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Catholic Colleges in Maryland

Apr 20, 2018

Students interested in attending a Catholic college in Maryland have a few schools to choose from, each one with its own distinguishing characteristics. Find out about these schools, their tuition rates, student-to-faculty ratios and other characteristics.

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Maryland is home to Catholic colleges that have unique characteristics and provide diverse degree programs for students. These 4-year, private institutions vary in size, tuition and other important factors. Learn more about each Catholic school, and see what makes it special.

School Comparison

Maryland has three different colleges, located in two different cities, affiliated with the Catholic faith. Compare each school's tuition in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Loyola University Maryland 4-year, private not-for-profit Baltimore, MD $47,560
Mount St. Mary's University 4-year, private not-for-profit Emmitsburg, MD $40,550
Notre Dame of Maryland University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baltimore, MD $36,070

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in Maryland

The three Catholic colleges in Maryland provide students with a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to choose from. Students considering these schools may want to look at factors like student-to-faculty ratios, spiritual activities or student population size. Here we explore some of these factors for each of the Catholic schools in the state.

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland is a rather large, private school with about 4,100 undergraduate students and 1,900 graduate students, and it has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 in 2016, according to the NCES. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Doctoral degree programs are primarily offered in clinical pastoral counseling and clinical psychology, but bachelor's and/or master's degree programs are available in a range of subjects, including math, pastoral studies, healthcare, foreign language, education, engineering, business and communications. The school's webpage states that U.S. News and World Report ranked the school #4 best college in the North Region in 2018. The school also offers 18 Division I varsity sports teams, including basketball, lacrosse, swimming and diving, soccer and more. Students wishing to develop their spiritual lives can participate in daily Mass, spiritual retreats and other campus ministries.

Mount St. Mary's University

Mount St. Mary's University is a slightly smaller institution with a little over 1,700 undergraduate and 450 graduate students and a 2016 student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, per the NCES. The school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Students can pursue bachelor's degrees in speech, computer science, English, French, history, environmental studies, math, art, chemistry and more, while master's degree programs are available in ministry, theology, philosophy, sport and fitness administration, healthcare administration and other areas. In 2017, the school ranked #25 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Regional Universities in the North. Students can participate in Mass, as well as a variety of spiritual clubs and organizations, including those focused on spiritual growth, evangelism, and justice and human dignity awareness.

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Notre Dame of Maryland University is also a smaller school with nearly 900 undergraduate students and over 1,650 graduate students. This school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, according to 2016 NCES stats. The school has an all-women's undergraduate college but also has co-ed undergraduate programs for working adults. The school provides a range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Undergraduate degree programs are available in foreign language, philosophy, religious studies, liberal arts and sciences, psychology, art, the physical sciences and more, while most graduate degree programs are in the fields of business, healthcare, education, English, communications and information science. In 2017, BestColleges.com ranked the school #6 nationally for Best Women's Colleges.

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