Catholic & Dominican

From the Heart of the Church…

Cathedral of the Incarnation Nashville

Since its founding 60 years ago, Aquinas College has offered students a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic college environment. Under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (the Nashville Dominicans) and an outstanding faculty who embrace the principles set forth in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, students receive an academically challenging education that emphasizes the dignity of the human person.


…in the heart of the South.

As the only four-year Catholic college in middle and east Tennessee, Aquinas College is committed to the intellectual, moral, and professional development of its students. Through a rigorous curriculum that seeks to develop the whole person, Aquinas College prepares students for careers of service in teaching. Uniquely situated within a day’s drive of half of the United States population, Nashville boasts mild weather, thousands of acres of green space, a myriad of world-class cultural offerings, and a thriving business climate.


Veritas et Caritas

The faculty at Aquinas College are uniquely committed to its mission, making the truth accessible to the students they teach. Since all theology faculty possess the mandatum, they are especially qualified to speak on issues pertaining to the Catholic Church and her doctrine. Aquinas College maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, facilitating the development of close peer and mentor relationships. In this atmosphere, students are enabled to pursue the True, the Good, and the Beautiful in their studies and in their personal lives.


Spiritual Life

Aquinas College maintains an atmosphere of faith that encourages faculty, staff, and students to live their Christian lives more deeply. Mass is offered monthly in St. Jude Chapel, and Eucharistic Adoration is available in the Corpus Christi Chapel, along with opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance and communal devotions, such as Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, and Lenten Stations of the Cross. Aquinas College also offers inquiry classes to help interested non-Catholics learn more about the Church and her teachings. 


The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

In the year 1216, St. Dominic founded a religious order dedicated to preaching and the salvation of souls. In that tradition, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation was established in 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee. The sisters seek to live within the heart of the Church with a commitment to prayer, community life, visible witness, and a Dominican love of study. They teach students from pre-school to college level in over 50 schools throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Italy, and Canada. The sisters have a median age of 39. A spirit of joy and fidelity to the Church marks their way of life and permeates the close-knit Catholic college environment of Aquinas. All Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia engage in study at Aquinas College during their initial years of formation, taking courses in theology, philosophy, and professional preparation for the teaching apostolate of the community.