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Best Catholic Colleges & Universities
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

May 29, 2019
Best Catholic Colleges Universities 2019

The College Consensus ranking of the Best Catholic Colleges & Universities is comprehensive by design, bringing the results of the most trusted ranking publishers together with the most reputable student review sites. Catholic colleges have long been an international standard for academic quality and rigor, but prospective students can look to College Consensus for a thorough look at the Catholic schools in America recognized as the best across the board. With a wide selection of Catholic institutions in the US, students trust College Consensus’ ranking to show them the choice that is right for their needs.

How Did We Make Our Ranking of the Best Catholic Colleges & Universities?

College Consensus is built around the idea of putting together an all-encompassing, aggregate ranking of colleges. To do it, Consensus combines the rankings of nationally and internationally cited publishers like the WalletHub, the Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report to determine the Publisher Rating. On the other hand, Consensus gathers ratings from reputable student reviews like Cappex, Niche, and Students Review to make an overall Student Review Rating. Together, you have the Consensus Rating, and a means to rank all colleges and universities both objectively and subjectively.

For centuries, the Catholic Church has been central to higher education, with Medieval and Renaissance-era schools setting standards for scholarly life. A lot has changed in a millennium, but what hasn’t changed is the academic reputation of Catholic education. From business and law to medicine and STEM research, Catholic colleges and universities continue to develop and transform, while holding on to the traditions of faith, community, and service leadership that define Catholic education. Whether Catholic or not, students can look to College Consensus’ Best Catholic Colleges ranking for guidance to the college or university that meets their need for academic, professional, social, and personal growth and development.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

College Consensus’ aggregate rankings are designed for prospective students and their families, who want a simpler way to compare colleges. There’s an overwhelming number of college rankings out there, all with their own methods, emphases, and biases, but College Consensus cuts through it all by taking in in each other reputable ranking and student review. By putting expert and students perspectives on an equal footing, College Consensus intends to help students and families see the full scope of how their choices stack up against each other. Read more about the College Consensus methodology on the About page.

Note: The Top Consensus Ranked Catholic Colleges are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

ND
81.3
College Consensus
79.4
Publisher Consensus
83.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

2

Providence College
Providence, RI

providence
77.8
College Consensus
79.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

3

Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD

maryland loyola
77.4
College Consensus
77.9
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

4

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

georgetown
77
College Consensus
77
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

5

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

holy cross
76.7
College Consensus
74.2
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

6

Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT

fairfield U
75.9
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

7

Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, CA

Thomas Aquinas
74.2
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
82.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

8

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

santa clara
74
College Consensus
76.5
Publisher Consensus
71.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

9

Creighton University
Omaha, NE

creighton
73.4
College Consensus
74.9
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

10

University of Scranton
Scranton, PA

scranton
73.3
College Consensus
68.6
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

11

University of Portland
Portland, OR

UofPortland
72.9
College Consensus
70.2
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

12

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

LMU
72.4
College Consensus
72.6
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

13

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College
71.9
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

14

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

gonzaga
71.8
College Consensus
69.7
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

15

Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

St. Josephs University
71.3
College Consensus
69.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

16

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Villanova
70.2
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

17

Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University Cincinnati
70.1
College Consensus
63.4
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

18

Seattle University
Seattle, WA

SeattleUniversity 2 sized
69.7
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

19

College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN

CSaintBens
69.6
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
79.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

20

Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Loyola NOLA
69.5
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
78.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

21

Carroll College
Helena, MT

Carroll College
69.4
College Consensus
68
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

22

Clarke University
Dubuque, IA

Clarke University
68.6
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

23

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

Saint Mary of the Woods College
68.5
College Consensus
60
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

24

University of St Francis
Joliet, IL

USF Joliet
68.5
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

25

Saint Edward’s University
Austin, TX

St. Edwards University
68.5
College Consensus
58
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

26

Saint Mary’s College of California
Moraga, CA

Saint Marys California
68.5
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

27

St Bonaventure University
Saint Bonaventure, NY

StBonaventure
68.2
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
77.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

28

University of Dallas
Irving, TX

UniversityDallas
67.9
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

29

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

University San Diego
67.8
College Consensus
59.1
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

30

John Carroll University
University Heights, OH

JCU
67.1
College Consensus
66.2
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

31

Misericordia University
Dallas, PA

Misericordia University
66.9
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

32

Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Fordham University
66.9
College Consensus
59.5
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

33

Saint Johns University
Collegeville, MN

SJU MN
66.8
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

34

Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College
66.6
College Consensus
64.2
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

35

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College
66.4
College Consensus
61.7
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

36

Saint Norbert College
De Pere, WI

Saint Norbert College
66.2
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

37

Dominican University
River Forest, IL

Dominican University
66.1
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
67.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

38

Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY

LeMoyne College
66.1
College Consensus
61.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

39

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

dayton chapel
65.6
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

40

Saint Michael’s College
Colchester, VT

StMikes
65.6
College Consensus
53.5
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

41

Assumption College
Worcester, MA

Assumption College stained glass
65.4
College Consensus
60.9
Publisher Consensus
69.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

42

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University
65.2
College Consensus
58.8
Publisher Consensus
71.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

43

Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University
65.2
College Consensus
58.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

44

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Franciscan University of Steubenville
65.1
College Consensus
55.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

45

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

marquette hall
65.1
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

46

Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

benedictine college 1200 444
65.1
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

47

Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN

Saint Marys College Indiana
65.1
College Consensus
59
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

48

St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, TX

st marys aerial view
65
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

49

University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford, CT

USJ CT
64.9
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
69.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

50

College of Our Lady of the Elms
Chicopee, MA

elms college
64.9
College Consensus
54.4
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

51

Canisius College
Buffalo, NY

Canisius College
64.9
College Consensus
60.2
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

52

Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH

Saint Anselm College
64.9
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

53

St Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University
64.9
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

54

Brescia University
Owensboro, KY

brescia University
64.7
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

55

Gannon University
Erie, PA

Gannon
64.5
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

56

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Stonehill College
64.5
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

57

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco
64.5
College Consensus
56.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

58

Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT

sacred heart
64.4
College Consensus
56.7
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

59

Salve Regina University
Newport, RI

salve regina
64.4
College Consensus
60.1
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

60

Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Xavier University Louisiana
64.2
College Consensus
57.5
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

61

Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University
64.1
College Consensus
59
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

62

Loras College
Dubuque, IA

Loras
64.1
College Consensus
58.8
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

63

The College of Saint Scholastica
Duluth, MN

TheCSS
64
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

64

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA

Mount Saint Marys University
63.6
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

65

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

Merrimack College
63.5
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

66

Mount St. Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD

mountSTMary
63.3
College Consensus
57.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

67

Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, IA

Saint Ambrose University
63.3
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

68

La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA

La Salle University
63.2
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
67.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

69

King’s College
Wilkes-Barre, PA

kings
63.2
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

70

Regis University
Denver, CO

Regis University
63.1
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

71

University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI

University of Detroit Mercy
63
College Consensus
61.7
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

72

Marian University (IN)
Indianapolis, IN

marian Indiana
62.8
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

73

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY

Niagara University
62.8
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

74

Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH

Ursuline College
62.7
College Consensus
53.4
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

75

Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, NC

Belmont Abbey College
62.7
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

76

Siena College
Loudonville, NY

Siena College
62.6
College Consensus
54
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

77

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN

USF Fort Wayne
62.4
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

78

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne
62.4
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

79

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

DePaul University
62.4
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

80

Marywood University
Scranton, PA

Marywood University
62.3
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

81

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago
62.3
College Consensus
56.5
Publisher Consensus
68.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

82

Saint Francis University
Loretto, PA

Saint Francis University
62.3
College Consensus
58.2
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

83

Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

catholic university america
62.1
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

84

Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University
62.1
College Consensus
57.8
Publisher Consensus
66.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

85

University of St Thomas (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

University of St Thomas
62.1
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

86

Saint Peter’s University
Jersey City, NJ

Saint Peters U
61.8
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
68.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

87

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, MD

Notre Dame of Maryland University
61.7
College Consensus
56.6
Publisher Consensus
66.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

88

Spring Hill College
Mobile, AL

spring hill college avenue azaleas
61.6
College Consensus
50.5
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

89

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
61.6
College Consensus
47.9
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

90

DeSales University
Center Valley, PA

DeSalesUniversity
61.5
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

91

Alverno College
Milwaukee, WI

AlvernoCollege
61.4
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

92

Holy Names University
Oakland, CA

Holy Names University
61.1
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

93

Saint Vincent College
Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College
61.1
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

94

Lewis University
Romeoville, IL

lewis u
61.1
College Consensus
57.5
Publisher Consensus
64.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

95

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI

Aquinas College
60.7
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

96

Edgewood College
Madison, WI

Edgewood College
60.7
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

97

Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY

Thomas More college
60.7
College Consensus
47
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

98

Seton Hill University
Greensburg, PA

Seton Hill
60.6
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

99

Saint John Fisher College
Rochester, NY

Saint John Fisher College
60.6
College Consensus
50
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

100

Newman University
Wichita, KS

newman university
60.5
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

101

Iona College
New Rochelle, NY

Iona College
60.4
College Consensus
52.6
Publisher Consensus
68.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

102

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

Seton hall University
60.2
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
68.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

103

Caldwell University
Caldwell, NJ

Caldwell University
60
College Consensus
57.8
Publisher Consensus
62.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

104

Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA

Mercyhurst University
59.8
College Consensus
52.7
Publisher Consensus
66.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

105

Chaminade University of Honolulu
Honolulu, HI

Chaminade University Honolulu
59.7
College Consensus
46.3
Publisher Consensus
73
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

106

St Thomas University
Miami Gardens, FL

St Thomas University
59.5
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

107

University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX

University of the Incarnate Word
59.4
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

108

Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY

Mount Saint Mary College NY
59.4
College Consensus
48.8
Publisher Consensus
69.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

109

Viterbo University
La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University
59
College Consensus
42.2
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

110

Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, CA

Notre Dame De Namur University
58.9
College Consensus
47.1
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

111

Quincy University
Quincy, IL

Quincy University
58.6
College Consensus
46.1
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

112

Ohio Dominican University
Columbus, OH

Ohio Dominican University
58.5
College Consensus
45.1
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

113

Saint Xavier University
Chicago, IL

Saint Xavier University
58.2
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
66.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

114

St John’s University-New York
Queens, NY

St Johns University New York
57.8
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
67.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

115

Saint Martin’s University
Lacey, WA

Saint Martins University
57.8
College Consensus
51.1
Publisher Consensus
64.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

116

Barry University
Miami, FL

Barry University
57.6
College Consensus
47.8
Publisher Consensus
67.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

117

Marymount University
Arlington, VA

Marymount
57.6
College Consensus
50.9
Publisher Consensus
64.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

118

Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

57.5
College Consensus
48.6
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

119

Neumann University
Aston, PA

57.3
College Consensus
44.4
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

120

Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA

ChestnutHill
56.9
College Consensus
48.7
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

121

Alvernia University
Reading, PA

Alvernia University
56
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
63.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

122

Carlow University
Pittsburgh, PA

Carlow University
55.6
College Consensus
51.3
Publisher Consensus
60
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

123

Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, TX

Our Lady the Lake University
55
College Consensus
42.1
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

124

Immaculata University
Immaculata, PA

Immaculata University
54.8
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
64.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

125

University of Mary
Bismarck, ND

university mary
54.2
College Consensus
44.1
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

126

La Roche College
Pittsburgh, PA

La Roche College
53.7
College Consensus
39
Publisher Consensus
68.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

127

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bronx, NY

College Mount Saint Vincent
51.6
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
55.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

128

Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ

51.2
College Consensus
41.8
Publisher Consensus
60.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

129

Mount Aloysius College
Cresson, PA

Mount Aloysius College e1524351649986
50.6
College Consensus
37
Publisher Consensus
64.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

130

Benedictine University
Lisle, IL

Benedictine University
50.6
College Consensus
33.8
Publisher Consensus
67.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

131

Marian University (WI)
Fond Du Lac, WI

49.8
College Consensus
32.9
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019