Small Catholic Colleges in Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2018

Pennsylvania has no shortage of Catholic colleges. Here we specifically discuss several of the smaller institutions that are available, including their degree programs and tuition rates.

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Pennsylvania has more than a dozen colleges that are affiliated with the Catholic denomination, including a handful of institutions with small student populations. These smaller schools still offer diversity in size, available degree programs and other factors. Explore each of these small Catholic colleges in the state.

School Comparison

These small Catholic colleges in Pennsylvania are scattered throughout the state in five different cities. Find out more about each school, including their tuition rates, in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)* Student Population (2016)*
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing 2-year, private not-for-profit Pittsburgh, PA $15,315 104 (undergraduate)
Mercyhurst University-North East Campus 2-year, private not-for-profit North East, PA $18,450 842 (undergraduate)
Rosemont College 4-year, private not-for-profit Rosemont, PA $19,486 646 (undergraduate)
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook 4-year, private not-for-profit Wynnewood, PA $20,655 80 (undergraduate)
Saint Vincent Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Latrobe, PA $27,636 45 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Small Catholic Colleges in Pennsylvania

Students interested in attending one of the smaller Catholic colleges in Pennsylvania may first want to consider their career goals and find out which school offers the corresponding degree program. Students may also consider other factors, such as spiritual growth opportunities or national rankings, when trying to make a decision. Compare and contrast each of the small, Catholic colleges in the state.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing offers a certificate program in nursing. The school is sponsored by UPMC Mercy, which is the only faith-based health care provider in Pittsburgh, and its graduates have a high NCLEX pass rate. The program is 16 months in length and provides clinical experience with its faith-based nursing curriculum. As of 2016, the school had a little over 100 students, all of whom may choose to participate in some of the school's student organizations.

Mercyhurst University-North East Campus

Mercyhurst University's North East Campus is another undergraduate institution where students can primarily pursue associate's degree programs or certificate programs. The school does offer one bachelor's degree program in health care management, but students can earn associate's degrees in areas like business administration, culinary arts, biology, criminal justice and computer systems support. College Values Online ranked the school 15th in the nation for the Most Affordable Small Catholic Colleges. Students of any faith can attend worship services through Campus Ministry and/or participate in one of many different student organizations, including Saints in Service Club, Criminal Justice Club, Choir, Veterans Club or Health and Wellness Club.

Rosemont College

Rosemont College is a College of Distinction in Pennsylvania that prides itself on its small size with a little over 500 undergraduate students. The school offers postbaccalaureate certificates, degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Students can pursue study in a wide range of areas, such as publishing, business, biology, math, criminal justice, counseling psychology, religious studies and sociology. The school's Campus Ministry staff helps students develop their prayer lives and offer a variety of spiritual services and activities, including interfaith services, the Rosemont Service Immersion Program and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary- Overbrook is an all-male seminary that had 80 undergraduates in 2016. The school provides several different certificate programs, bachelor's and master's degree programs in areas like divinity/ministry, theology and philosophy. Religious and lay students pursue study through the School of Theological Studies, while those considering the priesthood attend College Seminary for undergrad and Theological Seminary for grad studies. Those seeking permanent diaconate attend the school's School of Diaconal Formation.

Saint Vincent Seminary

Students at Saint Vincent Seminary can pursue a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degrees in areas such as Ecclesial Ministry, Systematic Theology and Sacred Scripture. The school offers students a variety of cultural events and recreational opportunities, including art shows, movies, lectures and camp grounds. The campus also has athletic facilities for basketball, swimming and weightlifting. Diocesan seminarians are required to wear their clerics and religious seminarians their habits to classes, the dining hall and liturgical celebrations.

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