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Best College Reviews Names The Top 50 College Newman Centers

WOODBURN, OR – Best College Reviews, a ranking service for American colleges and universities, has released a list of the Top 50 Newman Centers. Data was gathered from the centers’ websites and Newman Connections, an online institute that promotes and connects Newman Centers. The ranking was based on the total number and percentage of Catholic students served, spiritual offerings such as daily Mass, relationship to the local parish, and the facilities.

The ranking can be viewed at

Universities today have many different student groups from Greeks, Muslim Students Association, Anime, Young Republicans, German Students, and many others. Newman Centers, named after the famous 19th century English intellectual and convert, John Henry Newman, whose work The Idea of a University is still studied in schools around the world today, function as a place for young Catholics to further religious ideals and goals through prayer, study, religious services, community service and relationship-building activities.

Nick Plato, the article’s author, says this about the list: “Being a Catholic myself, but not being involved in a Newman Center in my college experience, and noticing that not many ranking sites have specifically focused on Newman Centers, I thought it would be both interesting and a service to young Catholics seeking a positive and meaningful university experience to compile a list of the best Newman Centers in the country.”

The list of 50 schools includes (in alphabetical order):

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Baylor University, Waco, TX
Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
Boise State University, Boise, ID
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Columbia University in New York, New York, NY
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Murray State University, Murray, KY
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Trine University, Angola, IN 
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
University of Akron, Akron, OH
University of Illinois – Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Washington, Seattle, WA reviews publicly available data and then produces independent ranking assessments of various educational programs and college facilities as well as student guides and resources. The mission of Best College Reviews is to be a vital resource for potential students making one of the most important decisions of their lives.

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