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Aquinas College is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,957, its setting is city, and the campus size is 107 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Aquinas College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 54. Its tuition and fees are $25,250 (2012-13).
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Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1886, Aquinas has a Catholic heritage in the Dominican tradition of working and serving as outlined in the Dominican Charisms of prayer, service, study, and community. This tradition is lived out by Aquinas students who volunteer their time and talents in the Grand Rapids community and by those who travel to places such as Oaxaca, Mexico; Appalachia, Kentucky; or any of several other service-learning locations. That educational heritage continues at Aquinas each year as approximately 2,300 students register for classes in both its undergraduate and graduate programs, which encompass 61 majors including signature programs in Sustainable Business and Conductive Education. Insignis, an undergraduate honors program, offers high-achieving students academic challenges that encourage them to rise to their intellectual potential. The program also provides cultural and social enrichment activities at little or no cost. Frequently named recipients of the College's top awards because of their success in the classroom paired with their extensive community service, Insignis students impress Aquinas faculty, graduate schools, and future employers with their broad range of achievements.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to Aquinas College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||78.4%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Aquinas College is 13:1, and the school has 57.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Aquinas College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.2 percent.
Aquinas College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,957, with a gender distribution of 39.4 percent male students and 60.6 percent female students. At this school, 46.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.0 percent of students live off campus. Aquinas College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Aquinas College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Aquinas College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Aquinas College, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Aquinas College.
|Students who have cars on campus||95%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Aquinas College, 80.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,106.
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|Tuition and fees||$25,250 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$7,810 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data