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Matthew Swansey

St. Bonaventure University

Hometown: Bristol, Rhode Island

Major: Undecided

Matthew attended Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, Rhode Island. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and playing basketball. His future goal is to be a stock broker as he has always been intrigued by investing and making money.  “I chose St. Bonaventure University because of the quality education I know I will be receiving, and the tight-knit community feel that the college offers. St. Bonaventure has friendly students and faculty. ”

Megan Michalski

Saint Mary's College

Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan

Major: Nursing

Megan attended Saint Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan. Her hobbies include playing soccer, babysitting and health and fitness. Her future plans are to eventually become a pediatric nurse. She looks forward to the service opportunities at St. “I chose to attend St. Mary's College because I know I will not only develop a strong education, but also a strong relationship with God. Each time I toured the school I noticed that every student was confident and their enthusiasm toward the school was unlike any other school I visited.”

Mariah Meeks

College of St. Benedict/St. John University

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Major: Nutrition/Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Mariah attended Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She works at The Boys and Girls Club. She enjoys going to concerts, hiking, baking and hanging out with her  friends. She plans on getting her Nutrition and Psychology degr “I chose College of St. Benedict/St. John because when I was on my visit everything was really comfortable. When I told them about my future plans, they knew how to plan my 4 years to help me reach my goals.”

Corinne Larkin

Boston College

Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Major: Nursing

Corinne attended Bishop Eustace High School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. She spends her time practicing and competing in diving, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Her future plans include obtaining a Bachelor's of Science and Nurs “I chose Boston College because I truly felt like I fit in there, and I also immediately felt the sense of community present on campus.”

Ashley Bennett

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hometown: Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Major: Theology and Catechetics

Ashley attended Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She has a passion for singing, especially through praise and worship music, leadership, Jesus and roller coasters. She was in color guard for 3 years, and she loved participating in that program. “I first stepped on Franciscan's campus the summer before my junior year. When I was there, I felt like I was at home, and I knew I wanted to attend. The religious environment is awesome, and I love all of the people there. Everyone is so welcoming.”

Anna Kallqvist, Class of 2014

Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, IA

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Anna had no idea where she wanted to go after she had graduated high school. Several schools in the U.S. contacted Anna, but after being recruited for golf, she made a visit to Mount Mercy and decided it would be a good fit. “The people here are very friendly and I am very happy with my college choice!”

Kate Butters

Franciscan University of Steubenville - Steubenville, OH

Hometown: Madison, VA

Major: Nursing

Kate Butters wanted two things out of a college education: an academic foundation that would help her succeed in this life, and a spiritual foundation that would help her succeed in the next. She found both at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Andrew Jacob

University of Dallas

Hometown: Lewisville, Texas

Major: Physics

Minor: Philosophy

Andrew attended Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, Texas. He chose the University of Dallas for its extensive core classes and the wonderful sense of community at the school. He enjoys playing the guitar and piano, swimming, reading and playing vide “I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life yet, so I plan to get through college and then decide what to do with the rest of my life. ”

Nathan Thornton, Class of 2012

University of Portland; Portland, OR

Hometown: Boise, ID

Major: Nursing

“The University of Portland creates its own community on The Bluff. I compete in Cross Country and Track. Even though we are in a large school division for sports (NCAA Division I), we have the feel of a small school. You can go anywhere on campus and find someone to talk to or hang out with. Classes are small, and your professors want you to succeed. Nothing can be better than getting on a first name basis with a professor and being noticed in a class.”

Peter Heuer

Niagara University, NY

“I knew I wanted to attend Niagara as an Education major since I was a sophomore in High School. Niagara's Education program has garnered and maintained the highest respect both nationally and internationally. Academically, there was no questioning my decision. My only fear was that as a commuter, I would miss out on the “college experience”. Niagara, however, has provided me an environment in which I have become both academically and socially involved. Through campus activities and my experience working with Niagara's Radio Station and Theatre Department I have begun new experiences that continue to grow every day.”




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Students & Parents

Whether you are just beginning to think about college or are putting the final touches on an application, we'll help you find the information you need. Here are some tips on helping you search for a Catholic college or university. 

Click here for a complete list of National CCAA member institutions.

To search for specific institutions based on academic, athletic, or geographic criteria, click here.

Catholic College & University Excellence: In Their Own Words

Click here to hear the stories of five recent Catholic college alumni and their take on what made their college experiences exceptional in a video produced by The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

The National CCAA Scholarship Awards

The National CCAA annually awards 8 one-time, $1000 awards to college-bound high school seniors from various geographic regions attending one of our member institutions in Fall 2014. This year’s winners are from every corner of the United States and Ireland.
  • Ariana Worcester attended Pewaukee High School in Pewaukee, WI (Midwest I region) and will be attending Viterbo University (WI).
  • Elizabeth Keyes attended Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, MI (Midwest II region) and will be attending Loyola University Chicago (IL).
  • Christopher Mateer attended Ocean City High School in Ocean City, NJ (MidAtlantic I region) and will be attending Gwynedd Mercy University (PA).
  • Patrick Miller attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. (MidAtlantic II region) and will be attending The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC).
  • Shane Faherty attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA (New England region) and will be attending Xavier University (OH).
  • Mary Berset attended Oakcrest School in McLean, VA (South region) and will be attending University of San Diego (CA).
  • Odalys Avila attended Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, CO (West region) and will be attending Regis University (CO).
  • Niamh Morgan attended Sacred Heart School in County Drogheda, Ireland (International) and will be attending Assumption College (MA).
Additional information about these scholars will be posted in July. 

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact Joyce Masek, National CCAA Executive Director, at or at 614.633.5444.

Search For A College Or University

There are many Catholic colleges and universities to choose from, with a variety of sizes, locations, and academic and extracurricular offerings.  Search for a Catholic college or university that's right for you by browsing our list of National CCAA member institutions and their profiles.

The process might seem daunting and time-consuming, but it can actually be a rewarding journey in which students and parents learn about their preferences, personalities, and learning styles.  Here are some tips on conducting a successful, smooth, and stress-free search.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is another process that might seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.  You just need to make the time to do the right research and to abide by the many deadlines.  Here are more tips to guide you. 


Here is a quick list of other web resources that will help you as you begin your college search.