Thomas Aquinas College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California

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Thomas Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 78%. Located on an 131-acre campus in a quiet valley 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Thomas Aquinas is unique among the nation's Catholic institutions of higher learning. 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, but a broad and integrated liberal education. The college frequently ranks highly among liberal arts colleges, and it wins praise for its small classes and value. A second campus of Thomas Aquinas College is located in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Considering applying to Thomas Aquinas College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Thomas Aquinas College had an acceptance rate of 78%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 78 students were admitted, making Thomas Aquinas' admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 211
Percent Admitted 78%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 74%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Thomas Aquinas College requires that all applicants submit either SAT, ACT, or CLT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 69% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 630 720
Math 590 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Thomas Aquinas' admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Thomas Aquinas scored between 630 and 720, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 720. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1400 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Thomas Aquinas College.

Requirements

Thomas Aquinas College does not provide the school's policy regarding SAT superscoring or whether the optional essay is required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Thomas Aquinas requires that all applicants submit either SAT, ACT, or CLT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 31% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 33
Math 24 27
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Thomas Aquinas College's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Thomas Aquinas received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Thomas Aquinas College does not provide the school's policy regarding ACT superscoring or whether the optional writing section is required.

GPA

Thomas Aquinas College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Thomas Aquinas College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Thomas Aquinas College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Thomas Aquinas College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Thomas Aquinas College, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a selective admissions process with high average SAT/ACT scores. Keep in mind, however, that Thomas Aquinas has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your test scores and grades. Thomas Aquinas requires applicants to submit five application essays and three letters of recommendation. The required essays are specific to Thomas Aquinas, so be sure to successfully demonstrate your interest in the school. Participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule can also improve your chances for admission. Some students will also be asked to participate in a phone interview with the admissions committee. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Thomas Aquinas' average range.

Due to the school's small size, there isn't much Cappex data. However, you can see in the graph above that successful applicants tend to have average GPAs in the A range and SAT scores of 1200 and above. Thomas Aquinas applicants often have particularly strong grades in critical reading. Because Thomas Aquinas College is so unique, prospective applicants might want to consider attending the school's high school summer program to experience the school's campus and culture.

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