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Non-Degree, Audit, Visiting,
and Re-Admission Applicants

Aquinas College welcomes all applicants, whether their intention is to pursue a degree or to take classes for personal enrichment. All prospective students can indicate their intended status on the online Application for Admission.

Non-degree-seeking students wishing to take a course at Aquinas College but are not seeking a degree, may do so in one of the categories below. These students…

Audit Courses carry no credit but are recorded on the student’s transcript with “AU.” Students seeking only audit courses need not submit transcript evidence.

Licensed Teachers seeking coursework toward renewal of Teacher Licensure must provide a copy of the teaching license and have a copy of the official transcript sent by the principal of the school at which the applicant is teaching, verifying a Bachelor’s degree.

Visiting Students who are regularly enrolled at other institutions may submit a letter of good standing in place of an official transcript from the institution in which they are enrolled. If the student’s intention is to take courses at Aquinas College to fulfill degree requirements elsewhere, it is the visiting student’s responsibility to determine if the course(s) taken at Aquinas College will satisfy the program requirements of the degree they are seeking at their home institution.

Former Aquinas College students

Students desiring readmission to Aquinas College after more than one semester of absence, not including summer sessions, must re-apply for admission and complete the entire admissions process. At that time, all outstanding financial obligations to Aquinas or any other institution must be satisfied and official college transcript(s) for any courses taken since the last semester of attendance at Aquinas must be submitted. Any student readmitted to the college must fulfill degree requirements stipulated in the catalog in effect at the time of return.

One semester absence: These student must report to the Office of the Registrar to verify their absence, having satisfied all Aquinas obligations, any changes in address or phone numbers and submit an official transcript if coursework has been taken.

Two or more semesters’ absence: These students must report to the Office of Admissions to complete the entire admission process. At that time, all outstanding financial obligations to Aquinas or any other institution must be satisfied and official college transcript(s) for any courses taken since the last semester of attendance at Aquinas must be submitted. Any student readmitted to the college must fulfill degree requirements stipulated in the catalog in effect at the time of return.

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

- Maria
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
Student

The two-year ASN program—the reason I chose Aquinas—is phenomenal.

- Therese S.
Student

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

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

"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
Student

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

- Abbey
Student

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

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

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

- Maria
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 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

Studying the liberal arts at Aquinas College will only give you freedom—freedom from the restraint of ignorance, from the tyranny of complacence.

- Christa N.
Arts & 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

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

If you want to learn how to think, not only what to think, then Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College is the place to be. It provides a unique environment where you will be able to grow intellectually and spiritually, preparing you for anything the future could bring.

- Arts & Sciences 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 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.

- Pamela S.
Arts & Sciences 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

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

"Nashville definitely played a role in picking Aquinas."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

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

- Gregory S.
Education Student

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

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

As a liberal arts student, I feel continually encouraged to ask questions so that I may contribute to the betterment of myself and society. The faculty at Aquinas come from various backgrounds and specialties, each adding to the overall education process that makes a student a lover of wisdom.

- Andy L.
Arts & 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