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Catholic Education

 

The Catholic Church runs the largest network of private schools in the United States. Total Catholic elementary/middle and high school enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year: 1,974,578.[1]

  • Elementary/middle schools: 5,399 schools educating 1,391,793 students 

  • High schools: 1,195 schools educating 582,785 students

  • 6,594 total Catholic (elementary and high) schools in the United States

Other Religious Education

  • Non-residential schools for disabled students: 50 schools educating 5,391 students

  • Public school students receiving religious education:[2]

  • Elementary /middle school students: 2,715,621

  • High School students: 640,585[3]

  • 1,986 Catholic schools or 30.1% had waiting lists for admission for the 2013-2014 academic year.[4]

  • Non-Catholic enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year was 323,542 or 16.4% of the total enrollment.[5]

  • 31.3% of all Catholic high schools are single gender and 1.4% of all Catholic elementary schools are single gender.[6]

  • 99.0 % of Catholic secondary school students graduate and 85.7% go on to college, compared to 39.5% of public school graduates.[7]

  • Dioceses with the largest enrollments are:Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Boston, and New Orleans.[8]

  • During the academic year 2013-2014, 42 new Catholic schools opened and 133 schools closed or consolidated.[9]

Student Race and Ethnicity

  • 73.8% or 1,458,141 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Caucasian.[10]

  • 5% or 98,502 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Asian.[11]

  • 7.6% or 150,352 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were African American.[12]

  • 5.6% or 109,771 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were multiracial.[13]

  • 15% or 296,598 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Hispanic/Latino.[14]

Tuition and Costs

  • Based on the average public school cost of $12,054 per student, Catholic schools provide nearly 24 billion dollars a year savings for U.S. taxpayers.[15]

  • Tuition fees paid by families constitute a portion of the actual per pupil expenses.[16]

  • The average per pupil tuition in parish elementary schools is $3,880, which is approximately 66.4 % of actual costs per pupil of $5,387.[17]

  • About 93.9% of elementary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.[18]

  • The secondary school mean freshman tuition is $9,622, which is about 81.6% of actual costs per pupil of $11,790.[19]

  • About 97% of secondary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.[20]

  • The difference between the per pupil cost and the tuition charged is obtained in many ways, primarily through direct subsidy from parish, diocesan or religious congregation resources and from multi-faceted development programs and fundraising activities.[21]

Staffing of Catholic Schools[22]

  • There are 151,351 total full time equivalent teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools. The student/teacher ratio is 13:1.

  • 3.2% Religious:

  • 3,221 or 2.2% Sisters

  • 804 or 0.5% Clergy

  • 800 or 0.5% Brothers

  • 96.8% Lay

  • 113,741 or 75.1% female lay

  • 32,785 or 21.7% male lay

More information is available at the National Catholic Education Association at www.ncea.org.

Catholic Colleges and Universities[23]

  • There are 233 colleges and universities educating more than 810,201 students.[24]

  • About 65% of undergraduate students at Catholic colleges and universities self-identify as Catholic.

  • The average tuition cost at Catholic colleges and universities for the 2011-2012 academic year was $26,300.

  • There are 16 Catholic two-year colleges with more than 5,100 students enrolled. The median enrollment is 492, and the average cost of tuition and fees is $9,835.

  • The first Catholic higher education institution in the United States was Georgetown University in Washington DC, founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1789.

  • The newest Catholic institution is Holy Spirit College in Atlanta, founded in 2010.

  • Nearly 12.5% of the world's Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States.

  • There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.

In the United States, Catholic institutions of higher learning include:[25]

  • Medical schools: 5

  • Law schools: 28

  • Pharmacy schools: 9

  • Colleges and universities that offer engineering programs: 41

  • Institutions with doctoral programs in theology, religion and ministry: 16

More information is available at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at www.accunet.org.



[1]McDonald, Dale, PBVM, Ph.D. and Margaret Schultz, Annual Statistical Report 2013-2014, National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), 2014.

[2] The Official Catholic Directory 2014, General Summary.

[3]Ibid.

[4]National Catholic Educational Association, Annual Statistics Report 2013 -2014, p.18.

[5]Ibid, p.22.

[6]Ibid, p.11.

[7]Ibid, p. 5.

[8] Ibid, p.15

[9]Ibid, p.12.

[10]Ibid. p.21

[11]Ibid.

[12]Ibid.

[13]Ibid.

[14]Ibid. 9.22

[15]Ibid, p.18.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid p.23

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Ibid.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid.

[23]Association of Catholic colleges and Universities, Catholic Higher Education Frequently Asked Questions, (accessed on 8/20/14)http://www.accunet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3797#Enrolled

[24]The Official Catholic Directory 2014, General Summary.

[25] Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Special Programs,(accessed on 8/4/13.) http://www.accunet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3549)



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