Student Life

At Aquinas College, we offer something that cannot be measured merely by a catalog of course offerings. Since we are specialists, with a unique focus on the dignity of the human person from an authentic Catholic perspective, we offer something which is rooted in Someone: the person of Jesus Christ, Who has a plan for each of us. All of the resources and activities of the campus help our students discover that plan and equip them with the educational, social, and spiritual support they need to respond generously to God’s call.

Students enjoy the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord in St. Jude’s Chapel, as well as the Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Students at Aquinas College may live on campus in Siena Hall for women or Seton Lodge for men.

Study Abroad

AquinasAbroad was launched in the Fall of 2015 and sent eight students to study in Italy. Students in the program live at the Villaggio Betania, a private campus owned by Aquinas College that is situated in medieval Bracciano, just 45 minutes north of Rome. For more information about AquinasAbroad, visit the study abroad page.

Campus Activities

Aquinas students participate in many annual activities such as the Fall Fest, Kick-or-Treat Kickball Tournament, the Coffee House Talent Show, House Jeopardy, House Olympics, and more. Students also enjoy taking part in various charitable events like blood drives which are hosted through the House system. Please see the Student Life calendar for a list of upcoming activities.

Athletics & Recreation

Our beautiful 83-acre campus features a softball field, three tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, basketball goals, and plenty of field space for ultimate frisbee, flag football, and other outdoor recreation.

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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.

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.

For me, my abroad experience was a time to build my relationship with God without the distractions of home life, while keeping in mind that home life is where I am to bring my newfound gifts back.

- Tyler

I belong at Aquinas because it's helped me grow as a person and in my faith and to better know God and better know and love Him. I don't think I'd have had that experience somewhere else or at another college.

- Cinthia J.

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.

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

- Mary F.

I've ever had a sister as a teacher. It breaks downs stereotypes and misconceptions about being taught by a sister. They are lovely and intelligent and a reminder of the love that God has for us. They take such a sacrifice but there is such joy in that, and it reminds you that to live for others is the love that this world needs more of.

- Ana T.

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.

When I got here, everyone already had friends established, but whenever I came in, they were so nice and included me. They welcomed me as if I was part of their family.

- Cinthia J.

I'm Catholic. I just love that the school can live by its faith values because faith plays a big role in my life.

- Cinthia J.

In my country, when someone smiles or says hi and you don't know them, it is weird because they only greet you if it is family. So here when strangers do it they are trying to be nice, they are not trying to get anything from you. The South is friendly and I am adjusting to it.

- Mary-Frances N.

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

You go to house lunches and it's not just students, it's faculty and administrators eating together, so you get to know them on a personal level. It's like a family dinner.

- Troy B.

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

- Scott A.

You have opportunities for daily mass or adoration, or living on campus, three days a week we hold rosary walks and night prayer. You don't find that anywhere else.

- Cinthia J.

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

- Troy B.

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

- Ana T.

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

- Troy B.

My time in Italy was a constant encounter with God through beauty, a beauty found in the landscape, the architecture, the art, the people (the Italians and my classmates and the saints), and in the opportunity to slow down and soak it all in.

- Beth

The house lunches are a huge sense of community, and we genuinely talk to each other regardless of age, station, or ties into the school environment. I think the religious tradition has a lot to do with that.

- Troy B.

The faculty, together with the Dominican Sisters, play a big role in ensuring that my fellow students and I have a very fruitful, and satisfying experience at Aquinas.

- Mary-Frances N.

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.

I wanted to attend a college where I would be allowed to freely and fully practice and grow in my faith, while receiving a dynamic, modern nursing education.

- Mary-Frances N.

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- Mary F.

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.

Student Life Events

Upcoming Events

Wed 28

Theology of the Body Book Study for Students

September 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 30

Socratic Club Colloquium

September 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 05

Theology of the Body Book Study for Students

October 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm