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Discover Nashville

Nashville is a great place to live – big and dynamic enough to find plenty to do in, but not big enough to get overwhelmed by. The captivating music industry, world-class cultural offerings, top-tier sports teams, and flourishing business climate are balanced by Southern charm, slower pace, and scenic beauty.

Museums and History

the Parthenon in NashvilleLong known as “The Athens of the South,” Nashville is rightfully proud of its strong and varied cultural life and history. The Parthenon in Centennial Park, a full-scale replica of the original Athenian structure, houses an art and history museum. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Carter House (at the site of the Civil War Battle of Franklin), the Tennessee State Museum and Archives, and many other museums and historic sites offer the chance for exciting adventures and exploration.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which opened in Nashville in April, 2001, is a 125,000-square-foot exhibition facility with more than 24,000 square feet of gallery space. The Center is located in Nashville’s historic main post office, a city landmark that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Frist Center presents outstanding visual art from local, regional, U.S. and international sources.

World Class Performing Arts

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is home to four professional companies – the Nashville Opera Association, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and Nashville Ballet — and a community theatre group. TPAC welcomes a wide variety of touring Broadway productions and artists, and acts as a nexus of performing arts energy in the city.

Schermerhorn Symphony CenterThe Schermerhorn Symphony Center, named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn who led the Nashville Symphony for 22 years, opened in September of 2006 and is home to the critically acclaimed Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony perform more than 100 classical, pops and special concert events each season and will present recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events.

Music City, USA

the Ryman AuditoriumOver the last half-century, Nashville has nurtured its identity as “Music City, USA,” a prime tourist destination that welcomes eight million visitors annually. At Opryland USA, you’ll find the Opry House, home of Nashville’s world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Broadcast live every Saturday night for more than 60 years, the Opry sprang from Appalachia’s bluegrass/gospel heritage and grew into a mecca for country-music fans and performers alike. Music Row is home to recording studios, music publishers, and major record labels such as Warner Bros., RCA, Sony, and Arista.

On May 17, 2001, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame opened in its new location in the Country Music Hall of Fameheart of downtown Nashville. Originally located on Nashville’s Music Row, the Hall of Fame and Museum has been the home of America’s music since 1967. The colossal new $37 million structure is a world-class facility that honors the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership.

Local Talent

While Nashville is renowned primarily for country and gospel music, the city’s entire music scene is bustling and alive. Whether you prefer acoustic sound in intimate coffee shops or festivals at Riverfront Park, you can satisfy your musical palate somewhere in Nashville. Almost every night, Nashville’s music clubs host nationally known performers, acclaimed local artists, songwriters’ nights, and “open mic” shows for the aspiring artists who gravitate to the city. (Celebrities often drop in to catch each other’s shows.) In addition to country music performers, many jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, and classical artists make their homes and their music in Nashville and often perform at local venues.

Recreation

Richland Creek Greenway, steps from campus

In the area surrounding Nashville, opportunities abound for outdoor recreation, from hiking and spelunking to canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, golf, tennis, horseback riding and bicycling. Nashville Greenways weave through the entire city with paved trails for running, walking, and biking, including the Richland Creek Greenway that skirts the Aquinas College campus. Just a short drive from campus are the twin Warner Parks that consist of over 2,500 acres of forest, field, hiking trails, and horseback riding trails. Radnor Lake also provides miles of hiking trails and features a scenic lake and a view of Nashville from the highest point in Davidson County. Further afield, the Great Smoky Mountains are only three hours east of Nashville by car; Chattanooga, with Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee Aquarium, is just two hours away.

Sports

Nashville is now a major sports city, too. The NFL Tennessee Titans played its first season in its new Nashville stadium in the Fall of 1999, and since the opening of the Bridgestone Arena in 1998, the Nashville Predators have been breaking NHL expansion team attendance records. The Nashville Sounds AAA baseball games are summertime favorites. Nashville is also a stop on the Senior PGA and LPGA tours.

Food & Shopping

If your interests are shopping and dining, you may wish to take advantage of Nashville’s eclectic restaurants and distinctive retail establishments. You’ll find Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, French, Cajun, German, Mexican, Korean, kosher-style, Italian, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern restaurants. Others serve our regional delicacies: barbecue, catfish, and “meat-and-three.” You can plunge into an enormous shopping mall like Opry Mills, an upscale mall like the Mall at Green Hills or poke around intimate specialty shops in one of the many hip enclaves. Antique stores abound, as well as galleries that feature striking works by local artists.

 

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

- Maria
Student

"The faculty is so nice and enthusiastic! They are always willing to help."

- Abbey
Student

I study Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College because the professors genuinely care about the formation of the whole person and want the mind to be formed in a truly classical education.

- Pamela S.
Arts & Sciences student

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

- Scott
Business Student

"I love the living arrangements at Seton Lodge because it's a super convenient location to the school, food, and shopping. It has also been a healthy study environment while at the same time a place filled with fun and a great group of people."

- Mary W.
Aquinas 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

"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."

- 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

The two-year ASN program—the reason I chose Aquinas—is phenomenal.

- Therese S.
Student

"Nashville definitely played a role in picking Aquinas."

- Mary W.
Aquinas Student

As a liberal arts student, I feel continually encouraged to ask questions so that I may contribute to the betterment of myself and society. The faculty at Aquinas come from various backgrounds and specialties, each adding to the overall education process that makes a student a lover of wisdom.

- Andy L.
Arts & Sciences student

Studying the liberal arts at Aquinas College will only give you freedom—freedom from the restraint of ignorance, from the tyranny of complacence.

- Christa N.
Arts & Sciences 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

The Aquinas College program enables you to engage in course material in an in depth way because of the small class sizes and the teachers’ attention to detail.

- Arts & Sciences 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 professors are superb. We have small class sizes and a close community and family feel. It fosters human flourishing. We love it!

- Arts & Sciences Student

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

- Mary F.
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

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

- Maria
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 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

"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

"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

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

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