In Indiana, there are several Catholic-affiliated schools to choose from around the state. The ones in this article include traditional 4-year colleges and universities offering academic and religious activities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Many of the Catholic colleges in Indiana have similar programs and masses. When deciding between the schools, consider looking at the cost of tuition and the student population size.
|School Name||Institution Type||Population||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College||4-year, private not-for-profit||882||Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN||$29,510|
|Marian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||3,165||Indianapolis, IN||$33,000|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||12,393||Notre Dame, IN||$51,505|
|Saint Mary's College||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,701||Notre Dame, IN||$40,800|
|University of Saint Francis||4-year, private not-for-profit||2,212||Fort Wayne, IN||$29,430|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Indiana Catholic Schools Overview
Sifting through colleges requires you to begin looking at the details -- from learning opportunities to campus activities -- to see which is the best fit for you. The following takes a look at the faith-based activities on campus, program offerings, and more.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has additional approval for its programs in nursing, art therapy, teacher education, and more. In fact, there are 50 areas of study at the school. Students at SMWC can put their faith into practice with one of the many service ministry programs, including mission trips, attending Mass, or participating in prayer groups. You can also join one of the 10 sports teams, including one of the two equestrian teams, or one of the over 20 clubs offered. To help them pay for tuition and room and board, roughly 95% of SMWC students receive financial aid assistance.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received financial aid through a grant or scholarship. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Marian University was ranked #30 for best value school. Students can undertake one of the associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree programs offered on campus or through some of the online programs. Some of the online offerings include business administration, RN to BSN, paralegal studies, and health/human services. As a Franciscan Catholic university, Marian has an active campus ministry with daily Mass, prayers, and leadership opportunities to strengthen your relationship with God.
University of Notre Dame
First-year students are treated to a one-on-one guidance system at the University of Notre Dame. Because they believe guiding students from the enrollment process until they declare their major is so important, 98% of their students go on to their second year at the college, and 96% graduate within four years. Along with enrolling in theology, sacred music, and Christian studies degree programs, students can join one of Notre Dame's faith-based organizations, such as Galilee, where law students can get involved with the urban community, or the tax assistance program, where accounting students help community members complete their taxes. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate majors in business, science, engineering, and the arts.
Saint Mary's College
The only women's college in this list, Saint Mary's College provides 100% of their incoming students with financial aid opportunities. Faith, academics, and a sisterly bond are combined throughout everything on the campus, whether it's studies, Catholic service, or club activities. Students can join in any of the religious activities that the ministry office puts together, such as the annual Holy Cross Harvest where students gather food for community members in need. Students are required to live on campus in one of the five residence halls for six semesters to guarantee immersion into this faith-based atmosphere. On top of faith activities, students will take part in any of the more than 30 undergraduate or three graduate programs offered at the college.
University of Saint Francis
At the University of Saint Francis (USF), students can choose between one of the four residence halls on campus in which to live. They offer tradition, suite, and apartment-style housing. On campus, students who are not currently of the Catholic faith can join the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). At RCIA, students take part in prayer and weekly meetings to learn about the Catholic faith and its many traditions. At the USF, students can enter any of the nearly 70 areas of study to earn their degree. Popular majors at the college are allied health professions and nursing. In fact, the only two doctorate programs offered at the college are the Post-MSN to DNP in nursing and the doctorate in nurse anesthesia. Students can earn degrees from an associate's through the doctorate at USF.