Why Christendom?



Christendom College has been providing one of the most rigorous, liberal arts educations in the nation for the past 35 years. In complete faithfulness to the Magisterium, the College has been giving its students an opportunity to not only learn the Catholic Faith in a community setting, but to live and breathe the Catholic faith—and her culture—in all that they do.

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Although there are a number of good Catholic colleges and universities from which to choose, here are some things to think about when discerning if Christendom College is for you.

    1. Christendom's academic program offers excellence, rigor, and personal attention

    • Christendom's faculty inspire excellence, with over 85% of them holding a terminal degree in their field.
      • Read more about them HERE
    • The average class has 18-22 students, and all classes are taught by professors, never Teacher Assistants (TAs).
    • Professors spend quality time with students outside of class, particularly during weekly office hours.
    • The program's core curriculum and emphasis on reading and writing is second to none.
      • Read more about the core curriculum HERE
    • Faculty serve as mentors and friends.

    2. Going to a Catholic college can be a life-changing important decision

    • Christendom offers a faithfully Catholic college experience, looking out for not only your academic life, but your moral and spiritual life as well.
      • Read about it HERE
    • Many Catholics go to both secular and not-so-Catholic schools and leave the Faith.
    • Learning about many of today's biggest questions and social problems from the Catholic point of view, as a college student, can be very beneficial for both you and society at large.

    3. Christendom is a smaller school, but at the same time, we offer lots of opportunities to expand and broaden your horizons

    • Many opportunities to gain important leadership skills and do internships.
    • We have many athletic, musical, performance, and outreach programs available.
    • We offer our students an opportunity to spend a semester abroad, studying in Rome.
      • Read about it HERE
    • We have a variety of clubs and activities to keep everyone busy.
      • Read about them HERE
    • We have a very active Spring Break Mission Program.
      • Read about it HERE
    • We bring in many of today's top speakers to give students the opportunity to exand their intellectual horizons.
      • Read about them HERE

    4.  Christendom's education prepares its students for life and the pursuit of happiness

    • We do not train students for this or that job, but rather, we educate them with the tools they need to do well in every job and all aspects of life.
    • Employers are looking for employees who can think critically, organize their thoughts, communicate well, and be innovative in their ideas - our students can do all of these things well.
      • Read about it HERE
    • Life is not just about getting a job - it is about growing as an adult, finding your vocation to whatever God is calling you to, and ultimately, getting to Heaven. Christendom's education focuses on the highest things and enables its students to be successful in whatever job they end up doing, but also to be successful in their personal lives as well.
      • Read about it HERE
    • We have a robust career development program to help with graduate school and career path discernment.
      • Read about it HERE

    5. A Christendom education is affordable.

    • We offer academic scholarships based on standardized test scores and high school GPAs
    • We give fellowships for extra-curricular activities such as athletics, music, leadership, performance arts, and community service
    • We offer grants and a deferred tuition program
    • We have on-campus employment
    • We have a full-tuition scholarship competition each year
    • National Merit Finalists are eligible to receive full-tuition scholarships
      • Read more about our Financial Aid offerings HERE

    In summary, Christendom is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, about an hour and a half west of Washington, DC. We offer a rigorous liberal arts education, taught with a Catholic worldview, in an environment that will aid students in their pursuit of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. We have been around for over 35 years and we are highly recommended by many in the Church's hierarchy as well as by many prominent Catholic writers, politicians, and business leaders.  We are ranked as one of the top 10 most Conservative Colleges in the nation by the Young America's Foundation, as well as one of the most radical colleges in the nation, according to the Huffington Post. We are ranked as a best value and best buy by Barron's and Kiplinger's magazines, while Peterson's ranks us a one of the 440 colleges for top students and Newsmax says we are one of their top colleges for American values.  We would love to have you come out to campus for a visit and to receive your application (free to apply online).  

    There are many differences between Christendom and other good Catholic colleges, and it's important to figure those differences out. Christendom is not the only choice out there, but it may end up being the best choice for you.

    • Admissions Director Mr. Tom McFadden can easily send you an email with his thoughts on the differences between this or that other college, it you want (tmcfadden@christendom.edu).

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