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 SAT of 980 in Critical Reading and Math.

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

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 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 SAT of 980 in Critical Reading and Math

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 (SAT of 980 in Critical Reading and Math)

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 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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- Mary F.
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- Arts & Sciences Student

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- Abbey
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- Mary W.
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- Gregory S.
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The professors are superb. We have small class sizes and a close community and family feel. It fosters human flourishing. We love it!

- Arts & Sciences Student

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Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

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

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- Mary W.
Nursing 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