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After careful evaluation of the college’s financial challenges and a thorough review of alternatives, the Board of Trustees reluctantly has decided to close the college after graduation in May 2024. Magdalen College will teach out the remainder of the 2023-2024 academic year and has already begun to work with a variety of institutions—including other colleges, our academic accreditation agency (NECHE), and the New Hampshire Department of Education—to ensure a smooth pathway for students to complete their degrees. We understand and share the heartbreak by our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and we will work closely with them to succeed through this transition.
Last night, the Magdalen faculty, staff, and students celebrated a traditional Thanksgiving meal, hosted and served by the student chapter of the Knights of Columbus. We have much to be thankful for! ￼
Statement from the Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester: “I am saddened to learn of the planned closure of Magdalen College, which has served as a model institution of higher learning steeped in faith for 50 years. The accomplishments of its students, faculty, and alumni will surely live on in the positive impact they have had on our Church and on society-at-large. I am remembering Magdalen College’s current students, faculty, and staff, along with its founders and alumni, in my daily prayers.”￼ ... See MoreSee Less
So sad. Was it the result of lacking enough enrollment?
What a loss, while the need for authentic Catholic education has never been greater.
It’s not over until it’s over. Sometimes the end is just the beginning. Hoping against hope is what the Christian life is all about.
It is sad news. I’d love to see it resuscitate. The name change is part of the snag here, it was right to revert back to Magdalen.
It’s remote. Maybe benchmarking with Wyoming Catholic will/would/might inspire a new approach.
Oh no! My daughter spent two weeks at Magdalen College in summer of 2022. She's only a junior. So sad to hear it might not be an option for her. Magdalen is a unique college with a lot to offer Catholic students both spiritually and intellectually. 🙏🙏🙏
As an admirer from afar, I am very sorry to hear this.
Start a fundraiser. I’m sure enough people are willing to donate to keep it running for another year. We can’t lose this school. It’s one of the few Catholic colleges that are actually conservative.
Carrie Ann Hebert did you see this?
Send them to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts,if the closure pushes forward.
This past weekend, Magdalen welcomed alumni, parents, and prospective students onto campus for our annual Welcome Weekend. In addition to receiving an orientation to the college, guests partook in a schedule of Socratic seminars, an alumni panel, tours, Jeopardy games, an art display, and a dance to the tunes of the East Bay Jazz Band. Happy 50th!
On Friday, Magdalen celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special Gala Dinner for over 160 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and trustees. It was wonderful to have Dr. Peter Kreeft as our guest speaker and to hear our polyphony choir perform several pieces. Thanks to Jeff Karls, Jim Hickel, Mark Gillis, Chris Graveline, and Cindy Coughlin for sharing memories from their time at Magdalen! ￼
Three Magdalen students recently delivered presentations to their peers about what they learned during their summer travels. Magdalen provides funding in support of custom-made study abroad trips that students propose, based on their own interests and desired destinations. From an academic colloquium in Paris to a music tour of Prague, students go to some fascinating places, and the whole student body benefits from learning about them.￼
The faculty, staff and students cordially invite you to attend an Advent Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. Prepare your hearts for the joy of Christmas with a tapestry of Scripture readings and carols sung...
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