Thomas Aquinas College

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Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts: These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. They award at least half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

10000 Ojai Rd, Santa Paula, CA, 93060

(805) 525-4417 

www.thomasaquinas.edu 

thomasaquinas.edu/admissions   

thomasaquinas.edu/admission/financial-aid   

thomasaquinas.edu/admission/apply   

Thomas Aquinas College has a single mission: the liberal education of students according to their natural powers of reason illuminated by the light of the Catholic Faith. This mission is the end by which all means are judged – from customs of community life to curricular decisions and faculty appointments, to building design and forms of governance. +++ To accomplish its mission, the College has a single, substantially unvarying program with no majors, minors, or electives. It consists in an integrated and orderly study of the liberal arts and sciences, beginning with the fundamental arts of the trivium and quadrivium, proceeding through the natural and political sciences, and culminating in theology. The College achieves its mission chiefly through reflective consideration of seminal questions raised in classical texts. These texts – often referred to as the “Great Books” – are selected by the faculty under the guidance of the Catholic tradition. In accordance with this tradition, the works of St. Thomas Aquinas occupy a preeminent position in the College’s curriculum. +++ Classes are seminars and tutorials: groups of fifteen to twenty students discussing the readings under the guidance of a faculty member. A laboratory program provides students laboratory experience in addition to the reading of primary texts. Tutorials, seminars, and laboratories are complemented by a lecture and concert series. This offers students an opportunity to witness and discuss the scholarly and artistic works of the wider community. +++ The College’s educational principles and curriculum arise from an intellectual tradition which does not fluctuate with the vicissitudes of time, founded as it is in a perennial wisdom by which the truth and merit of new insights and discoveries may be best understood. The College aims to sustain the natural wonder of students, to develop their intellectual virtues, and to help them satisfy their desire to know things noble and worth knowing.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 

Bachelor's

Academic/career counseling service

Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits

Academic Year Prices - 2012 (full-time, first-time undergraduate students)

Tuition & Fees 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
In District $23,600 $22,850 $22,400
In State $23,600 $22,850 $22,400
Out of State $23,600 $22,850 $22,400
Books and Supplies $450 $450 $450
On Campus      
Room and Board $7,800 $7,550 $7,400
Other Expenses $3,206 $3,112 $2,996
Off Campus      
Room and Board $10,962 $10,862 $10,980
Other Expenses $4,198 $4,076 $3,914
Off Campus With Family      
Other Expenses $4,314 $4,202 $4,058

Financial Aid 2011-2012

Type of Aid Percent Receiving Aid Average Amount Received
Federal Grants
(scholarships/fellowships)
32.0% $4,429
State/Local Grant
(scholarships/fellowships)
11.0% $9,708
Institutional Grants
(scholarships/fellowships)
70.0% $11,109
Loans 79.0% $3,335
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The above information was obtained via the publicly-available Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), operated by the U.S. Department of Education, which compiles self-reported information provided by colleges and universities, for the purpose of making such information openly available to students and parents.

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