Newman Society Again Recommends Aquinas College as a Top Catholic College

October 07, 2013

Aquinas College Recommended in Popular Guide to Choosing Catholic Colleges, Universities

Press Release:

Nashville, Tenn. – Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., is recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in the latest edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which was published today, October 7, 2013. The Newman Guide and its updated companion magazine My Future, My Faith make searching for and getting advice on faithful Catholic colleges and universities easy for Catholic families. Both publications are available for free online and to order at

“[Aquinas College] has long been an obvious choice for students in the Nashville region and those who are interested in nursing and education,” reads The Newman Guide. “But especially with the new residential options, affordability, solid liberal arts foundation, and careful attention and dynamic spirit that the Dominican Sisters and dedicated faculty and staff provide to faithful education, Aquinas will be increasingly attractive to Catholic families both regionally and nationally.”

“Because every Catholic college is unique, families need more than simple checklists or government-collected data to make decisions,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Whereas most other guides rely on the same data, The Newman Guide digs deeper and draws upon our 20 years of promoting and defending faithful Catholic education.”

Published since 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 28 colleges, universities and online programs for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Primary sections include in-depth information on academics, spiritual life, residence life and student activities. Twenty-two of the recommended colleges are in the United States, while 4 are English-language instruction programs in other countries, and 2 programs are online.

My Future, My Faith, a full-color companion magazine to the Guide, provides advice to Catholic parents and students on how to navigate the transition from high school to college on everything from admissions, paying for college and conducting the all-important campus visit to keeping one’s faith on campus and rules for campus dating.

“For those students seeking a college education, I cannot recommend enough that they take a close look at the broad range of faithful colleges recommended in The Newman Guide,” said Thomas Mead, Executive Vice President of the Newman Society and managing editor of the guide and magazine. “While strong Catholic campus ministries at secular colleges can minimize the well-documented and too often destructive secular influences at public colleges and universities, only at a faithful Catholic college will a student be able to find a truly Catholic education.”

“I am excited to recommend the fine academic institutions in the 2014 edition of the Guide and to help parents and students put the college search into context with the articles in My Future, My Faith magazine, the ultimate roadmap for successfully carrying, and holding onto, the faith in college,” Reilly said. website offers all of the content contained in The Newman Guide and My Future, My Faith and more than 400 pages of additional material about the recommended colleges. New for the 2014 edition is a news feed of recent stories about each college and updates to each recommended college’s photos, videos and social media links.

In addition, and at the request of countless Catholic families, the Newman Society asked nearly 100 questions of each college on everything from Mass and confession times to what majors are offered, and from visiting hours in the dorms to a list of campus clubs and activities, and everything in between. Updated answers from the colleges are now available.

The 28 recommended institutions in The Newman Guide are:

Residential Colleges and Universities

  • Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.)
  • Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.)
  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)
  • The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
  • Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.)
  • The College of Saint Mary Magdalen (Warner, N.H.)
  • The College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More (Fort Worth, Tex.)
  • DeSales University (Center Valley, Penn.)
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)
  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Escondido, Calif.)
  • Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Md.)
  • St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Ok.)
  • Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)
  • The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, N.H.)
  • University of Dallas (Irving, Tex.)
  • University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)
  • University of St. Thomas (Houston, Tex.)
  • Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio)
  • Wyoming Catholic College (Lander, Wyo.)

Non-Residential Colleges and Universities

  • Holy Apostles College (Cromwell, Conn.)
  • Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, Ga.)

International and Online Institutions

  • Campion College (Old Toongabbie, Australia)
  • Catholic Distance University (online)
  • Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (online)
  • Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada)
  • Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy)
  • Redeemer Pacific College (Langley, British Columbia, Canada)

Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization supported by individuals, businesses and foundations.