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Private Catholic Liberal Arts Colleges

Florida, Alabama and Massachusetts are just some of the states that are home to private, Catholic, liberal arts colleges. Here we discuss a few of these schools in depth, including their tuition rates, size and degree programs.

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Students interested in attending a private, Catholic, liberal arts college can choose from many different schools in various states. These schools provide students with a wide range of degree programs, learning experiences and spiritual growth opportunities. Find out more about a handful of private, Catholic, liberal arts colleges.

School Comparison

Private, Catholic, liberal arts colleges are typically 4-year institutions and vary in location and tuition rates. Compare a few of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
College of the Holy Cross 4-year, private not-for-profit Worcester, MA $50,630
Ave Maria University 4-year, private not-for-profit Ave Maria, FL $19,970
Saint Mary's College 4-year, private not-for-profit Notre Dame, IN $40,800
Saint Norbert College 4-year, private not-for-profit De Pere, WI $36,593
Spring Hill College 4-year, private not-for-profit Mobile, AL $37,584

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of Private Catholic Liberal Arts Colleges

Students can pursue diverse undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs from several different private, Catholic liberal arts schools. Students trying to decide between these schools may want to consider other factors, like size, student-to-faculty ratios, study abroad experiences and/or spiritual formation opportunities. Explore a few of these schools and their unique characteristics here.

College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross is an undergraduate institution in Massachusetts that had close to 2,860 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The college boasts multiple high rankings in various categories, a 95% first-year retention rate, a 10 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio and is committed to being carbon neutral by 2040, according to the school's website. Students can pursue bachelor's degree programs in fields such as anthropology, Chinese, theatre, Asian studies, physics and Italian. Those interested in growing their faith can participate in a variety of worship services, spiritual retreats, spiritual direction, Bible studies, interfaith discussions and spiritual organizations like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Students for Life (human life advocacy group).

Ave Maria University

Students at Ave Maria University can earn a master's or doctoral degree in theology or pursue bachelor's degree programs in subjects like Catholic studies, marine biology, exercise physiology, finance, Greek and healthcare management. The school offers study abroad opportunities to Rome or Ireland and unique housing and fellowship opportunities through Faith Households, such as Daughters of God (women's household) and Brotherhood of the Sacred Heart (men's household). Students can grow spiritually by taking advantage of spiritual direction opportunities, Mass, daily devotions and spiritual education activities/events, including a program called Theology on Tap. In 2017, the university had a little over 1,070 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College is an all-women's college in Indiana where 100% of incoming students receive some kind of grant and/or scholarship to help pay for school. The college also offers a wide range of semester-break, summer, semester- or year-long study abroad programs to many different countries, including Spain, Austria, South Korea and Morocco. According to the NCES, the college had about 1,530 undergraduate students in 2017. Spiritual life on campus includes small faith groups, spiritual retreats, Bible studies, peer ministry, pilgrimages and service opportunities, like Holy Cross Harvest (food collection). Students can pursue graduate degree programs in data science, nursing practice or speech-language pathology or undergraduate programs in fields such as global studies, elementary education, sociology, chemistry and business administration.

Saint Norbert College

Saint Norbert College in Wisconsin is the only Norbertine college in the world and helps students grow spiritually through prayer and worship services, spiritual retreats, TRIPS program (spring break service projects), ALIVE program (residence hall fellowship) and other student organizations, like Agape Latte (coffeehouse speaker series) and the Zambia Project (school fundraising group). The college had close to 2,070 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students can choose from undergraduate majors in areas like French, biology, political science, economics, computer science and history or master's degree programs in liberal studies, theological studies or business administration. The school offers more than 75 study abroad and off-campus programs and boasts a 96% employment or attending graduate school rate for graduates within a year, per the school's website.

Spring Hill College

According to the NCES, Spring Hill College in Alabama had about 1,380 undergraduate students in 2017. The school's website states that about 98% of students receive some form of financial aid and the campus as a whole contributes an average of 25,000 hours of service to the local community each year. The college offers undergraduate degree programs in areas including graphic design, Hispanic studies, pre-engineering, nursing, writing and biochemistry, as well as graduate degree programs in fields such as theology, education, nursing and business. Students interested in spiritual formation can participate in international service immersion programs, spiritual retreats, faith and justice activities, liturgy and prayer and student organizations, such as the Spring Hill Awakening Program (SHAPe).

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