2017 Best Catholic Colleges in America

The 2017 Best Catholic Colleges ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The top-ranked Catholic colleges are leading academic institutions that offer students an education and college experience rooted in Catholic traditions and faith.
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    University of Notre Dame

    • South Bend, IN
    • 1,211 reviews
    College Junior:The community aspect of the University of Notre Dame is unmatched by any other school that I applied to during my college application process. It was the perfect fit for me from a social, an academic, and a religious perspective.

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    Georgetown University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,060 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus is beautiful, professors and faculty truly care about students, and the student body itself is brilliant and kind. Best school ever.

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    College of the Holy Cross

    • Worcester, MA
    • 467 reviews
    College Freshman:The workload is ridiculous. You will be assigned a ton of work and all of it is hard. It is imperative that you stay on top of your work and don't think that you can get a good grade without studying...Professors here challenge you greatly. You will definitely feel smarter after taking any course.

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    Boston College

    • Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 1,322 reviews
    College Senior:The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.

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    Santa Clara University

    • Santa Clara, CA
    • 1,254 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I would choose SCU again in a heartbeat. I'm probably pretty biased though, because I was in a very small department, Classics, and as such I knew all of the professors and could wander in to the office and just spend an hour or two talking with any professor about basically anything. If I needed ideas for a paper in one class, I could wander into a random professors office, and bounce ideas off of him or her, and it was always a fun and lively conversation. These people with PHDs would happily entertain my random questions and/or argue with me for hours at a time. The quality of professors is not limited to the classics department. I had an Archaeology Professor with whom I had extensive email correspondence. While I took few theater classes, I do work in theater, and the professors in the Theater department have been valuable sources of information .

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    Villanova University

    • Villanova, PA
    • 1,363 reviews
    College Junior:Villanova has been an incredible experience. It was remarkably easy to find a group of genuine, smart, fun friends who respect and care for each other. Students and teachers are passionate about learning, growing, and challenging mindsets that are rarely challenged. In addition I have the opportunity to make a documentary film and to intern at The Vatican through my school.

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    Loyola Marymount University

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 1,479 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think it was meant to be that I end up at LMU. I had no idea what it was before I applied, but now that I am here, I know it is probably the best school for me. The relationships that you are able to build with other students, professors, and staff members are incredible, and you are able to 100% be yourself, which is hard to come by.

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    Marquette University

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 1,824 reviews
    College Sophomore:Marquette University is a unique place. It offers the 'big school' feel, while still offering the perks of a smaller school such as knowing everyone and smaller class sizes. It can be very challenging academically, especially for areas in health and engineering, but gives students the education to succeed and thrive at top companies like GE and Harley Davidson. Marquette truly is a community and is felt by everyone, whether it be banding together through the struggle of finals week or just someone waiting and holding the door for you. I lived in O'Donnell Hall freshman year, which was not even on my list of preferred housings places (nor was it for most people that lived there), but I would not trade my time I spent there for anything. It is where I met my closest friends and was really allowed to grow as an individual. Honestly, I feel like the school does not get enough credit for what it does for its students and the community surrounding the campus. Never have I ran into an alumni who did not enjoy their time at Marquette, simply because everybody is accepted and given the opportunities to succeed. Like at every school there are a few people that are stuck up and obnoxious, but that is part of life and present in every society. Marquette has given me the experience of a lifetime and I would not trade it in for a second.

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    University of Dayton

    • Dayton, OH
    • 1,242 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the University of Dayton, i would not have picked a better school to attend. Everyone here is so nice and come from good places. You can tell these people were raised right. Also the campus itself is gorgeous, it just has that home feeling.

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    Providence College

    • Providence, RI
    • 731 reviews
    College Senior:Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island is a relatively small campus with around 5,000 undergrad. What makes it special going to a school this size, is that you will always see a familiar face when you are walking on campus. Providence has so much to offer and has so many clubs and activities for students to get involved with! PC is also located only a few minutes from downtown Providence and Federal Hill, which are main attractions for this small state! Nightlife at PC is also fun, and there are plenty of bars to head too in the city and there is even a bar on campus!

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    University of Scranton

    • Scranton, PA
    • 566 reviews
    College Junior:Overall I could not be more satisfied with my college experience at the University of Scranton thus far. I am recieving a quality, liberal arts education consisting of excellence and creative learning. Scranton's mission urges service to others and "magis," which is one of the many reasons i love my school. The community of students and teachers is helping me become a better student and preparing me to be a succesful, caring occupational therapist one day. I have had so many great service opportunities and experiences at Scranton that make my school feel like a second home. There are many school spirited events and whether it is attending these events, going to basketball games, or doing interesting group projects and papers for class, I would not trade the experiences I made at Scranton for anything. Our school is unique for its unyielding love and support for being men and women for others and reiterating the Jesuit values. I owe it to Scranton for helping me discover the person I truly want to be, a person who serves others and gives back to the world we live in. I would not choose a different school if I had to do it all over again. In fact I almost did not choose Scranton and I am overjoyed and thankful everyday that I did. I could not be happier for what Scranton has provided for me and I look forward to the years to come. I could not be prouder to say I am a Royal!

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    Creighton University

    • Omaha, NE
    • 923 reviews
    College Sophomore:What I really enjoy about Creighton is that the students are here to learn and better themselves. On top of that, I believe we are in the top five or ten schools in the country for service, which is easy to see as so many students have a heart for justice. There are always fun activities going on around campus like the foam party or "Wednesdays After Class." We have great Greek life and a lot of ways to get involved around campus.

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    University of San Francisco

    • San Francisco, CA
    • 1,938 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love the location of the school, the fact that its a private Catholic institution, and that all of its faculty/staff have a sincere concern for the success of their students

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    Gonzaga University

    • Spokane, WA
    • 1,077 reviews
    College Senior:Good Campus, new facilities. Not much around the campus to do but Spokane has much to offer for activities. The school has many clubs to join and be a part of. Tuition is a little high but it is worth it. I believe this school has a respected name and much to offer compared to other schools in the state. Professors are willing to work with you and have done so much work worldwide.

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    Rockhurst University

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 338 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love Rockhurst! It's an excellent school with a great reputation. The school helps one develop a strong work ethic. I have enjoyed getting involved in it's community and giving back to the public at the same time. The student activities are abundant and the opportunities to make more friends are endless. The only thing i would do over is finding more scholarships prior to enrolling because unfortunately the tuition went up making it a financial strain on my family.

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    University of San Diego

    • San Diego, CA
    • 1,699 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I loved attending USD. The campus is hard to beat, you literally feel like you're on a four year vacation at a country club. And it's definitely easy to feel like you're on spring break year round, too. The food is probably the best on a college campus. The dorms are huge. Off campus housing at the beach is even better. There are so many things to get involved with and the amount of options for studying abroad are UNREAL. The professors are all extremely nice and helpful, with small classes you really get that 1-1 attention. All of my professors know their students by name and are always accessible to their students. I'd say the school is a bit competitive, the student body is very ambitious and everyone is always doing something big. Although it is a Catholic school, it's super liberal and focuses more on social justice issues. Everyone, for the most part, is extremely open-minded. Take advantage of everything, you'll have the best four years here.

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    DePaul University

    • Chicago, IL
    • 3,155 reviews
    College Junior:DePaul loves transfer students like myself, the transition was very easy and overall I felt very welcome. The transfer student orientation was tailored to our needs and all issues smoothed over as efficiently as possible.

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    Saint Michael's College

    • Colchester, VT
    • 473 reviews
    College Sophomore:There is a great diversity in classes available and professors that teach them. Though the registration process can be a burden, I've enjoyed most of my classes.

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    Saint Louis University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,846 reviews
    College Sophomore:I'm not deeply involved in student life. I live off campus now to save money and volunteer at hospitals not associated with the school because they have minimum requirements, but I love the campus and many of the teachers and staff! The staff is always willing to help you, they push you to not only know the answers but to understand and apply the concepts as well, and the school tries to give you a great well rounded education throughout your undergrad.

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    St. Mary's University - Texas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 919 reviews
    College Sophomore:St. Mary's University is a very good school. We have an excellent teacher to student ratio, which allows us to feel connected with the professors. We are able to get the help that we need instead of feeling like just a number in a huge auditorium. Also, most professors are very interactive and provide hands on learning.

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    Loyola University New Orleans

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 847 reviews
    College Sophomore:Attending Loyola University goes beyond the typical college experience. The campus is cozy and busy and the city is vibrant. It's a destination college.

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    Manhattan College

    • Riverdale, NY
    • 734 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love it here. I strongly dislike the college I originally went to and I knew the moment I stepped on campus that this was the place I was going to finish out my degree. The people here are so nice, it's unimaginable. The professor's really go out of their way to help you.

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    University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 1,030 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University of St. Thomas is a light in my life. In all actuality, the school has such bright colored buildings and people that it makes my experience so much happier. Smiling is one of my favorite things and every day I am here, it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

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    University of Portland

    • Portland, OR
    • 811 reviews
    College Sophomore:I don't know about other departments, but the Engineering school is pretty integrated in the industry. It seems like we have job seminars every other week at least.

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    John Carroll University

    • University Heights, OH
    • 742 reviews
    College Sophomore:I appreciate the fact that we have nearly a center for everything, especially the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. As a minority student, I get to find representatives and advocates who are willing to support me for who I am. But nothing's all easy street because I have to fend for myself from a population that's psychographically alcoholic and smoking by a whopping majority despite policies and Jesuit legacy.

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