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

 

Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration ChapelAquinas 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, and perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in the Corpus Christi 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 campus ministry is a vehicle through which Aquinas College students join with young people from other area colleges for prayer and social activities. Campus ministry 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 was attracted to Aquinas because it taught the Catholic Faith and had a good nursing program."

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

The academic culture at Aquinas is both rigorous and incredibly supportive. Knowing that your professors believe in your ability to achieve is a powerful motivator to succeed confidently.

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

We're like a really close-knit community. We all know each other. We come together and truly care. It's not something you find in a bigger college where there are so many people. Here you have the opportunity to get to know everyone personally.

- Cinthia J.
Nursing 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

Here everybody knows each other. Even the teachers, they know you by name and they truly care. In high school with so many students it was so hard to know everyone. Here the teachers interact on a personal level.

- Cinthia J.
Nursing student

Aquinas has made me more aware of callings—a part of the whole person is that everyone has a calling, that everyone is unique and irreplaceable.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

An Aquinas education is not just all about the individual – it is about the community.

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

What I appreciate most about student life at Aquinas is the close-knit community in the dorms. It is supportive, academically focused and faith-rooted – and that doesn’t happen just anywhere.

- Gregory S.
Education student

Aquinas teaches me to think beyond myself and think about the common good and how to serve others.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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

- Abbey
Student

Aquinas makes you attentive to the different ways that God leads us to a vocation.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

When I got here, everyone already had friends established, but whenever I came in, they were so nice and included me. They welcomed me as if I was part of their family.

- Cinthia J.
Nursing 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
Arts and Sciences 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

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

- Maria
Student