry facilities. Each spacious bedroom accommodates several students with bunk beds, wardrobes, storage spaces, and a private bathroom.

Northeast Catholic College’s policies are similar to other faithful Catholic colleges, allowing students independence while strongly encouraging moral development and growth in the virtues. The College’s student handbook is available online. Opposite-sex visitation is not permitted in the campus residences.

All students participate in the Campus Service Program by working in the library, serving in the administrative offices, or helping maintain campus facilities. All students also serve in the kitchen in some capacity. These programs help defray the cost of tuition and promote responsible stewardship of the campus buildings and grounds.

Students may choose from a variety of on-campus activities, and the College’s location in beautiful New Hampshire offers students access to Boston and the beauty of the Atlantic Coast.  The College recently announced a new partnership with a nearby skiing resort giving students access to free passes.

Through the College’s new “Arts of the Beautiful” program, students integrate courses in music, the visual arts, and aesthetics with participation in the robust cultural life available on campus and in New England, particularly in Boston, Concord, and Hanover.  Activities for those in this program include concerts, ballets, the theater, and museums.

On campus, the initiative of the students and the efforts of the student life staff combine to provide activities for students year-round. These include New England bonfires, plays, dances, special dinners, intramural sports, films, concerts, the pro-life club, the hiking club, the St. Joseph’s Confraternity, the Sodality of Mary, polyphony choir, a Knights of Columbus council, a cooking club and the art club. The College also maintains a friendly rivalry with Thomas More College, playing against them in football, basketball, and softball each year, with bonfires and cookouts following each game.  And the College partners with nearby New England College to provide intramural athletics.

The St. Genesius Players, the College’s drama club, has performed works by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, as well as popular musicals.

Members of the college choir sing at daily Mass, Sunday Mass and on Feast Days. Smaller ensembles, such as the Performance Choir, Polyphony Choir, and the chant schola, require an audition. The choirs of the College sing at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester and at various other venues. Music also finds a prominent place around campus in a variety of settings, such as the Academic Convocation, parents’ weekend, coffee houses, visitor weekend, the annual Feast of Saint Nicholas celebration (following the “Lessons and Carols” service), and more.

Pro-life activities are another important component of student life, with over half the student body participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Many students also participate in local pro-life activities, attending marches and vigils in Concord, and supporting the national “40 Days for Life.”

Through the College’s new “Dignitas Scholars” program, students carry out the corporal works of mercy both locally and in the Dominican Republic.  These scholars are also pro-life leaders on campus and receive formation through the writings and spirituality of St. Mother Teresa.

Annual traditions include formal and swing dances, retreat weekends, the Fall Festival, the Spring Art Show, the play production, attending Boston Ballet performances, as well as canoeing, apple picking, and hiking trips.  Students also visit New York in the fall or spring and make an annual pilgrimage to Montreal.

The locale provides ample opportunities for outdoor and winter activities both on and off campus.

Northeast Catholic College offers an education of the whole person—both in and beyond the classroom. With joy, the College proudly proclaims its fidelity to the Church, its commitment to intellectual excellence, and its determination to prepare Catholic leaders who will fearlessly renew the culture for Christ.

Students attending Northeast Catholic find themselves in a small community that is serious about the liberal arts and the Catholic faith, finding expression in the beautiful and reverent liturgies and music.

Northeast Catholic offers students an idyllic setting and the opportunity to freely participate in a small community seeking to know the Truth, love the Faith, and transform the world.

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?

The College has received initial candidacy for regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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

Following a comprehensive self-study and site visit, the College received initial candidacy for accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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

According to a 2012 Alumni survey 18% of graduates from the Northeast Catholic College go into Education, 10% into religious life, and 12% into business. Graduates from the College have gone on to over 45 different graduate school programs.

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

The renewal of the Catholic Great Books curriculum at the College in 2010 has received attention both regionally and nationally and in 2015 the college’s Great Books program was recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.  In 2015 and 2016, members of the faculty of the college were invited by the journal “First Things” to develop and lead Great Books seminars in New York City for professionals from around the country.  The Napa Institute has done the same for its programs in California and New York.

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

In 2010, the College introduced its renewed Catholic Great Books Program, integrating Catholic authors into the conversation spanning from Homer to Pope Benedict XVI.  Complementing its Great Books Program with the study of theology, the fine arts, and the classical liberal arts, the renewed curriculum has set the standard for Catholic Great Books education in the 21st century.

Through close reading and discussion, students strive to perfect their intellect while clarifying the principles that structure all of reality.

Taking the complementarity of Faith and Reason as their starting point, students and teachers order their learning to human flourishing in this life and to the beatific vision in the next.

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?

95%

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):

Brian FitzGerald is a scholar of medieval history whose first book, Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages: Prophets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Mary Mumbach is an expert on Shakespeare, Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.  In 2011 she was awarded the Russell Kirk Paideia Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. George Harne, the College’s president, earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has expertise in the field of medieval music.

Dr. Peter Sampo is the recipient of the New England Higher Education Excellence Award.

Additional Faculty information, clarification or description (optional):

All of our Catholic faculty take the Oath of Fidelity in the presence of the bishop at the beginning of each academic year at the Academic Mass of the Holy Spirit.  All hiring is carried out according to the principles outlined in Blessed John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae.

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

Yes. In the College’s Great Books Program, each student takes at least six semesters of theology that cover all of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other key magisterial and theological documents.  Students may also earn a major in Theology that requires an additional eight courses of theology.  Theological works ranging from Scripture and writings of the Church Fathers through the encyclicals of Pope Benedict are also included in our Philosophy and Humanities courses.

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

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?

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:

Theology 101:   Prayer and the Sacraments

Theology 102:  The Creed

Theology 201:  Sacred Scripture I

Theology 202:  Sacred Scripture II

Theology 301:  Life in Christ (Moral Theology)

Theology 302:  The Theology of Love

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

Our unique six-semester theology sequence required of all students aims to ensure that our students develop a complete grasp of the Deposit of Faith. This is done through the careful study of magisterial documents, classical theological texts, and Sacred Scripture. To these works are added more recent theological studies (such as encyclicals and writings of Benedict XVI) which conduct their work in a hermeneutic of continuity. Through our theology sequence, our graduates are then prepared to pass the fullness of the faith on to others in their families, parishes, and communities.

Additional Theology information, clarification or description (optional):

Undergraduates who complete the Theology sequence with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and promise to teach the faith in accord with magisterial authority, qualify to receive an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

Fall Semester Freshman Year:  Theology: Prayer and the Sacraments, Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Ancient Greece & Philosophical Inquiry I, Writing Workshop I, Latin Fundamentals I, Music I, Choir

Spring Semester Freshman Year: Theology: The Creed, Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Ancient Greece & Philosophical Inquiry II, Writing Workshop II, Latin Fundamentals II, Music II, Choir

Fall Semester Sophomore Year:  Theology: Sacred Scripture I, Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Greece, Rome & the Birth of Christianity, Intermediate Latin I, Geometry, Art & Music seminar, Choir

Spring Semester Sophomore Year:  Theology: Sacred Scripture II, Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Medieval Flowering of Christendom, Intermediate Latin II, Astronomy, Art & Music seminar, Choir

Fall Semester Junior Year:  Theology: Life in Christ (Moral Theology), Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Renaissance, Reformation, & Catholic Renewal, Newtonian Physics, Choir, Junior Project, major courses in Politics, Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or Great Books

Spring Semester Junior Year:  Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: The Dialectics of Enlightenment, Theology: The Theology of Love, Applied Physics; Relativity, & Quantum Mechanics, Choir, major courses in Politics, Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or Great Books

Fall Semester Senior Year: Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Late Modernity & Postmodernity I, Biology I: The Origins of Life, Comparative Non-Western Cultures I, Choir, major courses in Politics, Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or Great Books

Spring Semester Senior Year: Philosophy & Humanities Seminar: Late Modernity & Postmodernity II, Biology II: Ethology, Perception, & Neurology, Comparative Non-Western Cultures II, Comprehensive Exams, major courses in Politics, Theology, Literature, Philosophy, or Great Books

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

In the Junior and Senior years, each student takes a series of major courses.  They may choose from the following courses according to the five majors:  Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Literature, and the Great Books:

THEOLOGY

The Gospels

Patristic Theology

Medieval Theology and Philosophy

Medieval Law, Political Theory, and Ecclesiology

Ascetic Theology

Nineteenth & Twentieth-Century Theology

Mariology

Saints in Art & Icons

PHILOSOPHY

Metaphysics

Epistemology

Modern & Contemporary Philosophy

Philosophy of Law

Moral Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Art

Bioethics and Life Issues

Medieval Theology and Philosophy

Philosophy of History

LITERATURE

Romanticism

Southern Literature

The Russian Novel

Modernism

Literary Criticism

The English Poetic Tradition

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Governments of Western Europe

International Relations

Modern Ideologies

State and Local Government

Medieval Law, Political Theory, and Ecclesiology

Philosophy of History

Political Economy

GREAT BOOKS

Great Books majors select eight of the courses above.

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

134 credits, 82% from the core

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?

All students take at least six semesters of theology that are devoted to the basic Deposit of Faith.  These courses are based upon Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, other magisterial documents, and additional texts that are consistent with magisterial teaching.  Students may also concentrate in Theology, continuing their studies with courses that are in harmony with the mind of the Church.

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

Yes

Additional Core Curriculum information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s Great Books curriculum reflects an integration of the humanities, the traditional liberal arts, the fine arts, philosophy, and theology beginning with the origins of Western civilization and continuing through the present. It represents the integration of Faith and Reason, based upon the traditional trivium and quadrivium ordered to the highest disciplines of philosophy and theology.  Reading lists for each of these courses and descriptions of the course are available on the College’s website.

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

Students may choose to major in Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Literature, or the Great Books. Students may also earn a concentration in Fine Arts in addition to one of these majors.

 

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- 32%

Philosophy- 24%

Politics- 19%

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:

The College regularly hosts academic speakers on topics that pertain to theology, liturgy, or the spiritual life.  The College’s integrated vision of the intellectual and spiritual life encourages speakers on other topics to treat their subjects—even when they are not specifically theological—against the background of a fully integrated Faith and Reason.

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

Yes

If yes, please describe:

Our faculty teach in a highly integrated and coherent curriculum which requires that they cooperate and collaborate across disciplines to assist students in their pursuit of Truth.  They affirm the unity of Faith and Reason and a common Catholic understanding of the human person.  This cooperation is fostered through regular conversations and colloquia among the faculty.

Additional Programs of Study information, clarification or description:

In 2010, the College undertook a thorough renewal of its Great Books curriculum, seeking to create the strongest Catholic Great Books Program in the nation.

The faculty meet regularly to consider a variety of matters, including the integration of Faith and Reason within courses and the nature of Catholic Liberal Education.

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?

Yes

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

98%

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?

Yes

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

Approximately 25%

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 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

Tu 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

We 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant/Low Mass

Th 11:20 a.m., Ordinary Form English, chant and traditional hymns

Fr 8:15 a.m., Extraordinary Form Latin, chant and traditional hymns

Sa 9:00 a.m., Ordinary Form English, hymns (at a local Carmelite monastery)

Su 4:45 p.m., Ordinary Form English, chant, traditional hymns, and polyphony

Mass is normally celebrated ad orientem.  Communion is normally received kneeling and on the tongue.

Holy Week services are celebrated on campus with great splendor, beauty and reverence, including chant and polyphony. Once per semester our chaplain celebrates Mass according to the Melkite Rite.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?

Yes

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Mo 11:05 a.m.

Tu 11:05 a.m.

We 11:05 a.m.

Th 11:05 a.m.

Fr 8:00 a.m.

Sa 8:15 a.m.

Su 4:30 p.m.

Other: Confession and spiritual direction are also available by appointment

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:

Adoration is available and encouraged throughout the year.  Days and times vary each semester.

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

The Rosary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer are prayed in the College chapel daily.  Night Prayer is prayed in the residence chapels on a regular basis.  The Angelus is prayed following Mass each day as appropriate.  Novenas are prayed informally throughout the year. There is also a group devoted to the study of the practice of prayer that reads and discusses the works of Fr. Jacques Phillippe. The College chaplain also provides the opportunity for the veneration of relics on special feasts.  Each class begins and ends with prayer.  The Stations of the Cross and Advent prayers are also part of community life. Through the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Sodality of Mary, students participate in special devotions and Lectio Divina.

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:

Periodically the College organizes a “vocations fair” and a weekly prayer group, called “Orantes,” also touches on the question of vocation.

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. In its forty-year history, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.  We believe this has been the fruit of the College’s integrated program of liberal arts and Great Books that includes eight semesters of the Theology.   This is also the result of the common student life that unfolds throughout the year according to the rhythms of the liturgical year and that places the sacraments at the center of its existence.  The College also offers special financial arrangements for students considering the priesthood or religious life through which the college can assume outstanding student loans for those who are ordained or take final vows.

Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):

The College’s chaplain has several decades of pastoral experience. In addition to his liturgical duties, he also provides spiritual direction, devotes himself to maintaining a strong Catholic culture at the College, frequently dines with students, offers retreats, assists in selecting speakers, and occasionally leads students off campus for the singing of Vespers at the local Veteran’s Hospital.

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

Students normally reside on campus in one of the single-sex residences.

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%

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Never

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?

We have a “dry campus.” At the College, sobriety is the cultural norm that is expected and maintained on campus.  If such a problem does arise, the situation is immediately addressed.

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

The College cultivates a culture of chastity within and beyond the classroom. The challenges faced by young people are addressed in a common sense way — single-sex residences and no inter-visitation at all between the residence —and students are called to comport themselves in ways that affirm their dignity and the dignity of others. Through the Sodality of Mary and the Confraternity of Saint Joseph, as well as through other means, the College addresses questions of modesty and virtue.

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

Yes

If yes, please describe:

A chapel containing the Blessed Sacrament is at the center of each residence.  Daily Rosary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer are scheduled in the campus chapel but also occasionally take place in the residences. Compline takes place in the men’s residence on a regular basis. There is a shrine to St. Joseph near the men’s residence and a shrine to Our Lady near the women’s residence. Through a student-led group, “Orantes,” students explore the rich tradition of prayer and receive encouragement to cultivate deep personal prayer lives.

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

The College’s student life staff includes a Dean of Students (supervising all of student life) as well as an Assistant Dean of Students, and residence assistants in each residence.  Social, educational, and spiritual events are scheduled for students throughout the year.

The Student Handbook is available on the College’s website. The student life policies of the College were thoroughly revised in 2010 and are consistent with other Newman Guide schools.

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

foster spiritual development:

The Confraternity of Saint Joseph.  This confraternity meets bi-weekly for a common meal and spiritual reading and discussion.  The Confraternity requires its members to follow a common rule of life that is ordered to study, prayer, the sacraments, and sanctification.  Members of the Confraternity also cultivate a devotion to St. Joseph.

In the academic year 2011-2012, the young men of the College organized a new Knights of Columbus council that includes students, faculty, and staff.

In the 2012-2013 academic year the Sodality of Mary was established. In the Sodality of Mary, young women from the College gather bi-weekly for a time of food, prayer, fellowship, and mutual encouragement.  Each gathering begins with prayer (often including lectio divina) and is followed by discussions of topics that affect Catholic women at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

In 2015, students created a group devoted to the study and practice of prayer.  This group, called “Orantes,” has studied and discussed the writings of Fr. Jacques Phillippe among others.  Members of this group have also offered complete readings of books of Sacred Scripture (e.g., Apocalypse, and Ecclesiastes) at key points in the liturgical calendar.

Students and the student life staff also organize special reading groups, Bible studies, Marian Consecration, and other spiritual activities.

engage in corporal works of mercy:

In 2015, the College’s president and five students spent seven days working in the Dominican Republic at a children’s home through Nuestros Pequeos Hermaños.  This was the beginning of the “Dignitas Scholars” program that unites a pro-life witness to the corporal works of mercy (both locally and in the Dominican Republic) in the spirit of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Students also gather food once per month from the community through our monthly fish fries.  These canned goods are given to the local food bank.

Each year, students participate in a clothing drive as well.

The college hosts speakers that discuss topics related to the corporal works of mercy.  Recent speakers have addressed immigration as well as the challenges of poverty.

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

The College —including students, the president, and other staff —gives a public witness to the culture of life by participating in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. The pro-life club is also active throughout the year.

address issues of social concern:

In addition to engagement in pro-life activities, students also serve the community in a variety of ways as the opportunity arises.

address particular academic interests:

The College hosts an Academic Speaker Series and encourages special discussion groups devoted to academic topics and interests.

Students have recently been awarded fellowships with the John Jay Institute and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

address particular cultural interests:

In 2013 students participated in a conference at Princeton University on “Love and Fidelity.”  Since 2014 students have also participated in the “Emerging Leaders Conference” in New York City, hosted by the World Youth Alliance.  (These trips provide students with access to the cultural treasures of New York.)  WYA also welcomes applications for international internships from Northeast Catholic’s students.

The College welcomes cultural speakers to campus, plans trips to New England art galleries and concerts.  It also organizes a film-series and there is an active drama club, the St. Genesius Players.

Students of the college also plan an art exhibit each spring and there is an active art club on campus.

Through the college’s “Arts of the Beautiful Program,” students have the opportunity to enjoy concerts, plays, galleries, films, and other cultural treasures in New England.  Through this program, students also have the opportunity to study directly with practicing artists who visit campus.

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

The college offers intramural opportunities in  soccer, football, and basketball with other local colleges.

Students regularly enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.

All students receive a free ski pass through a local resort, “Pats Peak.”

Students also enjoy hiking and canoeing opportunities during the fall and spring.

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

The College has an active student government.

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

Yes

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

All clubs and activities on campus must have a faculty or staff advisor whose responsibilities include making sure that all of the clubs activities are in agreement with traditions and Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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):

The College’s student handbook is now available online.

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?

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement:

Northeast Catholic College seeks to serve her students, their families, the Church, and society by providing a premier Catholic, Great Books, liberal arts education that is faithful to the magisterium and rooted in a vibrant liturgical and sacramental culture, calling all within her collegiate community to a life of intellectual excellence, service, and faithful discipleship.

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?”

Yes

If yes, please give the policy:

Northeast Catholic College welcomes speakers to the college that will enable us to grow as a collegiate community.  Though the college welcomes the opportunity to pursue the truth in dialogue with those with whom we may disagree, the college will not—in accordance with the directives of the document “Catholics in Political Life,” issued by the USCCB–honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles or provide platforms that suggest support for their actions.

Additional Institutional Identity information, clarification or description (optional):

The College seeks to guard and strengthen its Catholic identity at every level and in every sphere of its activity.  Inside the classroom, Faith and Reason are integrated.  Outside the classroom, the teachings of the faith guide students, faculty, and staff in their conduct.  The authentic, traditional Catholic identity of the College is non-negotiable.

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: 75

Male: 42%  Female: 58%

Catholic: 98%  Other Christian: 2%
Jewish: %  Muslim: %  Other: %

Number of states represented: 21
Top three states: Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan
Students from top three states: 16

Catholic HS: 14% Homeschool: 65%
Private HS: 3% Public HS:  18%

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

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

One of the strengths of the College is the closeness of the student body.  Through a variety of means, the College seeks to promote a common life conducive to intellectual and moral virtue and that promotes social and spiritual maturity.  Graduates consistently report that the closeness of the student community is one of the most important parts of their undergraduate experience.

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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?

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?

Yes

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

Additional Leadership information, clarification or description (optional):

All members of the board must be faithful and practicing Catholics.  Virtually all of the College’s senior staff are faithful Catholics.

President's Note

A message from the president.

Dear Parents and Prospective Students:

At Northeast Catholic College, we believe that a faithful, Catholic, liberal arts education can be the foundation for a rich life of faith, professional success, and human flourishing. We believe that the education we offer prepares our graduates to embody and communicate the divine gifts of truth, goodness, and beauty that will renew and transform our nation and the world.

But what makes Northeast Catholic College unique?

Fidelity, Great Books, Majors
We combine fidelity to the Magisterium with a rigorous Great Books core curriculum and majors in Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Literature, and the Great Books.Our curriculum draws its strength and coherence from the Catholic intellectual tradition as it has developed over two millennia and at the same time prepares our graduates—through their intellectual and spiritual formation—to lead and meet the needs of society and the Church of the twenty-first century.

Career Pathways Program
We educate and equip our students in the classroom and co-curricular activities but also prepare them, through our Career Pathways Program, to fulfill their vocations in their postgraduate lives. Through internships, pre-professional programs, mentors, professional seminars, resume and interview coaching, and special speakers, the Director of the Career Pathways Program, Zachary Goodier, prepares students to thrive professionally and vocationally as they carry out the mission that God has entrusted to them.

New England
Our beautiful New England campus is located on 135 acres on Mount Kearsarge in Warner, New Hampshire. The campus has a splendid view of the Mink Hills and students enjoy all the beauty that nature offers in New England—including opportunities for hiking and skiing—as well as the rich cultural opportunities of the region.  Boston is ninety minutes south, Concord thirty minutes south, and Hannover (the home of Dartmouth College) is forty-five minutes north. All of this gives students the chance to experience and enjoy the full range of natural and cultural riches of the region.

Catholic Culture
At Northeast Catholic College we cultivate a collegiate culture rooted in the truth of the human person:  we are created in the image of God and called to communion with him. He has given us good gifts in nature and he calls us to a life of discipleship in which these gifts—if we put them at his service—will be multiplied beyond our imagining. This culture is animated by prayer and liturgy as well as the fidelity of our faculty and staff.

The Adventure
The education we offer at the College is not for the faint of heart: the journey to freedom—intellectual and spiritual freedom—is arduous. But no one at the College undertakes this journey alone. The students, the faculty, and the larger community of the College support one another within and outside the classroom, seeking to become fully human and fully free.

We invite you to join us.

Sincerely,

George Harne

Contact Northeast Catholic College

877-498-1723

511 Kearsarge Mountain Rd
Warner, NH 03278

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