About Aquinas

Catholic & Dominican

From the Heart of the Church…

Cathedral of the Incarnation Nashville

Since its founding over 50 years ago, Aquinas College has offered students a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (the “Nashville Dominicans”) and an outstanding faculty who embrace the principles set forth in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, students receive an academically challenging liberal arts education that emphasizes the dignity of the human person.

…in the heart of the South.

white houseAs the only four-year Catholic liberal arts college in middle and east Tennessee, Aquinas College is committed to the intellectual, moral, and professional development of its students. Through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that seeks to develop the whole person, Aquinas College prepares students for careers of service in the liberal arts and sciences, business, nursing, and teaching. Uniquely situated within a day’s drive of half of the United States population, Nashville boasts mild weather, thousands of acres of green space, a myriad of world-class cultural offerings, and a thriving business climate.

Veritas et Caritas

Sister Mary Sarah

The faculty at Aquinas College are uniquely committed to its mission, making the truth accessible to the students they teach. Since all theology faculty possess the mandatum, they are especially qualified to speak on issues pertaining to the Catholic Church and her doctrine. Aquinas College maintains a low (12:1) student-to-faculty ratio, facilitating the development of close peer and mentor relationships. In this atmosphere, students are enabled to pursue the True, the Good, and the Beautiful in their studies and in their personal lives.

Spiritual Life

St. Jude Chapel

Aquinas College maintains an atmosphere of faith that encourages faculty, staff, and students to live their Christian lives more deeply. Daily Mass is offered in St. Jude Chapel, along with regular opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance and communal devotions, such as Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, and Lenten Stations of the Cross. Aquinas College also offers inquiry classes to help interested non-Catholics learn more about the Church and her teachings. Finally, an active Frassati Society is a vehicle through which Aquinas College students join with young people from other area colleges for prayer and social activities. Frassati also engages in outdoor excursions, retreats, and an annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

Dominican Sisters

In the year 1221, St. Dominic founded a religious order dedicated to preaching and the salvation of souls. In that tradition, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation was established in 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee. The sisters seek to live within the heart of the Church with a commitment to prayer, community life, visible witness, and a Dominican love of study. They teach students from pre-school to college level in more than 30 schools in 18 dioceses, as well as in Australia. The sisters have a median age of 36; and over the past ten years, more than one hundred sisters have entered the Congregation, enabling the Dominican sisters to accept 12 new schools across the United States. A spirit of joy and fidelity to the Church marks their way of life.

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"I wanted to attend a small Catholic College where I could pursue nursing as my major. I wanted to be at a college with friendly people and where everyone knows everybody and the students are not just seen as a number but are seen as individual and unique people."

- Mary W.
Nursing Student

"The faculty at Aquinas College makes sure they challenge students and make us work for the grades we receive, but at the same time they know we may struggle and they make the students very aware that they want us to succeed and that they are here at the College to help us along the way."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"I wanted a strong Catholic college with a great Business program. I found them both at Aquinas."

- Scott
Business Student

"Going into the medical field, I especially wanted a school that valued the dignity of human life."

- Maria
Student

"The staff is wonderful. The grounds are beautiful. The curriculum is great. You will definitely make friends for lifetime."

- Maria
Student

"I love all my professors. They care about their students and challenge them. Their faith is number one in their lives and that’s what matters the most to me."

- Lauren
Student

"Nashville definitely played a role in picking Aquinas."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"It has been a place where I have been able to get involved, meet fun people, and be challenged academically."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"I would tell prospective students to make sure they visit for a day. Just so they can see the atmosphere and experience what a day would be like if they attended Aquinas."

- Therese Y.
Aquinas Student

"I chose Aquinas because of the strong Catholic identity and the fact that it valued the Dominican tradition and, at the same time, it was located in the south in the city of Nashville."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"I was attracted to Aquinas because it taught the Catholic Faith and had a good nursing program."

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

"The academics here at Aquinas College will require lots of hard work and time, but there is so much academic support, and lots of people who love to just get together and study."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"It’s important to me to have good role models and to have teachers who believe that I can succeed and challenge me in my studies as well as my faith."

- Lauren
Student

"It is a beautiful up and coming campus… a peaceful quiet place where I could picture myself studying or where I could picture myself playing sports with other students."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"The faculty is so nice and enthusiastic! They are always willing to help."

- Abbey
Student