Where Are Jesuit Colleges Located?
There are only 27 Jesuit colleges in the United States, according to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. So while we can’t expect to find one of these schools in every state, we do see them in many parts of the U.S. The map shows the 24 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities that were in our top 25 list (one, St. John’s College, is in Belize, a Central American country on the Caribbean coast).
The map shows that only two states have three Jesuit colleges, and they happen to be among the most populous in the nation. California is home to over 39.5 million people while New York’s population is over 20.2 million, according to the most recent census.
A handful of states are home to two Jesuit colleges or universities: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington. Meanwhile the other nine states and the District of Columbia have one Jesuit college apiece.
What Jesuit Colleges Offer
There are many reasons to want to attend a Jesuit college. Sometimes it’s as simple as location or because your parents went to Jesuit colleges. Some others are attracted to the mission, and the opportunities to reflect on and learn about their faith. Meanwhile, others believe that a Jesuit college will offer different kinds of social and networking opportunities than a traditional college. In this article we have added some data points for potential students to consider as they decide which Jesuit school they would like to attend.
If attending this sort of denominational school is important to a student, there’s no reason not to, as they rank at or above the national average in several metrics.
Average salary outcomes for our top 25 Jesuit schools was in the 64th percentile of all schools, suggesting Jesuit college graduates, on average, tend to earn above the national median for their field.
Meanwhile acceptance rates to these schools average out to 66%, which matches the average for all U.S. four-year colleges.
And, of course, these schools offer certain majors and extracurriculars that would particularly interest students with a background or interest in the Jesuit order, or Roman Catholic teachings more broadly.