Best Catholic Colleges in New York

Jul 16, 2018

Catholic colleges in New York are plentiful. Explore a few schools that are consistently ranked highly by various publications. All of these schools have a strong campus ministry presence and offer a variety of degree programs and on-campus activities.

With nearly 20 Catholic colleges and universities in New York State, it can be difficult to decide what makes a school the 'best.' Here, we've taken a look at some of the Catholic schools that are most well-known in the state and have consistently been ranked highly by several reputable sources, such as Forbes, the Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report.

School Comparison

Below, we've broken down the colleges into categories for a quick search, in case you're seeking a school in a specific location or for a particular price. Four of the five following schools offer tuition costs around $30,000 per year.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
Canisius College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Buffalo, NY $36,454
Fordham University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Bronx, NY $50,986
Le Moyne College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Syracuse, NY $33,905
St. John Fisher College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Rochester, NY $33,120
St. Bonaventure University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Saint Bonaventure, NY $33,331

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of New York's Best Catholic Colleges

The following schools are all well-ranked for one reason or another by the U.S. News and World Report. All these Catholic colleges offer financial aid to help make the tuition more affordable, and some feature unique degree programs, like anthrozoology. Let's take a look at some facts for each of these colleges to see which would work best for your needs and goals.

Canisius College

The U.S News & World Report named Canisius College the 22nd best regional college in the North for 2018. Starting in the Fall of 2018, Canisius has taken a huge step toward becoming more affordable, with an $8,000 (23%) tuition drop. With a retention rate of 83% for first-time enrollees, Canisuis offers a lot of programs and activities on campus that keep students engaged. Canisius boasts 147 undergraduate degree programs, plus 35 graduate programs. The undergraduate programs include areas as diverse as anthrozoology, medical laboratory science, sport management, and urban studies. Campus ministry is also quite big on campus, with mass offered every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On top of that, there is a Wednesday night commune service. The college encourages ministry involvement, such as community service, retreats, or becoming a lector.

Fordham University

Tied for 61st place in national universities for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report, Fordham University has had 168 Fulbright scholarship recipients since 2003. Every year, the university strives to meet 1 million community service hours with all students. Throughout the year, Fordham brings in guest lecturers to inspire religious discussion and thought. Roughly 90% of undergraduate students received financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year, with 89% of that number receiving scholarships and grants. On campus, you can get involved with one of the twenty sports teams, including cheerleading, soccer, squash, track, volleyball, and rowing. There are over 70 undergraduate majors offered at this Catholic college, with two campuses - Lincoln Center or Rose Hill - both offering most programs. Just a few programs are only offered on one campus, such as chemistry only being offered at the Rose Hill campus.

Le Moyne College

In 2016, Le Moyne College had a 74% graduation rate for undergraduate students finishing their degrees within six years. Of the 630 undergrads who applied for financial aid, 100% were given some form of a grant or scholarship that did not need to be repaid after graduation. There are over 80 clubs to get involved in, covering plenty of majors and interests, from the Dolphin Steppers step group to CARE (Creating Awareness and Reaching for Equality), who aim for a greater LGBTQ acceptance. Along with these are Christian groups, such as the 220 Ministry, a Christian group that comes together for Bible study and prayer. This school was number six on the 'Best Value Schools' list for regional universities in the North in 2018, per U.S. News & World Report.

St. John Fisher College

U.S. News & World Report ranked St. John Fisher College #37 in the nation for best value schools in 2018. Since 100% of students who applied for financial aid received it in the 2016 school year, it makes sense that this college can be affordable and attainable. This campus sits on 164 acres of land just outside the city of Rochester. There are dozens of majors available, including media management, statistics, interactive media, inclusive childhood education, criminology, and American studies. This is a liberal arts college that includes pre-professional programs for health, engineering, law, and pharmacy. Mass is held daily during the school year at the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great. Sports are also a big part of campus life at Fisher, with 12 women's teams and 11 men's teams. As an added bonus, the Buffalo Bills have used the Fisher campus as their training camp location over the last several years.

St. Bonaventure University

Number 21 in regional universities in the North for 2018 is St. Bonaventure University, according to U.S. News & World Report. Outside of NYC, this is the southern-most Catholic school on this list. St. Bonaventure keeps its classrooms intimate with a student to teacher ratio of 11:1. Over the course of its history, St. Bonaventure has produced six alumni who have won the Pulitzer Prize. Also, St. Bonaventure's education program has been named one of the nation's top innovative educator programs by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Students can also consider studying all sorts of liberal arts subjects, such as childhood studies, cybersecurity, international studies, journalism, marketing, and public health. There's also plenty to do on campus, with campus ministry taking part in faith formation, worship, ministry, community service, youth mentoring, and a student-run soup kitchen called the Warming House. Students can also spend the evening at the Mt. Irenaeus retreat just off campus.

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