There are several Catholic colleges and universities around the country that are part of the NCAA's Division I for athletics. These schools offer a variety of sports, degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Here we discuss a few of these Division I schools in more detail.
It is fairly common for Catholic, Division I schools to be located near larger cities in the United States. Compare a few of these schools' locations and undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chestnut Hill, MA||$53,346|
|DePaul University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chicago, IL||$39,010|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Washington, D.C.||$52,300|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Louis, MO||$42,166|
|Fordham University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bronx, NY||$50,986|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Division 1 Catholic Universities
Students wishing to attend a Division I Catholic college or university may consider factors like student population size, available degree programs or spiritual growth opportunities to select the right school for them. Learn about some of the unique characteristics for a few of the Division I Catholic institutions.
According to the NCES, Boston College in Massachusetts had 9,921 undergraduate students in 2017. The Division I Eagles are a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and offer sports such as lacrosse, fencing, rowing, sailing and skiing in addition to more traditional sports, like football and basketball. Students at the college can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields like theology, environmental geosciences, Slavic studies, nursing, social work, physics, education and law. The college promotes spiritual growth in its students by offering pastoral counseling, liturgies and sacramental preparation, spiritual retreats, service-immersion opportunities and faith communities, such as Agape Latte and Ignatian Society.
DePaul University in Illinois offers Division I sports, like basketball, soccer, cross-country and tennis. Its teams are known as the Blue Demons and play in the Big East Conference. The university also offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as acting, composition, film and television, neuroscience, data science, law and Chinese. The school's University Ministry helps students deepen their faith by providing Bible studies, pastoral care, spiritual retreats, community service groups and immersion experiences. In 2017, the university had close to 14,820 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University has undergraduate and graduate degree programs in diverse subjects, including international affairs, medicine, nursing, law, linguistics, economics, computer science and history. In addition to traditional Catholic services, the university has interfaith programs, spiritual retreats, service opportunities, immersion experiences and student groups, like Hoya Faith Groups, to help students grow in their faith. Georgetown University is also in the Big East Conference and is home to the Hoyas with Division I volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and more. According to the NCES, the university had a little over 7,460 undergraduate students in 2017.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University in Missouri had 9,910 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university's Campus Ministry helps students grow spiritually through prayer and worship services, spiritual retreats, days of reflection, service opportunities, pastoral care and Christian Life Communities. This Division I school is part of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Known as the Billikens, team sports include field hockey, swimming and diving, baseball, softball and track and field. Students on campus can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in an array of subjects, like athletic training, Italian studies, meteorology, electrical engineering, medicine, public health and international business.
New York's Fordham University had about 9,600 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university is home to the Division I Rams and offers such sports as golf, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis and softball. These teams participate in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many different subject areas, including business, law, religious education, environmental science, social work, urban studies and anthropology. Students wishing to grow in their faith can take advantage of the university's Mass and worship services, Christian Life Communities and various ministries, like Music Ministry or Retreat Ministry.