Catholic Universities

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 about 250 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).
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.
For the time being, we only provide on this page a comprehensive list of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. Soon we will provide comparable data for the various universities.  We also plan to share results from research assessing how well Catholic universities are doing, and more importantly, how they could improve the education they provide. If feedback on this page is positive, we will assess whether it is feasible to provide in the future similar data on Catholic universities in other countries. To provide feedback, please contact us
Note: Bishop John Carroll, SJ (photo), founded Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States.
This page provides a quick introduction to some of the reasons why a Catholic university may be the right choice for a prospective student as well as a list of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. We plan to provide soon comparative data on the characteristics of the various colleges and universities as well as related research.
Why Studying at a Catholic College or University?
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) estimates that there are more than 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. The apostolic constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae issued by Pope John Paul II in 1990 states that Catholic institutions of higher learning should be defined by a shared Christian vision and goals, reflection in the light of faith, fidelity to tradition, and a commitment to service. Catholic colleges and universities welcome students from all backgrounds. Indeed, less than half of students at Catholic institutions are Roman Catholic according to available estimates.  Below are useful infographics generated by ACCU on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States:
Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States
This list was compiled by combining data from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please note that some colleges and universities are referred to by slightly different names under the ACCU and USCCB lists. You can search for institutions in a particular state using the two letter abbreviation for the state. Please contact us if you see a need for any correction.   
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
Alvernia University - Reading, PA
Alverno College - Milwaukee, WI
Ancilla Domini College - Donaldson, IN
Anna Maria College - Paxton, MA
Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, MI
Aquinas College - Nashville, TN
Aquinas Institute of Theology - St. Louis, MO
Assumption College - Worcester, MA
Assumption College for Sisters - Mendham, NJ
Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount Saint Mary's of the West - Cincinnati, OH 
Augustine Institute - Greenwood Village, CO
Ave Maria School of Law - Naples, FL
Ave Maria University - Ave Maria, FL
Avila University - Kansas City, MO
Barry University - Miami Shores, FL
Bellarmine University - Louisville, KY
Belmont Abbey College - Belmont, NC
Benedictine College - Atchison, KS
Benedictine University - Lisle, IL
Boston College - Chestnut Hill, MA
Brescia University - Owensboro, KY
Briar Cliff University - Sioux City, IA
Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius - Pittsburgh, PA
Cabrini College - Radnor, PA
Caldwell College - Caldwell, NJ
Calumet College of Saint Joseph - Whiting, IN
Canisius College - Buffalo, NY
Cardinal Stritch University - Milwaukee, WI
Carlow University - Pittsburgh, PA
Carroll College - Helena, MT
Catholic Distance University - Charles Town, WV
Catholic Theological Union - Chicago, IL
Chaminade University of Honolulu - Honolulu, HI
Chatfield College - Saint Martin, OH
Chestnut Hill College - Philadelphia, PA
Christ the King Seminary - East Aurora, NY
Christendom College - Front Royal, VA
Christian Brothers University - Memphis, TN
Clarke University - Dubuque, IA
College of Mount Saint Joseph - Cincinnati, OH
College of Mount Saint Vincent - Riverdale, NY
College of Saint Benedict - St. Joseph, MN
College of Saint Elizabeth - Morristown, NJ
College of Saint Joseph in Vermont - Rutland, VT
College of Saint Mary - Omaha, NE
College of Saint Mary Magdalen - Warner, NH
College of Saint Scholastica - Duluth, MN
College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, MA
Creighton University - Omaha, NE
De Paul University - Chicago, IL
DeSales University - Center Valley, PA
Divine Mercy University Sterling, VA
Divine Word College - Epworth, IA
Dominican College - Orangeburg, NY
Dominican House of Studies - Washington, DC
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology - Berkeley, CA
Dominican University - River Forest, IL
Dominican University of California - San Rafael, CA
Donnelly College - Kansas City, KS
Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit - Pittsburgh, PA
D'Youville College - Buffalo, NY
Edgewood College - Madison, WI
Elms College - Chicopee, MA
Emmanuel College - Boston, MA
Fairfield University - Fairfield, CT
Felician College - Lodi, NJ
Fontbonne University - St. Louis, MO
Fordham University - Bronx, NY
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
Franciscan School of Theology - Berkeley, CA
Franciscan University of Steubenville - Steubenville, OH
Gannon University - Erie, PA
Georgetown University - Washington, DC
Georgian Court University - Lakewood, NJ
Gonzaga University - Spokane, WA
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science - Cincinnati, OH
Gwynedd-Mercy College - Gwynedd Valley, PA
Hilbert College - Hamburg, NY
Holy Apostles College & Seminary - Cromwell, CT
Holy Cross College - Notre Dame, IN
Holy Family University - Philadelphia, PA
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing - Teaneck, NJ
Holy Names University - Oakland, CA
Holy Spirit College - Atlanta, GA
Immaculata University - Immaculata, PA
Iona College - New Rochelle, NY
Jesuit School of Theology - Berkeley, CA
John Carroll University - University Heights, OH
John Paul the Great Catholic University - San Diego, CA
King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA
La Roche College - Pittsburgh, PA
La Salle University - Philadelphia, PA
Labouré College - Dorchester, MA
Le Moyne College - Syracuse, NY
Lewis University - Romeoville, IL
Loras College - Dubuvue, IA
Lourdes College - Sylvania, OH
Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, CA
Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL
Loyola University Maryland - Baltimore, MD
Loyola University New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
Madonna University - Livonia, MI
Manhattan College - Riverdale, NY
Manor College - Jenkintown, PA
Maria College - Albany, NY
Marian Court College - Swampscott, MA
Marian University - Indianapolis, IN
Marian University - Fond du Lac, WI
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
Marygrove College - Detroit, MI
Marylhurst University - Marylhurst, OR
Marymount College - Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
Marymount School of Practical Nursing - Cleveland, OH
Marymount University - Arlington, VA
Marywood University - Scranton, PA
Mercy College of Health Sciences - Des Moines, IA
Mercy College of Ohio - Toledo, OH
Mercyhurst College - Erie, PA
Merrimack College - North Andover, MA
Misericordia University - Dallas, PA
Molloy College - Rockville Centre, NY
Mount Aloysius College - Cresson, PA
Mount Angel Seminary - St. Benedict, OR
Mount Carmel College of Nursing - Columbus, OH
Mount Marty College - Yankton, SD
Mount Mary College - Milwaukee, WI
Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, IA
Mount Saint Mary College - Newburgh, NY
Mount Saint Mary's College - Los Angeles, CA
Mount Saint Mary's University - Emmitsburg, MD
Neumann University - Aston, PA
Newman University - Wichita, KS
Niagara University - Niagara University, NY
Notre Dame College - South Euclid, OH
Notre Dame de Namur University - Belmont, CA
Notre Dame of Maryland University - Baltimore, MD
Notre Dame Seminary - New Orleans, LA
Oblate School of Theology - San Antonio, TX
Ohio Dominican University - Columbus, OH
Our Lady of Holy Cross College - New Orleans, LA
Our Lady of the Lake College - Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of the Lake University - San Antonio, TX
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce, PR
Presentation College - Aberdeen, SD
Providence College - Providence, RI
Quincy University - Quincy, IL
Regis College - Weston, MA
Regis University - Denver, CO
Resurrection University - Oak Park, IL
Rivier College - Nashua, NH
Rockhurst University - Kansas City, MO
Rosemont College of the Holy Child Jesus - Rosemont, PA
Sacred Heart School of Theology - Hales Corners, WI
Sacred Heart University - Fairfield, CT
Saint Ambrose University - Davenport, IA
Saint Anselm College - Manchester, NH
Saint Anthony College of Nursing - Rockford, IL
Saint Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry - Rochester, NY
Saint Bonaventure University - Saint Bonaventure, NY
Saint Catharine College - St. Catharine, KY
Saint Catherine University - St. Paul, MN
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Wynnewood, PA
Saint Edward's University - Austin, TX
Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing - Utica, NY
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing - Lafayette, IN
Saint Francis College - Brooklyn Heights, NY
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing - Peoria, IL
Saint Francis University - Loretto, PA
Saint Gregory's University - Shawnee, OK
Saint John's Seminary - Camarillo, CA
Saint John's Seminary - Brighton, MA
Saint John's University - Jamaica, NY
Saint John's University - Collegeville, MN
Saint Joseph Seminary College - Saint Benedict, LA
Saint Joseph's College - Rensselaer, IN
Saint Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY
Saint Joseph's College of Maine - Standish, ME
Saint Joseph's University - Philadelphia, PA
Saint Leo University - St. Leo, FL
Saint Louis University - St. Louis, MO
Saint Martin's University - Lacey, WA
Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology - Wickliffe, OH
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College - St.Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
Saint Mary's College - Notre Dame, IN
Saint Mary's College of California - Moraga, CA
Saint Mary's Seminary and University - Baltimore, MD
Saint Mary's University - San Antonio, TX
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Winona, MN
Saint Meinrad School of Theology - St. Meinrad, IN
Saint Michael's College - Colchester, VT
Saint Norbert College - De Pere, WI
Saint Peter's College - Jersey City, NJ
Saint Thomas Aquinas College - Sparkill, NY
Saint Thomas University - Miami Gardens, FL
Saint Vincent College - Latrobe, PA
Saint Vincent Seminary - Latrobe, PA
Saint Vincent's College - Bridgeport, CT
Saint Xavier University - Chicago, IL
Salve Regina University - Newport, RI
Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, CA
Seattle University - Seattle, WA
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception - Huntington, NY
Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ
Seton Hill University - Greensburg, PA
Siena College - Loudonville, NY
Siena Heights University - Adrian, MI
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family - Manitowoc, WI
Spalding University - Louisville, KY
Spring Hill College - Mobile, AL
SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary - Orchard Lake, MI
Stonehill College - Easton, MA
The Catholic University of America - Washington, DC
The College of New Rochelle - New Rochelle, NY
The College of Saint Rose - Albany, NY
The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More - Fort Worth, TX
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences - Arlington, VA
The Mexican American Catholic College - San Antonio, TX
Thomas Aquinas College - Santa Paula, CA
Thomas More College - Crestview Hills, KY
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts - Merrimack, NH
Trinity Washington University - Washington, DC
Trocaire College - Buffalo, NY
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón San Juan, PR
University of Dallas - Irving, TX
University of Dayton - Dayton, OH
University of Detroit Mercy - Detroit, MI
University of Great Falls - Great Falls, MT
University of Mary - Bismarck, ND
University of Notre Dame du Lac - Notre Dame, IN
University of Portland - Portland, OR
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne, IN
University of Saint Joseph - West Hartford, CT
University of Saint Mary - Leavenworth, KS
University of Saint Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary - Mundelein, IL
University of Saint Thomas - Houston, TX
University of Saint Thomas - St. Paul, MN
University of San Diego - San Diego, CA
University of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
University of Scranton - Scranton, PA
University of St. Francis Joliet, IL
University of the Incarnate Word - San Antonio, TX
Ursuline College - Pepper Pike, OH
Villa Maria College of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
Villanova University - Villanova, PA
Viterbo University - La Crosse, WI
Walsh University - North Canton, OH
Washington Theological Union - Washington, DC
Wheeling Jesuit University - Wheeling, WV
Wyoming Catholic College - Lander, WY
Xavier University - Cincinnati, OH
Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

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