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A Letter from Sister Mary Sarah, O.P.,
President of Aquinas College

For a wise man in any branch of knowledge is one who knows the highest cause of that kind of knowledge, and is able to judge of all matters by that cause.
—St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II q. 9 a. 2

Dear Friends,

Sister Mary SarahWhen the first universities were established in the Middle Ages, they were the product of Catholic imagination and the desire to communicate the truths of the faith in a systematic, universal way. Like the great cathedrals that preceded them, the early Catholic universities were an outpouring of creative energy at the service of the Church during a critical time in the Church’s history. We are in our own time at a crossroads. The need for a robust, intelligent, faithful Catholic education has never been greater. Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, is privileged to bear the name of one of the greatest Catholic minds in history, St. Thomas Aquinas and we are dedicated to the Church’s mission of imparting to others the beauty and majesty of the Catholic faith through the nearly eight hundred year old tradition of Dominican prayer, study, and teaching.

For more than 50 years Aquinas College has educated students in the liberal arts, teaching, nursing, and business by compelling them to think beyond the textbook and challenge the basic assumptions of our culture.  Much like the medieval university, Aquinas College finds itself happily at the crossroad where culture and faith meet. With a new residential life program and graduate studies in nursing science and education we offer a curriculum that enables our students to be salt and light for a world looking for true witnesses to the hope that is in Christ.

We welcome you to visit our 83 acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee to discover for yourself what it means to be distinctly Dominican, from the Heart of the Church in the Heart of the South.

God’s blessings to you,

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P.
President

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"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

"It’s important to me to have good role models and to have teachers who believe that I can succeed and challenge me in my studies as well as my faith."

- Lauren
Student

"The academics here at Aquinas College will require lots of hard work and time, but there is so much academic support, and lots of people who love to just get together and study."

- Mary W.
Aquinas 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
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

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- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

"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

"The staff is wonderful. The grounds are beautiful. The curriculum is great. You will definitely make friends for lifetime."

- Maria
Student

"The faculty at Aquinas College makes sure they challenge students and make us work for the grades we receive, but at the same time they know we may struggle and they make the students very aware that they want us to succeed and that they are here at the College to help us along the way."

- Mary W.
Aquinas 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

"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

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

- Scott
Business 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."

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Aquinas Student