Over 130 Catholic colleges and universities in the country offer varsity baseball programs, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics. These schools provide students with diverse degree programs, spiritual growth opportunities and other unique characteristics. Explore a handful of the Catholic colleges with baseball programs here.
The private, Catholic institutions with baseball programs are available from the east coast to the west coast. Compare and contrast a few of these schools' locations and undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Aquinas College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Grand Rapids, MI||$31,244|
|Barry University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Miami, FL||$29,850|
|Villanova University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Villanova, PA||$51,284|
|Regis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Denver, CO||$35,610|
|Holy Names University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Oakland, CA||$38,188|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Catholic Colleges with Baseball Programs
Here we examine some of the Catholic colleges that have baseball programs affiliated with both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We also discuss some of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs available at each school, as well as student population size and other distinguishing characteristics.
Michigan's Aquinas College had around 1,650 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The Aquinas Saints baseball team is a part of the NAIA and had three student-athletes named to the 2018 NAIA Scholar-Athlete recipients for baseball. The college offers a few master's degree programs in the areas of management, education and counseling, but the school has a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs in subjects like athletic training, sustainable business, Catholic studies, art, engineering, pre-law, data analytics and communication. Students can grow in their faith by attending mass, spiritual retreats, praise and worship services, small groups, service opportunities and other spiritual ministries and activities.
The Barry Buccaneers baseball team is part of the NCAA's Division II and in 2018, had three players named to the All-Sunshine State Conference baseball team. The university in Florida had about 3,540 undergraduates in 2016, according to the NCES. Students can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in a wide range of fields, including the fine arts, biology, counseling, education, business administration, nursing, occupational therapy and psychology. The university offers mass, Bible and faith sharing groups, the Catholic Faith Association, service and social justice groups and a variety of spiritual retreats, such as Spiritual Spring Cleaning and IMPACT Retreat, to help students deepen their faith.
Spiritual life at Villanova University includes Catholic worship opportunities, spiritual retreats, service and social justice groups and several different Christian fellowships, like Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Young Life. The NCAA Division I Wildcats baseball team had two players named to the Philadelphia All-Big 5 team in 2018. Students at the university can earn certificates, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs in many different areas, such as Asian studies, biomedical engineering, computer architecture, environmental science, entrepreneurship, health informatics, leadership studies and public administration, as well as several law degree programs. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university in Pennsylvania had about 7,000 undergraduates.
Regis University is part of the NCAA's Division II and is home to the Regis Rangers baseball team that had one player named to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team. Students at the university in Colorado can pursue undergraduate or graduate degree programs in fields like biochemistry, French, music, neuroscience, criminology, nursing, software engineering and sociology. According to the NCES, the school had 4,070 undergraduate students in 2016. These students can further develop their spiritual lives by participating in prayer and worship services, spiritual retreats and small groups. Students can also pursue the opportunity to become a peer minister.
Holy Names University
California's Holy Names University had about 525 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university is also an NCAA Division II school and home to the Hawks baseball team. In 2018, the team had its first past player drafted by the MLB (Major League Baseball). The university promotes spiritual development by offering mass, interfaith prayer services, spiritual retreats, service, justice and peace opportunities, small faith sharing groups (Solidarity Circles), Table Talks and other spiritual events and activities. Students can pursue certificates, bachelor's or master's degree programs in areas such as kinesiology, nursing, accounting, music, education and educational therapy.