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 2022 graduate of South Park High School in Pennsylvania, Alyssa attends Duquesne University. She shared that she chose Duquesne because "class sizes are on the smaller side, which will help me build a better relationship with students."
A 2022 graduate of Pinelands Regional High School in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Amanda attends Seattle University. "I've wanted to live in Seattle for so long," she shared.
Andrew, a 2022 graduate of Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, New York attends University of Notre Dame. He shared "I know that I won't only receive an amazing education here, but I'll also be able to grow spiritually."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Ashley attends University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. "I knew the faith community there will help me delve deeper into my faith while studying for my degree at the same time."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Candace attends University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Many factors influenced her decision to transfer including the fact that her mother attended the school.
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Eduarda, a 2022 graduate of Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts, will attend Emmanuel College. She shared that she chose St. Thomas for multiple reasons, including the close-to-home location and "the many opportunities that the school offers."
A 2022 graduate of Whitinsville Christian School in Massachusetts, Elizabeth attends Providence College. She shared that multiple factors played a part in her decision to enroll, including "their excellent academics and welcoming campus community."
A 2022 graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, Nebraska, Erin attends Creighton University. She chose Creighton for many reasons, including " it was close to home and shared my Catholic values."
A 2022 graduate of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Queens, New York, Gabriel attends St. John's University. He says he chose St. John's "for its amazing facilities and Cyber Security major."
A 2022 graduate of St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas, Gabriela attends University of St. Thomas (TX). She is most excited about "meeting a community that shares in my faith and pushes me to improve academically and spiritually."
A 2022 graduate of Webber Academy in Calgary, Canada, Jane attends University of Notre Dame. She chose to attend ND because "they offer excellent academics, a strong school community, and a great religious grounding."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Jillian attends Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Many factors influenced her decision to transfer including the fact that SMU's campus "just feels like home!"
A 2022 graduate of Jefferson High school in Bloomington, Minnesota, Kaylee attends Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Many factors influenced her enrollment decision, including the fact that the campus is close to home.
Paul, a 2022 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma attends Lewis University. He is pursuing an Aviation Flight Technology major and plays lacrosse for the Lewis Flyers.
Ruth, a 2022 graduate of Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado attends DePaul University. She chose DePaul "because of the many opportunities it will provide me in the city of Chicago."
A 2022 graduate of Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio, Sam attends
John Carroll University. He shared that he chose to enroll at JCU "because there is an element of my faith embedded in the school."
A 2022 graduate of Zurich International School in Switzerland, Sarah attends Santa Clara University. As a SCU student, she is "excited to feel part of a community in which faith, diversity, and togetherness is a top priority."
A 2022 graduate of Sage International School in Boise, Idaho, Simon attends Seattle University. He shared that he chose Seattle University for "the unique opportunities offered to business students."
A 2022 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, Zuzia attends Creighton University. At Creighton, she is excited to experience "the faith opportunities all around campus."