Student With Perfect ACT Score Attends Faithful Catholic College - Cardinal Newman Society

Student With Perfect ACT Score Attends Faithful Catholic College

As a National Merit Finalist with a perfect ACT score, Joseph Barnes could have gone pretty much anywhere for college. He chose a faithful Catholic college recommended in The Newman Guide.

The son of Mike and Nancy Barnes of South Dakota, Joseph was offered full-ride scholarships to colleges and major universities across the country. But he was committed to studying engineering at a faithful institution that takes its Catholic mission seriously.

Joseph’s search for a faithful Catholic college began and ended with The Newman Guide, said his father, Mike, who contributes financially to the Newman Society’s work. “We used The Newman Guide throughout Joseph’s high school career and found the Guide to be extremely accurate based on our own research,” Mike said.

Several colleges recommended in The Newman Guide offer engineering programs, including Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University of Dallas, University of Mary, and University of St. Thomas-Houston. Some of these colleges have four- or five-year, cooperative or dual degree programs. There are a range of degree choices, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, petroleum and software engineering.

Joseph found the best fit for him at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and he was awarded a partial scholarship. The decision was welcome news for the whole family. Mike is especially grateful that his son is able to experience everything that a faithful Catholic education can provide—something that he wasn’t able to experience for himself.

Of course, not every student qualifies for an academic scholarship. Families considering a Newman Guide college may find the Newman Society’s financial considerations for college helpful when planning for the future.

KELLY SALOMON is director of education and advocacy for The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education.

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