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Catholic Colleges in Wisconsin

May 13, 2018

If you want to attend a Catholic college, consider some of the options in Wisconsin. This article will look at the various campus activities, student outreach programs, and degree options.

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Wisconsin has several Catholic colleges from which to choose. Students can take part in services, faith-based programs and organizations, and undergraduate and graduate degree options. Along with these opportunities, many schools include study abroad options for the adventurous.

School Comparison

These 4-year Catholic institutions have many similarities. Below, we'll explore the size and cost of five Catholic colleges/universities in Wisconsin.

School Name Institution Type Student Population Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
Alverno College 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,017 Milwaukee, WI $28,277
Edgewood College 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,552 Madison, WI $28,500
Marian University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,974 Fond Du Lac, WI $27,400
St. Norbert College 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,211 De Pere, WI $36,593
Viterbo University 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,699 La Crosse, WI $27,150

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Wisconsin Catholic Schools

The following schools all offer programs for volunteering, spiritual development, and fellowship. Students can choose from a wide selection of undergraduate programs, from counseling and theatre to neuroscience and finance.

Alverno College

Alverno College is all about being a community. Campus ministry focuses a lot of its weekly activities on lifting each other up. For instance, every Monday, 'thank you' cards are placed on a table so that students can send thoughts of gratitude. Each day, a basket is filled outside the Campus Ministry office full of spiritual and inspirational quotes to brighten everyone's day. Each month, students and faculty come together to serve at a local homeless shelter. Along with pre-professional programs, students have about 40 degree programs to choose from, including art therapy, global studies, religious studies, philosophy, and kinesiology.

Edgewood College

Students can live on campus at Edgewood College in one of the four traditional residence halls or four upper-classmen halls. Mass is held twice a week in St. Joseph Chapel on campus. Students can also get involved with the community or other countries with service trips during Spring Break. Edgewood has over 40 undergraduate programs from which students can choose. Some of the undergraduate majors include Web design, neuroscience, psychology, music media and production, economics, and cytotechnology. Along with graduate programs, there are also certificate programs to help focus a specialization, such as special education for teachers and accounting.

Marian University

Marian University students can join any of the social sororities, honor societies, sports teams, or other interest-based clubs and organizations. The Campus Ministry Club is a student-led organization that holds Bible study each week. Along with Catholic mass, students can get involved in other campus ministry endeavors, like the Loaves and Fishes Meal program, the Holy Family youth ministry, Take Back the Night, or Big Brothers Big Sisters. Marian offers nearly 40 undergraduate programs, from expressive and therapeutic arts to homeland security. Marian also offers nine master's degree programs, three PhD programs, and a dozen certificate and licensing programs.

St. Norbert College

At St. Norbert College (SNC), 96% of students receive financial aid. Besides financial aid assistance, SNC has a 4-year graduation guarantee. If a student meets all the requirements necessary and still does not graduate within four years, the college will waive the tuition costs for any remaining courses in the degree program. St. Norbert students keep busy in their downtime by volunteering. There are several immersion programs, spring alternative trips, and service programs to help people in the community thrive. The Gap Experience combines service, faith, and academics, preparing first-year students in the program for leadership roles and community service needs.

Viterbo University

At Viterbo University, students can attend a number of masses or prayer groups throughout the week. Mondays bring about supper and scripture, while Christian Friday Prayer brings students together to pray in the San Damiano Chapel. Student-led retreats and mission trips put students in the heart of need-based communities and cultures, ministering and providing aid. Viterbo provides over 70 program majors, including biopsychology, nutrition and dietetics, finance, music theatre, and substance abuse counseling. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad, and many programs include an internship practicum for hands-on experience and networking.

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