According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are well over 150 Catholic colleges and universities throughout the country that have soccer programs. Besides location, these schools vary in size, available degree programs and other characteristics. Find out more about a few of these schools and what makes them unique.
The 4-year, Catholic schools with soccer programs range in undergraduate tuition rates. Compare a few of the schools' rates, as well as their locations, in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Ursuline College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Pepper Pike, OH||$31,150|
|Chaminade University of Honolulu||4-year, private not-for-profit||Honolulu, HI||$24,514|
|Saint Ambrose University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Davenport, IA||$30,016|
|Gonzaga University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Spokane, WA||$41,330|
|Marquette University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Milwaukee, WI||$39,900|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Catholic Colleges with Soccer Programs
There are a variety of Catholic colleges that offer NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) soccer programs, including those in NCAA Division I. These schools also provide students with unique spiritual growth opportunities and differ in other ways, which we discuss here.
Ursuline College in Ohio had close to 650 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. This all-women's college offers a NCAA Division II soccer team. In 2017, the Ursuline Arrows made it to the Great Midwest Semi-Final game, where they fell against the number one seeded team. Students at the college can pursue bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs in fields like nursing, historic preservation, fashion, social work, biotechnology, pre-pharmacy, art therapy and religious studies. The school's campus ministry helps students grow in their faith by providing mass services, service learning opportunities, community prayer and spiritual retreats.
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Students at Chaminade University of Honolulu can study subjects, such as international studies, environmental studies, business administration, psychology, nursing, religious studies and forensic sciences, at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Known as the Chaminade Silverswords, the school has NCAA Division II men's and women's soccer teams. The school's Campus Ministry offers students a variety of spiritual retreats, including men's and women's retreats, liturgy and worship opportunities, faith communities, immersions and community service opportunities. In 2016, the NCES reported that the Hawaiian university had 1,680 undergraduate students.
Saint Ambrose University
Iowa's Saint Ambrose University is home to the men's and women's Fighting Bees soccer teams, which are affiliated with the NAIA. For the 2017 soccer season, two men's players and three women's players were named to the 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team. The university offers undergraduate or graduate degree programs in areas like graphic design, exercise science, industrial engineering, social work, painting, theology and radio and television. The school had a little over 2,400 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Daily mass services are available to students, as well as service and justice opportunities and Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA).
Gonzaga University in the state of Washington had a little over 5,180 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students at the university can pursue undergraduate or graduate study in areas such as counseling, special education, nursing, Arabic, Catholic studies, economics, dance, engineering, Native American studies, physics and biochemistry. Known as the Bulldogs or Zags, the university offers men's and women's soccer teams. The teams are in the NCAA Division I and the men's team had one player drafted by the MLS (Major League Soccer) in 2018. Students can participate in a religious organization on campus, such as THIRST (worship team) or Saint John Paul II Fellowship, to grow in their faith.
Marquette University in Wisconsin has its own School of Dentistry and Law School, as well as a wide range of other undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as nursing, engineering, education, communication and management. The university is an NCAA Division I school and offers men's and women's soccer teams. The Golden Eagles women's team's head coach was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018. According to the NCES, the university had close to 8,240 undergraduates in 2016. Spiritual life on campus includes worship services, spiritual retreats, pastoral care, justice and service opportunities and spiritual organizations, like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ and small groups.