House Life

The House system at Aquinas College uses the Oxbridge model, an ancient design for university life that has made a comeback in recent years in both private and state universities across the country. The House system incorporates all members of the Aquinas Community—students, faculty, and staff—into one of eight Houses, each being under the patronage of saints who represent a vast array of ages and experiences in the history of the Church.

Each house has a dedicated room in Aquinas College and meets every Thursday during the academic year for a communal lunch. In addition to house lectures and service opportunities, the houses compete in a variety of activities and competitions for the vaunted Cavalier Cup.

Please check the House Life calendar for upcoming events.

The Houses and their Patrons

John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman

(1801-1890) Cardinal-Deacon, theologian, former Anglican cleric and leader in the Oxford Movement.

House of Blessed John Henry Newman crest

Jordan of Saxony

Blessed Jordan of Saxony

(ca. 1190-1237) Dominican Prior, second Master General of the Dominican Order (after Saint Dominic), Patron of Dominican Vocations.

House of Blessed Jordan crest

Saint Michael

St. Michael the Archangel

Leader of the Army of God in triumph over the forces of evil, Guardian of the Church. Patron of the Jewish people, the sick, police officers, and the military.

House of St. Michael crest

St. Gregory the Great

St. Gregory the Great

(ca. 540-604) Pope, Doctor of the Church, patron of musicians and scholars.

House of St. Gregory crest

Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima

(1586-1617) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, and Patroness of Latin America and the Philippines.

House of St. Rose crest

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

(1891-1942) Virgin and Martyr, Jewish convert and former atheist, Carmelite nun, and one of six patron saints of Europe.

House of St Teresa Benedicta crest

St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc

(ca. 1412-1431) Virgin, Martyr, and Patroness of France and of soldiers).

House of St. Joan of Arc crest


St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

(1873-1897) Virgin, Doctor of the Church, Carmelite nun, and Patroness of France and of Missions)

House of St. Therese crest

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

- Troy B.

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.

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

- Gregory S.

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

- Ana T.

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

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.

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

- Scott A.

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.

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

- Ana T.

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.

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

- Troy B.

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.

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- Mary F.

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

- Mary F.

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