Forbes cites Catholic colleges in top U.S. 100

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Eight Catholic universities and colleges made Forbes’ top 100 in its annual list of America’s Top Colleges, published earlier this month.  The magazine lists 650 U.S. colleges and universities based on teaching quality, student career prospects, graduation rates and student debt levels, according to the magazine. The University of Notre Dame in Indiana ranked highest among Catholic schools at #18.

Here are the Catholic higher education institutions that made the top 100, along with their ranking, location, annual costs and enrollments:

  • 18 — University of Notre Dame, Indiana; $53,239; 11,816
  • 26 — Boston College, Massachusetts; $54,624; 15,036
  • 27 — College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts; $54,432; 2,932
  • 47 — Georgetown University, District of Columbia; $56,485; 16,520
  • 67 — Santa Clara University, California; $53,742; 8,846
  • 84 — St. Norbert College, Wisconsin; $37,392; 2,304
  • 85 — St. Anselm College, New Hampshire; $45,705; 1,915
  • 88 — St. Michael’s College, Vermont; $45,630; 2,466

Dozens of other Catholic schools were listed throughout the rankings.

College ranking always are dubious at best, but college administrators and recruiters continue a love-hate relationship with them since they don’t go unnoticed  by parents and students. Probably the best known rankings are the U.S. News and World Report annual lists of best colleges and graduate schools. The Forbes list uses a different methodology which takes into account student debt levels — a very important issue for students since it indicates the size of student loans that they may carry after graduation.

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4 Responses to Forbes cites Catholic colleges in top U.S. 100

  1. D. Daly says:

    If they were all true Catholic colleges teaching the Catholic faith and giving good example to the students, this would mean something to me.

  2. Melanie says:

    I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Jenny says:

    I agree with D. Daly — totally.

  4. Richard.T says:

    It is true that most of these colleges are fairly liberal. On the other hand Notre Dame is relatively middle-of-the-road, and so is Saint Anselm. St. Norbert is a bit more conservative. Plus, all of these colleges do teach the Catholic faith, to some degree, but the student will need to learn to sift the bad from the good, the liberal from the conservative. That might make them even stronger. In other words a Catholic student can deepen their faith at any of these schools, but not without a challenge. By the way, Thomas Aquinas College in California is quite conservative and was ranked #149. Providence College was rated #156 and it is rather conservatively run by the Dominicans. St. John’s in Minnesota was ranked #114, is still all male. Not sure how liberal or conservative it might be.

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