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.
As 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.