All of the following FAQs are taken from past issues of the weekly online newsletter, The Chronicler, and are answered by former Admissions Director (now VP for Enrollment) Tom McFadden
Use the drop down menu to the left under “FAQs” to explore the answers to questions on various topics.
My son is homeschooled. What classes do you require of him to be accepted? What about transcripts?
When is the application deadline? Do you have Early admission or early action?
My daughter is taking classes at a community college. Which classes should she take so that they will transfer to Christendom?
Generally, we recommend that students wishing to take classes at a community college should take a math or science class, or maybe a foreign language or humanities course. The Math or Science course would transfer in to Christendom as part of the core curriculum, whereas the other humanities may transfer in as an elective. Feel free to contact the Admissions office for specifics.
What do I have to do to schedule a visit?
If I want to transfer to Christendom, how do I go about doing it? I know that Christendom has a very solid and involved core curriculum, so I was wondering what kinds of courses might transfer? Thanks!
What are the deadlines for admission? Do you offer alternatives to regular admission such as early decision, early action, rolling admission? How many applications did you receive last year? What % were admitted?
Even though I have been accepted, can I still retake the SAT or ACT to see if I can get a higher score so that I can get a better academic scholarship? Do you superscore SATs?
I am only a Junior right now, but I am very interested in possibly attending Christendom after my graduation from high school next year. What are some things I should be doing to prepare for my senior year that would better my chances of being accepted to Christendom, and better my chances of doing well there if I enroll? Thanks!
I see you have an Early Action Deadline. Do I need to wait until December 1 to apply, or can I apply earlier than that? Also, when will I hear back from you about the Admissions Committee's decision?
Does Christendom have a preference for students to take the SAT or ACT?
Why do people choose Christendom over other Catholic colleges, in your opinion?
Christendom College is the right college for me; an answer to prayer. It is a place where I can live among and befriend like-minded people, study the liberal arts with the guidance of knowledgeable, faithful professors, and thrive by proudly practicing my Catholic faith for the next years of my life. The college decision is a big, sometimes stressful, sometimes scary decision, but the thought of attending Christendom gives me nothing but peace and joy.My initial attraction to Christendom College was to its vibrant Catholicity which permeates the lives of the students and faculty, classes, and campus activities. For a long time I have been sure that I want to pursue a liberal arts education; Christendom emphasizes the higher thinking of the liberal arts with the faithfulness to the Catholic Church that I am seeking. Growing up in a small, homeschooling family, in a small town, involved in a close-knit parish, I am attracted to the family-like atmosphere of the students and faculty who are unified in the practice of their faith and pursuit of holiness, who share a community rooted in Christian charity, and enjoy themselves through wholesome, productive activities. The most attractive thing about Christendom College is that its benefits need not be advertised: the high regard for liberal arts education and the passionate Catholicity of the college and its students and faculty is obvious without any explanation. After visiting the campus in the spring of 2011, taking part in the Experience Christendom Summer Program in 2012, and visiting again in the fall of 2012, I am so impressed with the edifying, interesting classes I was able to sit in on taught by charismatic professors; the zeal the students have for their faith and education, and the embodiment of Catholic morals in everyday life.By attending Christendom College, I am confident that I will obtain an excellent education; an education in liberal arts which will help me grow in reason and right-thinking, which will help me live the universal call to holiness so that my final end will be heaven; knowing, loving and serving God and my neighbor in the vocation to which I will be called. Through my education at Christendom, I hope to pursue Truth and wisdom within and outside the classroom. I am seeking a liberal arts education because I am hoping to learn more about my purpose and goal in life by going beyond the study of practical career training to study the things greater than the works of man. Furthermore, I am looking for a faithful Catholic college because I want to pursue my studies in the light of the interpretation and explanation of the Magisterium of the Church.At the same time, I feel assured that the atmosphere of Christendom would support, safe-guard, and fortify my Catholic faith and principles at a time and in a world when and where so many other people are ignorant to the existence of objective Truth and therefore struggle in vain. I am attracted to the way that Christendom regards Catholicism as the heart and soul of the whole college: in the classroom, where each class begins with prayer, through the sacraments and communal prayer, as daily Mass is offered and the Angelus is said before lunch every day, and in daily life at the college, as students and faculty strive for holiness in all works and recreation. As became apparent by meeting some of the students and faculty, I believe attending Christendom is an experience which prepares one for real life: the small, subtle, sometimes unnoticed characteristics of the college, such as the professional dress code, the sophisticated dancing, and the communal mealtimes, help form virtues which prepare students for the responsibilities of a career, the duties of practicing their faith in the world, and responsibilities of family life or religious life. I would like to leave Christendom as a mature, Catholic young woman who seeks truth in education and daily life, who is stalwart and zealous in the Catholic Faith, and who is prepared to fulfill the duties of my vocation.Christendom’s diverse extracurricular activities also are of interest to me; I very much look forward to becoming an active member of Christendom College’s community. I hope to take part in intramural sports, try out for a few plays, assist at Masses by singing in the choir, defend life as part of Shield of Roses, and perhaps surprise myself by branching out to some more unexpected activities. I am especially looking forward to participating at Mass, the sacraments, and religious events which celebrate our Catholic faith; an opportunity that is not readily available at many colleges. Christendom is obviously a place where strong friendships are fostered and I am excited to able to share my faith and interests with a diverse and well-rounded student body and faculty in the classroom, through clubs and special events, and in everyday campus life.I am often asked, “Why Christendom?” It’s one of the easiest questions to answer: Christendom College provides the opportunity to pursue truth through a liberal arts education, the opportunity to practice and grow in the Catholic faith alongside student and faculty who share my faith and principles, and the opportunity take part in a wholesome, lively community on campus. Pope Benedict XVI states, “A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students become saints.” I believe that I will find such formation at Christendom: where the intellect is educated by studying Truth and the soul is prepared to assume the position of a mature, well-educated member of the Church and of society, in the light of Catholic understanding. I want to attend Christendom College because I am seeking a thorough liberal arts education, the graces that will come from “breathing Catholic,” and the opportunity to take part in a lively community of similarly-minded people.” – Grace M., Lake Wylie, SC.
Whenever I talk about my desire and interest in attending Christendom, the same question keeps coming up, over and over and over again. Besides the fact that people cannot seem to be able to pronounce the name of your school properly (they say something like Christiandom usually), this is the biggest question that comes up: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH A DEGREE FROM CHRISTENDOM?
- A theology degree become a restaurant manager?
- An English major become a partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers?
- A philosophy major become a chief software architect for IBM?
- A political science major end up as the Vice President of Finance for Sirius XM Radio?
- A history major working as the CEO of his own construction company?
- A classics major begin working as an information assurance engineer at SRA International?
The short answer is, our graduates do this type of thing all of the time. Our graduates get jobs outside of the field of their study very easily because they are seen as very adaptable people, eager to learn, easy to train, and once on the job, they move ahead very quickly. There are many that say they do not believe that this is possible and that, in order to get ahead in life, one has to get a specific degree in a very specific field.Christendom grads are employed in just about every field possible. We have alumni who have degrees in philosophy who are financial analysts and teachers. We have alumni with history degrees who are marketing professionals and officers in the military. Theology majors are now electrical engineers and computer software programmers. We have alumni who are doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, accountants, managers, nurses, educators, salesmen, graphic artists, editors, entrepreneurs, project managers, tradesmen, builders, carpenters, priests, religious, music teachers, art directors, drama teachers, missionaries, real estate agents, insurance salesmen, architects, dentists, college professors, Montessori teachers, computer scientists, and everything in between.Additionally, Christendom has a full-time Director of Career Development, Mr. Greg Monroe, and he is very helpful to our students as they discern their career choices throughout their years at Christendom. His focus is on helping students figure out what types of employment they might enjoy, which grad schools they might wish to attend, and helping them be prepared for their jobs by aiding them with interview skills and resume writing. His office is located in our Student Center and his door is always open.The liberal arts education that Christendom offers is good and useful in and of itself, but it also makes our graduates very employable. Our graduates are easily able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and they have all the most sought-after skills, as evidenced by the following information:
- Liberal arts students advance more quickly to middle and senior management positions than their colleagues who pursued other fields of study . . . these graduates become employees that are ready to learn (AT&T Management Study).
- The liberal arts are more effective in teaching communication skills, general knowledge and information, an understanding of people, an appreciation of ethical concerns, an ability to organize and prioritize, and vital leadership skills (Fortune 500 study).
- Business leaders value liberal arts grads for their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, strong writing and speaking skills, self-discipline, exposure to diverse ideas, and global perspective (Hobart & William Smith Colleges study).
- Strong communications skills are the single most important attribute a candidate can have – and also the one most lacking among job applicants (Poll of hiring managers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
- A broad liberal arts education is preferred for future CEOs – blending knowledge of history, culture, philosophy, and economic policy, with international experience and problem-solving skills (The Wall Street Journal).
- Employers focus on finding graduates with the right skills rather than the right major, as a new employee with the right skills can easily learn the specifics of an industry. Employers desire transferable skills, skills employees take with them to any job, such as written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing workplace – and these are characteristic of a liberal arts education (Survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers).
So, as a result of all of this, the short answer to your question about whether we are going to add a whole bunch of majors or not is “no.” But, as you can see from some of the facts stated above, there is no real need to add all those majors in order to get a decent job after graduation. What is important is that you become educated while in college, not trained, so that you can be adaptable and more able to work in a wide variety of fields.So, please do not stop thinking about us and definitely don’t write us off because of the majors we offer. Apply online today!