Aquinas College

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1607 Robinson Road SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

Phone: (616) 632-8900
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#57 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Aquinas College is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,922, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 107 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Aquinas College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 57. Its tuition and fees are $26,460 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 the Dominican Republic or any of several other service-learning locations. That educational heritage continues at Aquinas each year as approximately 2,100 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.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $21,556,180


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 69.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Aquinas College is 13:1, and the school has 58.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Aquinas College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Education; History; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Social Sciences 12%
Education 9%
History 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Aquinas College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,922, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 71.1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28.9 percent of students live off campus. Aquinas College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,093
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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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, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Aquinas College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Aquinas College, 77.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,806.

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Tuition and fees $26,460 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,186 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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