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Admissions & Aid

Best Week Ever Parent Page


 

Dear Parents,

This page is specifically for you! Your child attended the 2024 Best Week Ever Summer Program, and, by now, has shared stories from the incredible week spent on our campus. This page is meant to give you some of the same insights that your child received so that your family can make a well-informed decision when choosing a college.

PHOTOS

Click on the appropriate session link below to view photos from your child’s week:

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5

Earn the $8,000 BWE Visit Scholarship!

Any student who fulfills the following requirements will automatically earn an $8,000 BWE Visit Scholarship at the rate of $2,000/year over four years.

  1. Apply to Christendom by October 1, 2024
  2. Make an official campus visit anytime between September 3 and December 6, 2024 (Past visits-including BWE-do not apply)

The Next Steps

1. Take Standardized Tests

To maximize your academic scholarship opportunities, we encourage you to take a standardized test (ACT, SAT, or CLT) multiple times. Christendom super-scores results, and even after being accepted, you can continue to improve your scholarship offer by achieving higher scores. See the toggles below for more information on each of the tests.

Please note: Your student must have at least a standardized test score of 1000 SAT, 19 ACT, or 64 CLT in order to be eligible for the October 1 application deadline.

 

ACT

ACT – September 14 (Registration Deadline: August 9)

Website: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

Please note! The ACT often takes 3-5 weeks to send score reports. If you take the September 14 ACT, you will qualify for the October 1 deadline even if your test results come a few days after October 1. But note that this may delay your decision since we can’t render a decision until we receive your score.

CLT

CLT – July 27 (Registration Deadline: July 22)

CLT – August 15 (Registration Deadline: August 8)

CLT – September 21 (Registration Deadline: September 16)

If you have not taken any standardized test, the September 21 CLT is the last available test date that will meet the requirements for the October 1 deadline. 

Website: www.cltexam.com

Special offer: You can get 20% off when registering by using the promo code CHRSTDM

SAT

SAT – August 24 (Registration Deadline: August 9)

Website: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration/online-registration

Please note! The SAT often takes 3-5 weeks to send score reports. If you take the August 24 SAT, you will qualify for the October 1 deadline. Any SAT taken after this deadline will be too late for the October 1 application deadline.

2. Watch Christendom’s Fall Webinar Series

Admissions staff will give webinar presentations throughout the fall, walking Best Week Ever participants and parents through the application process and key elements of campus life. These meetings are highly recommended.

 

Fall Webinar Schedule
      • Stay Tuned For Webinar Updates!

     

Recordings of Previous Webinar Meetings

3. Schedule Your Official Campus Visit For Any Time Between September 3 and December 6, 2024

While The Best Week Ever is a taste of the Christendom experience, we strongly encourage Best Week Ever participants to come back for a day or overnight visit during the fall semester. Students must visit in the fall to qualify for the $8,000 Best Week Ever Visit Scholarship.

Visits are free for all prospective students! Best Week Ever participants can request shuttle service from Dulles Airport (IAD), stay with a current Christendom student, and dine with students, faculty, and staff in the St. Lawrence Commons!

Please Note: Visit spots fill up very quickly. We are not able to accommodate all visit requests. Day visits must be scheduled at least five business days in advance, and overnight visits must be scheduled ten business days in advance.

You can schedule your fall visit here: christendom.edu/visit

4. Apply By October 1, 2024

The Best Week Ever Early Action Deadline is on October 1, 2024. In order to meet this deadline, students must submit all application items (Application form, essay, academic recommendation form, test scores, and transcript) by 11:59 PM local time on October 1. For more information, please visit christendom.edu/apply.

Students who apply by the BWE Early Action Deadline can expect to have an admissions decision by November 1, 2024. If you have more questions, please contact your admissions counselor, or email Director of Admissions Sam Phillips directly at sam.phillips@christendom.edu.

5. Qualify for the $8,000 BWE Visit Scholarship

Best Week Ever participants who fulfill the following requirements will automatically earn an $8,000 BWE Visit Scholarship at the rate of $2,000 per year over four years.

How to Qualify for the $8,000 BWE Visit Scholarship
  1. Apply to Christendom before the October 1 Best Week Ever Early Action Deadline.
  2. Make an official visit to campus any time between September 3 and December 6, 2024.

Some other things to note:

  • This offer is exclusive to Best Week Ever alumni
  • To qualify, a student must visit in the 2023 fall semester. Past visits to campus do not satisfy the requirement, nor do other visits to our campus later in the spring.
  • All application items must be submitted by the October 1 Best Week Ever Early Action Deadline. This includes the application form, essay, high school transcript, complete academic letter of recommendation form, and official standardized test scores. All items may be submitted independently.

Presentations from the Best Week Ever

During the week-long program, the Admissions Team offers students five different presentations:

  • The Value of Christendom’s Catholic Liberal Arts Education
  • What Alumni from Christendom do with their Liberal Arts Degrees
  • Extra-Curricular Opportunities/Study Abroad at Christendom
  • The Admissions Timeline and Application Process
  • The Importance of a Christendom Education

PDF versions of Mr. McFadden’s and Mr. Phillips’ PowerPoint presentations, along with a 5-point summary of each, are below. If, after reading the presentations, you have any questions about any of them, please contact the Director of Admissions Sam Phillips directly at sam.phillips@christendom.edu or VP for Enrollment Tom McFadden at tmcfadden@christendom.edu. They are happy to help you!

The Value of the Liberal Arts Academic Program Presentation Summary

(View the entire PDF version of the PowerPoint: Liberal Arts Curriculum):

  1. Studying the liberal arts is very valuable – in spite of what many might tell you. Do the research, find out the truth about the liberal arts and why the skills gained through studying the liberal arts catapults people ahead of their peers.
  2. Christendom’s education is the same education received by the scientists, scholars, heroes, and saints that have marked the 2000-year history of Christendom.
    • Provides well-rounded education that forms the whole person — rigorous, time-tested.
    • Enables graduates to be conceptualizers – see the big picture – and to be innovative.
  3. Christendom’s faculty have impressive backgrounds and serve as Catholic mentors to students., The amount of personal attention that they show to the students is quite unique.
  4. The core curriculum, which lasts 2 ½ years, is what enables Christendom grads to excel – the extensive and broad education expands their minds in a powerful way, giving them the edge when it comes time for graduate school or employment.
  5. Everything is taught from a Catholic perspective, from Catholic professors, in a fully Catholic environment – thus making a Christendom education, truly, a Catholic education.
Alumni & Careers Presentation Summary

(View the entire PDF version of the PowerPoint: Alumni Success):

  1. Christendom College alumni get jobs in every field possible, from business to engineering, education to law, public policy to healthcare – nothing gets in their way.
  2. Most people (73%) don’t work in the field in which they majored, so no need to pick a college based on a major that you think is going to enable you to work in that field – probably won’t happen.
    • 93% of employers agree that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major
  3. Christendom does a lot to help students with their career choices and connects students to the alumni network
  4. When choosing a college, it’s important to focus on your end goals – happiness, success, heaven
    • Christendom alumni find jobs easily and are accepted to top grad schools
    • Christendom’s education helps you stay Catholic, gain wisdom, get good friends, find a vocation, get a broadened worldview, and get a good job – and hopefully help you get to Heaven
  5. Christendom’s alumni outcomes and stats are pretty impressive, and should help students and their parents see the power of a Christendom degree
    • 98% of recent grads were employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduation
    • $44,000 was the average starting salary
Extra-Curricular/Study Abroad Activities Presentation Summary

(View the entire PDF version of the PowerPoint: Activities and Abroad Opportunities):

  1. Christendom’s size which is on a humane scale enables students to take part in many more activities than they would be able to at a larger university. At Christendom, students do not just watch or attend activities, they lead them and get involved in them.
  2. Christendom has a very accessible athletic program for many students – high level of competition, yet focus in on being a student first, athlete second. Students can even potentially play two varsity sports, without sacrificing the full college experience.
  3. The college has a wide variety of opportunities in the arts, from theatrical performances to musical and dance shows. Students provide entertainment on campus and can gain great experience in the arts while at Christendom.
  4. There are many clubs and student activities for students to lead or participate in, everything from swing dance to pro-life, chess to Irish dance, debate to journalism, art to the yearbook. Students can gain real-life leadership experiences, which will help when it comes time to write a résumé.
  5. Students can take part in a semester abroad in Rome and a summer program in Ireland.
Admissions Process Presentation Summary

(View the entire PDF version of the PowerPoint: Admissions & Aid):

  1. We are a very customer-friendly office, dedicated to responding to your questions and comments in a very timely fashion – never hesitate to contact us about anything related to applying or attending Christendom College, or even if you have questions about other colleges and how they compare to Christendom
  2. The application for Fall 2023 opens online on July 20, 2022, and there is a special BWE Early Action Deadline on October 1, 2022
  3. Admissions Requirements to be accepted to Christendom College:
    • Standardized test scores, transcripts, letter of recommendation, and essay.
    • Be sure to take one of the accepted standardized tests (ACT, SAT, or CLT) as soon as possible to be considered for admission as part of the October 1 deadline!
  4. BWE students have the special opportunity – apply by October 1, get an answer by November 1
    • $2K BWE VISIT SCHOLARSHIP
      • Students who complete their application by October 1 AND make an official campus visit anytime this fall semester will receive a $2,000 BWE scholarship their freshman year
  5. Making Christendom An Affordable Private College Option
    • Private college is a big investment, but we have many offerings to make Christendom an affordable private college option and to the financial needs of our students (many of whom come from large families, with one income).
Importance of a Christendom Education Presentation Summary

(View the entire PDF version of the PowerPoint: Truth Talk):

  1. The culture has been rapidly getting worse by way of faith and morals over the past 5 years – and it looks like it’s going to continue to get worse during your college years.
  2. Colleges changes lives – it is a decision that can affect you for good or bad forever – a big decision.
    • 80% of those who leave the faith do so between the ages of 18-23 (college age)
    • There are now more unbelievers attending college than at any time in recent history – and these folks will work to bring you down to their level
  3. God is calling you to greatness – to help Him re-Christianize the culture.
    • You need to have lived in a Catholic culture to replace the current one with a Catholic worldview
    • You need to be able to help God by being well-educated in the important aspects of life so that you can be ready to answer your call to greatness.
    • If not you? Who? If not now? When?
  4. You are one of a few who have been given a most wonderful experience to spend time living at Christendom – do not waste this experience, and maybe God is calling you to attend.
    • Don’t let people sway you from your decision and call to attend.
    • Understand the reasons for your desires, and defend them; stay committed to your call.
  5. The end result of life is death – and hopefully happiness – let Christendom College help you to achieve this end – become like one of the counselors.

Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Ben Marsh and Catherine LaFramboise are here to help you with all your Christendom needs! Your admissions counselor will contact you in the coming weeks to introduce themselves and help guide you through the next steps.

No question is too small! Please contact us anytime if you need help with anything Christendom-related.

Want to see the rest of our team? Click here to meet the rest of the admissions staff! 

Ben Marsh

Ben Marsh

Assoc. Dir. of Admissions
540-227-7233

Catherine LaFramboise

Catherine LaFramboise

Admissions Counselor
540-551-9151

Admissions Fall Webinar Series

Each fall, we host a series of short webinars to give Best Week Ever participants the insights and information they need to excel in the admissions process.

Fall Webinar Schedule

Stay Tuned for Updates!

Recordings of Previous Webinar Meetings

Responses to the Most Popular Objections to Attending Christendom

There are many who are skeptical as to the benefits of a liberal arts degree, or who scoff at the idea of going to a small college with only 8 majors (history, philosophy, theology, classics, English, natural sciences, math, and political science and economics). These naysayers can be found at home, at family reunions, in college counselor offices, in classrooms, on the sports field, and at church.  If your family is interested in having members attend Christendom College, please know that you very likely will receive pushback from some, and many questions about your decision to pursue the time-tested liberal arts education at Christendom. The following objections and responses are meant to give you some “talking points” when confronted with your decision to possibly attend Christendom College.

OBJECTION #1: “Christendom College? I never heard of it. It has only 550 students? Really? If I haven’t heard of it, nobody has heard of it, and I can guarantee you that even less can pronounce its name! What a waste of time. You should go to a well-known school with a lot of prestige. That will help you out in the end, and prepare you better for success in your career.”

RESPONSE #1: Christendom College has been helping its students achieve their goals and dreams for more than 45 years. Yes, it is smaller, but its success lies in that the faculty and staff can have many more personal relationships with the students. The more people can be known by name, the better the chances of helping them to achieve success – both on campus and post-graduation. Christendom’s education gives students the soft skills they need to excel beyond their peers (communication and analytical skills). Christendom offers a robust career development program that includes resume and cover letter writing courses, instruction on dining etiquette, an introduction to the college’s vast alumni and friends network, and a very good alumni mentoring program.  Students are well prepared to enter graduate school, and the college even helps with the cost of taking an online prep course and the test fee itself.  Many students have the opportunity to take on internships in the DC area over the summer, and through on-campus work and volunteer positions, students are able to improve their resumes and build confidence in their work and leadership abilities.  There are many colleges that are unknown to many people. Unless someone goes to an Ivy League or well-known state school, the fact that nobody has heard the name of the college does not take away from a person’s ability to get an interview and land a great job. Christendom has its alumni statistics as proof that, in spite of the fact that many have never heard of it, they can get great jobs and work their way up the ladder of success. The bottom line is that earning a degree from Christendom in the liberal arts will expand your mind in such a powerful way that you will be able to master any subject matter or vocation with ease and success. It’s a proven formula for success and has been going on for centuries. Christendom’s education is time-tested and rigorous. Most of all, it is the best preparation for life.

OBJECTION #2: “You cannot get a job with a liberal arts degree. Period. Everything is about STEM nowadays. English, philosophy, and history majors cannot succeed and will end up in the unemployment lines. Spending that much money to get a useless education is just plain stupid.”

RESPONSE #2: Christendom alumni are employed in every field: medicine, nursing, architecture, business, marketing, graphic arts, engineering, editing, education, and everything in between. Employers are looking for certain abilities in their new hires: critical thinking, analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to be innovative. These skills are acquired through Christendom’s liberal arts education. The majority of Christendom alumni are not working in their fields of study. In fact, 73% of people today are not working in their educational fields, so no matter what the major, it does not seem to have a big effect on what type of career field people enter. The liberal arts education received at Christendom helps expand the students’ intellects in such a powerful way that they are able to master any vocation with ease – and 93% of employers are looking for this in their new employees. 98% of recent graduates are employed or in grad school within six months of graduation. Christendom alumni get well-paying jobs ($49K average) upon graduation and then work their way up the ladder until, in most cases, they reach upper management. If this is too hard to believe, just do a little research on Google (or check out this sampling of recent articles in the secular news on the topic) to find out the truth about the power of a liberal arts degree in the workforce today. You can go to career.christendom.edu to learn more facts and stories about Christendom Alumni’s success after graduation.

OBJECTION #3: “I’ve heard that Christendom College is like some type of Catholic bubble, where everyone is Catholic and the courses are taught from a Catholic point of view, and there are no objectionable speakers invited to campus, and there are no student groups in opposition to the Church. What kind of college experience is that? College is supposed to give you a broadened worldview and help you understand the world and all that goes on it. This can’t happen in ‘Catholic land.’”

RESPONSE #3: By definition, all colleges, whether large or small are insular bubble-esque places in that they are not representative of “real life.” (When in life else do you have all people your own age living together, hanging out 24/7). Christendom’s bubble is a Catholic one, which means that the Faith affects all of the many aspects that occur on campus–academics, social, religious, moral, recreational, etc.  Everyone is at Christendom to learn the Truth and to do their best to live it.  At a large state school, the bubble is one of secular hedonism, where truth is relative, and everyone has the right to do what they want, when they want, with whomever they want.  At Christendom, the students are not immersed in secularism, but they certainly learn about the many problems in today’s culture and study the reasons for these problems, and learn about the solutions to them.  They do only hear from Catholic or conservative speakers and guests, but these speakers often times discuss their experiences dealing with the “other side,” and give insights that are beneficial for the students who are planning on being “in the world” but not “of the world.” Christendom students are given a broadened worldview through their exposure to other cultures through study-abroad opportunities. They get to understand the poor and the needy through missionary activity. They confront the culture of death face-to-face while praying outside abortion clinics. Christendom students certainly learn about the world, but they are still able to grow in wisdom, virtue, and holiness at Christendom – without having to be on the defensive all of the time. They don’t just survive college – they thrive.  Students who attend these secular hedonism bubble schools have to wade through filth to arrive at graduation with their faith intact. They are on the defensive constantly, and their morals and virtues are beaten down at every moment by many people. Their beliefs are questioned and their lifestyles challenged, and sometimes this ends up being too much to handle, and they stop practicing the faith (80% of those who leave the faith do so between the ages of 18-23), all while paying the institution tuition, room, board, and fees.  When people wish to go to war, they must first go to boot camp and be around all like-minded military personnel so that they can learn the latest trends of their enemies – how they eat, how they sleep, how they talk, how they dress, how they think, how they fight, what their weapons of choice are, where they live, where they hide, and everything in between.  Nobody would say anything derogatory about Marines training at Quantico or Paris Island. Christendom students are preparing for the great culture war that awaits them, and they need all the training they can get – in an authentic Catholic culture, without the interference and distraction of the world. This is how Christendom helps students learn the Truth, live the Faith, and ultimately thrive as Catholics. To learn more about Christendom’s rich campus culture, check out our traditions page.

OBJECTION #4: “Since the college is so small and in the country, it’s gotta be boring. One of the best parts of going to college is getting involved in all of the many activities on campus, including the sports culture. You will miss out on many opportunities. There are certain key formative experiences that you would have at a bigger college—such as study abroad, sports, theater, internships, etc—that you wouldn’t be able to have at Christendom.”

RESPONSE #4: There is nothing boring about going to Christendom. There are so many groups, clubs, and activities that if you actually did all of the things that were offered, there is a good chance you would fail out! Not only are there many things going on, but the best part is that YOU can actually be a part of them – rather than merely a spectator on the sidelines.  At large schools, since the competition is so fierce, it is hard to serve on student government, or to lead a club, or to take part on the varsity sports teams. At Christendom, students of all majors can take part in theatrical shows, play on the varsity USCAA sports teams, run for offices on students government, assist with event planning for the over 100 events put on each year, play in the intramurals, or perform at one of the many variety shows on campus.  Students can go to Rome for a semester, spend three weeks in Ireland during the summer, or spend a week doing missionary work over Spring break. Students can volunteer to do works of mercy in the local town, or travel to nearby Washington, DC, to feed and clothe the homeless. Although Christendom doesn’t have an overriding sports culture, the college community does like to cheer on its team, and the Christendom Crazies, as some of the most vocal fans are called, lead the charge.  Christendom’s teams are not in the NCAA, but they often play teams in Div. I or II, and sometimes beat them!  Rugby is a really popular sport to watch, as is women’s softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. The location being in the Shenandoah Valley gives students many opportunities to hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or to enjoy the Shenandoah River. Students can easily drive to DC in an hour and take in the museums, shows at the Kennedy Center, or various sporting or music events at the Capital One Arena. No matter what, there is something for everyone to do – it is never boring. As far as internships go, the college has many connections with various political organizations and think tanks in the DC area which gives students great internship opportunities over the summer months.

OBJECTION #5: “Christendom has a lot of restrictive rules – like no intervisitation between men and women in their dorms, no alcohol on campus, professional dress code for class, and other such things. You should go to a college that recognizes you as an adult, and allows you to make your own choices in these matters.”

RESPONSE #5: Christendom does have a number of rules and regulations governing student life that other colleges do not have. But these rules are not meant to be restrictive, but rather, give the students the freedom to become the best persons they can become – similar to the 10 Commandments, in that if we follow these laws of God, we will attain happiness.  Many colleges have no policies governing student interaction in the residence halls – and bad things happen. Many colleges have no filtering devices or limits to the use of the internet, and bad things happen. The rules prohibiting alcohol in the residence halls are meant to provide a better sense of community, rather than a party atmosphere, as found at many colleges. And the professional dress code is meant to elevate the fact that going to class and studying are important aspects of the students’ lives.  When students go to colleges that have no such policies and are given the opportunity to make their own choices, unfortunately, due to their fallen human natures, they often choose the easy way, which is not always the best and right way.  It is no wonder that 80% of students who leave the faith do so during the ages of 18-23 (the college years). With little moral direction being given, and the majority of those attending college caring little about religion, truth, or God, it is difficult for good, moral, faithful Catholics to maintain their identities in the practice of the faith. At Christendom, even with our rules and regulations, there are still plenty of students who choose to disregard the policies and endure the sanctions for doing so. There is no guarantee of perfection, either on Christendom’s campus or elsewhere, but the fact that we have these policies in place assists the students in their pursuit of holiness and greatness.

OBJECTION #6: “Christendom is too expensive. We have only one income, with 6 children, and we can’t take out a second mortgage on house for the education of our children. We have to send them to a local community college or state school. We are adverse to having our children accumulate debt.”

RESPONSE #6: It is true that private education is a significant investment and is not always affordable for everyone. But Christendom’s average family is one income, 6.2 children, and we are able to make it an affordable investment for them. Always knowing that it is not going to be the cheapest option, families see the value of investing in their children’s future, because of the results of the Christendom education as evidenced by our alumni statistics.  We always encourage anyone who is interested in our time-tested liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview in an authentically Catholic culture to try us out for one year. Just about anyone can afford Christendom for one year. If after that time, you see the benefits, then we can work with you to try and make it work out financially.  Christendom has loans, grants, scholarships, sibling discounts, and much more. As far as debt goes, it is almost impossible to go to a private college and not accumulate debt – unless your parents are wealthy or you have a sizeable amount of cash set aside. Many families, however, see that accumulating $30K-$35K in debt is worth it, and knowing that their children are going to end up doing well in a career, and making good money, later on, there is no worry about paying off that debt. Of course, nobody believes that taking on $60-$100K in debt for college is a good thing, and we would advise against that for everyone.

OBJECTION #7: “Haven’t you already studied a broad Catholic liberal arts curriculum in high school? Why would you want to continue to study the same things for the next four years. You should go to college to get a technical/professional degree, since you’ve already had a liberal arts education.”

RESPONSE #7: Although it’s possible you may have read some of the same books, recited some of the same poems, and gone over some of the same history lessons that are offered at Christendom, there is a very good chance that a second “reading” of them would be a benefit to you – particularly as you grow from youth to adult. If a liberal arts education was good for high school, it is even more beneficial to study the liberal arts in college – in a lived community – where the teachers are your mentors and friends, and your classmates are all studying the same topics, which makes the conversations even that much better.  In high school, you can only touch on some of these topics and oftentimes in only a very cursory manner. In college, you can delve deeper into the areas of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, and graduate with a deeper understanding of the biggest questions in life.  If these seminal works have shaped Western civilization and speak to what it is to be human, then they merit more than a single reading when you were 14-17 years old year. Technical knowledge is important for some career fields, and that is where graduate school comes in.  A college education is meant to be an education – not a training ground.

OBJECTION #8: “Since Christendom College has only been around for 45 years, its alumni network must be pretty small. One of the benefits of going to a larger, big-name school is that you can tap into their huge alumni network for jobs, internships, and other such things. Going to Christendom would be throwing all of those opportunities away.”

RESPONSE #8: Although Christendom has only been around 45 years, the alumni network is pretty extensive, and the alumni are very willing to help the students (and other alumni) with their career needs. There is a high concentration of alumni in the Metro Washington DC area, and through this network, students can easily find jobs and internships – and build connections with alumni and their outside networks.  Alumni work in every field possible, and the college has an official Alumni Mentor Program, whereby select alumni have agreed to give out their names, job titles, and contact information to prospective students, current students, and alumni to be contacted about how they went from Christendom’s liberal arts program to their technical field of work. To learn more about Christendom’s career network and opportunities, please go to career.christendom.edu.

OBJECTION #9: “Christendom isn’t very diverse, from what I can tell, either racially or religiously. With everyone being ‘on the same page’ regarding their worldview, beliefs, and culture, wouldn’t you rather go out ‘into the real world’ of a more secularized state school where you can let your light shine and evangelize the culture, and learn about how others live and believe? I’m not sure Christendom will be helpful to you in this area.”

RESPONSE #9: It is true that everyone at Christendom is generally a faithful, practicing, believing Roman Catholic (we have had a number of non-Catholics over the years, but very few), and we see that as a good thing. There will be very few times later on in life when young Catholics will have the opportunity to be around so many other like-minded individuals who can help them grow in wisdom, virtue, and holiness. For the rest of their lives, they will be immersed in the world with people of other faiths, beliefs, and attitudes toward life, and during that time, they will utilize what they have learned at Christendom to help evangelize those with whom they come in contact.  As far as diversity of race on campus, Christendom accepts anyone of any race–as long as they meet our admissions standards. Over the years, we have generally attracted mostly Caucasian Americans, but we have had various others from foreign countries and of diverse ethnic backgrounds attend. Christendom does not try to recruit any persons of any particular color or race–simply people who want to take advantage of the top-notch liberal arts education taught from a Catholic worldview in an authentic Catholic culture. If people want to do this, then we want them to attend.

OBJECTION #10: “Christendom’s program of studies and core curriculum are pretty limited. They don’t let you pick and choose your curriculum and course of studies, but make everyone take the same classes for 2 and a half years. What happens if you don’t like studying philosophy or political science, or you’d rather spend more time studying literature and theology? You are not going to be happy there.”

RESPONSE #10: Christendom’s core curriculum is unique, and although it is true that you may end up having to take classes that you might not necessarily have picked, there is a very good chance that you will end up enjoying the class and what you learned in that class will give you an edge in life. For example, there is a class that we require called Metaphysics. There are many who would not understand why anyone would take this class, let alone mandate it, yet if you ask Christendom grads which class had the most influence on their outlook in life, many would say it was Metaphysics, because it was in that class that they started to understand the reality of being, and the importance of philosophy for a true understanding of reality. But if given the chance, most say they never would have taken the class – and that would have been a real shame.  So, most colleges are like a buffet of classes, where students can pick and choose what looks good to them. The problem is that they are not always getting a balanced “diet” of classes, and as a result, their intellects are less capable of understanding the big picture in life. A core curriculum, such as the one Christendom offers, gives our students the opportunity to have a well-balanced education which will benefit them in their future careers.

OBJECTION #11: “Christendom’s liturgical offerings seem to be pretty traditional in some ways, but in other ways. For instance, the traditional Latin Mass isn't offered on Christendom's campus. How is that going to meet your liturgical needs?”

RESPONSE #11: Christendom offers many offerings when it comes to the liturgy. We have the Ordinary Form in English and Latin. We offer two Masses each day M-F, and then two Masses on Saturday, and two on Sunday. For those who wish to go to the Traditional Latin Mass every day, the Traditional Latin Mass is offered every day through the local parish (St. John’s, 4.8 miles away, and the chapel of St. Thomas More, 1 mile away) and many students travel the short distance to attend it. In general, though, our liturgical celebrations tend toward the traditional side, in that we use incense, patens, ring bells during Mass, and many kneel for Communion at an altar rail while receiving on the tongue. Our music at Mass is either Gregorian chant or sacred polyphony, and the pipe organ is generally the only musical instrument used (sometimes we have had violins or trumpets accompany the choir – but this is a rarity).

OBJECTION #12: “I’ve heard from others that Christendom is a super holy religious Catholic place, like a convent, monastery, or seminary. Why would you want to go there if you don’t want to become a priest, monk, or religious sister? Isn’t that why people go there and what all the alumni end up doing? And what if someone isn’t really ‘super’ holy? Will they still fit in, or will they be judged by the ‘holy rollers?’”

RESPONSE #12: Christendom has around 4,000 alumni and about 180 of them have discerned a religious vocation, either as a priest, deacon, religious sister or nun, religious brother, or seminarian. That’s about 5%. That means that 95% of the alumni have chosen NOT to become priests or religious. In short, if you wish to join a religious vocation, there is nothing standing in your way if you attend Christendom, but there is no reason to believe that that is the only reason to attend.  In fact, we have had over 550 alumnus-alumna marriages, out of the 4,000 alumni, which means that more than 1,100 of the 4000 have married each other – that’s almost 30% of the alumni have married other alumni.  As far as holiness goes in our students, the bottom line is that Christendom offers many opportunities for spiritual growth – through the sacraments offered, through the education and things we teach, through the personal relationships on campus, and through the many opportunities for service in the community and abroad.  Whether a student chooses to do any of these things is up to him. The college does not force anything on them, but rather, encourages them to take advantage of all that is offered, for in so doing, there is a good chance that the person will grow in holiness – which is the purpose of life. There are some who come here who seem a little less enthusiastic about the “holy” things on campus, and maybe want to spend more time “partying” or goofing off, rather than focusing on their academic and spiritual lives, but that is the minority of students, and normally, through positive peer pressure, they come to realize what they should be doing. There are human beings on campus, so of course, there is going to be gossip, rash judgment, and sin. This happens everywhere. The Devil hates Christendom, and he hates the fact that we have so many opportunities for growth in Christian charity, so, he does what he can to create division, sometimes, between those who are striving for holiness on a regular basis and those who hope it happens by accident. There is absolutely no need to come to campus thinking that you need to be a super holy person to attend because we all start somewhere on our spiritual journey to heaven. Some are way ahead, and some are lagging behind, but the one thing that is for certain, at Christendom College, in general, everyone is at least on the same road – heading the same direction – and when they fall off the road, the over 2 hours of confession a day that are offered come in handy. So, welcome to Christendom, land of saints and sinners. Join us!

OBJECTION #13: “Christendom College likes to remind everyone all of the time that they don’t take Federal funds. But the bad thing about that is that you won’t get a very good financial aid package, or loans, and it will cost you way more to attend there than it would another college with Federal aid. You should definitely take it off your list of top colleges.”

RESPONSE #13: While it is true that Christendom does not accept Federal funds, this in no way means that we do not have robust financial aid offerings. Christendom offers loans, grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid that enable students to afford Christendom. Christendom may not be the cheapest option but is regularly competitive in price compared to other Newman Guide Colleges such as Franciscan University or Benedictine College.

One of the biggest differences between schools that take Federal aid and Christendom is that when you get a loan for college, you are indebted to the Federal government, whereby, if you get a loan when you attend Christendom, in general, Christendom is the one lending you the money.  Sometimes, though, families choose to get outside loans from non-government, private banks, and that’s fine too. In short, if someone wants to attend Christendom, money is not normally the thing that stands in the way.

OBJECTION #14: “If Christendom’s education is so good, why aren’t they ranked in U.S. News & World Report or Forbes or the Princeton Review and such? If they are not in those secular magazines, their education must not be very rigorous and their academic profile must be pretty weak.”

RESPONSE #14: Christendom is not ranked in any of these secular ranking guides because Christendom does not take Federal funds. If Christendom took Federal funds, the College would be obliged to fill in statistical data about our students, our faculty, our retention and alumni giving rates, etc, into a system called IPEDS. This is the official government “statistic” keeping outlet, and all schools that take Federal funds MUST submit their information each year. Since Christendom does not take the funds, it does not submit the data.  Because it does not submit the data, when these various secular ranking associations are looking for statistics, they go to the IPEDS machine and search. Christendom is not in the machine, therefore, doesn’t even make it into anyone’s search. It’s that simple. Regardless of whether Christendom is in any of these guides or publications, the academic nature and profile of the college are very strong. The incoming freshmen each year have very high standardized test scores, and they have great high school GPAs. Christendom’s freshman retention rate is over 90% each year, and its 4-year graduation rate is 75%.

OBJECTION #15: “I thought you wanted to go into the medical field, either as a nurse or doctor? Christendom doesn’t offer any pre-med classes, or many of the pre-requisites you’d need to go to medical school. What’s the point in going there, then?

RESPONSE #15: Christendom offers some math and science courses that can assist someone in attending medical school, but ultimately, a Christendom education helps people become human first, and scientists second. In the medical community today, there is a lot of talk about the need for doctors to show compassion, empathy, and human understanding, rather than simply viewing the patient as a specific disease or body part. Christendom alumni do need to get some of their prerequisites done at another college or community college, but these can be completed over the summers while attending Christendom. But many of the required classes are offered at Christendom, like Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Statistics, Biology, and others. For those interested in nursing, many alumni have been accepted into accelerated nursing programs which are either 12 months or 18 months in duration and are designed for students who have earned a BA from another college and wish to then earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

According to the  Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):

“As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You’ll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it’s important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine.” https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/109796/considering_decision.html

Christendom has a number of alumni who have become doctors and nurses, and each of them would be happy to discuss their journey from Christendom to medicine with you, if interested.