Sadly, few Catholic colleges are on either list. Also, it would be helpful if the Newman Guide expanded its ratings system and put in another tier to include and grade such universities, as Notre Dame.
Recommended Newman Guide colleges:
Ave Maria University,
Aquinas College (Tenn.),
Belmont Abbey College,
Catholic Distance University,
Catholic Pacific College,
The Catholic University of America,
The College of Saint Thomas More (Texas),
Franciscan University of Steubenville,
Holy Angel University,
Holy Apostles College & Seminary,
International Theological Institute,
John Paul the Great Catholic University,
Mount St. Mary’s University,
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy,
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas,
St. Gregory’s University,
Southern Catholic College,
Thomas Aquinas College,
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (N.H.),
University of Dallas,
University of Navarra, Spain,
University of St. Thomas (Texas),
Wyoming Catholic College
The 50 Best College Newman Centers
“Colleges are like miniature worlds, teeming with their own life, diversity, and atmospheres. In this country, schools are a slice of our melting pot society with diversity and pluralism in everything from race to religion. In light of this, colleges and universities, as well as other stakeholders in the future of our country, spearhead various centers and initiatives. In terms of religion, according to Pew Research, Christianity makes up 70 percent of the total population, with about 21 percent of the total who identify as Catholics.”
“Various Christian groups and centers are active on campuses, Best College Reviews decided to look specifically at Catholic Newman Centers. These centers are named after the famous 19th-century English intellectual and convert, John Henry Newman, whose work The Idea of a University is still studied in schools around the world today. Newman Centers function as a place for young Catholics to further religious ideals and goals through prayer, study, religious services, community service, and relationship building activities. The information used for the ranking is taken from school’s Newman Center websites and The Newman Connection an online institute dedicated to helping educate and encourage young Catholics in their faith. Statistics on student populations were gathered from The Newman Connection.”
The Newman Centers on this list were chosen based on the following criteria:
• The Newman Center offers regular Mass times during the week.
• The Newman Center regularly offers Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, and other opportunities for spiritual growth.
• The Newman Center offers regular community-building events.
• The college must have a Catholic population of greater than 100 students.
• Percentage of Catholic students, relationship with the local parish, and specific site amenities was also taken into account.