Newman Guide
Graduate Programs

Welcome to The Newman Guide application site for Graduate Programs!

The Cardinal Newman Society recognizes graduate programs for their commitment to faithful Catholic education. A Newman Guide Graduate Program strives for the very best in Catholic education and stands as an exemplar for other programs nationwide.

The Cardinal Newman Society’s criteria for recognition are derived from guidance provided by Church councils, popes, Vatican congregations, bishops conferences, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other Church documents.

Benefits of Newman Guide Recognition

The graduate programs recognized in The Newman Guide enjoy several benefits, including:

  • free promotion to more than 75,000 Catholic families each year through The Newman Guide online;
  • promotion through Cardinal Newman Society mailings, social media, emails, and digital resources that highlight faithful Catholic education;
  • endorsement to students at Newman Guide colleges;
  • access to private working groups for Catholic college and graduate program administrators to discuss best practices to strengthen Catholic identity.

Requirements for Newman Guide Recognition

To begin an application, a graduate program must affirm:

  • it has been in operation for 4 or more years and has graduated a first class (or that it seeks Provisional Recognition if a newer program),
  • offers for-credit courses (contributing to a formal degree) to lay graduate students who have completed college,
  • has a significant percentage of lay students and has a strong focus on lay graduate studies,
  • offers at least a first year of coursework in English and provides language instruction to enable students to continue with their courses beyond the first year,
  • and is academically strong and sound.

If applying for first-time full recognition, and every five years thereafter, the graduate program must also affirm that it will cover the travel and related costs of a campus visit by a Cardinal Newman Society representative, following a satisfactory review of The Newman Guide application and accompanying artifacts.

To complete the application, a program must truthfully answer a series of questions and submit key policy documents and other artifacts for review by The Cardinal Newman Society. At its sole discretion,
The Cardinal Newman Society may grant recognition even when a program does not answer a question satisfactorily but can demonstrate progress toward meeting the criterion.

The Cardinal Newman Society may, at its sole discretion, grant Provisional Recognition to a graduate program that does not yet meet the requirements for full recognition, based only on information provided in The Newman Guide application and accompanying artifacts, that the program appears to meet Newman Guide criteria. A graduate program may advertise its Provisional Recognition, but the program will only be listed in a provisional category at

Process for Newman Guide Recognition

1. Pre-Application/Graduate Program Self-Review

Before completing the application, a graduate program should conduct a thorough review of its course offerings, policies, and activities to ensure that it meets the Newman Guide requirements. This can be accomplished by downloading a copy of the application below. The bulk of time to prepare for Newman Guide recognition will be during this stage, as you review and align policies and practices to the Newman Guide requirements.

2. Newman Guide Application

The Newman Guide application is a set of more than one hundred questions. The program’s president reviews and affirms its policies and practices are in conformity with The Cardinal Newman Society’s standards, and the program pledges to make the Newman Guide recognition known to its community. Artifacts are then loaded for review.

3. Application Review and Follow-Up

After reviewing the answers to the application, The Cardinal Newman Society may ask to conduct telephone interviews with key people at the program, such as the president, academic dean, professors, and others. Although the application is the primary basis for review, The Cardinal Newman Society reserves the right to ask for additional information and to accept or deny recognition for any reason.

4. Campus Visit and Meetings

If a decision is made to proceed, The Cardinal Newman Society asks the institution to cover travel and accommodation expenses for one or two of our representatives to visit the campus. While there, we meet with university officials, faculty members, and students to learn more about the institution. We may ask to sit in classes, attend Mass, and visit other important locations on campus.

Newman Guide Recognition

The Cardinal Newman Society will notify the program of its decision. If selected, the program will be provided a certificate, a press kit, and a Newman Guide seal for display. If not approved, the program will be informed as to why and what remediation is recommended.

Annual Update

Newman Guide graduate programs must update their contact information and affirmations annually. Failure to do so may result in removal from The Newman Guide. Substantial changes at the program—
such as a change of the president or major new programs—may require a new application and signed affirmation for the program to remain in The Newman Guide.

Five-Year Renewal

Newman Guide graduate programs must submit a renewal application and updated artifacts every five years.


The Cardinal Newman Society reserves the right to remove recognition for any reason at any time including, but not limited to, its determination that a program is not sufficiently modeling faithful Catholic education or that the program might detract from the reputation of the programs or of The Cardinal Newman Society.

Click here to preview the application questions, general facts, and artifacts to ensure you have all of the required documentation before completing the online application.

If you have completed a review of your documentation and wish to start an application, follow this link.

If you already have an account, use the login button at the top of the screen to access your account and annual update form.

Questions or concerns about the Newman Guide college program or process can be sent to