In the newly revised 2004 college guide, Choosing the Right College, composed by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and published by ISI Books, Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, is once again listed among the top 125 colleges in the US.
According to William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. Bush, “ISI’s guide to Choosing the Right College…offers tough-minded analysis of the quality of instruction, the level of academic standards, the campus political atmosphere, and the extent to which the liberal arts tradition is respected and cultivated. It is one of those rare books that cuts through the information glut to the heart of the matter.”
Endorsed by everyone from Dr. Laura Schlessinger to Fr. Richard John Neuhaus to the New York Times, Choosing the Right College – The Whole Truth About America’s Top Schools is a much needed tool in today’s world to make sure that parents and students will not, according to syndicated columnist Cal Thomas “be supporting the systematic destruction of the values, faith, and worldview they have spent so many years building up.”
In speaking of Christendom’s mission “to restore all things in Christ,” Choosing writes that “this belief in and commitment to truth sets Christendom apart from the great run colleges and universities today, and has led the school to create a challenging and coherent program that turns out exceptionally well-educated and able graduates.”
Christendom has been ranked in each edition of ISI’s college guide, the first being published in 1998. And not surprisingly. According to the guide, Christendom’s 84-hour core curriculum “goes far beyond what even many ‘good’ liberal arts colleges require….With an all-encompassing vision of the liberal arts driving the curriculum, the faculty and administration are at pains to create an educational experience in which each course, major, and rule for community life contributes to an integrated Catholic worldview.”