About Aquinas

Why Aquinas College?

1. We take a personal interest in each student.

Small in size, and yet big in vision, the students at Aquinas are known as individuals and offered opportunities that are beyond the mass production of larger schools. The student teacher ratio and the family atmosphere supports the entire student body and significantly enhances their educational experience.

 

2. We are concerned with the whole person.

To say that Aquinas College is a Catholic school is to understand faith as light and not as restriction. This light is shed on all areas of the curriculum but not in a way that is unnatural, superimposed or intolerant of other beliefs. Faith and reason are not in opposition but in actuality they are considered complementary aspects of reality.

 

3. Aquinas College is committed to truth, beauty and goodness.

The foundation of a liberal arts education is more than just a preparation for a career, but truly a preparation for life. Appreciation for that which is truly beautiful takes cultivation and not just exposure. Recognizing truth requires that one actually learn how to learn. Much has been said about life in the information age, but what truly makes us human is our ability to consider information according to rational principles. Appreciation for that which is truth and beautiful prepares us for attraction to that which is truly good. When goodness is fully embraced, we find true happiness.

 

4. Aquinas College is specialized in preparing people for careers in nursing, education and business.

Aquinas College students enter the workforce with an outstanding preparation for careers in service.

Our nurses have long had the reputation for the rigor and thoroughness of this preparation but they also have an understanding for the dignity of the human person that sets them apart from their peers. This same sense of reverence and attitude of service affects the education students who come to Aquinas for more than just certification. They have a broad range of preparation that is practical, hands-on and personal. They are given the best of contemporary educational trends but remain rooted in what is tried and true.

Our business students understand the complexity of the market place but are guided by the principles of ethics that see success beyond the accumulation of wealth. With a broad range of professors active in various sectors of the business world, they emerge well-rounded and highly recommended.

 

5. Aquinas College is focused.

Aquinas College is owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation. Their spirit of joyfulness, unity, and dedication to education permeates campus life and the curriculum. There is a unique sense of camaraderie and vision that unifies the faculty and staff, where at most colleges professors are focused within departments or in some cases moving in multiple directions.

The faculty at Aquinas believe in the mission of the college and share a deep commitment to her students. They clearly love to teach, as well as to learn. Each year the faculty and staff undertakes a group study where they share insights and attend workshops on the subject. What results is an understanding, not just of their individual subject area but of the big picture we are seeking to deliver to each student.

The theology faculty at Aquinas is united in its vision of the Church and her teachings. In accordance with the document Ex Corde Ecclesiae every teacher of theology has the Mandatum (official authorization) from the local bishop.

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"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 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

"Nashville definitely played a role in picking Aquinas."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

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

- Maria
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

"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

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

- 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 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

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

- Mary F.
Aquinas 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

"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

"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

"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

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

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student