Thomas Aquinas College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. Alex Begin / Flickr

With an acceptance rate of 75%, Thomas Aquinas College seems largely accessible. Still, if you note the average SAT/ACT scores of accepted students (below), you'll see that accepted students generally have strong scores. Interested applicants will need to submit high school transcripts, letters of reference, and personal essays. For complete information, be sure to visit the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Thomas Aquinas College Acceptance Rate: 75%

Thomas Aquinas College Description:

Thomas Aquinas College is unique among the nation's Catholic institutions of higher learning. Located on an attractive 131-acre campus in a quiet valley valley 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, this small college approaches liberal education with a clear sense of purpose. The college has no textbooks; instead, students read the great books of Western civilization. The college has no lectures, but sustained tutorials, seminars and laboratories.

Thomas Aquinas College also has no majors, for all students acquire a broad and integrated liberal education. Outside of the classroom, students are able to join a number of intramural sports, including soccer, tennis, and volleyball. There are a number of performing arts groups: "The St. Genesius Players," an acting group, a campus-wide choir, and a variety of instrumental ensembles.

There are also a number of student-run clubs and activities, including academic groups and mission-based projects. The college frequently ranks highly among national liberal arts colleges, and it also wins praise for its small classes and its value, and the school has appeared on Young America's Foundation list of the "Top Ten Conservative Colleges."

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 386 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $24,500
  • Books: $50 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,950
  • Other Expenses: $3,214
  • Total Cost: $35,714

Thomas Aquinas College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72%
    • Loans: 81%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,842
    • Loans: $3,871

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: All students study the same great books curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Thomas Aquinas College Mission Statement:

"The liberal education of students according to their natural powers of reason illuminated by the light of the Catholic Faith."