Catholic Universities

We plan to progressively provide analysis of Catholic higher education and a global directory of Catholic colleges and universities on this website. The first volume in that directory is now available for the United States. Other volumes will be regional. The hope is that as a set, the directories will be useful to prospective students around the world in their decision process on whether to enroll in Catholic college or university. The term ‘college’ is used in the American understanding of the term, whereby a college is a (small) university.
 
The first volume of the Global Directory of Catholic Colleges and Universities for the United Stated is co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
Note: Bishop John Carroll, SJ (photo), founded Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States.
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Choosing the right university for one's education requires access to information. Multiple university rankings are available today. These rankings can be useful, but they can also have perverse effects. We do not provide rankings on this website, but we aim to make information on Catholic universities more easily available to help inform the choice of those considering enrolling. We also provide general advice on the decision to go to university, and how to compare different universities with available data. 
Catholic Colleges and Universities in the US
 
In some countries, those considering enrolling in a Catholic university may have a choice between a few universities or none at all. In the United States, they have a choice between well above 200 Catholic colleges and universities. In 2018, of 6.5 million students enrolled in Catholic post-secondary institutions globally, 1.3 million were enrolled in the United States. If one considers only university students, the country accounted for 22 percent of all students enrolled in Catholic universities globally (0.9 million of a total of 4.2 million, including students pursuing ecclesiastical studies).
The Directory of Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States was prepared as a resource for high school counselors and prospective students considering applying for a Catholic college or university in the United States. The introduction to the Directory discusses four basic sequential questions that prospective students may ask themselves: (1) Should I go to college?; (2) How should I select a college?; (3) How can I compare different colleges?; and finally (4) Should I go to a Catholic college? The directory also includes a short annex with basic advice for international students and a statistical annex with key variables of interest for prospective students from the College Scorecard.  
 
To access the 2021 edition of the Directory, please click here.
Profile of Catholic Colleges and Universities in the US
Coming soon. 
 
Below are useful infographics generated by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States:

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