Students and Parents
Catholic higher education is a unique path, delivering academic excellence, preparing leaders, and exploring professional and personal responsibility with an emphasis on ethics and social justice.
Graduates report many benefits of higher education, from helping them develop moral principles and leadership skills to preparing for their careers. Whether you are a faithful practitioner of the Catholic tradition or have no affiliation, Catholic higher education is likely to be the best choice for you.
Benefits of Catholic Higher Education
Tradition of academic excellence
Catholic colleges and universities are are among the world's most prestigious learning institutions.
Holistic learning environment
Catholic colleges and universities focus on developing well-rounded graduates who are capable of creative problem-solving.
Catholic colleges and universities offer a strong foundation for fostering faith development.
Call to serve
Education for action and service is woven into the core of academics and co-curricular programs.
Diversity of options
U.S. Catholic colleges and universities are diverse in population, geography and offerings.
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Find the Right School for You
Find the Catholic college or university that offers the best fit for you. Narrow your selection by searching for specific institutions based on academic, athletic, or geographic criteria.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn the financial side of attending a Catholic college or university, from terminology to essential forms. By taking the time to understand financial aid, your long-term investment can be more cost efficient.
"A Catholic college was important to me, as I want to continue to learn about my faith and pursue my relationship with God."
– Kasey Goggins, student at Assumption University and 2019 National CCAA Scholarship recipient
Featured Student Profiles
A 2021 graduate of Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Washington, Allison attends Seattle University. She shared that she chose to attend Seattle University "because of the small class sizes and the fact that my mother attended SU and she really liked it."
A 2021 graduate of John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana, Ava attends University of Dallas. "I chose the University of Dallas for its rich, authentic Catholicism above all," she says.
Azalia, a 2021 graduate of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa attends University of Notre Dame. She shared that "it is a top Catholic college, and I absolutely loved what I learned about it when I searched for colleges."
Catherine, a 2021 graduate of Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, will attend University of St. Thomas (MN). She shared that she chose St. Thomas for many reasons, including "the welcoming atmosphere and the incredible school spirit."
A 2021 graduate of Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Massachusetts, Gianna attends Emmanuel College. Many factors played a part in her decision to enroll, including the fact that Emmanuel's campus is close to her home.
A 2021 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania, Jack attends John Carroll University. "I am most excited about the environment and culture," he says.
A 2021 graduate of Canon-McMillan Senior High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Jackson attends Mercyhurst University. He says he chose Mercyhurst because "it offered a more personalized education in comparison to the big schools I applied to."
A 2021 graduate of Liverpool High School in Liverpool, New York, Jacob attends St. John Fisher College. He said many factors played a part in his decision to enroll, including the feeling he got when visiting campus, "it felt like home to me."
A 2021 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Justin attends Walsh University. He shared that one reason he chose to attend Walsh is he "liked the smaller college feel."
A 2021 graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School in Newton, New Jersey, Kyra attends Xavier University. "I chose to attend Xavier because of the community and school spirit!"
Nhung, a 2021 graduate of Kerr High School in Houston, Texas attends University of St Thomas (TX). She says the friendly and welcoming campus is what helped her decide to enroll.
Nick, a 2021 graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, attends Santa Clara University. He chose SCU because "the prospect of receiving a Jesuit education in one of my favorite parts of the country was an opportunity that was tough to pass up!"
A 2021 graduate of Belleville Township High School West in Belleville, Illinois, Ny'La attends Quincy University. "Quincy is truly a school that 100% and wholeheartedly cares about each student who attends."
A 2021 graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Massachusetts, Olivia attends Emmanuel College. Emmanuel's location in Boston is what led her to apply and ultimately enroll.
A 2021 graduate of The American International School of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, Tomas attends Santa Clara University. Tomas shared that he chose SCU "because of its location, Catholic values, and community."
A 2021 graduate of Macris School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Viveca attends Loyola University Chicago. There were many reasons she chose Loyola, including "its cultural diversity, its broad academics, and its way of including international students."