Below are some of the top leading Catholic universities in the United States:

Villanova University - It is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the PARADE “College A-List” print edition, Villanova was ranked among top 7 schools for business and accounting in the company of peers including Babson and Wharton.

Benedictine University - It is a private Catholic university located in Lisle, Illinois. The University is ranked 52nd among top tier Regional Universities in the Midwest by US News (2011).

Saint Leo University - The University is Florida’s first Catholic institution of higher learning. It is ranked in the first tier among 118 regional universities in the South included in the “America’s Best Colleges” ranking 2011.

University of Dallas - The University was named one of America’s Best Colleges in the annual rankings of public and private colleges by Forbes magazine (2010). It was honored with the 153rd spot on the list of 610 schools.

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) - It is ranked as a top tier university in the National Universities category by U.S. News and World Report in the 2011 rankings.

Seton Hall University - It is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the State of New Jersey. The University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Seton Hall is featured in the 2009 edition of "The Best 368 Colleges".

Barry University - For the sixth year in a row, U.S. News ranked Barry as No. 1 for campus diversity among schools of its size in the South (2006 Best Colleges Edition).

Dominican University (Illinois) - It is placed among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities, according to U.S. News, which also cited Dominican as one of three Illinois schools offering a "best value" in college education.

Quincy University - The University is a constituent member of the National Catholic Education Association of American Colleges, and is affiliated with the Catholic University of America.

University of Notre Dame - It is a leading private Catholic research university in the nation. The University is ranked 219th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2010.

Georgetown University - It is the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown University is ranked 164th in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011).

University of San Francisco - It is the second oldest institution for higher learning in California, ranked 117th among top tier national universities (USNWR 2011).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek