Dear Parents and Prospective Students:
At Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, we believe that the Catholic liberal education we offer will serve as the foundation and wellspring of a rich life of human flourishing. It will not only transform the intellect and imagination but will also transform the whole person—what the ancients called paideia—forming the soul and spirit and establishing the best path to professional success. We know that the education we offer prepares our graduates to embody and communicate the gifts and Wisdom that will renew and transform our nation and the world. Our young people have the capacity for greatness and we order our efforts to bring this greatness to life.
But what makes Magdalen College unique?
Great Books, Majors, the Sacred Fine Arts, and Fidelity
We integrate the best of a great books curriculum with classic majors in Theology, Politics, Philosophy, and Literature, complemented by the sacred fine arts. Our curriculum draws its strength and coherence from the Catholic intellectual tradition as it has developed over two millennia and at the same time prepares our graduates—through their intellectual and spiritual formation—to lead and meet the needs of society and the Church of the twenty-first century. And we do this within a culture animated by fidelity to the Church and her traditions.
Our beautiful New England campus is located on 135 acres on Mount Kearsarge in Warner, New Hampshire. The campus has a splendid view of the Mink Hills, and students enjoy all the beauty that nature offers in New England—including opportunities for rowing, hiking, and skiing—as well as the rich cultural opportunities of the region. Boston is ninety minutes south, Concord thirty minutes south, and Hanover (the home of Dartmouth College) is forty-five minutes north. All of this gives students the chance to experience and enjoy the full range of natural and cultural riches of the region.
At Magdalen College we cultivate a collegiate culture rooted in the truth of the human person: we are created in the image of God and called to communion with him. He has given us good gifts in nature and he calls us to a life of discipleship in which these gifts—if we put them at his service—will be multiplied beyond our imagining. This culture is animated by prayer and liturgy as well as the fidelity of our faculty and staff.
Liturgical and Spiritual Life
Magdalen College brings to its collegiate culture the great riches of the Catholic liturgical and spiritual traditions. (In the “Spiritual Life” section of the website these practices are treated in greater detail.) Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, and his Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, are a substantive presence in the life of the college. Our chaplain offers beautiful and reverent liturgies in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms as well as a Melkite Liturgy once each semester. Students and faculty pray Morning and Evening Prayer and the students sing Compline each evening in the residential chapels. And this only scratches the surface. Adoration, pro-life work, the corporal works of mercy, Marian Consecration, the Sodality of Mary, the Confraternity of Saint Joseph, Orantes, a vocation discernment program, lectures by visiting priests, retreats, Holy Week liturgies, would be essential parts of any complete picture of our liturgical and spiritual life as a collegiate community.
Career Pathways Program
We educate and equip our students in the classroom and co-curricular activities but also prepare them, through our Career Pathways Program, to fulfill their vocations in their postgraduate lives. Through internships, our New York Experience, pre-professional programs, mentors, professional seminars, resume and interview coaching, and special speakers, students are prepared to thrive professionally and vocationally as they carry out the mission that God has entrusted to them.
Climb the Mountain
The education we offer at Magdalen College is not for the faint of heart: the journey to freedom—intellectual and spiritual freedom—is arduous. But no one at the college undertakes this journey alone. The students, the faculty, and the larger community of the college support one another within and outside the classroom, seeking to become fully human and fully free.
Our campus is located on a beautiful mountain in New Hampshire. Our students hike to the peak of this physical mountain at the beginning of each year. But there is another mountain that they climb: they ascend the mountain of liberal education from the top of which they can achieve an incomparable vision that integrates reason and faith, nature and culture, and poetry and philosophy. It is a vision of reality that will inform the rest of their lives and serve as the foundation of a life of human flourishing.
We invite you to join us.
George Harne, Ph.D.