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Picking a Catholic College

The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College started in 2007. It is a guide published once a year by the Cardinal Newman Society to aid students and parents in choosing the right Catholic college or university based on several different categories. It seeks to include only schools which comport to the principles set forth in Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

 

They break down everything from on-campus housing rules to curriculum to tuition. In fact, they found in 2009 that the colleges and universities most faithful to the Catholic teaching were often the most affordable in tuition. The selected schools also provided more financial aid (39%) than the average private institution (29%).

 

This year shows two new universities recommended for the first time ever: The University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and the Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Philippines. These two universities offer courses to students who only speak English, and are faithfully Catholic in their teachings and curriculum, as well a being a fantastic opportunity for students who want an international college experience.

 

The University of Navarra is founded by a Saint, Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (also the founder of Opus Dei), and places huge emphasis on providing a personalised education. In 2008 is had a ratio of one teach for every five students. With 42 undergraduate programs and 25 master’s programs, it allows for non-native speakers to take classes entirely in English for the first two years of study. After the first two years you can continue but will need to have learned the language. That is actually one of the perks of the school. Not only can you graduate from the Higher Institute of Business Studies, one of the most respected programs, but you can come out with fluency in a second language as well. In Spring of 2016 they only had 25 American students, but are looking to expand that number in the coming years.

 

The Holy Angel University teaches entirely in English, and has been in operation since 1933 in the old convent of the Holy Rosary Parish Church. Aside from the major and professional subjects of study, all students are required to take 12 units of Catholic Theology classes, and are required to attend 8 units of PE, with a choice afterward between ROTC and civil service training.  Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, HAU is “a universe within a university” where thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors from diverse backgrounds converge every single day for intellectual, creative and social interaction.

If you are a student looking for a great Catholic education, or a parent looking to provide a larger world-view in addition to a quality faith-based education, these colleges make great options!

Top 5 Benefits of Catholic School Learning

steve-virgadamo-church-educationA Catholic school education can provide young men and women with significant learning and growth opportunities. A proper Catholic education is beneficial for countless reasons and leaves a mark of distinguishment entering into collegiate learning or into the real world. Below you will find some of the top benefits resulting from a Catholic school education.

1. A Holy View of the World Around Them:

Students learning under a Catholic school administration learn that God is always present in the world and is involved in their lives every day. Students learn to see God’s presence in everyday life whether they are hiking or driving on the highway. This sense of noticing God’s presence is known as “Sacramental Awareness.” By seeing signs of God’s presence, students become more instruments of God and therefore grace their surroundings from their local communities to the world as a whole.

2. The Value of Relationships:

Catholic school students learn that strong bonds between one another are a gift from God and are necessary to living a fruitful life. Through developing relationships with family, friends, teachers, coaches, and more, students have the ability to learn countless values and lessons from one another to carry through the rest of their lives. A strong and nurturing relationship with others reflects the love God has for everyone and the dynamic abilities of the Trinity. We are there for others to learn, to grow, to share in joyous occasions, and to unite under challenges.

3. An Interesting View of Scripture:

Students are given the ability to view sacred and holy scripture through a different lens as they learn more and more about their faith. They can explore questions and events that have happened many many centuries ago. Students will learn useful information dating back to the genesis of Adam and Eve all the way up to recent teachings of Pope Francis. They will also learn to apply Scripture to their daily lives as to live better and more fulfilled lifestyles.

4. Civic Engagement:

Catholic education bestows a certain level of civic engagement and responsibility. Students and faculty of Catholic Schools regularly take part in local foundations, community services, and host fundraisers to help the sick, needy, homeless, and less fortunate. Through volunteer efforts and charitable activities students learn more and build even more bonds with one another and the world around them.

5. Serving the Common Good:

Similar to civic engagement, students under a Catholic administration are strongly encouraged to be involved in public service all the way from the very beginnings of their education to their graduation and beyond. Catholic students learn that they have a responsibility to those around them and it is their duty to help where needed and provide support to everyone.

Please be sure to check back soon for more updates on Catholic school education. Thank you!

Thank You,

Steve Virgadamo