After the events of this past spring semester, there were many unknowns going into the start of Christendom College’s 2020-21 academic year. Despite the challenges, the college officially welcomed students back to campus for in-person classes beginning Tuesday, August 24 — with the college even setting a new record for student enrollment in the process.
“When the College transitioned to online learning in the spring semester, like many other institutions, we were concerned as to how this might impact our fall enrollment,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips. “Since many visitors were unable to come to campus at that time, the Admissions Office worked hard to increase its personalized outreach to prospective students and parents to answer questions, overcome hurdles, and help them better understand Christendom’s distinctive features. While other colleges struggled and some were unsuccessful in meeting their enrollment goals, we are very grateful not only to have met but exceed our original goals.”
“In fact, this fall marks a record year for enrollment for Christendom. In today’s increasingly secularized culture, it is clear that Christendom’s liberal arts education—grounded in the Truth—is more needed and relevant than ever before. Students desire more from life. They want a challenging and meaningful curriculum informed by the perennial truths of the Faith and they recognize the importance of an in-person education.”
In total, Christendom welcomed 525 students for this fall, including 158 new students. In the Class of 2024 alone, the college saw 3 National Merit Finalists join the student body, along with an average SAT of 1230, average CLT of 88, and an average ACT of 26.
The new student body features students from around the world, including international students from Canada and England. In addition, the student body also includes a number of students who transferred from other schools because they were not offering in-person education this fall. According to Phillips, they all sought out Christendom for a similar reason: in order to gain a robust, Catholic liberal arts education in an in-person educational environment.
“Christendom’s educational apostolate can only truly be offered in-person, with our students studying together and challenging each other to be better leaders and better Catholics. Our students are eager for that kind of learning environment where they can learn the Truth, live the Faith, and truly thrive, and many have expressed their gratitude to Christendom for the opportunity to study in-person this fall,” concludes Phillips.
Christendom worked hard to ensure that students would be able to return to campus while also meeting health and safety protocols this fall, with the college receiving laudatory remarks from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for its reopening plan. The college gained further confidence that it could still provide the education and passionately Catholic culture Christendom is regarded for after offering the college’s annual high-school summer programs, which proved to be hugely successful.
Christendom’s president, Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, officially opened the academic year on Sunday, August 23, with the Diocese of Arlington’s Bishop Burbidge, outlining the changes students will experience this fall, while also calling upon everyone to pray and remain hopeful as the college reopens.
For students interested in learning more about Christendom’s educational offerings, the college’s admissions office will be offering both virtual and in-person Open House events this fall, along with individualized visit opportunities and virtual visits as well. For more information, please visit here.