Growing up Jewish in Central New Jersey, I admittedly did not know much about the traditions of other faiths. I take full blame as an adult. I could have taken religion courses at Rutgers or read more on my own. It would have given me a better perspective to understand the Catholic college experience.
Catholic colleges come from different orders within the church. Villanova, for example is Augustinian. Fordham is Jesuit. Siena, a smaller school in New York State, is Franciscan. Each takes a different approach to educating its students.
None of these schools had a mandatory mass for all students though they imposed different course requirements when it came to religion and philosophy classes. All welcome students of other faiths, though the majority are Catholic. These schools all do well at retaining most of their freshman class and graduating their students on time.
The Catholic college experience, from my limited observations, is different from a secular private college experience as well as a public college experience. It is worthwhile to consider differences between Catholic colleges as well how they compare to secular and public institutions.
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