Higher Education with
Catholic Community Connection

Catholic Community Connection serves as a resource to all people within the Diocese of Cleveland. One important aspect of our work involves directing students and their families to higher education opportunities that are rooted in the Catholic tradition.

While founded in the Catholic faith, our educational partners welcome students of all religions and backgrounds, as well as those with no religious affiliation. Their primary goal is to offer a wide range of academic, cultural, and spiritual opportunities so that students can become well-rounded adults.

We work closely with three local institutions to create intergenerational opportunities where students can engage in internships, volunteer opportunities, and service-learning projects. On going learning programs are also available throughout the year (virtually or in person) and our collaborative 10-week Summer Fellows Program offers students a real world, paid work experience at local Catholic ministries.

There are endless decisions to make when choosing if and where to attend college. Catholic Community Connection can help navigate many of those decisions, and offers a unique perspective by focusing on some of the considerations most relevant to those interested in a faith-based and values-oriented education.

Things to consider when deciding whether to attend a Catholic college or university

  • Are you looking to enhance your spiritual growth?
  • Are you seeking servant leadership opportunities?
  • Are you hoping to incorporate Mass or Bible study into your schedule while pursuing your education?
  • Are you interested in learning more about Catholic social justice?

Benefits of Attending a Catholic College or University

Students are encouraged to connect through religious activities and services.

Class sizes are often small at Catholic colleges or universities, creating a more intimate learning environment.

A strong sense of belonging can be obtained by going to school with others who share the same values and faith-based systems.
Students who are considering a career in Catholic ministries have access to majors grounded in their religion.
Schools that teach in the Catholic tradition are known for having high moral standards and integrating academic excellence with spiritual development.

Catholic Community Connection Higher Education Partners

To learn more about opportunities for Catholic-based higher education for you or your child, please contact us, or reach out directly to the admissions office at any of the following schools.

John Carroll University

1 John Carroll Blvd, University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 397-4294 • jcu.edu

Founded in 1886, John Carroll University is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the United States and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of midwest regional universities for more than 20 consecutive years.

As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. Located in University Heights, Ohio, John Carroll offers more than 70 academic programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business.

Notre Dame College

4545 College Rd, South Euclid, OH 44121
(216) 373-5355 • www.notredamecollege.edu

Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, Notre Dame College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education.

Located approximately 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland, the Notre Dame experience includes stimulating academics, personalized attention, and small classes, and offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines, plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs, and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online.

Ursuline College

2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124
(440) 449-4200 • www.ursuline.edu

Founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland in 1871, Ursuline was the first women’s college in Ohio, and one of the first in the United States. It is located on a beautiful, spacious campus, approximately 13 miles east of Cleveland.

Ursuline College offers holistic education that transforms students for service, leadership, and professional excellence by providing more than 30 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs that foster lifelong learning and personal wisdom in an environment characterized by Catholic and Ursuline heritage, women-centered learning, values-based curricula, and inclusive and global perspective.