Thomas Aquinas College

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10000 N. Ojai Rd

Santa Paula, CA 93060-9621

Phone: (800) 634-9797
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#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Thomas Aquinas College is a private institution that was founded in 1971. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 370, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 131 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Thomas Aquinas College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 61. Its tuition and fees are $24,500 (2013-14).

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

Thomas Aquinas College believes that to learn is to discover and grow in the truth about reality. It is the truth, and nothing less, that sets men free. And because truth is both natural and supernatural, the College offers an academic program that aims at both natural and divine wisdom.

This curriculum of Thomas Aquinas College presents the arts and sciences of liberal education as a comprehensive whole. There are no majors, no minors, no electives, and no specializations. The four-year interdisciplinary course of study makes use of the original writings of the great philosophers, historians, mathematicians, poets, scientists, and theologians of the West. Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Euclid, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Shakespeare, Einstein, and especially St. Thomas Aquinas are among the authors read. There are no textbooks.

There are also no lectures. The curriculum is a sustained conversation in the form of tutorials, seminars, and laboratories guided by tutors who assist students in the work of reading, analyzing, and evaluating these great books. Students develop the lost tools of inquiry, argument, and translation in critically reading and analyzing texts, in mathematical demonstration, and in laboratory investigation.

Equipped with these tools, the graduates are fortified to undertake any area of study, professional training, or vocation. Grounded in the arts of thinking and with a broad, integrated vision of the whole of life and learning, every subject becomes an open door. Even more important, alumni are prepared to live well the life of the free citizen and of the Christian.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1971
Religious affiliation Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $13,880,048


When applying to Thomas 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 80.6 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 80.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Thomas Aquinas College is 12:1, and the school has 100 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Thomas Aquinas College include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 100%

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Student Life

Thomas Aquinas College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 370, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 370
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Thomas Aquinas College offers a number of student services including health service. Of the students at Thomas Aquinas College, 13 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Thomas Aquinas College.

Students who have cars on campus 13%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Thomas Aquinas College, 80.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,498.

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Tuition and fees $24,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,950 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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