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.”
Fordham University - New York, NY
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Adrienne graduated in 2009 from the College of Business Administration and represented the University at two academic conferences on corporate social responsibility and environmental sustain “I found Fordham's campus comforting. It brings students together.”
Anna Kallqvist, Class of 2014
Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, IA
Hometown: Stockholm, SwedenAnna 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!”
Kathleen DiMartino, Class of 2010
DePaul University - Chicago, IL
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Major: French and International Studies
Kathleen says, "You will have a really unique college experience if you attend DePaul. Everything from the city environment to DePaul's Vincentian values make this University special.
Franciscan University of Steubenville - Steubenville, OH
Hometown: Madison, VA
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.
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Hometown: Bethpage, NY
Minor: Performing Arts Dance, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women's Studies
Kimberleigh Costanzo is an honors student at Iona College and a member of the class of 2014. Kimberleigh chose Iona for its location in the suburbs, proximity to NYC and for the small-school atmosphere.
“I love all that Iona has to offer and I take every opportunity to get involved on campus. I am a member of Iona's award winning Mock Trial team, the Edmund Rice Society and a founding member of the Aristotelian Society. I also enjoy giving back and that is why I joined the Iona in Mission (outreach) program. I will be traveling to Zambia, Africa with the group and hope to have an unforgettable experience serving those in need.”
Jingqiu Guan, Class of 2011
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame
Hometown: Chengdu, China
Major: French and Economics
From dance and playing the piano, to her business and French courses, Jingqiu has the opportunity to explore her passions at Saint Mary’s. In her first year, she took a French course and fell in love with the language. “I think the best part of being a Saint Mary’s student is that I’ve gotten a chance to discover what I like. I have the opportunity to experience different things. There are so many interesting things happening on campus. If you really want to try something, you always have the chance to do it.”
Adam Hare, Class of 2010
Creighton University - Omaha, NE
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Creighton Students Union President“The opportunities for research and hands-on lab experience are second to none at Creighton. Because of these opportunities, I have been able to acquire the skills with the technology that is needed to land high level internships and was able to get a summer research internship in a neuroscience lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The whole Creighton experience has been truly transformative for me, and it changed me as a person, not just as a scholar.”
Brandon Milonovich, Class of 2011
Co-presented with current teachers at a statewide conference
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY
Major: Math/Education 7-12“I do a lot of after school programs with SCRATCH, the computer program language for kids developed at MIT. The great thing is it gives me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in education settings, and to get kids really engaged and to enjoy themselves learning, just the real way a kid should learn. I’ve had the opportunity to see math being taught in other schools and to really learn how math should be taught. Saint Rose trains educators in the student centered model which is really the way children should learn.”
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.”
The Top 10 Reasons To Attend a Catholic College or University
Prepared by Fr. Bernie O'Connor, OSFS, President of DeSales University (formerly Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales).
10. We have been in the education business for a long time. The first universities were connected to monasteries.
9. We participate in the only truly global institution of the world today. There are Catholics on every continent. The church is universal in its reach and in its mission. We prepare students for the global community of the future.
8. We mean business. We are serious about education. We view the formation of each student as a creative and independent thinker as our responsibility. We don't follow the fads of the day. We operate with professionalism and discipline.
7. We see our student affairs office and our academic affairs office as vital partners in the education process. The classroom and the student residence are both learning environments.
6. We care deeply about local communities. The churches in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus have many needs. The young people on the campuses have many talents. We link these two in a variety of wonderful social outreach programs.
5. We produce a superior product. Most businesses seek employees that have a blend of intelligence, practical skills, moral values, and spiritual maturity. We help students discover and develop these gifts so that they are prepared to offer practical and insightful solutions to real-world problems.
4. We take moral stands in the world. In fact, we often take unpopular moral stands. This helps young people realize that an essential component of being a person is to take a stand. There are things that must be proclaimed as non-negotiable.
3. We take religion seriously. This prepares young people to speak honestly with the overwhelming majority of people on the planet who also take religion seriously. People who know what religion is about are better able to discuss and admire different faiths. They understand the words, they appreciate the values, they comprehend the significance of a transcendent dimension to human life.
2. We worship God. Most people in our world attend some form of worship for most of their lives. Young people benefit greatly from an understanding of ritual, sacrament, liturgy, and worship. There are integral to human life.
1. From our rich faith dimension, we prepare students for life. We know what makes a successful marriage, we know what is required for a happy and productive career, we know what it takes to care for children, we know about the struggles of the elderly, the sick, the disabled, the forgotten.
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Why Should I Consider A Catholic College Or University?
Hear the top 10 reasons why, from the President of DeSales University in the Philadelphia area. Fr. Bernard O' Connor's list is here.