There are several Catholic colleges and universities that offer men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball teams. Many of these schools are located in the Midwest, but several states are home to these institutions. Explore a handful of these Catholic schools and what makes them unique.
Since most of the 4-year, Catholic schools that have Division I basketball are larger institutions, their tuition rates may be higher in comparison to some smaller Catholic schools. Compare some of the Catholic colleges with Division I basketball and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Annual Tuition (2019-2020)*|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chestnut Hill, MA||$57,910|
|Marquette University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Milwaukee, WI||$43,936|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Notre Dame, IN||$55,553|
|University of Dayton||4-year, private not-for-profit||Dayton, OH||$44,100|
|Loyola University Chicago||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chicago, IL||$45,543|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Catholic Division 1 Basketball Schools
Catholic schools with Division I basketball teams offer students a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These schools also vary in size and the spiritual growth opportunities they offer students. Here we discuss some of these factors that students may wish to consider when selecting a school to attend.
Boston College in Massachusetts had 9,927 undergraduate students in 2018, per the NCES. The college is home to the men's and women's Eagles basketball teams that are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Students at the school can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in subjects like environmental geosciences, Italian, theology, finance, Slavic studies, nursing, communication, economics and law. Students on campus can also participate in a wide range of student organizations, including some spiritual ones intended to help students grow in their faith, such as Asian Christian Fellowship, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
Marquette University in Wisconsin is part of the Big East Conference and is home to the Golden Eagles men's and women's basketball teams. Students can further develop their faith by attending worship services, participating in justice or service organizations, attending spiritual retreats and joining spiritual groups like Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) or InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as journalism, bioinformatics, pre-medicine, environmental engineering, international affairs, clinical psychology and physical therapy. In 2018, the university had close to 8,435 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
University of Notre Dame
Indiana's University of Notre Dame can earn undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in an array of subjects, including Japanese, design, marketing, computer engineering, neuroscience and behavior, architecture, medieval studies, theology and mathematics. The university has multiple spiritual departments and organizations on campus that are designed to help students meet their spiritual needs, such as Campus Ministry, the Center for the Study of Religion, Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. According to the NCES, the university had 8,617 undergraduate students in 2018. The university also has the Fighting Irish men's and women's basketball teams that are a part of the ACC.
University of Dayton
Students at the University of Dayton in Ohio can grow in their faith by participating in a wide range of spiritual activities on campus, including Mass, spiritual retreats, small faith communities, immersion trips and service clubs. The university had 8,617 undergraduate students in 2018, according to the NCES. The Dayton Flyers men's and women's basketball teams are a part of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The university offers undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in many different subjects, such as aerospace engineering, biology, education, computer science, criminal justice, psychology, English and graphic design.
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago in Illinois had about 11,919 undergraduates in 2018, per the NCES. The Loyola Ramblers are a part of the Missouri Valley Conference and offer men's and women's basketball. Students on campus can choose from a variety of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in areas like anthropology, dance, biophysics, creative writing, history, chemistry, medical sciences and political science. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel and sacraments, spiritual retreats, alternative break immersions and several different faith programs, including small groups (CLCs), Agape Latte and Justice and Advocacy.