First-Time Freshmen

If you are a high school senior or graduate and have never attended college before, please follow these five steps to apply as a first-time freshman:

1. Submit Application: Please complete the online application for admission.

2. Request official transcripts If you are under the age of 21, please be sure that you and your school counselor complete the Secondary School Report Form

High school seniors: Provisional acceptance can be arranged by requesting that official transcript(s) through the end of your junior year be sent to the Office of Admissions. A final transcript stating date of graduation must be forwarded immediately after graduation in order to complete your file.

GED Scores: If you received a GED instead of a high school diploma, contact the testing institution to request that an official score report be sent directly to Aquinas College, Attn: Office of Admissions. Note: GED recipients within the last five years must also submit official ACT/SAT scores with minimum composite ACT score of 21 with 21 in English and Math; or minimum CLT scores of 70 Composite, 23 Reading and 23 Math; or minimum SAT scores of 490 Critical Reading and 490 Math or for SAT taken after March 2016 minimum score of 1060 with 540 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 520 Math. Beginning Fall 2018 only the new SAT will be accepted unless an exception is approved by the Admissions Committee.

3. Standardized Test Scores: If you are under 21 years of age, or if you have been out of school fewer than five years, an official ACT or SAT score report is required. If your ACT and/or SAT scores do not appear on your high school transcript, you should request that the testing service send them directly to Aquinas College. Use the following codes:

ACT Code 3942
SAT Code 7318
CLT Code Aquinas College, Nashville TN

4. Secondary School Report Form: You can find the form on our website here.

5. Application Fee: We are no longer requiring an application fee – it is free!

If you are a U.S. Veteran with no college credit, you will follow this application procedure. The Registrar’s Office can help you learn more about applying your education benefits!

If you are applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, we will also need two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500 word essay. Please see our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Information Sheet for more details.

Admission Criteria

Successful applicants must present one of the following:

• Minimum high school GPA of 2.4 and minimum composite ACT score of 21 with 21 in English and Math, or minimum CLT scores of 70 Composite, 23 Reading and 23 Math; or minimum SAT scores of 490 Critical Reading and 490 Math or for SAT taken after March 2016 minimum score of 1060 with 540 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 520 Math.  Beginning Fall 2018 only the new SAT will be accepted unless an exception is approved by the Admissions Committee.

or

• Minimum GED score of 50 or above on the paper test, or 500 or above on the computerized test and minimum composite ACT score of 21 with 21 in English and Math or minimum CLT scores of 70 Composite, 23 Reading and 23 Math; or minimum SAT scores of 490 Critical Reading and 490 Math or for SAT taken after March 2016 minimum score of 1060 with 540 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 520 Math.  Beginning Fall 2018 only the new SAT will be accepted unless an exception is approved by the Admissions Committee.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria may be considered for conditional admission pending assessment(s) and/or other conditions specified by the Admissions Committee. For more information, please consult your Admissions Counselor.

Any student who is admitted to the college on academic probation is required to complete successfully IDS 106: College Learning in the Dominican Tradition, in the first semester of attendance.

Assessment

At the discretion of the Director of Admissions, assessments may be given in English and math. Generally, these assessments are required for:

  • Applicants over 21 years of age who do not have post-secondary education
  • Applicants who score below 21 on the English or math sections of the ACT, or below 23 in Reading and Math on the CLT, or below 490 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT, or below 540 on Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 520 in Math section of SAT test administered after March 2016.
  • Applicants who score below 21 on the English or math sections of the ACT or below 490 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT
  • Applicants who score below 50/500 on the English or math sections of the GED

FERPA & Non-Discrimination Policy

Federal law requires all institutions of higher education to disclose information about campus safety, graduation rates, student’s rights under FERPA, and other data about the institution. Prospective students will find this information posted on the Admissions FAQ page of our website.

Aquinas College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, sex, age or handicap. This non-discrimination policy and practice extends to all education programs and activities conducted by Aquinas College.

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

- Abbey
Student

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

The people are great. It's like more of a family than just a college.

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

- Scott A.
Management, '14

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

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

The residential community creates an environment of peace, love, caring, and tight bonds.

- Gregory S.
Education Student

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

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

- Maria
Student

I have a strong sense of belonging here at Aquinas because I have been accepted, respected, and supported by the Aquinas community. I know that I am not just a number, but a human person wanted and recognized by the school.

- Mary-Frances N.
Nursing student

I felt that teachers at Aquinas genuinely cared about by success and that was such a relief coming from such a big school.

- Veronica V.
'15, Management

I study Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College because the professors genuinely care about the formation of the whole person and want the mind to be formed in a truly classical education.

- Arts and Sciences 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

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

If you're looking for a close-knit community and a place to grow in faith and be in a college that truly knows its people and its professors, you'll definitely receive a great education.

- Cinthia J.
Nursing student

That first week of getting to know each other and having the camp Marymount experience, you felt instantly in place.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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

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

The Aquinas College program enables you to engage in course material in an in depth way because of the small class sizes and the teachers’ attention to detail.

- Arts & Sciences Student

I just like the rich Catholic environment here. You pray before class and before meals. There's a sense of community.

- Troy B.
Education student

What surprised me the most about Aquinas was the Catholic tradition and how everybody practices it at that level. I'd never seen anything like it, even as a cradle Catholic. It was a whole new thing compared how I'd always practiced.

- Jonathan V.
Business student

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

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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

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

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major