These Catholic Colleges Are Boasting Record Enrollment Numbers

“Some of America’s most faithful Catholic colleges are enjoying record enrollment numbers this year, setting an important example for the Church and for the bishops who recently gathered in Rome for a synod on evangelizing young people,” writes our own Kelly Salomon, director of Newman Guide programs, in a new article at Aleteia.

…Even while some voices at the Synod seemed to have lost confidence in the ability of the Church to reach young people with sound teaching and reason, these colleges successfully teach students the Truth of Christ, including the liturgy, traditions, and doctrines of the Church. All are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity.

At the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., there are more students today than any time in the University’s 60-year history. The university enjoyed an overall enrollment increase of more than six percent in just one year, and there are no signs of slowing down in the near future.

“We are definitely booming — our Catholic identity is a big part of that vibrancy,” said Tom Ackerman, director of communications at the University of Mary.

Five other Newman Guide colleges also boasted record undergraduate enrollments for the 2018-19 academic year, including Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.; Holy Apostles in Cromwell, Conn.; the University of Dallas in Irving, Tex.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo. …

Salomon reports that other Newman Guide colleges had record numbers of freshmen this year, including Ave Maria University in Florida; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex.

Other Newman Guide colleges saw increases over last year, including Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; John Paul the Great University in Escondido, Calif.; and Northeast Catholic College in Warner, N.H.

Read more here at Aleteia.

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

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