The Best Catholic Colleges of 2014-15

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A Catholic education is unique in that it weds the erudite heritage of American education with the ethos and spiritually-guided inquiry of the Jesuit tradition. Catholic and Jesuit universities have a rich history of academic and scholastic accomplishment. The belief is that, to grow, a student should be educated as a whole person: mind, body and soul are all a part of the curriculum when attending a Catholic college. Many Catholic colleges and universities embrace a theologically aware, morally upright worldview; they are committed to instilling their students with faith as well as a strong education.

Some other characteristics emblematic of a Jesuit education include the importance of fellowship, socializing and service. Most Catholic schools offer many opportunities for students to give back to their local and global communities through charitable service. Study abroad is another common mark of the Catholic education; most Jesuit institutions offer robust opportunities and programs to travel abroad in order to gain a more global perspective on the world at large. Hands-on, experiential learning is also another staple of a Catholic education. Students who choose a Catholic college are almost certain to experience their studies, not just read about them, in a meaningful environment.

Top Catholic Colleges

The list below is a collection of some of the best Catholic colleges in the country. These schools are ranked based on several criteria, including factors such as each school’s reported acceptance, enrollment, retention and graduation rates. Highlighted in the snapshot of each school are noteworthy programs, facts and statistics about what it is like to attend any one of these celebrated institutions.

The Schools

  1. 1. University of Notre Dame ― Notre Dame, Indiana

    University of Notre Dame

    • Admission Rate: 22%
    • Enrollment Rate: 53%
    • Retention Rate: 97%
    • Graduation Rate: 96%

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    The renowned Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are part of a long tradition of athletic excellence at this university; there are more than 25 NCAA Division I team sports on offer at the University of Notre Dame. Catholic values are evident in every aspect of college life at this school, where dormitories are single-sex, faith informs learning and over half of the students in attendance study abroad. Notre Dame’s students can expect a distinctly Catholic education at one of the university’s eight schools and colleges. The student to teacher ratio is 10:1, and popular subjects of study include finance and accounting, political science and psychology. The college also has a strong College of Science and pre-med curriculum.

  2. 2. Georgetown University ― Washington, D.C.

    Georgetown University

    • Admission Rate: 17%
    • Enrollment Rate: 46%
    • Retention Rate: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 93%

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    Founded in 1789 by America’s first Catholic bishop, John Carroll, Georgetown University has the distinction of being the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on-campus, the school has a well-regarded basketball team and boasts such notable alumni as Bill Clinton, Maria Shriver and Patrick Ewing. Business and social sciences are among the most popular subjects studied at this Roman Catholic university, alongside communications, liberal arts and healthcare. The student to teacher ratio at Georgetown is a modest 11:1. The school strives to make it possible for each admitted student to enroll by covering the entire cost of tuition and fees through scholarships, loans and other financial aid.

  3. 3. College of the Holy Cross ― Worcester, Massachusetts

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    • Admission Rate: 53%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 76%

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    At College of the Holy Cross, the Montserrat program is a requirement for freshmen. This means that, in addition to living on campus, small groups of first-year students live together in themed residence halls, study the same courses and engage in group activities together. All faiths are welcome at College of the Holy Cross, although the school has a distinctly Roman Catholic and Jesuit identity. Holy Cross stands apart as a leader in liberal arts colleges that places an unparalleled focus on its undergraduates. Students at this university often study social sciences, history, English and psychology. The student to teacher ratio is just 10:1, which gives students access to personalized guidance and advising.

  4. 4. Boston College ― Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    • Admission Rate: 32%
    • Enrollment Rate: 28%
    • Retention Rate: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 91%

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    Boston College offers strong programs in the areas of communication, history, science and legal studies; students enroll most in subjects such as finance and economy, biology and psychology. Boston College’s commitment to academic excellence, along with its strong message of faith and Jesuit community, has attracted many Rhodes and Fulbright scholars. The student body celebrates diversity, and the school offers undergraduate and graduate continuing education at BC’s Woods College of Advancing Studies. There is a high level of research activity at Boston College, nicknamed “The Heights” by students and faculty for its hilltop location. Over 1,000 students annually participate in study abroad at Boston College; at home, students enjoy intimate classroom sizes in a Catholic tradition of learning that dates back to 1963.

  5. 5. St. Lawrence University ― Canton, New York

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    • Admission Rate: 46%
    • Enrollment Rate: 31%
    • Retention Rate: 93%
    • Graduation Rate: 83%

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    With a tradition in faith-based learning that began in 1856, St. Lawrence University introduces freshmen to college life with the First Year Program. This curriculum is the oldest of its kind, and has served as a model for other colleges nationwide. First-year freshmen live and study together on this “walking campus” to help foster success in a community setting. There are over three dozen majors and three dozen minors to choose from at SLU, as well as a multi-field option. To make room for its growing student body, a new residence hall was constructed on campus in August 2014. This school has a strong liberal arts tradition, and popular subjects studied at Saint Lawrence University include social sciences, biology, psychology and communication.

  6. 6. Villanova University ― Villanova, Pennsylvania

    Villanova University

    • Admission Rate: 49%
    • Enrollment Rate: 23%
    • Retention Rate: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 90%

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    Villanova is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1842. Success is part in parcel to an education at Villanova University, where the graduation rate was 90% in 2013, and 99% of graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of matriculating. This tradition of academic excellence is reflected in the school’s selective admission rates. Sustainability is important to Villanova; the college hopes to achieve net climate neutrality by the year 2050. As part of the school’s foundation of Catholic learning and service, Villanovans provide over 220,000 hours of service to the community every year. Popular studies at VU include business, marketing, engineering, social science and healthcare.

  7. 7. Mount Carmel College of Nursing ― Columbus, Ohio

    Mount Carmel College of Nursing

    • Admission Rate: 54%
    • Enrollment Rate: 93%
    • Retention Rate: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 73%

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    With a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, prospective students at Mount Carmel College of Nursing can count on quality instruction. This four-year private school is a Roman Catholic urban college established in 1903. The college confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and also offers post-master’s certificates with traditional, accelerated and online learning formats. Nontraditional students will feel right at home with their fellow Mount Carmel Nightingales, because 40% of the student body at MCCN are aged 25 or older. Mount Carmel is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: North Central Association of College & Schools, as well as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Over 90% of students at Mount Carmel receive financial aid to defray the cost of their attendance.

  8. 8. Loyola Marymount University ― Los Angeles, California

    Loyola Marymount University

    • Admission Rate: 54%
    • Enrollment Rate: 22%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%

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    Loyola Marymount University, the largest Catholic university on the West Coast, offers scholars an uncompromising heritage of academic excellence in the Jesuit and Marymount tradition. Loyola students have all the rich ethnic and cultural benefits akin to its urban, Los Angeles setting, but they also enjoy personal connections with faculty thanks to the university’s 11:1 student to teacher ratio. The campus at Loyola is situated over a bluff which overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one side and the sprawling city of Los Angeles on the other. Students have a variety of academic programs to choose from, including courses in business, the arts, social sciences and the humanities.

  9. 9. Santa Clara University ― Santa Clara, California

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    • Admission Rate: 51%
    • Enrollment Rate: 17%
    • Retention Rate: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 87%

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    Santa Clara University is ranked second among the country’s Best Colleges in the Western Region in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report. This Jesuit four-year college is the oldest institution of higher learning in California, where it was founded in 1851. Offering seven graduate and three bachelor’s degree programs, SCU aims to educate scholars in order to further “a more just, humane, and sustainable world.” Sustainability is important at Santa Clara, which is why the school was proud to rank 36 of 50 in Sierra magazine’s list of “Cool Schools” in 2013. Business, marketing, social science, engineering and communication are among the most popular subjects studied at SCU.

  10. 10. St. John’s University ― New York City, New York

    St. John's University

    • Admission Rate: 75%
    • Enrollment Rate: 38%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 74%

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    Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, this Roman Catholic university promotes the pursuit of wisdom through an inquisitive mind, religious character and service to the community. Whether students are giving back through St. John’s Bread and Life program or studying abroad, they can count on an education that focuses on learning through service at home and overseas. The student body is ethnically diverse at St. John’s University, and the student to teacher ratio at this school is 17:1. Student residences, located in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Rome or Paris, are beautiful and well-equipped facilities; each offer outstanding academic and residential resources. Business, marketing, communication, journalism, healthcare and psychology are among the most studied programs at St. John’s.

  11. 11. College of Saint Benedict ― St. Joseph, Minnesota

    Saint Benedict College

    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 34%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 79%

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    This single-sex, women’s college was founded in 1913, and it is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. Partnered with Saint John’s University, an all-male college located just over three miles away, students are able to attend courses on both campuses. Catholic and Benedictine values inform academics at CSB, as does an outstanding faculty that reaches students on a personalized, 12:1 ratio. In addition, 55% of the students at CSB/SJU participate in semester-long, faculty-guided study abroad programs in countries such as Australia, France, Chile and Greece. Popular subjects of study at College of Saint Benedict include biology, psychology and nursing.

  12. 12. Gonzaga University ― Spokane, Washington

    Gonzaga University

    • Admission Rate: 67%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%

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    Gonzaga is ranked third among Western Regional Universities according to the U.S. News & World Report. This Catholic school offers students 75 areas of study, ranging from bachelor’s to doctoral programs. Named for the Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron Saint of Youth, Gonzaga University was founded in 1887 with the mission to prepare students to be ethical and faith-filled leaders of their communities. The university champions service-learning, and students at Gonzaga can earn a handful of degrees in online or hybrid learning settings. Social sciences, business management, nursing and engineering rank as some of most pursued majors at Gonzaga. The student to teacher ratio at GU is only 12:1.

  13. 13. University of Dayton ― Dayton, Ohio

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    • Admission Rate: 53%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 76%

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    The largest private university in Ohio, the University of Dayton is one of three Marianist universities in the United States. First-year students at UD participate in learning-living communities that are championed by some of the top-ranking Catholic universities in the country. Hospitality, inclusiveness, service-learning and leadership are core tenets of an education at the University of Dayton. Popular subjects studied among UD’s 80 undergraduate programs include business, engineering and education. The student to teacher ratio at Dayton is a moderate 14:1. The university’s School of Law is one of only nine in Ohio. The school encourages international literacy in its students and offers more than 50 study abroad programs.

  14. 14. Saint Vincent College ― Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 69%
    • Enrollment Rate: 34%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    Saint Vincent College, founded in 1846, was home to the first Benedictine monastery in the United States. Located on over 200 acres in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, this school was also the site of the first Benedictine college in the nation. The student to teacher ratio at SVC is 12:1, and there are nearly 50 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs for students to choose from. Most common majors at Saint Vincent include business, marketing, psychology, biology and communication/journalism. In the tradition of service espoused by many Catholic colleges, study abroad and service learning are important at Saint Vincent. This college is consistently recognized for its value and academic excellence by such reputable organizations as Forbes and Money magazines, as well as U.S. News & World Report.

  15. 15. Duquesne University ― Pittsburgh, PA

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    • Admission Rate: 74%
    • Enrollment Rate: 31%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 75%

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    Duquesne University is recognized consistently for being one of the best Catholic universities in the United States. Academic integrity meets flexibility at DU, all under the umbrella of service learning and compassion that characterizes a Catholic education. The student to teacher ratio at Duquesne is 14:1. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, both on campus and online, in such popular subjects as natural and environmental sciences, nursing, health science, law, education and the liberal arts. Students at Duquesne can benefit from the cultural enrichment of a student body that hosts international learners from over 80 nations. DU is the only Spiritan University in the U.S., meaning that the school places focus on service to the unfortunate and impoverished, to foster interreligious understanding and to promote justice.

  16. 16. Providence College ― Providence, Rhode Island

    Providence College

    • Admission Rate: 60%
    • Enrollment Rate: 18%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    At Providence College, there are 49 major fields of study for undergraduate students. Founded in 1917, Providence has the distinction of being the only U.S. college administered by the Dominican Friars, an order of preachers founded to teach the Gospel and combat heresy. Acceptance, diversity and exceptional comradery are characteristics of the student body at PC, and a substantial percentage of Providence students represent diverse cultures and ethnicities. The student to teacher ratio at this college is a modest 12:1, and the school places emphasis on collaborative instruction and active research. Some of the popular majors at Providence College include biology, marketing, finance, political science and elementary/special education.

  17. 17. The College of Wooster ― Wooster, Ohio

    College of Wooster

    • Admission Rate: 56%
    • Enrollment Rate: 18%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    The College of Wooster was founded in 1866; popular areas of study at the school today include history, social sciences, English and psychology. Wooster offers several research programs celebrated for their hands-on opportunities, including the Applied Mathematics Research Program and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Scholars program. Through immersive learning, which begins as early as freshmen year, hundreds of students annually receive incalculable work and life experience. More than 90% of the graduates from Wooster are either employed or attending graduate school within six months of matriculating. Wooster joins Princeton University as the only other college to be consistently recognized for its tradition of academic excellence by U.S. New and World Report for 12 consecutive years.

  18. 18. Misericordia University ― Dallas, Pennsylvania

    Misericordia University

    • Admission Rate: 65%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    Misericordia University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts institution founded in 1924 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. At its core, the mission at MU is to foster an academic environment rich in service, hospitality, justice and mercy. Nearly 99% of students who attend Misericordia receive financial aid. Misericordia offers 34 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Some of the more popular subjects that students pursue at Misericordia include business, nursing, health and psychology. Over 20% of students at MU are mature learners, and many take advantage of the school’s completely online certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The student to teacher ratio at MU is 13:1.

  19. 19. University of San Diego ― San Diego, California

    University of San Diego

    • Admission Rate: 49%
    • Enrollment Rate: 17%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 73%

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    This college welcomes students of all faiths, although, at its core, the university fosters Catholic values. Freshmen students at the University of San Diego must live on campus in living-learning communities (LLCs). In these themed residential hamlets, which house students of like-minded aptitudes and learning concentrations, students have access to downtown San Diego, as well as the nearby zoo, beaches and other oceanside recreation. The university offers over 40 bachelor’s degree programs. Students learn in an intimate environment at the University of San Diego, with a moderate student to teacher ratio of 15:1. Study abroad is also important to the USD; the university offers more than 80 international programs in 35 different countries.

  20. 20. Trinity University ― San Antonio, Texas

    Trinity University

    • Admission Rate: 64%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 78%

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    Intercommunication and mentorship between students and faculty is part of Trinity University’s standard of excellence. The student to teacher ratio at Trinity is just 9:1, and the curriculum has a strong focus on the arts and sciences. This private college has roots in the Presbyterian Church, although the school welcomes students of all faiths and was established in 1869. With over 40 undergraduate majors to choose from, popular subjects studied at TU’s beautiful campus, which sees roughly 300 sunny days a year, include business, marketing, foreign languages and social sciences. Creating opportunities for students to encounter the world is important at Trinity. Every year, 40% of the students at Trinity choose to take advantage of opportunities to gain a global perspective by studying abroad.

  21. 21. Fordham University ― New York City, New York

    Fordham University

    • Admission Rate: 47%
    • Enrollment Rate: 12%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%

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    The Catholic Diocese of New York founded Fordham University in 1841 in the Jesuit tradition. This school, when it was established, was the first Catholic institution of higher education in the northeastern United States. The Fordham campus is within walking distance to some of New York’s richest nearby attractions, such as the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. Business, finance and psychology are among the popular subjects studied at Fordham University. Over half of the classes at FU have 20 or fewer students.

  22. 22. Thomas Aquinas College ― Santa Paula, California

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    • Admission Rate: 79%
    • Enrollment Rate: 62%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 73%

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    Thomas Aquinas College was founded in 1971 and is unique among post-secondary institutions. Students at TAC can only earn one degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. Teaching methods at Thomas Aquinas follow a tradition modeled after the earliest recorded scholarly pursuits. For four years, students learn from the original writings of celebrated philosophers, historians, mathematicians, poets, scientists and theologians. There are no textbooks, no majors, no lectures and no electives. Through inquiry, laboratories, discussion and translation, students learn via a sustained conversation with their peers and faculty. The student to teacher ratio at TAC is only 11:1, and the college is consistently recognized for its great value by such organizations as the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

  23. 23. Saint Mary’s College ― Moraga, California

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    • Admission Rate: 86%
    • Enrollment Rate: 33%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 82%

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    Saint Mary’s College of California prides itself on its diverse student body; 50% of its students identity themselves as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latin Americans or Native Americans. These students gather to study one of 30 subjects; some of the most popular areas of study include: business, social sciences and communications/journalism. Courses at Saint Mary’s College aim to awaken students intellectually and spiritually in the Catholic tradition of faith. Saint Mary’s is nationally recognized consistently for excellence by Forbes, the Princeton Review and other distinguished organizations. Class sizes at SMC have an average of just 20 students, and learning follows a 4-1-4 calendar: two four-month terms and one four-week January Term of specialized focus.

  24. 24. Marquette University ― Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    • Admission Rate: 57%
    • Enrollment Rate: 15%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 81%

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    Milwaukee’s first Bishop founded Marquette in 1881 with the goal of providing affordable Catholic education to a growing immigrant citizenry. Today, MU offers students more than 250 student organizations and over 20 Greek fraternities and sororities to enrich its educational component, and the school is located just three miles from the city center. Marquette is one of only 28 Jesuit colleges in the U.S. and was home to alumni and famed comedian Chris Farley. Business, communication and engineering are among the most popular majors studied at Marquette, where students outnumber faculty at a ratio of just 14:1.

  25. 25. Loyola University Maryland ― Baltimore, Maryland

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    • Admission Rate: 58%
    • Enrollment Rate: 14%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 82%

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    Loyola is known for its strong programs that cultivate Catholic and Jesuit values, such as its outstanding community service work or opportunities to study abroad. At Loyola University, the student to teacher ratio is only 12:1, and almost 40% of classes are taught in sizes of 20 students or fewer. Students at Loyola represent a diverse sampling of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and they enroll most often in business, psychology and communication majors. LUM is the 9th oldest of just 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States. There are over 40 majors for students at Loyola to explore at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, and more than 80% of students who enroll at this university graduate.

  26. 26. Niagara University ― Lewiston, New York

    Niagara University

    • Admission Rate: 66%
    • Enrollment Rate: 28%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 68%

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    Service learning comes standard with a degree from Niagara University, where all students participate in hands-on education. Every week, students at Niagara University contribute 1,000 hours to community service for the underserved and needy. In addition, more than 70 courses at this school include a service learning component. The student to teacher ratio at Niagara is just 12:1. Intimate class sizes and generous financial aid distribution could explain why over 95% of students who graduated from NU went on to find employment or enroll in graduate studies within 6 months. Nearly all students receive financial aid at this college, where the university has been informing quality education with Roman Catholic values since 1856.

  27. 27. Cairn University-Langhorne ― Langhorne, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 51%
    • Enrollment Rate: 50%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%

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    This school, founded in 1913, welcomes students of all faiths as a non-denominational university. Thirty semester hours of Bible study are mandatory for all learners at Cairn University, regardless of major, guaranteeing a biblically-informed education. Popular subjects studied at Cairn include philosophy, education, social service and administration and marketing, among others. Nearly 70% of classrooms at CU have fewer than 20 students, and 85% of the students at Cairn receive financial aid. Intimate class sizes and a religiously-integrated education prepare scholars to succeed as leaders in their communities. Prospective students can look forward to traditional undergraduate programs, as well as flexible learning options at this Catholic university, like the intensive one-year programs, dual-level degree tracks and opportunities to study abroad.

  28. 28. Catholic University of America ― Washington, D.C.

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    • Admission Rate: 60%
    • Enrollment Rate: 22%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 69%

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    CUA is the national university of the Catholic Church. The campus is situated in an area known as “Little Rome,” which has more than 60 Catholic institutions and Civil War-era landmarks, all of which enrich a learning environment that has its origins in 1887. Ministry is an important part of learning at CUA. For this reason, the college offers many opportunities to participate in community service in the Washington, D.C. area, across the country and abroad. The student to teacher ratio at the Catholic University is an incredible 8:1. These intimate class sizes afford students the chance to conduct scientific inquiry and scholarly research in many fields, all while working closely with instructors. Undergraduates can choose from many majors, including anthropology, physics, music and social work.

  29. 29. Franciscan University of Steubenville ― Steubenville, Ohio

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    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 68%

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    Students at Steubenville can earn associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in such popular subjects of study as theology, business administration and education. An education at FUS is an education enlightened by Catholic faith, and aims to prepare young intellectuals to become thoughtful and upright community leaders. There are more than 41 majors on offer at the university, including seven graduate programs and a distance learning theology degree. A rigorous Catholic curriculum and a focus on community service and worship are at the core of each degree at FUS. Volunteer programs organized by the college take students around the U.S. and the world, and the masses at Steubenville are so well-attended that, even on weekdays, they are often standing room only.

  30. 30. Saint Louis University ― St. Louis, Missouri

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    • Admission Rate: 64%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%

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    Saint Louis University is proud to be the second-oldest of the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions. The university takes pioneering research and development very seriously. The school has a history of firsts: in 1906, the first forward pass in the history of football reportedly took place at SLU; in 1972, the first human heart transplant took place here; and the world’s first Ph.D. of aviation was awarded here in 2000. Freshmen are expected to take part in the school’s First-Year Experience program to further a tradition of excellent firsts. The FYE program couples learners with like-minded peers in residence halls and classrooms. The student to teacher ratio at SLU is just 12:1, and the college has been molding Catholic leaders since its founding in 1818.

  31. 31. Creighton University ― Omaha, Nebraska

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    • Admission Rate: 77%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    Students at Creighton embody the college’s Catholic values by contributing hundreds of thousands of hours of community service every year in the local and global community. Founded in 1878, CU is one of the 28 Jesuit colleges in the country, and it is Nebraska’s oldest private religious university. For 12 years, Creighton has ranked #1 among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Regional Universities Midwest. Growth comes in the form of a traditional education, as well as over 200 student organizations, a robust offering of student-run publications and many opportunities to contribute to ministry and volunteer works sponsored by CU. Health professions, business, marketing and biomedical studies are among the most popular majors at Creighton University, where the student to teacher ratio is only 11:1.

  32. 32. Ave Maria University ― Ave Maria, Florida

    Ave Maria University

    • Admission Rate: 60%
    • Enrollment Rate: 26%
    • Retention Rate: 72%
    • Graduation Rate: 58%

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    This liberal arts university is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and strives to educate the whole person. Ave Maria University is accredited by the American Academy for Liberal Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Colleges. Founded in 2003 by a Catholic philanthropist, Ave Maria offers undergraduate and graduate degrees ranging from the associate to the doctoral level. Some of the most popular majors offered at AMU include English, philosophy, religious studies and performing arts. The student to teacher ratio is roughly 16:1, and the tuition is reported at an estimated $595 per credit hour.

  33. 33. Saint Norbert College ― De Pere, Wisconsin

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    • Admission Rate: 82%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    Saint Norbert College promotes the same characteristics of trust, respect and earnestness that were at the heart of the school’s original mission when it was founded to train young men for the priesthood in 1898. Graduates of Norbert aim to respond collectively and personally to the deprivations and distresses of the world. The student to teacher ratio at Saint Norbert College is a moderate 14:1, guaranteeing students access to attentive, caring faculty. 92% of the students who graduate from SNC are gainfully employed or enrolled in graduate studies within nine months of graduation. 32% of students at SNC participate in a program of study abroad. At home, popular majors include business, education and composition/rhetoric.

  34. 34. St. John’s College ― Annapolis, Maryland

    • Admission Rate: 81%
    • Enrollment Rate: 45%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 73%

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    Founded in 1696 and granted a collegiate charter, St. John’s is one of the longest running colleges in the country. The Great Books curriculum is a distinctive component of an education at SJC; students discuss works from the Western canon of theological, historical, mathematical, scientific and literary significance. There is only one bachelor’s degree available at St. John’s: a liberal arts degree. The college also offers two master’s degree programs. Choosing to study at St. John’s means choosing small classroom sizes, a strong tradition of literacy and critical thinking and a tradition of academic excellence.

  35. 35. St. Catherine University ― St. Paul, Minnesota

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    • Admission Rate: 61%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    St. Catherine’s, or St. Kate’s, has a long tradition of providing a quality education to young Catholic women. The college was established in 1905, but now confers graduate and associate programs to men and women alike. St. Kate’s places high value on diversity and inclusive learning, and it seeks to enroll minority students and adult learners. Flexible learning options, such as weekend, evening and online classes, reflect this school’s commitment to inclusiveness. From certificate programs and professional studies to doctoral degrees, St. Kate’s offers students seeking any degree program small classroom sizes and a modest 12:1 student to teacher ratio. Some of the most popular majors at St. Catherine’s include social work, psychology, business administration and nursing.

  36. 36. University of St. Thomas ― St. Paul, Minnesota

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    • Admission Rate: 86%
    • Enrollment Rate: 29%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    Informed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas is a liberal arts college founded in 1885. Students at St. Thomas become morally responsible community leaders, and they strive to embody the tenets of the values-based education and career prep they receive. Volunteering and service-learning programs are an integral part of the hands-on learning students receive at UST. St. Thomas strives to make learning affordable by offering financial aid to 90% of its students and 95% of freshmen. UST offers five bachelor’s degrees to be earned in many undergraduate majors; in addition, there are seven pre-professional studies programs, 41 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees.

  37. 37. St. John Fisher College ― Rochester, New York

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    • Admission Rate: 63%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%

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    St. John Fisher College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college that welcomes students and faculty of all faiths. Originally founded as a men’s college in 1948, SJFC became coeducational in 1971. Today, this college is proud to offer 33 undergraduate majors, 9 master’s and 3 doctoral programs. Some of the most popular studies at Fisher include business, marketing, education, health professions and social sciences. Nearly 40% of the classrooms at SJFC hold 20 or fewer students, allowing for personalized instruction and mentorship in service learning and in academic pursuits. Financial aid opportunities at Fisher are outstanding; nearly all freshmen students receive aid to defray the first-year costs of attendance.

  38. 38. University of St. Francis ― Joliet, Illinois

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    • Admission Rate: 51%
    • Enrollment Rate: 27%
    • Retention Rate: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 59%

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    Nursing and elementary education are among the most popular subjects studied at this Franciscan institution. The University of St. Francis was established in 1920. Like many colleges in the Catholic tradition, the school places a strong emphasis on both service learning and study abroad. Students experience both thanks to regular school-sponsored, faculty-guided trips to Europe and South America. Spending a semester abroad can be very enriching; however, on or off-campus, learning at St. Francis is flexible and friendly to students of all ages, availability and aptitudes. Class sizes at this school are modest, with an average student to teacher ratio of only 11:1.

  39. 39. Marywood University ― Scranton, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 71%
    • Enrollment Rate: 28%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 63%

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    Marywood University is so committed to sustainability that the campus itself is the site of a national arboretum. Over 100 trees and shrubs are preserved on campus, and they are a reminder to students to live responsibly and conserve the planet’s precious natural resources. Founded by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1915, this Catholic university welcomes students of all denominations, traditions and cultural backgrounds. Whether students are looking to advance themselves professionally or pursue an academic program in popular majors like healthcare, science or education, Marywood offers its students a multitude of options. Marywood offers over 100 degree programs, all of which prepare students for successful careers with hands-on learning experiences and the opportunity to make professional connections.

  40. 40. Siena College ― Albany, New York

    Siena College

    • Admission Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 13%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%

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    Siena College is a four-year liberal arts institute that boasts notable alumni in the fields of government, law, journalism and business. Students have many academic choices, from 27 majors and 50 minors and certificate programs at Siena, including 1,200 unique liberal arts, science and business programs. Students interested in study abroad will be pleased to learn about Siena’s international programs, with partnerships in more than 40 countries. Small class sizes are important at this Catholic institution, which boasts a student to teacher ratio of just 12:1. Affordable education is also important at Siena; nearly 89% of students in attendance receive financial aid.

  41. 41. Le Moyne College ― Syracuse, New York

    LeMoyne College

    • Admission Rate: 62%
    • Enrollment Rate: 17%
    • Retention Rate: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 74%

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    Discussion and debate are pathways to learning at Le Moyne College, central New York’s only comprehensive Catholic college. Global learning is also a new focus of this diverse and comprehensive learning community. This college was established in 1946, and today it is one of 28 Jesuit institutions in the United States. Freshmen at Le Moyne are welcome to participate in First-Year Residential Learning Communities in order to help situate themselves to college life, help them excel, and introduce them to their peers. Students can choose from 700 courses and more than 40 programs at Le Moyne in subjects such as humanities, arts, sciences and education.

  42. 42. Mount St. Mary’s College ― Los Angeles, California

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    • Admission Rate: 74%
    • Enrollment Rate: 33%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    Classes at Mount St. Mary’s College are designed to be inclusive and flexible. For this reason, the college attracts nontraditional and adult learners. Mount St. Mary’s weekend college and online programs of study provide excellent opportunities for working adults. Primarily a school for women founded in 1925, the college now offers courses to professional young men and women alike. Students can choose from over 45 majors at MSMC, and they may earn degrees from the certificate and on to the doctoral levels. The college aims to prepare all of its students for professional success, as well as a life of service to their community and to their environment.

  43. 43. Mount Mercy University ― Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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    • Admission Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 42%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    Committed to imparting the values of compassion and leadership, this college was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 to serve the common good. Today, the cost of attendance at MMU is among the lowest in the region for private school tuition. All freshmen receive some form of financial aid at Mount Mercy, where some of the most popular subjects studied are nursing, business, criminal justice, education and accounting. Students can learn to lead and serve as they earn a degree in one of 37 undergraduate majors or one of four graduate programs. There are also great opportunities for experiential learning at Mount Mercy through study abroad programs and internships with internationally respected corporations and institutions.

  44. 44. University of Portland ― Portland, Oregon

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    • Admission Rate: 67%
    • Enrollment Rate: 13%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    The University of Portland has long been recognized for its great value, quality education and commitment to community service. Again and again, the college, its faculty and its students earn distinction for outstanding academic achievements and for their dedication to being model citizens. There are many opportunities to study abroad at the University of Portland, and these international programs bring a global emphasis to the school’s distinctly Catholic mission, with options to travel for the semester, the summer or the year. On-campus, students at UP have numerous program choices; the most popular course being in nursing, biology, marketing, finance, education and communications.

  45. 45. Rockhurst University ― Kansas City, Missouri

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    • Admission Rate: 75%
    • Enrollment Rate: 23%
    • Retention Rate: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 74%

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    Rockhurst University has offered students an education in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition since 1910. A comprehensive university, Rockhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences and pre-professional concentrations. Studies in health professions, business, psychology and the social sciences are the most popular programs at Rockhurst University. 97% of students at RU are active in community service leadership and contribute 30,000 hours of service in the Kansas City area and beyond every year. Rockhurst earns consistent accolades from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for delivering a quality education and instilling the values of lifelong learning, leadership and service to its alumni in the Jesuit tradition.

  46. 46. Manhattan College ― New York City, New York

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    • Admission Rate: 66%
    • Enrollment Rate: 16%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 73%

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    Manhattan College is located in a quiet suburb of the Bronx and is a subway ride from the bustling metropolis of Manhattan. At MC, students can choose to study from more than 40 majors and 20 graduate programs, some of the most popular of which are in engineering, business, management and education. In small classroom settings where students outnumber teachers 12:1, the goal of Manhattan faculty is to foster faith, dignity, community and social justice alongside a quality education. Students at Manhattan receive hands-on professional training with internships at prestigious companies like Goldman Sachs, IBM and the New York Mets. At Manhattan College, 94% of students receive financial aid or merit-based financial aid.

  47. 47. Dominican University ― River Forest, Illinois

    Dominican University

    • Admission Rate: 60%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%

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    As one of the top-rated universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report, Dominican University is recognized for its educational merit and value. This research university offers student certificates through doctoral programs in the Catholic tradition of leadership, community and social justice. Some of the most popular studies at Dominican include business, health and the social sciences. Originally a women’s college, Dominican was founded in 1901, and today is recognized as a top tier master’s level university. Community-based learning and hands-on experience, either through internship or study abroad, are staples of an education at DU. The school boasts a 12:1 student to teacher ratio, and the student body makes up a sampling of culturally and ethnically diverse, traditional and mature students.

  48. 48. Lewis University ― Romeoville, Illinois

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    • Admission Rate: 56%
    • Enrollment Rate: 23%
    • Retention Rate: 82%
    • Graduation Rate: 58%

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    Lewis University has offered a quality Catholic education to traditional students and mature learners since 1932. Online and on multiple campuses, there are more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study at Lewis. The school also offers 25 graduate programs and several certificates of advanced study. Working professionals will appreciate the school’s accelerated degree completion programs in some of the university’s most popular majors, such as nursing, marketing and business. For students interested in studying on campus, the college is proud to report that 66% of its classes have 20 students or fewer.

  49. 49. Saint Joseph’s University ― Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 79%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 78%

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    Developing students of high moral character has been the mission of the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University since it was founded in 1851. Students at Saint Joseph’s can choose to study over 40 majors, the most popular of which include marketing, finance and accounting. Financial aid is available to qualifying students, 96% of whom received grants or scholarships in 2013. 93% of SJU graduates surveyed recently are either employed, serving in full time volunteer programs, involved in graduate studies or serving in the military.

  50. 50. University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne ― Fort Wayne, Indiana

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    • Admission Rate: 54%
    • Enrollment Rate: 38%
    • Retention Rate: 69%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%

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    There is always something going on at the University of Saint Francis campus. Students can take in a musical performance, gather together for a Ladies Night craft activity or assemble to deck the halls of the campus “castle,” Brookside Mansion. This university first established its tradition of fellowship in Fort Wayne in 1944, but it began its journey as a Catholic women’s college in the Franciscan tradition as early as 1890. Students at USF commonly major in healthcare, the creative and visual arts, business, fitness science or education. Class sizes are modest, with an average student to teacher ratio of 12:1.

  51. 51. Our Lady of Holy Cross College ― New Orleans, Louisiana

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    • Admission Rate: 48%
    • Enrollment Rate: 75%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 24%

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    Our Lady of the Holy Cross was founded as an affordable Catholic school in 1916 by the Marianites of Holy Cross. 90% of students at OLHCC receive financial aid, which further offsets the cost of this college’s competitively low private school tuition. The school offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs; some of the most popular majors include nursing, counseling and education. Holy Cross extends a 50% tuition discount to qualifying classroom teachers pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership. Nursing students looking for flexible career advancement might be interested in Our Lady’s RN to BSN program, which is available online.

Top Catholic Colleges with Online Programs

In many ways, the steady advancement of Bible-based colleges and Catholic institutions has run parallel to the growing number of online degree programs in the U.S. The fastest growing demographic of college students today are adult learners who currently work 20 or more hours a week, as stated in a study by the U.S. Department of Education. According to non-profit Catholic research center, CARA, the number of students attending Catholic colleges and universities has nearly doubled between 1965 and 2014. There has been increased demand, over the course of the past two decades, for a quality Catholic education that offers the flexibility that adult students require.

It is not surprising, then, that the two forces in post-secondary education have partnered. For students who work during regular class hours, for those with family commitments or for members of the military, finding the time to learn is the biggest barrier to earning a degree. The colleges listed below offer all of the same Catholic values, emphasis on community service and leadership and legacy of scholastic excellence that students expect from a Jesuit institution, all from the convenience of a living room and a laptop.

Many of these distance learning options focus on occupational studies and in-demand careers such as nursing, business management and education. For students seeking a relevant, valuable, accredited education, these colleges offer students of all denominations an opportunity to apply faith to their academic growth and to experience study in a hands-on learning environment through internship, online classroom collaboration and networking.

The colleges ranked below represent a collection of the best online Catholic colleges in the United States. These rankings are based on criteria such as each school’s reported acceptance, enrollment, retention and graduation rates. Many of the programs that are included on the list offer some of the most affordable private school tuition rates in the country. Most of these schools offer classes to students all over the U.S., and a select few do not charge out-of-state tuition for online students.

The Schools – Online

  1. 1. Villanova University ― Villanova, Pennsylvania

    Villanova University

    • Admission Rate: 49%
    • Enrollment Rate: 23%
    • Retention Rate: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 90%

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    Established in 1842, this Roman Catholic university has a history of producing high achieving graduates, which includes working students and nontraditional learners. For those in need of a flexible schedule, Villanova University offers several certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online. Students can study subjects such as public administration, media and technology or the RN to BSN program. More than 25% of the students who study online take advantage of Villanova’s multiple graduate degree and certificate programs. Streaming video, mp4 audio lectures and an always-accessible classroom make learning at this top-tier Catholic college accessible and immersive.

  2. 2. Misericordia University ― Dallas, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 65%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    Misericordia University aims to deliver a quality education and cultivate an environment for students that engenders the values of service, hospitality, justice and mercy. Almost one-fifth of the students at MU are nontraditional learners. These mature or working students can take advantage of MU’s completely online certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The college works with students to ensure that they earn appropriate credit for life experiences, and graduates of these online programs rate their experience at Misericordia as exceeding the national standards for satisfaction. MU students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctoral degree in leading professional fields like accounting, occupational therapy and business administration online.

  3. 3. University of Dayton ― Dayton, Ohio

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    • Admission Rate: 53%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 76%

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    As Ohio’s largest private university, the University of Dayton is a comprehensive Catholic college. The school is also one of only three Marianist universities in the United States. In the spirit of Dayton’s tenets of inclusiveness and hospitality, the college offers many online undergraduate and graduate degrees. Distance students can earn their master’s degree in communications, engineering and renewable energy, or one of many certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. If time and location permit, elearners at Dayton are welcome to participate in one of the more than 50 programs of study abroad that the college offers.

  4. 4. Duquesne University ― Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 74%
    • Enrollment Rate: 31%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 75%

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    Duquesne University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs both on campus and online. The college is consistently recognized as a high-value Catholic institute. As the nation’s exclusive Spiritan university, the college emphasizes the importance of service to the needy, justice and spreading a message of acceptance and worship. Duquesne University is military-friendly and offers students fully online, hybrid and accelerated degree and certificate programs. Some of the popular majors available include leadership, education and nursing studies. E-learning at Duquesne is collaborative and immersive, rich in multimedia materials and in opportunities to participate.

  5. 5. Saint Louis University — St. Louis, Missouri

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    • Admission Rate: 64%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%

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    Saint Louis University is the oldest college west of the Mississippi. Since it was established in 1818, SLU has maintained a strong commitment to research and development. The school’s heritage of discovery and excellence has led the college to develop a robust array of online study for busy adults. From certificate to bridge programs, students can earn a degree online or in a blended format. Popular programs for working adults include a bachelor’s degree in nursing or aviation, or a master’s degree in leadership or analytics. In 2014, Saint Louis University was named in the top 100 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report. SLU also offers accelerated learning options and tuition discounts exclusive to online and military students.

  6. 6. Saint John Fisher College — Rochester, New York

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    • Admission Rate: 63%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%

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    Learners looking for a flexible pathway from their RN to a BSN will appreciate Saint John Fisher College’s accelerated nursing program. This program builds on the syllabus of other standard associate’s degrees and certifications in nursing science. Students can graduate online in as little as just 12-18 months. Every instructor at Saint John’s Wegman School of Nursing is a practicing nurse. Student Nadine Grove says, “The Online RN-to-BS in Nursing program at St. John Fisher College is a great experience, designed to fit into anybody’s lifestyle. It has given me the flexibility to go back to school and take care of my family while my husband is deployed to Afghanistan.”

  7. 7. Mount Mercy University — Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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    • Admission Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 42%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    Affordable and flexible learning are tantamount at Mount Mercy University. Over 40% of Mount Mercy’s students are nontraditional (ages 25 and older), which is an impressive percentage for any four-year college. MMU is proud to offer two bachelor’s degree programs completely online in business and human resource management. The college also offers nine blocks of five-week accelerated courses every year. The tuition at this highly regarded Midwestern university is one of the lowest in the region for a private, four-year education. There is no application fee to enroll in these online Mount Mercy programs, and it is worth noting that 100% of students at MMU qualify for some form of financial aid during their first year.

  8. 8. University of Saint Francis — Joliet, Illinois

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    • Admission Rate: 51%
    • Enrollment Rate: 27%
    • Retention Rate: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 59%

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    Saint Francis offers some of the best online programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For students who want to experience Catholic values, the one-on-one attention offered at USF’s online adult and graduate programs suit the needs of more than 1,500 students every semester. Students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online in subjects like healthcare, business and nursing. All faiths are welcome at Saint Francis, and students online are still welcome to take part in service learning and study abroad should it suit their schedules.

  9. 9. The College of St. Scholastica — Duluth, Minnesota

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    • Admission Rate: 73%
    • Enrollment Rate: 33%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    The College of St. Scholastica offers one of the largest nursing programs in Minnesota. Adult students and nontraditional learners make up more than a quarter of the student body here. The College of St. Scholastica offers evening, weekend and online programs to its students. Scholars can earn a degree in business administration, healthcare leadership or pursue the school’s RN to BSN accelerated program. CSS also offers certificate programs aimed at professional development and career training, some of which can be completed in only six weeks.

  10. 10. Mount Saint Mary’s College — Los Angeles, California

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    • Admission Rate: 74%
    • Enrollment Rate: 33%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    Serving women and visible minority students (in particular Hispanic women) is part of this school’s commitment to the Catholic tradition. U.S. News & World Report listed Mount St. Mary’s as among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2014, thanks in part to its flexible learning options. St. Mary’s offers a general associate’s degree option, as well as a Bachelor’s Pathway, to help ease the transition to a four-year institution. MSMC has a relationship with over 120 transfer institutions to ensure a smooth and efficient transition for its students. The college also offers associate’s degrees in pre-health sciences, business administration and the liberal arts, all of which can be completed entirely online.

  11. 11. Creighton University — Omaha, Nebraska

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    • Admission Rate: 77%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%

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    Learners at Creighton Catholic University are part of a tradition that dates back to 1878; the school is Nebraska’s oldest private religious university. Creighton has been named #1 among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges in America for over a decade. Some of Creighton’s most popular online degree programs are graduate studies that include master’s degrees in ministry and nursing, as well as bachelor’s and doctoral degrees and professional certificates. Tuition at Creighton is affordable, too, at just $400 a credit hour, which is competitive with national averages for larger, public universities.

  12. 12. Saint Francis University — Loretto, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 78%
    • Graduation Rate: 69%

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    Saint Francis University, the oldest Franciscan institute of higher learning in the country, now offers three master’s and two bachelor’s degrees online. Personalized instruction is still a given at Saint Francis online, where discussion forums, on-demand lecture presentations, streaming video, group collaboration software and other integrated technology is available 24/7 to make on and off-campus learning virtually indistinguishable. Adult learners may also be interested in weekend and evening classes, where SFU students can earn a certificate program, associate’s or bachelor’s degree on-campus.

  13. 13. Gwynedd Mercy University — Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 66%
    • Enrollment Rate: 26%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    The student body spans all cultures, ethnicities and ages at Gwynedd Mercy University, where the average class size is just 17 students. U.S. News & World Report lists Gwynedd as among the best master’s-level colleges and universities in the North, in part because of Mercy’s commitment to flexible learning. With high retention and graduation rates, and with the knowledge that over 90% of students at Gwynedd receive financial aid, it isn’t surprising that working students make up almost half of the student body at this Catholic college. The school just added an MBA and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership, but there are more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate online and accelerated programs to choose from in the subjects of business, education and healthcare at GMU.

  14. 14. University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne — Fort Wayne, Indiana

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    • Admission Rate: 54%
    • Enrollment Rate: 38%
    • Retention Rate: 69%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%

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    Many of the programs offered online at the USF can be completed in as few as 12 months, which makes them ideal for working students. One fifth of the student body was made up of mature learners at Saint Francis in 2013; it is with these busy students in mind that the university developed five master’s programs available completely online. Students can earn a virtual graduate degree in environmental health, leadership, healthcare administration or an online MBA with a traditional or a sustainability focus. The school also offers an RN to BSN program for nursing students. USF’s online and adult education tuition is competitively low, at just $400 per credit hour for undergraduate studies, and only $450 per credit hour for graduate degree programs.

  15. 15. Loras College — Dubuque, Iowa

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    • Admission Rate: 69%
    • Enrollment Rate: 32%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 62%

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    In the Catholic spirit of civic engagement and community service, Loras College offers many on-campus resources and opportunities for service learning, fellowship, and a global religious perspective. However, students interested in completing their liberal arts degree online have a uniquely flexible opportunity through Loras’ specifically designed program in liberal studies. Students have up to two years to complete their choice of four courses, seven weeks in length, all available completely online. Combining the mission and values of the college with some unique and original focuses, students may study such unique courses as Science Fiction Cyborg Communities, which takes place, in part, on Second Life, and which explores how much adaptation and enhancement humanity can employ before becoming “beyond human.”

  16. 16. Our Lady of Holy Cross College — New Orleans, Louisiana

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    • Admission Rate: 48%
    • Enrollment Rate: 75%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 24%

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    Our Lady of the Holy Cross College will celebrate its centennial in 2016. The school has grown from a two-year women’s college to what Carnegie classifies as a four-year master’s college and university. Ninety percent of students at OLHCC, of whom most are still primarily female, are awarded some form of scholarship. Couple this with the college’s already low tuition, and Our Lady of the Holy Cross College offers students an affordable professional degree. Nursing students looking for some flexible career advancement might be interested in Our Lady’s RN to BSN program, available completely online.

  17. 17. Saint Joseph’s University — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 79%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 78%

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    U.S. News & World Report has ranked Saint Joseph’s University among America’s Best Colleges for more than ten years. At Saint Joseph’s, students can study online to earn master’s and bachelor’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates in liberal studies, criminal justice, leadership, education and health services. These classes are modeled after the traditional classroom experience but are more flexible and oftentimes offer more one-on-one interaction between instructors and peers. Financial aid is available to qualifying students, 96% of whom received grants or scholarships in 2013. SJU student William Day said, of his experience studying online, “Saint Joseph’s University has designed a program which is both affordable and convenient…The curriculum here at Saint Joseph’s University is challenging…the university employs knowledgeable and dedicated professors who care about each and every student.”

  18. 18. St. Thomas University — Miami Gardens, Florida

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    • Admission Rate: 46%
    • Enrollment Rate: 63%
    • Retention Rate: 70%
    • Graduation Rate: 40%

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    St. Thomas University is a college rich in diversity; more than 50% of the students at Saint Thomas are Hispanic or African American, and a fifth of the student body is 25 years old or older. Known as Biscayne College when it was founded in 1961, St. Thomas has a rich history, and it is still growing today through the expansion of academic programs, undergraduate research and new athletic facilities. Some of the academic programs that might interest students who are looking for flexible learning include three entirely online bachelor’s programs, as well as seven master’s degree programs. Education, linguistics and business/management students will receive a quality education, influenced by the social justice and ethical undertones of a Catholic academic program, at St. Thomas University.

  19. 19. Fairfield University — Fairfield, Connecticut

    Fairfield University

    • Admission Rate: 71%
    • Enrollment Rate: 15%
    • Retention Rate: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 83%

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    As an institute founded in 1942, in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, Fairfield University aims to provide opportunities for community college transfer students to complete their degree on their own terms. On a schedule designed by the student, Fairfield offers a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies online. Students can also select one of many majors or minors the program offers, including international studies, history or music. Fairfield was ranked third among America’s Best Northern Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report. Some of the most popular majors that students gravitate towards at this college include business, health sciences, communication and the social sciences. A survey polling students found that 98% of graduates were gainfully employed, volunteering or pursuing graduate study following commencement from Fairfield in 2013.

  20. 20. Regis University — Denver, Colorado

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    • Admission Rate: 70%
    • Enrollment Rate: 25%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%

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    More than 60% of the students at this Catholic university are considered mature learners. For this reason, Regis has curated programs for students with active lifestyles and bustling schedules. At Regis University, there are five- and eight-week accelerated programs offered through the College for Professional Studies. The college also offers several fast-track Direct Study programs, but other students may choose on-campus or online learning options as well. Regis currently offers 25 master’s degrees and more than 15 bachelor’s degrees online, as well as many professional certificate programs. The college’s tuition rates are competitive with other four-year private schools, and the classes are informed by a Jesuit tradition of fellowship, service, and academic excellence.

  21. 21. St. Joseph’s College-New York — New York City, New York

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    • Admission Rate: 75%
    • Enrollment Rate: 23%
    • Retention Rate: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    At St. Joseph’s College, the student body is diverse and vibrant, with a higher than average percentage of nontraditional students. Founded in 1916, St. Joseph’s has locations in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. The university offers hands-on courses, an expert faculty with modest class sizes and flexible programs both on and off campus. To meet the needs of their working, professionally-minded scholars, the college offers a handful of online degree programs, including a BS in Organizational Management, as well as an Executive MBA, and several undergraduate and graduate certificates. Dual degree programs are also on offer for students looking for a more high-octane learning experience.

  22. 22. King’s College — New York, New York

    King's College

    • Admission Rate: 72%
    • Enrollment Rate: 25%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    Take advantage of studying in New York without having to commit to relocation with King College’s online learning options. Students can study online for one year to give them time to relocate and ease into college, or they can take two years to ease into on-campus learning, finishing their internships and final two years of study in the city that never sleeps. For students looking for a fully online degree, King’s offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration. This option requires at least one approved activity to be completed in New York, be that a summer program or a 1-2 week immersive experience. The college also offers courses online for non-degree seekers.

  23. 23. Benedictine University — Lisle, Illinois

    Benedictine University

    • Admission Rate: 69%
    • Enrollment Rate: 43%
    • Retention Rate: 73%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    Forward. Always forward. That is the motto of the Benedictine University, which was established in 1971 when St. Benedict’s College for men and Mount St. Scholastica College for women merged under the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Business, education and faith are tenets of the Benedictine order, so it is fitting that these are among the most popularly studied subjects at BU. In addition to a doctoral degree in education and two bachelor’s degrees in business, students can enroll in one of ten master’s degrees at BU, all offered completely online. Online MBA graduate of the Class of 2008, David Hagerman, said this of Benedictine University: “I wanted a school with a good reputation. I enjoyed all the classes and I did pick up stuff from every one of the classes that I use now throughout my daily activities.”

  24. 24. Marylhurst University — Marylhurst, Oregon

    Marylhurst University

    • Admission Rate: 39%
    • Enrollment Rate: 57%
    • Retention Rate: 71%
    • Graduation Rate: 22%

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    Marylhurst was among the first universities to embrace distance learning during the 1970s. In the 1990s, Marylhurst was a leader in online education advancements. Today, students can pursue their degree online at MU, in subjects like literature, media, real estate, business and healthcare. The college offers five bachelor’s and five master’s degrees through a virtual classroom environment. For even more convenience, students may submit a portfolio online to be evaluated for prior credit, called the Prior Learning Assessment. While many colleges expect students to make time to visit the campus to build this presentation, MU allows its students to augment the assessment through telephone or face-to-face communications with instructors, and to build their portfolio almost entirely online.

  25. 25. Neumann University — Aston Township, Pennsylvania

    Neumann University

    • Admission Rate: 55%
    • Enrollment Rate: 27%
    • Retention Rate: 74%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    Neumann University attracts a diverse range of students from all faiths, cultural backgrounds and age groups. To meet the needs of the active student lifestyle, this Catholic university offers a BA /BS in Liberal Studies, a BS in Public Safety Administration and an MS in Organizational & Strategic Leadership, all completely online. Degree completion programs are also available at Neumann, and these offer students an accelerated format of 6-credit evening courses, which culminate in a bachelor’s degree. The college also offers more traditional programs in this evening format, for those interested in exploring Neumann and its ever-expanding campus facilities.

  26. 26. Wheeling Jesuit University — Wheeling, West Virginia

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    • Admission Rate: 69%
    • Enrollment Rate: 27%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 60%

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    Wheeling Jesuit University offers several online programs, including two master’s degrees in organizational leadership and educational leadership and five nursing programs that serve as a pathway from an RN to higher degrees. The Accelerated Certification for Teaching Program (ACT) offers an accelerated means for teacher certification online; this program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree but are in need of state teaching certification. With affordable tuition rates and a strong connection to a network of other national Jesuit universities, it is not surprising that U.S. News & World Report ranks Wheeling University 11th among America’s Best Regional Colleges (South).

  27. 27. DeSales University — Center Valley, Pennsylvania

    DeSales University

    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 64%

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    DeSales University offers three master’s degree programs online ― business administration, criminal justice and technology in education ― and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Leadership. For prospective students looking for flexible learning at the undergraduate level, Desales has ACCESS, a host of degree and certificate programs available online, as well as through evening and weekend classes. These eight-week sessions offer ten start dates a year, and many bachelor’s degrees — including majors such as business administration, marketing, theology and nursing — which can be completed completely online.

  28. 28. Fontbonne University — St. Louis, Missouri

    Fontbonne University

    • Admission Rate: 65%
    • Enrollment Rate: 36%
    • Retention Rate: 70%
    • Graduation Rate: 45%

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    The distance learning program at Fontbonne is as diverse and broad-reaching as the students who attend it. Forty percent of the student body at FU are enrolled in online or hybrid learning opportunities, and over 35% of the student body are considered nontraditional students. There are evening, online and hybrid classes available at Fontbonne in undergraduate and graduate concentrations. The college offers the most commonly requested degrees in a variety of formats, and there are many majors to choose from. Business, education, finance and healthcare are the most popular programs offered at Fontbonne University today.

  29. 29. Caldwell University — Caldwell, New Jersey

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    • Admission Rate: 64%
    • Enrollment Rate: 17%
    • Retention Rate: 82%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    Caldwell University, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is considered a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Students of Caldwell’s virtual classrooms benefit from a commitment to educating students to think critically, pursue truth and to contribute to building a just society. The student-teacher ratio at Caldwell is only 11:1, and whether students are studying in their living room or a lecture hall, that kind of personalized attention goes a long way towards the completion of a degree. Students residing in New Jersey will appreciate the three 7- and 8-week accelerated online courses offered at Caldwell. Currently, students can earn one of two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees online. At this time, online courses are unavailable for out-of-state residents.

  30. 30. La Salle University — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 80%
    • Enrollment Rate: 21%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 69%

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    Whether students are interested in bachelor’s degree completion or graduate level degree programs in business, nursing or technology, La Salle University has several online opportunities that suit many needs. The college has grown by leaps and bounds since it was founded in 1963; most recently, the university broke ground on a new facility for their School of Business. Adult learners have been an important part of the college’s growth, and they make up a significant percentage of student body at nearly 20%. For students who are interested in La Salle’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies, there are even more flexible learning options on-campus, online or in accelerated and hybrid formats.

  31. 31. Sacred Heart University — Fairfield, Connecticut

    Sacred Heart University

    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 15%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    Sacred Heart University is the first Catholic university to be established and administered by laypersons, and that courageous and pioneering spirit has earned SHU recognition among peers and consumers since 1963. Students at Sacred Heart can earn their degrees in a virtual classroom, pursuing bachelor’s degree programs such as nursing and master’s degrees in similar healthcare related fields. SHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and almost half a dozen other unique issuing agencies. Ninety-five percent of students at SHU receive financial aid, making an online study program efficient and affordable.

  32. 32. Gannon University — Erie, Pennsylvania

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    • Admission Rate: 80%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 69%

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    Gannon University is often recognized for its value and boasts a 14:1, student to faculty ratio, which ensures students can receive the guidance they need to succeed. Gannon’s tuition is affordable, and can be paid in flexible installments as well as through federal and institutional financial aid. All freshmen at Gannon are eligible for some form of scholarship award, and 87% of the total student body receives financial assistance. Distance learners are important to GU, and the university offers online RN-BSN, MBA and MPA programs. Studying health, business and education online engenders the kind of inclusiveness (through online integration), leadership, social responsibility and faith that are all a part of the Gannon university mission.

  33. 33. Saint Peter’s University — Jersey City, New Jersey

    Saint Peter's University

    • Admission Rate: 54%
    • Enrollment Rate: 18%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    As one of only 28 Jesuit educational institutions in the U.S., Saint Peter’s was established in 1872. The school’s mission, cura personalis, or “care for the whole person,” reflects Saint Peter’s strong Catholic academic foundation. Saint Peter’s welcomes students of all faiths to participate in its dedication to a rigorous, affordable university experience based on scholastic excellence, leadership and service. Registered Nurses can earn their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing completely online, no matter where they live. For students who need flexibility but are open to spending some time on campus, the college also offers on-campus and hybrid learning in subjects such as business administration, criminal justice, education, nursing, professional studies or public policy.

  34. 34. Loyola University Chicago — Chicago, Illinois

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    • Admission Rate: 91%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%

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    Loyola student Elizabeth McInerney, a full-time nurse at Hinsdale Hospital, appreciates the high-quality online and brick and mortar classes available for students and working adults. “As a nurse, I work every schedule possible: nights, days, and sometimes ten- and twelve-hour days,” she says. “Online classes are great because you listen to the lecture and complete the assignment on whatever time is best for you—on your days off, after work, or before work. The professors understand the challenges of being a nurse, so they work with you to help you succeed. You’re never alone!” Loyola offers more than 30 certificate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs online in disciplines such as nursing, law, social work, business and other in-demand occupational fields.

  35. 35. St. John’s University-New York — New York City, New York

    St. John's University

    • Admission Rate: 53%
    • Enrollment Rate: 10%
    • Retention Rate: 76%
    • Graduation Rate: 58%

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    St. John’s online programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The flexible learning options offered at this college here ranked fifth in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Graduate Schools. In the same tradition of upright moral character and community service upon which St. John’s University was founded in 1870, students online can choose from undergraduate and graduate programs like business, law, education and the liberal arts. Classes are available to students in almost all of the U.S., and some programs combine the virtual classroom with on-site participation, hands-on learning and opportunities to study abroad.

  36. 36. Mount St. Joseph University — Cincinnati, Ohio

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    • Admission Rate: 88%
    • Enrollment Rate: 31%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%

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    Mount St. Joseph University, previously known as College of Mount St. Joseph, was established in the Catholic tradition in 1920. The emphasis at this college is on hands-on learning, small class sizes and bolstering the character and leadership of its students. Online degree programs include an RN to BSN for nursing students, a Masters of Arts in Reading Science and several certificate programs. Accelerated classes and three-year degrees may be appealing to working students, and there are currently eight fast-tracked undergraduate programs, with a ninth coming soon. Also unique to Mount St. Joseph is the valuable Talent Opportunity Program. TOP pairs students with professional career counselors in order to pinpoint opportunities to gain leadership and occupational skills, all free of charge to MSJ students.

  37. 37. Marian University — Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    Marian University

    • Admission Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 33%
    • Retention Rate: 70%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    Marian University welcomes students of all faiths to this private Catholic college, which was founded in 1936. Students 25 and older are an important part of Marian’s student body, representing 32% the college’s undergraduate demographic. For this reason, the college offers a Working Families Grant to defray the cost of attendance for single parents looking to return to school to earn their four-year degree. In fact, 94% of the entire student body at Marian receives some form of financial aid. One of five online programs at MU may be well-suited to students who seek flexible due dates and unfettered access to course materials; these programs are aimed at nursing, business and education students.

  38. 38. Viterbo University — La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Viterbo University

    • Admission Rate: 71%
    • Enrollment Rate: 25%
    • Retention Rate: 76%
    • Graduation Rate: 50%

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    Viterbo University was founded in 1890 and is one of only 22 members of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities in the United States. Students at Viterbo receive an education rich in Franciscan values, and one that is designed to fit around the busy schedule of working adults. The college offers several degrees online, including an associate degree program and bachelor’s degrees and completion programs in business, criminal justice, education, healthcare and technology. These programs have six convenient start dates in August, October, January, March, May and July, making enrollment convenient no matter what the season. The school offers college credit to students with prior life or learning experience.

  39. 39. La Roche College — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    La Roche College

    • Admission Rate: 56%
    • Enrollment Rate: 28%
    • Retention Rate: 66%
    • Graduation Rate: 43%

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    Since 1963, La Roche College has worked to foster a spirit of global citizenship and scholarship. The school hosts international students regularly and has a robust demographic of mature and working academics. Those interested in medical imaging, nursing, business leadership and administration and criminal justice administration may earn undergraduate degrees online from La Roche College. The school also offers two graduate degrees in nursing: the MSN in Nursing Administration and the MSN in Nursing Education. In addition to the specific online degree programs offered at La Roche, there are over 75 courses available online that support core studies or electives.

  40. 40. Immaculata University — Immaculata, Pennsylvania

    Immaculata University

    • Admission Rate: 80%
    • Enrollment Rate: 19%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 60%

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    The faculty at Immaculata University believes that knowledge flourishes in virtue. Founded in 1920, the school offers ten degree programs online for undergraduates. Aimed at business, nursing and marketing students, these virtual classrooms enjoy the same small class sizes that Immaculata students have on-campus. The average student-teacher ratio at IU is just 8:1, and almost 90% of the classes taught at this university have fewer than 20 students apiece. For learners who are able to come to some courses on campus, the college offers evening, weekend and hybrid learning opportunities, as well as an accelerated 7-week format for many available courses.

  41. 41. University of Mary — Bismarck, North Dakota

    University of Mary

    • Admission Rate: 83%
    • Enrollment Rate: 56%
    • Retention Rate: 71%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%

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    University of Mary was founded in 1959, and is one of the most affordable private religious schools in the United States. Today, the college has ten satellite campuses across the country, as well as one in Rome and another in Peru, and a vibrant online program. In regards to distance learning, University of Mary offers more than 20 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For $500 a credit hour, online students can study for a master’s in majors like business, accounting and exercise physiology, or a bachelor’s degree in subjects such as nursing, marketing and business.

  42. 42. Albertus Magnus College — New Haven, Connecticut

    Albertus Magnus College

    • Admission Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 28%
    • Retention Rate: 63%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%

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    Located only a few miles from Yale University, a visit to this campus is a trip back in time. Many of this college’s historic 19th century mansions stand today as administration buildings and residence halls. Albertus Magnus College is aware, however, that not all students are able to learn primarily on-campus. For this reason, the college offers many online, hybrid, and accelerated courses. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in business management, as well as a master’s in business administration, entirely online at Albertus Magnus College.

  43. 43. University of Saint Mary — Leavenworth, Kansas

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    • Admission Rate: 47%
    • Enrollment Rate: 30%
    • Retention Rate: 64%
    • Graduation Rate: 34%

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    Since it was founded in 1923, the University of Saint Mary has striven to prepare students from all walks of life for careers that contribute to a global well-being. To accomplish this mission, the University of Mary offers affordable and flexible tuition. Students can choose to earn, on his or her own schedule, of several online degrees: an RN to BSN, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. At the Overland Park location of USM in Kansas, the college also offers flexible and accelerated evening and weekend programs for working students.

  44. 44. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine — Standish, Maine

    Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    • Admission Rate: 78%
    • Enrollment Rate: 24%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 55%

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    Students at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine stand out in the job market thanks to their sincere work ethic, problem-solving skills and stellar credentials. Notable alumni from SJCM include poet and activist Andrea Gibson, pitcher Charlie Furbush of the Seattle Mariners and Randy Freer, President of the FOX Sports Network. Programs on campus at Saint Joseph’s are varied and distinctive, but the university’s distance education programs are in no short supply. There are 40 online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs available at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Just a few of the many majors offered online at SJCM include theology, psychology, business, education and long-term care.

  45. 45. Cardinal Stritch University — Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Cardinal Stritch University

    • Admission Rate: 84%
    • Enrollment Rate: 42%
    • Retention Rate: 66%
    • Graduation Rate: 53%

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    Established originally as St. Clare College for women in 1937, Cardinal Stritch University seeks to transform communities and lives through service, leadership and education. All freshmen at Stritch are eligible for financial aid; in 2013, 63% of the student body received some form of grant or scholarship award. Due to the uniquely diverse demographic of students at Cardinal Stritch, especially the 66% of its students ages 25 and older, versatile learning formats are a staple at this Catholic university. The college offers programs that are available entirely online, in a hybrid environment and in the evenings face-to-face in an accelerated pathway. Working students who want to flexibility of an online degree program have several options, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and management.

  46. 46. Mount Aloysius College — Cresson, Pennsylvania

    Mount Aloysius College

    • Admission Rate: 69%
    • Enrollment Rate: 36%
    • Retention Rate: 66%
    • Graduation Rate: 37%

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    Students at Mount Aloysius graduate with a quality degree, and with the strong moral character synonymous with Mercy values. Mount Aloysius College is linked to Mercy College, and is one of just 16 of these institutions nationwide. More than a quarter of the students at MAC are considered mature learners, aged 25 or older. Among these students, online programs such as the Business Administration and Management degree, as well as the Registered Nursing program, are very popular. The average cost per credit hour at Mount Aloysius is only $650, and 80% of all Mount Aloysius students qualify for institutional or federal financial aid.

  47. 47. Presentation College — Aberdeen, South Dakota

    Presentation College

    • Admission Rate: 66%
    • Enrollment Rate: 49%
    • Retention Rate: 50%
    • Graduation Rate: 37%

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    Established in 1951, this Catholic school endeavors to educate the whole person, as well as to prepare students for a life of successful service. Nursing is by far one of the most popular subjects studied at Presentation College, both on and off campus. With this in mind, the distance education department, PC Virtual, offers the following programs to its online learners: Medical Coding Specialist Certificate; Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration or Surgical Technology Completion; RN to BSN or LPN to BSN Nursing Completion programs; Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology Completion. These occupational degrees are designed for transfer students who have already earned an associate’s degree in nursing, or completed other likewise accredited programs.

  48. 48. Siena Heights University — Adrian, Michigan

    Siena Heights University

    • Admission Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 31%
    • Retention Rate: 66%
    • Graduation Rate: 38%

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    Siena Heights University is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s Best Online Bachelor Programs. Available completely online, these programs cater to the 50% of students age 25 and older that make up Siena’s student body. A substantial percentage of students choose Siena for their online undergraduate or graduate study needs, with 40% of bachelor’s degree students and 71% of master’s degree students participating in the university’s distance learning. Undergraduate students may choose from several online degree programs, such as business administration, RN to BSN and professional communication; courses are taught in an accelerated, eight-week format. Graduate programs at Siena are delivered in a ten-week format, and most are offered as hybrid courses.

  49. 49. Saint Leo University — St. Leo, Florida

    Saint Leo University

    • Admission Rate: 77%
    • Enrollment Rate: 26%
    • Retention Rate: 73%
    • Graduation Rate: 45%

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    Graduates of Saint Leo University can join the ranks of other notable alumni, such as Desi Arnaz (known for his work on the sitcom I Love Lucy), Anastasio Somoza Debayle (former President of Nicaragua) and actor Lee Marvin. Founded in 1889, Saint Leo boasts the highest percentage of its student body participating in distance learning of all found on this list. Perhaps this is because 73% of Saint Leo’s students are mature learners. The college accepts credit for applicable life experience, and, in 2013, Saint Leo was able to extend financial aid to 100% of its freshmen. This college offers certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs to its students, all available completely online.

  50. 50. Chaminade University of Honolulu — Honolulu, Hawaii

    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    • Admission Rate: 84%
    • Enrollment Rate: 35%
    • Retention Rate: 69%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%

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    This Hawaii university is informed by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts heritage. This school, founded in 1955, is dedicated to developing graduates of excellent character, scholastic merit and a commitment to service. Popular subjects at Chaminade, studied both on and off campus, include criminology, business, psychology and education. CUH’s PACE program extends a robust selection of online and hybrid courses to students. With the exception of the RN to BSN program, all of the undergraduate distance learning at Chaminade University can be completed completely online. The college also offers many graduate programs and certificates in a flexible hybrid, weekend and accelerated evening format.

  51. 51. Avila University — Kansas City, Missouri

    Avila University

    • Admission Rate: 61%
    • Enrollment Rate: 18%
    • Retention Rate: 66%
    • Graduation Rate: 50%

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    Through the Avila Advantage program, Avila has curated a roster of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level for adult students looking for flexible pathways to their professional degree. Students can study one of Avila University’s accelerated bachelor’s or graduate programs such as business, healthcare or design, taking advantage of online courses where available in an accelerated, fast-track format. The undergraduate business administration degree is available fully online. Avila Advantage students pay only $410 a credit hour for their accelerated courses; this is more than a $200 discount per credit hour on regular courses at this same college.

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