Catholic Colleges in Missouri

A couple cities in Missouri are home to 4-year, Catholic universities. Learn about some of these schools, their degree programs, student population sizes, spiritual growth opportunities and more.

Outside of a few Catholic seminaries, Missouri offers at least four traditional Catholic universities. These schools vary in available undergraduate and graduate degree programs, size and other characteristics. Explore a few of the Catholic colleges in Missouri here.

School Comparison

Most of Missouri's Catholic colleges are located in Kansas City or Saint Louis. Compare some of these schools' undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Avila University 4-year, private not-for-profit Kansas City, MO $28,020
Fontbonne University 4-year, private not-for-profit Saint Louis, MO $25,460
Rockhurst University 4-year, private not-for-profit Kansas City, MO $36,590
Saint Louis University 4-year, private not-for-profit Saint Louis, MO $42,166
Kenrick Glennon Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Saint Louis, MO $21,540

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in Missouri

Students can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Catholic institutions in Missouri. These schools also offer a variety of spiritual growth opportunities or recreational opportunities. Find out what a few of the Catholic colleges in Missouri have to offer.

Avila University

Avila University had a little over 1,270 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Students at the university can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as specialized program tracks in fields such as kinesiology, pre-genetic counseling, finance, education, counseling psychology, theatre and software engineering. The school's campus ministry office offers a ministry leadership program, service and justice ministries as well as a variety of events to build community, like bonfires, a chili cook-off and Easter egg hunt. Students may also choose to participate in different student organizations on campus, including the International Student Organization, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Avila Singers and American Red Cross Club.

Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University has a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects like deaf education, pre-law, cybersecurity, speech-language pathology, sports management, fashion merchandising and bioinformatics. Students on campus can grow in their faith by participating in worship and prayer services, spiritual retreats and trips, service and justice opportunities, Bible studies, small groups and Le Puy Lunches (fellowship). The university also offers a wide range of student organizations, such as Math and Computer Science Club, Students for Life, Kappa Gamma Pi (Catholic Honor Society) and Griffin Gamers. In 2017, the NCES reported that the university had close to 890 undergraduate students.

Rockhurst University

According to the NCES, Rockhurst University had about 2,210 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers traditional liturgies and sacraments, spiritual retreats, service and justice opportunities, online ministries and a variety of fellowship groups, such as Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Christian Life Communities (CLC) and Ladies in Faith Together (LIFT), to help students grow spiritually. Students can also join a variety of student organizations, like Green Club, Hockey Club, Greek life, Colleges Against Cancer and RAKERS (Random Acts of Kindness Sharers). Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in a range of subjects, including occupational therapy, Catholic studies, engineering, communication sciences and disorders, exercise and sport science, global studies and nursing.

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University offers a diverse array of student organizations for students to join, including Greek life, Student Involvement Ambassadors, SLU Wishmakers on Campus and Beyond All Reason (an all-female a cappella group). Academics on campus include a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields such as aviation, anthropology, meteorology, mathematics, Spanish, forensic science, social work and medieval studies. Campus Ministry helps students follow the school's pray, serve, rest and grow model through prayer and worship services, faith and justice opportunities, spiritual retreats, reflection days and Christian Life Communities. In 2017, the university had 9,910 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Kenrick Glennon Seminary

Kenrick Glennon Seminary is one of a few seminaries in the state and had a little over 50 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students can pursue the seminary program through the Cardinal Glennon College or the pre-theology and theologate program through the Kenrick School of Theology. Students can participate in a summer ministry program and may serve people in the state or other countries, like Bolivia. The school also offers various events and activities for students, including Nazareth Nights, Fiat Women's Group and Advent Novena.


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