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.
  2. 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.
  3. How many students attend Aquinas?
    Fall 2015 semester, total enrollment in all programs totaled 384.
  4. What academic programs are offered at Aquinas?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. What is the Title IV college code for Aquinas College?
    Aquinas’ Title IV college code is 003477.
  15. What is the ACT code for Aquinas College?
    Aquinas ACT code is 3942.
  16. What is the SAT code for Aquinas College?
    Aquinas SAT code is 7318.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

  19. 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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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

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

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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

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

- Abbey
Student

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

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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 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

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

- Maria
Student

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

- Mary F.
Aquinas Student

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

- Scott A.
Management, '14

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

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

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

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

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

- Augusta K.
Nursing Student, Chicago, IL

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

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

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

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

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

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

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

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

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

- Troy B.
Education student

At Aquinas, everybody is considered equal and worthy of the respect and dignity that is due to all human persons made in the image and likeness of God.

- Mary-Frances N.
Nursing student