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The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Year Founded 1978
Number of Students 90
Location Merrimack, NH
Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board) $30,700
Net Price (learn more) $
Number of Majors 1
Catholic Students 95%
Catholic Faculty 100%
Median High School GPA 3.5
Median SAT 1150

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The traditional charm of most New England colleges, including some of America’s oldest universities, has been largely replaced by state-of-the-art buildings, research facilities, and sports complexes. But on a colonial-era farm in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) has preserved both the charm and the essence of traditional American higher education, when thoughtful students studied literature and philosophy beneath the canopy of great maple trees.

TMC’s students study Western civilization and Christianity, with an emphasis on the Great Books. The College offers one degree for all students in the liberal arts, with an integrated, four-year core curriculum.  Although students come from many states and have been growing in number, presently TMC’s enrollment is fewer than 100 students.

While the College may seem tiny and quaint to some, for the students and faculty at TMC it represents a much-needed revival of education. Like many of the Newman Guide colleges, this is a post-Vatican II institution, founded by and for Catholic laity in 1978. Its emphasis on student internships and cultural leadership blend with the art and music program, which is designed to imitate medieval guild apprenticeships, and a mandatory Rome semester.

In 2017, acclaimed author and Dante scholar Anthony Esolen joined the faculty and also helped found the Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture at the College, which provides lectures, educational programs and opportunities for people in New England and throughout the country.

Esolen formerly taught at Providence College in Providence, R.I., where he had been under sustained criticism from liberal activists.  Every student at TMC will experience courses with Esolen during their studies at the College.

“I think Tony Esolen joining the faculty at Thomas More College is a tremendous sign that faith and reason are truly compatible in a dynamic and wise academic,” President William Fahey told the Newman Society. “Dr. Esolen coming to TMC is a sign of the attractiveness and vitality of institutions robustly faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church. This is a cause for joy.”

The trustees and employees of the College all pledge fidelity to the Catholic Faith, while the College also emphasizes that non-Catholic students are welcome. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of freshmen are not Catholic in any given year.

The college is governed by a nine-member lay board, which includes Patrick Monaghan, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, and TMC alumna the Hon. Maureen C. Mooney, former Assistant House Republican Leader of New Hampshire. President William Fahey arrived at TMC in 2007 from Christendom College, where he was founding chairman of the classical and early Christian studies department. Before his appointment to president in 2009, Dr. Fahey served as provost, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of humanities.

TMC publishes a semiannual periodical, Second Spring: An International Journal of Faith and Culture. In 2016 TMC launched its new academic press, Thomas More College Press.

TMC is located in the New England town of Merrimack, which has about 27,000 residents and is within easy access to Manchester and Nashua. Boston is about 50 miles away. In 2014 the College acquired a Gilded Age mansion and former Convent School in order to expand its residential capacity and offer greater numbers of public lectures and concerts.

At $29,900 for tuition, room, and board, costs are well below the average for private colleges in pricey New England. Financial aid packages are available for academic and need-based applicants. The special Our Lady of Guadalupe scholarships are also available for applicants from Canada, Mexico, and South America.

TMC’s academic program has a number of specific goals, selected as the marks of an educated Catholic.  Examples include the ability to read Latin or Greek proficiently; to recognize pattern, harmony, symmetry, and order in works of nature and art; to explain what is meant by happiness and the common good; and to recognize, articulate, and defend the deposit of the Faith, drawn from Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

All students take a common humanities core sequenced by year, starting with the Greeks and moving through the Moderns, over four years.  In 2012 TMC added a new course called Traditio.  All students of the College meet to discuss texts in common, and the Traditio sequence revolves around great themes such as faith, sacrifice, friendship, pilgrimage, or war and peace.

The core has several other unique aspects. Students take a substantial six semesters of theology and Scripture. In addition to four semesters of Latin or Greek, students learn to communicate according to the principles of classical rhetoric in the three-semester writing tutorial. Students get a healthy dose of mathematics, science, and philosophy.

The curriculum includes a unique emphasis on arts and music, including the “Way of Beauty” sequence in the first year, which orients students to the role of beauty in perceiving truth and leading a life of virtue. All students learn chant and polyphony, including chanting the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours. They also study the principles of order and harmony in Euclidean geometry and how it is used in traditional Catholic art and architecture.

The upperclassman core includes a tutorial program. Juniors and seniors work with their classmates and the professors (at TMC called Fellows) to create unique tutorials in areas of interest, which change from semester to semester. In the junior year, the areas of concentration can be particular authors, philosophers, works of literature, theological teachings, etc., culminating in an oral examination. Seniors concentrate in particular disciplines and complete a thesis, which is publicly presented and defended before graduating.

All full-time sophomores study in Rome for one semester, residing at an historic villa with the Maronite Catholic monks of Saint Anthony Monastery, five miles from St. Peter’s Basilica. Students take a full course load and travel throughout the city and to other cities, like Assisi and Siena, as well. Students can also study in England for three weeks at Downside Abbey and Oxford.

TMC supports several internship programs in specific fields including journalism, law, or finance. In Rome, the Vatican Studies Center helps students work temporarily for news agencies including Vatican Radio, Zenit, H2O News, and Aleteia.

Students are expected to abide by a code of honor and, with every exam or assignment, pledge that work is their own. Trusting in the honesty of students, Fellows at TMC usually do not proctor exams.

Three Benedictine monks and three diocesan priests offer daily Mass and confession throughout the week. One Monsignor and several Maronite monks serve the students in Rome.

Thomas More College is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus every year at a solemn Mass. Five chaplains celebrate daily Mass, including Extraordinary Form Mass on Fridays, in a small chapel on campus. The chapel is filled with icons and sacred art.

Typically, about 50 percent of the students and faculty attend daily Mass. A student schola leads English and Latin chant.

Students also can attend Extraordinary Form Masses daily at a local parish entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, or attend the Byzantine Catholic liturgy at the nearby Melkite Rite church.

Confession is available daily as well as by appointment. Students chant morning prayer (Lauds) and evening prayer (Vespers) each day. There are also Divine Mercy devotions, nightly recitation of the Rosary, weekly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and voluntary retreats for men and women each semester.

Every day since the founding of the College, students have been found reciting the Rosary in the chapel or at the outdoor Marian shrine. They also have easy access to parishes in Merrimack and Nashua, with St. Joseph Cathedral of the Diocese of Manchester 20 minutes away, and the traditional community of the St. Benedict Center within a short drive.

Thomas More’s campus is primarily residential, with 95 percent of the students on campus. Students live in two residence halls, Kopka Hall for women and Stillman House for men.

Students are not allowed into the residences of the opposite sex. Chastity is encouraged formally and informally through student life, chastity talks, conversations with the chaplain, and peer monitoring. There is a curfew, both during the week and on the weekend. Alcohol is never permitted except on special occasions monitored by the College.

One student commented that by living on campus, students get to know each other very well. “It’s almost like a family. You know 90 people very well. We go to class together, we pray together, and meals are communal.”

Denis Kitzinger, dean of students at the College, said, “Students at Thomas More partake in the stewardship and care of the campus. They help host social events, assist in cleaning and maintaining the dormitories at regular times of the week, and take turns helping in the kitchen.”

There are regular banquets in which students dine with faculty and their families. Typically there is an address by a visiting guest or Fellow of the College, a musical performance by one of the student choirs, spontaneous recitations, or plays.

Crime in Merrimack is very low; it has been recognized as one of the safest small towns in the United States. Students have access to three regional hospitals, each about 10 minutes away.

There is time for informal relaxation, and the Student Social Council meets every week to help direct social functions. Social events include excursions to outdoor locales and to cities such as nearby Nashua and Manchester, as well as Boston. Winters provide opportunities for skiing. There are many hiking options in the mountainous state, and the College’s proximity to the sea encourages sailing or whale watching.

TMC’s Catholic guilds enable students to gain skills and experience from master craftsmen in areas such as sacred art, sacred music, folk music, woodworking, and gardening. These guilds take their spirit from the associations of men and women who advanced their trades and responded to the needs of their local communities in the Medieval Age. Visiting Fellow Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs teaches students drawing and painting in the classical Western tradition. Composer-in- residence Paul Jernberg teaches the principles and practice of sacred music.

The College has a debate society, student folk band, and schola cantorum. In addition, students have access to the Merrimack YMCA next to the college. Students pray in front of an abortion facility and attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The director of student life organizes events including formal banquets and dances, movie nights, talent shows, bonfires, and campus-wide games. TMC also sponsors field trips each weekend to nearby locations such as Boston, the White Mountains, the beaches of Maine, Robert Frost’s Farm, and various museums.

All students perform service on campus, including working in the dining hall, participating in snow removal, and assisting with security.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts provides a rigorous, classical education. Alumni have told us that the College offered a liberating experience that was refreshing and sometimes surprising.

There are several unique aspects of the College, including its humanities sequence, “Way of Beauty” courses, and traditional spiritual life. In its nearly 40 years of existence, the College has lived up to its founders’ desire to preserve traditional Catholic liberal arts education.

Thomas More College has long emphasized its intellectual offerings and has strengthened its already notable Catholic identity. For students seeking an enriching intellectual experience, TMC has much to offer.

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.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which is approved 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.

Graduates of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts have been accepted into 80 different graduate programs in the United States and Europe and 30 Law Schools.

Amongst graduates of the past four years: There is not a single known graduate without employment at time of writing.

As sample of employment and activities of graduates in the four years:

-Current Graduate, Law and Advanced Professional students at institutions such as Notre Dame School of Classical Architecture, the Catholic University of America, Fordham University, International Institute of Theology (Austria), St. John’s College Graduate School, the Culinary Institute of America, the Regis University School of Nursing and Medicine, and the University of New Hampshire Law School.

-Recent graduates can also be found in the following professions: Elementary and Secondary education (5 states), Finance (Fidelity and Morgan Stanley), Insurance (Knights of Columbus), Inner-city youth mentoring (Youth Leadership Foundation), Journalism (Delaware State News, The St. Austin Review), Deep-Sea Fishing (Alaska); and the U.S. Army (Afghanistan).

-In addition to those former students who are now priests and religious, recent graduates have entered the seminaries for Portland, OR; St. Louis, MO; Providence, RI; and the Oratory in Lewiston, ME. One recent graduate is becoming a Benedictine Brother in Still River, MA, and another is entering the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Boston, MA.

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

Over the last five years, The Association of College Trustees and Alumni has ranked TMC among the top 2% of American liberal arts colleges for its curriculum.  The Christian College report ranked TMC among the best 30 colleges in the nation.  The Young America’s Foundation designated TMC as one of the best 14 colleges in the United States.

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

In its 2011 “Catholic Identity College Guide,” the National Catholic Register gave the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts a perfect score on achieving the ten “essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae.” First Things magazine ranked TMC as one of the 7 Most Catholic Colleges in the U.S. And the Young America’s Foundation has ranked it one of the most conservative and pro-Western Civilization Colleges in the U.S.

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?

100%

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):

William Fahey, Ph.D. Fellow and President is the editor and translator of The Foundations of Western Monasticism.  He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on the Catholic intellectual life, Monastic Culture, and Catholic political theory.  He is the editor of the Civilized Reader for Crisis Magazine.

Ryan Topping, D.Phil., Fellow, is the author of books on Plato, St. Augustine, and Western education, including Renewing  the Mind, Rebuilding Catholic Culture and, most recently The Case for Catholic Education.

Joseph Pearce, Visiting Fellow, is editor of The St. Austin Review, the author of 14 books, and an acclaimed lecturer in the United States and Europe.

David Clayton, M.A., Liturgical Instructor and Visiting Fellow, is a painter of icons and an interpreter of Catholic Art in the Way of Beauty series with Catholic TV.

Paul Jernberg, Composer-in-Residence, is an authority in sacred music and leads the schola and recording initiative at the College.

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

Thomas More College does not make distinctions among “departments”; the faculty is one body. Three fellows in New Hampshire and one in Rome are dedicated to teaching theology.

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

Yes

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have a mandatum (or “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law?

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:

Sacred Scripture is studied in 6 distinct courses over the entire four years at TMC.  The Fathers of the Church and St. Thomas are considered the privileged interpreters of Scripture, and Tradition. During the first year students are introduced to the role that beauty plays in the perception and articulation of truth and in personal and social sanctification through the “Way of Beauty” sequence. All students learn how to chant the Liturgy of the Hours. In Rome, students take a course focusing on sacred art and architecture.

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

The Theology sequence at Thomas More College is not a “cafeteria” approach in which undergraduates pick amongst any number of “religion” courses.  The classes are a common sequence of courses over the course of all four years.  The College places an emphasis on the regular study of Scripture across these years, with an understanding that Sacred Scripture should be studied under the guiding light of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.  All students are required to attend to the cultural, musical, and artistic dimension of the Catholic Faith through courses in sacred art, liturgy, architecture, and music.  The encounter with Jesus Christ is considered the preeminent purpose of studying theology at the College.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

First Year Fall Term: Introductory Latin, I or Introductory Greek, I; The Way of Beauty, I; Humanities, I: The Greek Inheritance; Natural Science, I: Natural History; Expectatio Gentium: The Desire for God.

First Year Spring Term: Introductory Latin, II or Introductory Greek, II;  The Way of Beauty, II; Humanities, II: Rome & Early-Christian Culture; Euclid’s Elements of Geometry; Redemptor Hominis: The Redeemer.

Second Year Rome Term (Fall or Spring): Intermediate Latin or Intermediate Greek; Poetics; Humanities, IV: Approaches to the Eternal City; Art & Architecture in Rome; Mysterium Salutis: The Teaching of St. Paul.

Second Year Merrimack Term (Fall or Spring): Intermediate Latin or Intermediate Greek; Writing Tutorial, I: Writing & the Love of Learning; Humanities, III: The Christian Civilization of Medieval Europe; Logic; Coram Angelis: Prayer Seeking Understanding.

Third Year Fall Term: Junior Tutorial; Writing Tutorial, II: The Essay & the Art of Rhetoric; Humanities, V: Renaissance & Reformation; Natural Science, II: Nature & Motion; On the Good Life, I: Ethics.

Third Year Spring Term: Junior Tutorial; Writing Tutorial, III: Fidelity to the Word—Mastery of Prose & Verse; Humanities, VI: Enlightenment & Revolution; On the Soul; On the Good Life, II: Politics; Junior Project (required, but no credits).

Fourth Year Fall Term: Senior Tutorial; Senior Thesis Reading; Humanities, VII: American Studies; Metaphysics; The Divine Economy.

Fourth Year Spring Term: Senior Tutorial; Senior Thesis Defense; Humanities, VIII: The Modern Age; Senior Seminar: Nostra Aetate; Life in Christ.

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

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

124 credits

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?

The doctrine of the Faith is presented in the context of the four courses in Sacred Scripture and the two advanced courses in Theology listed above. All theology courses listed above include selections from the Catechism of the Catholic 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):

Three to four times each term, students participate in Traditio, a full day of seminars and lectures in which all students and faculty together read and discuss the same texts or great work of art or music.

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

Thomas More College has a single program of studies for all students, with concentration possible through the upper division tutorial system.

Most contemporary courses of study in higher education aim at the production of a specialized skill that will be immediately profitable in the modern economy.  Liberal education, however, aims at the production of a certain kind of human being, a man or woman whose soul is characterized by a love for what is noble and whose speech and action are compelling witnesses to the value of a life spent in pursuit of the good.  At Thomas More College, even those parts of the curriculum which are devoted to specialized learning have a crucial role to play in integral human formation.

The College’s tutorial system provides an opportunity for individual students to shape a portion of their course of studies.  Students take one tutorial course in each of their last four semesters of study. Some students will choose to pursue their own personally-tailored course of study in a particular academic discipline.  Others may opt for a systematic testing of different talents and subjects.  In the Junior Tutorials, the classes may be arranged around an author, a genre, a time period, or a problem.  The Senior Tutorials are organized according to more conventional academic disciplines, such as Classics or Literature, or to vocational pursuits, such as Architecture or Education.  In either case, the small size of the tutorials provides for careful training in thinking, writing, and speaking, so that students might further hone the abilities they have gained from the common curriculum.

In the case of the Junior Project—a course of independent reading leading to an oral presentation and examination—and the Senior Thesis, individual student interest and creativity are given a still sharper focus.  The goal of these exercises is less to prove expertise than it is to bring to a level of polish and maturity those skills of analysis, judgment, and exposition that are the very backbone of any liberal education worthy of the name.  These exercises are meant to be the fruits of the whole educational experience and to prove that each student has personally appropriated the wisdom and eloquence that the whole community seeks in common.

 

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

N/A, but the most popular tutorials recently have been in philosophy, literature, politics, and law.

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

N/A

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

Yes

If yes, please describe:

The College’s Traditio program of full-day seminars which unite all students and faculty in the discussion of a common text, and occasional public lectures are the academic events in which questions of general interest–including theological interest–are regularly raised.

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

While students may effectively pursue a concentrated interest or discipline (such a theology or law or advance classical languages) through the tutorial system, the majority of the College’s curriculum is a common core experience and the faculty do not consider themselves separated by disciplines, but rather united in pursuit of Wisdom and the study of the Catholic and Western Intellectual traditions.   The Fellows of the College understand their academic life as chiefly a cooperative endeavor, a life in common and in pursuit of the Truth.  Individual Fellows at the College pursue a variety of research interests, but the “ethos” of Thomas More College is to seek out cooperative projects amongst faculty and amongst students, when appropriate.

If yes, please describe.

An example of faculty cooperative projects would include the hosting of “Faith & Reason” seminars in which the Fathers and Doctors of the Church are systematically discussed over the course of several summers.

An example of faculty and student cooperative projects would include student research assistantships in the creation of a book on “Marriage and the Family” or internship arranged with Sophia Institute Press.

Additional Programs of Study information, clarification or description:

The College maintains an Oxford Program in which students from Thomas More study British Catholic Culture for three weeks, including time in residence at Oxford University.  Four students each year are selected to be St. Edmund Campion Fellows.  These Fellows have all tuition and travel expenses paid by the College to study in this 6-credit hour summer program.  New programs for those interested in elementary and high school English language instruction have recently been offered through the College in Spain, Ireland, and Poland.

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?

Sunday Mass is currently available at local parishes in both the ordinary and extraordinary form.  Holy days of obligation are always observed.

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

95% (including some non-Catholics)

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?

Yes

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

Approximately 60-70% of the student body attend Mass on weekdays.

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.):

Monday-Thursday, 11:30 AM: Ordinary Form

Friday, 11:30 AM: Extraordinary Form

Sunday Mass and daily Mass (including Saturday) within a ten-minute drive from campus: several parishes offer the Ordinary Form; a parish entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter offers the Extraordinary Form High Mass on Sunday and Holy Days and Low Mass weekdays. Melkite and Ukrainian Rite parishes are a twenty-five minute drive from campus.

The College gives pride of place to Gregorian Chant, Renaissance polyphony, and traditional hymnody, in that order.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?

Yes (every day during the week before Mass)

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

11:00 A.M. Monday through Friday

Saturday at local parishes 30 minutes prior to Mass

Sunday at local parishes 90 and 30 minutes prior to Mass

Other: as scheduled personally.

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:

Thursday, from after the 11:30 AM Mass to 5 PM.

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

Lauds and Vespers Monday through Friday, Rosary and Compline 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:

As with previous years, semester retreats for men and women are planned for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Also, there is a St. Thomas More men’s group to assist young men in discerning their vocation.  Students from the College are invited to make short retreats and long-stays during College holidays at the nearby St. Benedict’s Abbey in Stillriver, MA.

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.

A sample includes: Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV (Vocation Director for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary); Fr. Kevin O’Keeefe (Diocese of Savannah); Fr. Thomas Leland (Diocese of Salina);  and Fr. Matthew Mason (Diocese of Manchester).

Amongst recent female religious vocations are two religious in the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (MA) who attended Thomas More College, as well as one Carmelite nun in the Community of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Mary Magdalen (Flemington, NJ).

Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):

Ordinary Form Masses are generally offered ad orientem with some of the Ordinary prayers in Latin. Communion is received kneeling.

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

95% of our students live on campus in one of our two single-sex dormitories, whether in New Hampshire or in Rome. The College currently has five commuter students.

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?

Neither the possession nor the consumption of alcohol is permitted in the dormitories. The College does allow students of age to have wine or beer, served by residence life staff, during banquets on observed feast days and at special College celebrations such as the birthday of St. Thomas More.  Alcohol is treated and understood as a created good, which is open to abuse but may be properly enjoyed in moderation under specific conditions. Those difficulties common on larger campuses do not seem prevalent at Thomas More College.

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

Formal talks on chastity are given each academic year during orientation, after which the Chaplain blesses the dormitories.  The students discuss human sexuality within the context of marriage during certain courses in the curriculum.  The residence life staff upholds the College rules such as the dress code, which sets the goodness of chastity before the students as a Christian norm not only expected of Catholic undergraduates but conducive to their own happiness.

The student code and custom encourage exclusive dating only after the first two years. In addition to the Dean of Students, there is a Director or Student Life who assists the Residence Life Staff in creating a simple, but authentic “culture of life” atmosphere. The College is not aware of any violations.

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

Formal programs that foster prayer and spiritual life center on the chapel and a number of regularly scheduled retreats and exercises. All freshmen are taught to sing the Liturgy of the Hours during their first semester. In addition, the sophomore class in Sacred Scripture, Coram Angelis, includes instruction about prayer and liturgy.  Additional and informal prayer groups are left to the initiative of the students under the direction of the Dean of Students.

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

foster spiritual development:

Student-led daily Rosary and Compline.

engage in corporal works of mercy:

Culture of Life Society (pro-life events)

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

None.

address issues of social concern:

None.

address particular academic interests:

Edmund Campion Debate Society.

address particular cultural interests:

Thomas More players (drama); College choir.

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

Intramural and pickup soccer, basketball, football, and ultimate frisbee.  Inter-collegiate competition with neighboring Catholic college.

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

The College has five medieval-style guilds: the St. Joseph Woodworking Guild, the St. Luke Art Guild, the St. Philip Neri Sacred Music Guild, the St. John Ogilvie Folk Music Guild, and the St. Fiacre Gardening Guild.

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?

The College forbids any club or activities which would lead to students misunderstanding authentic Church teachings or which would place the students in the way of moral harm.   Student groups such as “Catholics for Choice” or pro-birth control student groups have never been sought by our student body, but would be denied recognition, funding, or permission to exist at Thomas More College.

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

N/A

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

Students collaborate with faculty and staff on a number of other cultural and festive activities such as banquets, talent shows, and trips to museums and concerts.

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:

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts was founded to provide on the undergraduate level a solid education in the liberal arts, a Catholic education for students of all faiths, united in the quest for what is true, good, and beautiful. It pursues this mission by seeking wisdom and sharing it joyfully with the world.

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?”

See explanation below.

If yes, please give the policy:

Thomas More College has a clear policy of not permitting a speaker or proposed honoree whose views are known publically to contradict or oppose Catholic teachings.  Neither students nor faculty have ever sought to invite such a person.

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

Raymond Cardinal Burke has recommended the College in these terms:

“Both the liberal arts curriculum and the extracurricular activities at Thomas More College are outstanding for their fidelity to the Magisterium. The teaching at Thomas More College exemplifies the right relationship between faith and reason, which is always at the service of the truth. The faculty at the College are faithful in their teaching and example, and, therefore, are able to educate students in the way which prepares them to follow Christ, the Truth, in both their private and public life. To put it simply, Thomas More College is a gift for which all of us should be most grateful.”

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: 90

Male: 45%  Female: 55%

Catholic: 95%  Other Christian: 5%
Jewish: %  Muslim: %  Other: Less than 5%

Number of states represented: 23
Top five states: PA, NY, NH, MI, CA
Students from top three states: 42%

Catholic HS: 40%  Homeschool: 40%
Private HS: %  Public HS:  % Other: 20%

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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 (100%)

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

All Board Members must confirm in writing that they will defend the Catholic faith in all in tenets according to their station. See explanation.

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):

Upon becoming a Trustee, each member must sign a document stating that he will uphold the Catholic Faith in its entirety and foster loyalty to the Magisterium.

President's Note

A message from the president.

Dear Parents and Prospective Students,

A leading national report recently ranked the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts among the top 2 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in educational quality.  Why?

Because the education at Thomas More genuinely teaches you how to reason, engage in academic discourse, speak with conviction, and write well. You are carefully guided through the greatest books and ideas that span the history of Western civilization and, moreover, you are prepared to engage the world with your mind, body, and soul.  A few distinctive elements of Thomas More College’s program include:

• No dreary textbooks: You will read the great authors themselves in their original works.

• Experiencing centers of culture: You begin in New England, the birthplace of our country, and then travel to Rome—the living heart of our civilization. Scholarships allow interested students to study British history and literature in Oxford, and teaching internships exclusive to TMC students are available in Spain, Ireland, and Poland.

• Ideas in Action: The wisdom of the classroom comes alive in extra-curricular activities such as naturalistic drawing, music, woodworking, icon-painting, life-changing internships, as well as journalism internships with Sophia Institute Press, Vatican Radio, and Aleteia News.

• Creative Focus: Upper-level tutorials enable you and your faculty to partner in the creation of a course of study tailored to your academic interests.

• Catholic: Most importantly, your entire program is joyfully undertaken in a Catholic community, committed to Truth, both natural and revealed.

All of this is offered at one of the lowest tuition rates in the country.  I invite you to visit our web site and learn more about Thomas More College.  We would be delighted to have you join us in New England.

In Christo Rege,

William Edmund Fahey, Ph.D.

Contact The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

800-880-8308

6 Manchester St
Merrimack, NH 03054

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