Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the admissions deadline?
  2. Is an interview required for admission?
  3. How many students attend Aquinas?
  4. What academic programs are offered at Aquinas?
  5. What is the student-to-faculty ratio and average class size?
  6. Are computers readily available?
  7. Are faculty available outside of the classroom?
  8. What is the cost of attendance?
  9. Must I live on campus as a freshman?
  10. What is there for me to do on campus?
  11. Is financial aid available?
  12. Is financial aid available if my family is considered middle class?
  13. When should I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
  14. What is the Title IV college code for Aquinas College?
  15. What is the ACT code for Aquinas College?
  16. What is the SAT code for Aquinas College?
  17. What is the Aquinas College graduation rate?
  18. Is Aquinas College a safe environment? Our crime statistics for the previous three years.
  19. Authorization to Disclose Personal Information (FERPA Release Form).

    1. What is the admissions deadline?
      We have rolling admissions. Classes begin for the fall semester in late August and the first week of January for spring semester.

    1. Is an interview required for admission?
      No. However, an interview is recommended. Please contact your admissions counselor to set up a time to meet and visit the Aquinas College campus.

    1. How many students attend Aquinas?
      Fall 2015 semester, total enrollment in all programs totaled 384.

    1. What academic programs are offered at Aquinas?

    1. What is the average class size?
      Our average class size is 11 students. Additionally, our low student-to-faculty ratio (8:1) ensures students receive the attention they need to achieve a thorough understanding of course subject matter.

    1. Are computers readily available?
      Yes, computers are accessible to Aquinas students on campus in the Library, the Write Reason Center, the Computer Lab, and the Teacher Resource Room.

    1. Are faculty available outside of the classroom?
      Our faculty understand that learning can occur anywhere and at any time. All full-time faculty have posted office hours and eagerly assist any student outside the classroom.

    1. What is the cost of attendance?
      2016-2017 tuition is $10,675 per semester for full-time students. For part-time tuition and other fees, see Tuition and Fees.

    1. Must I live on campus as a freshman?
      Effective fall of 2016, all new full-time students under the age of 21 are required to live in an Aquinas College residence hall and purchase a meal plan. For information regarding the residential life program at Aquinas College please see our Residential Life page. Please be sure to apply for housing, or complete your Request for Release from Residency Requirement Form around the same time you pay your enrollment deposit.

    1. What is there for me to do on campus?
      Aquinas students enjoy an active campus life with spiritual, social, cultural, and recreational opportunities available. See Student Life.

    1. Is financial aid available?
      Yes, Aquinas awards monies through merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships and other state and federal grant and loan programs. See Financial Aid.

    1. Is financial aid available if my family is considered middle class?
      You might not qualify for need-based aid, but you can still receive other scholarships and loans.

    1. When should I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
      Between January 1 and February 15 for students entering in the Fall. See www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information.

    1. What is the Title IV college code for Aquinas College?
      Aquinas’ Title IV college code is 003477.

    1. What is the ACT code for Aquinas College?
      Aquinas ACT code is 3942.

    1. What is the SAT code for Aquinas College?
      Aquinas SAT code is 7318.

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

    1. Is Aquinas College a safe environment?
      The Student Right to Know Act and Campus Security Act was formally renamed The Jeanne Clery Act in 1998. The Clery Act has been subsequently revised, the latest revision being 2008. Aquinas College is committed to complying with all aspects of the Clery Act by annually publishing and making available all crime statistics and related information on crime. The annual Clery Report is published as the Aquinas College Annual Security Report and is also included at the end of the student handbook. A printed copy of the report is also available to students, parents, faculty and staff in the Campus Security Office. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report on seven basic categories of crime as follows:

      •   Criminal Homicide – Murder, negligent and non-negligent manslaughter
      •   Sex offenses – forcible and non-forcible
      •   Robbery
      •   Aggravated Assault
      •   Burglary
      •   Arson
      •   Motor Vehicle Theft

      Additionally, the Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report on arrests and/or disciplinary referrals for liquor violations, drug law violations and illegal weapons possession, and to give accounting of Hate Crimes as reported on campus.

  1. How do I authorize Aquinas College to release records to my parents and other third parties?
    Please use the Authorization to Disclose Personal Information (FERPA Release Form).
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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

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

"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

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

- Gregory S.
Education 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

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

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

"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

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

"It has been a place where I have been able to get involved, meet fun people, and be challenged academically."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

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

- Abbey
Student

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

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

- Mary F.
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

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

"I love the living arrangements at Seton Lodge because it's a super convenient location to the school, food, and shopping. It has also been a healthy study environment while at the same time a place filled with fun and a great group of people."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student