Fast Facts


Aquinas College is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college.


1961 by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation


Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P.

Student Profile

384 students (Fall 2015)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size



Fall 2015: $680 per credit hour

Financial Aid

92% of students receive financial aid.

Programs of Study

School of Arts & Sciences:
Liberal Arts (AA and BA)
Majors: Liberal Arts, Theology, English, History, Philosophy

School of Business:
Business Administration (BBA)
Major: Management, Finance, Marketing

School of Education:
Majors: Interdisciplinary Studies (BS) with preparation for Elementary licensure certificate; English (BS) with preparation for Secondary licensure certificate; History (BS) with preparation for Secondary licensure certificate.

Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. Elementary), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. Secondary); Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.)

School of Nursing:
Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.);
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N.-B.S.N.);

Master of Science in Nursing Education (M.S.N.);
Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education


Aquinas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Aquinas College.

The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with the Commission’s requirements or standards.

Please visit the Aquinas College Office of Institutional Research for detailed information.


#19 in Regional Colleges in the South (2016)

Retention & Graduation Rates

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator profile for Aquinas College for the most recent retention and graduation rates.

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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

"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

"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

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

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

- Mary F.
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 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

"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

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

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

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

- Scott
Business Student

"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

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

- Maria

"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

"Nashville definitely played a role in picking Aquinas."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

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

- Abbey

"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

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

- Maria

"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