Virginia – Ave Maria University is recommended in the 2017-2018 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a publication of The Cardinal Newman Society that recommends 29 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for excellence in faithful Catholic education.
With the release of the 2017-18 edition, The Cardinal Newman Society celebrates 10 years of connecting families with faithful Catholic education through the Guide. We also celebrate the strength and accomplishments of the recommended institutions over the last several years, despite the substantial challenges faced by most private colleges.
In seven years at Ave Maria University, undergrad enrollment climbed 75%. Recent expansions at the University include Catholic teacher formation and the Mother Teresa Project with the Missionaries of Charity to promote service.
“In the last 10 years, the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide have experienced remarkable success while remaining committed to a strong Catholic identity,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “The reputation of and appreciation for these faithful institutions is certainly growing in the Church, and they have become pillars of the New Evangelization in America.”
The late Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, who wrote the preface to the first Newman Guide 10 years ago, said it was the Newman Society’s “most important contribution to Catholic higher education ever.”
Since the first edition of The Newman Guide in 2007, the Newman Society has greatly expanded the profiles of the recommended colleges online at TheNewmanGuide.com, distributed more than 100,000 free copies of the companion magazine My Future, My Faith, and launched the innovative Recruit Me! program to introduce families to The Newman Guide colleges.
Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education at all levels, including elementary, secondary and higher education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization supported by individuals, businesses, and foundations.