There may be no more beautiful place for faithful Catholics to pursue an undergradu- ate education than the brand-new Wyoming Catholic College in the Rocky Mountains. Situated in Lander, by the Wind River Moun- tain Range and the Popo Agie River, this new college is a magnet for outdoor lovers, from experienced enthusiasts to novices wanting a unique college experience.
One of the college\u2019s trademarks is its Freshman Orientation Program, which in- volves a three-week backpacking trip in the pristine Wyoming wilderness in August and a one-week winter adventure in January. The vast outdoor possibilities of the area inspired the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to make Lander their international headquarters 44 years ago, and Wyoming Catholic College choose NOLS to administer the August adventure.
olic embraced a Great Books and classical curriculum strongly permeated by orthodox Catholicism. Its goal is to provide the quality of education evident at Thomas Aquinas Col- lege in California.
Overall, the mission of the college is to educate the whole person: mind, body and spirit. To do so, the college emphasizes seven key objectives: Catholic community, spiritual formation, liberal arts education, integrated curriculum, great and good books, immer- sion in the outdoors and excellent teaching.
One administrator told us, \u201cThe Catho- lic identity is the main reason we are here. John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae says that the purpose of Catholic education is to serve the Truth, and to bring students to the Truth.\u201d
In pursuing its goals, the college eschews the excessive use of technology. The purpose of this policy is primarily to foster direct, actual\u2014rather than virtual\u2014human contact and communication between students and faculty.
This mission in the wilderness is locat- ed in a town which has a population of 7,200 people in west-central Wyoming. The area, as
A four-square mile parcel of land has been acquired nearby which will eventually serve as the permanent campus. A breathtak- ing rendering of the future campus is shown on the WCC website. At the entrance will be the chapel followed by academic, recreational and residential precincts.
es, additional classrooms and a library have been created at the historic Baldwin Building, which is a 15-minute walk into downtown Lander. The six-credit equestrian program is
In the 2008-2009 year, there were 33 women and 28 men who came from 30 states ranging from New Hampshire to Georgia to Califor- nia to Washington. The college will welcome 37 freshman in September 2009 boosting total
the \ue000nancial aid they cane expect (should the applicant) be accepted, by submi\ue005ing the \ue000nancial aid application and support-
WCC also awards a number of scholar- ships of varying amounts based on aca- demic merit. The applicant must have scored at least 1800 on the SAT or at least 27 on the ACT, and must show substantial achievement and a willingness to work and to succeed in an academic curricu- lum. Aptitude and zeal for learning, as demonstrated in the required essays and
For more information visit our website at www.wyomingcatholiccollege.com, call toll-free 1-877-332-2930, or e-mail admis-
an accrediting process, which takes several years. Wyoming Catholic is applying for ac- creditation from The American Association for Liberal Education. The college is also ex- ploring accredita-
accreditor, the North Central Association Com- mission on Accredi- tation and School Improvement.
can rejoice that the pub- lished price for at- tending Wyoming Catholic\u2014already quite reasonable\u2014is
than what the aver- age student actu- ally pays, thanks to
Wyoming Catholic is a lay-run, independent college with a strong connection to the local bishop, who will always be chairman of the 10-member board. Among the board mem- bers is Dr. Dominic Aquila, a scholar and ad- ministrator at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
president to publicly criticize the University of Notre Dame for inviting pro-abortion Pres- ident Obama to be its commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.
and bestowed his Apostolic Blessing in 2005. Pope Benedict XVI also has given the college his Apos- tolic Blessing.
with building the college is a strong Catholic,
orously promoting its religious iden- tity. Father Cook told us, \u201cWe will encourage full par- ticipation in the li- turgical celebration of Mass, Rosary
and Adoration by all students all the time. We intend to do everything we can so that upon graduation, the students will leave stronger in the faith than when they came.\u201d
with a Convocation Mass celebrated by Bish- op Ricken on September 3, 2007. Classes be- gan the following day, and former U.S. Secre-
The 2008-2009 academic year was ush- ered in by a Mass celebrated by Bishop Mi- chael Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado; the homilist was Arch-
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