For Your Life's Purpose

Top 10 Reasons for Catholic Higher Education

10. The first universities were all Catholic … Catholic Colleges/Universities (CCUs) are not new to higher education. The Roman Catholic Church (est. A.D. 33) started higher education institutions in A.D. 1088. Yup … they have been “at it” for over 900 years. No one else can make that claim.

9. Built on the 2,000 year-old foundation of the Catholic intellectual tradition … recognizing man’s journey is to discover the Truth not to create it.

8. Advocates for your continuing questions—keep asking “why”—as you gain insight bringing together faith and reason in a “uni-versity” or integrated approach to seeking the Truth … no need to stop because, “s/he says.”

7. Provides an environment that helps you to consider how your actions contribute to the Common Good … regardless of your faith tradition.

6. Teaches you how to think and act with reason in the context of something larger than yourself … what you do always counts.

5. Encourages you to think about and act upon service towards others as a way of life … how to be selfless instead of selfish.

4. Supports the development of life-long habits that encourage a happy and healthy lifestyle … leading to a long and productive existence.

3. Forms—not just informs—you for a career and for a life that excels in virtue. Most businesses are seeking employees who are intelligent, honest, and caring … as are colleagues … as are spouses … as are children … as are neighbors … as are real friends.

2. Offers an experience geared to helping you determine your life’s purpose … not just how you will earn a living.

1. Focus is on the whole person: intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social … life will insist you are prepared in all four dimensions.

Timothy J. Collins, Ed.D.

DR. TIMOTHY J. COLLINS has been involved in Catholic education for nearly three decades. He earned his doctorate from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. Collins is the Chief Government Relations Officer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
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