Conservative Catholic Colleges & Universities

Texas, Florida and Kentucky are a few of the states that offer conservative Catholic colleges and universities. Here we discuss what makes some of these schools conservative and other distinguishing characteristics.

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Many Catholic colleges and universities around the country hold to conservative values and faith-based traditions and views. It is common for these schools to have conservative organizations on campus and/or spiritual growth opportunities in the Catholic faith. Find out more about some of the conservative Catholic colleges and universities here.

School Comparison

Most conservative Catholic schools are 4-year institutions that range in location and tuition rates. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
University of Dallas 4-year, private not-for-profit Irving, TX $38,716
Franciscan University of Steubenville 4-year, private not-for-profit Steubenville, OH $26,430
Benedictine College 4-year, private not-for-profit Atchison, KS $28,480
Ave Maria University 4-year, private not-for-profit Ave Maria, FL $19,970
Thomas More College 4-year, private not-for-profit Crestview Hills, KY $30,270

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Conservative Catholic Colleges & Universities

Conservative Catholic colleges and universities provide various undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs, a range of spiritual growth opportunities and different student population sizes. Learn more about a handful of these schools and what makes them unique.

University of Dallas

The University of Dallas in Texas had 1,450 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students at the university can choose from undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in various areas, such as art history, computer science, pastoral ministry, psychology, American studies and cybersecurity. Students can attend Mass, Alternative Spring Break (missions), Readings, spiritual retreats and fellowship meals to help grow in their faith. The school offers several conservative student organizations on campus, including Crusaders for Life (pro-life group) and College Republicans.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio offers a few different graduate degree programs, including areas like nursing, theology and education, as well as a range of undergraduate programs in subjects like journalism, anthropology, pharmacy, German and Western and world literature. The campus provides students with multiple places to pray, Mass, Confession, Sacraments, pilgrimages and missionary outreach opportunities to help them grow in their faith. The school also has conservative groups on campus, such as Students for Life (pro-life), and a unique Center for Bioethics that trains students in bioethics conversation from a conservative perspective. In 2017, the university had 2,200 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Benedictine College

Benedictine College in Kansas helps students grow in their faith through sacraments, youth outreach opportunities, FOCUS Bible studies, pilgrimages, Pope John Paul II Distinguished Speaker Series, prayer meetings and a unique Catholic Artists Series. Conservative groups on campus include the Ravens Respect Life (pro-life) and BC Republicans. According to the NCES, the college had close to 2,090 undergraduate students in 2017. Students can pursue graduate programs in business administration or education, or undergraduate programs in various subjects, such as architecture, chemical engineering, special education and strength and conditioning.

Ave Maria University

Florida's Ave Maria University offers conservative student groups on campus, like College Republicans and Ave for Life (pro-life). The university had a little over 1,070 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university provides students with graduate programs in theology and undergraduate programs in fields including marine biology, Greek, environmental science, mathematics, Catholic studies and history. Students can grow spiritually by participating in multiple Mass services throughout the week, daily devotions, spiritual direction meetings with priests and/or spiritual education opportunities, such as Theology on Tap.

Thomas More College

Thomas More College in Kentucky had 1,880 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The college offers several master's degree programs in areas like athletic training and ethical leadership, as well as undergraduate programs in fields like philosophy, economics, medical laboratory science, international studies and art history. Spiritual life on campus consists of Mass and liturgy, spiritual retreats, Alternative Spring Break (service project) and other service opportunities that students can learn about at the school's annual Service/Volunteer Fair. The school offers the pro-life group on campus, Saints for Life. According to, the school is one of the top 20 most conservative schools in America and is considered more socially conservative than politically conservative.

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