Thomas More College Lauded in National College Guides

by Thomas More College on September 29, 2007

Once again, Thomas More College has received favorable mention in national college resources. The College was lauded in the newly released 2007-2008 edition of Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America’s Top Schools , a book devoted to judging schools for their intellectual excellence, academic freedom, and devotion to the traditional mission of liberal arts education. Thomas More College has been recommended in every edition of the guide since its inception in 1994.

All American CollegesThomas More College was also singled out for inclusion in ISI’s 2006 book All American Colleges: 50 Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith . These books’ entries on the College were compiled after a series of on campus interviews and extensive research via email with students, teachers, and alumni. The entries reflect the healthy growth that the College is experiencing, even as it undergoes transitions. New faculty and staff members, a new administration—but the same mission and devotion to offering a transformative education in the liberal arts as seen through the Catholic humanist worldview that inspired our namesake.

While its entries on other colleges frequently point out how the schools fall short of their stated missions, shy away from the faiths which founded them, or allow students to miss important aspects of liberal learning, Choosing the Right College praised Thomas More College for staying true, keeping focused, and holding its students to high standards. It noted that the core curriculum in place at the College is one of the strongest in America and that Thomas More College graduates are known for their creativity and intellectual ambition.

Newman GuideA third, and even more gratifying, tribute to the College came with the publication of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College —published by The Cardinal Newman Society, which has since 1993 monitored the curricula, campus life, and public discourse of Catholic-identified colleges across the United States. The Newman Guide classified Thomas More College as “Joyfully Catholic,” and said that the school provides “a rigorous, classical education.” The editors wrote that the College “has long emphasized its intellectual offerings and has recently strengthened its already notable Catholic identity.”

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