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I'm wondering what you all think of Jesuit universities. I'm a senior in high school and applied to four Jesuit schools (along with a couple more secular universities). My mom graduated from a Jesuit school and thinks I'd really like it, but I disagree with a lot of her views (she's not what you'd call a very orthodox Catholic), and I think she developed many of them during her college years. But, that said, I don't want to be "afraid" of losing my more traditional Catholic faith -- I'm more looking for a place that would help me grow in my faith as much as possible during college.
Which do you think would be a better choice in terms of developing my faith, a Jesuit school or a secular school (hopefully with a nice Catholic group)? I didn't apply to any non-Jesuit Catholic schools so they're not an option at this point. I realize no one can give me an exact answer, but just in general, what are your impressions of Jesuit schools?
Thanks for your thoughts! God bless.
I attended a Jesuit college and a Jesuit grad school "back in the day". There really was a sea change between attending the one and attending the other. It was a time when it seemed the "spirit of Vatican II" simply authorized everything under the sun, including dissent. Still, the two schools were dissimilar in other ways already.
Jesuit schools vary a lot. Two of my daughters attended one and it really wasn't bad, in terms of dissenting from the Church. On the other hand, my son initially attended another Jesuit school and transferred to a state school because "..at least there he didn't have to listen to anti-Catholicism all the time."
One of my other daughters attended a Jesuit school which is thought to be the "flagship" Jesuit University. She thought it was a moral sewer.
So, a lot depends on which school you're talking about. I think I could not be wrong in recommending Rockhurst or Creighton. I would be very slow to recommend SLU and would not recommend Georgetown at all.
Two of my children later attended Ave Maria for graduate school and are glad they did. Two went to state Universities for grad school and are glad they did.
One of my granddaughters is looking at Wyoming Catholic College, and it certainly seems impressive to me if one is into a "great books" kind of undergraduate education Latin is mandatory. So is music. And the quality of the faculty is jaw-dropping. That's combined with a robust outdoor life in the mountains. (Campouts in the mountains are mandatory. Equestrian arts are not mandatory but are greatly encouraged.) She is, paradoxically, also looking at Texas A&M, which is a public university, but whose student body is 1/3 Catholic. (That would be about 15,000 Catholics there...practically a Catholic student city in itself) It has, I understand, one of the best Newman Centers on earth and a vibrant Catholic student life.
You can't judge a book by its putative cover in all of this, I am afraid. I think maybe I would start by looking up those schools who have accepted the mandatum, and would be concerned about one that hasn't. As soon as google is back up, it shouldn't be hard.
I would definitely recommend Benedictine in Atchison, Ks. Everything I have ever heard about it is good. And, as Catholic colleges go, it's one of the less expensive. Creighton is also less expensive than most.