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St. Thomas Aquinas College

Overview

Students Discover Themselves

St. Thomas Aquinas College will challenge students to discover who they are and reach their full potential.

From the day students arrive, St. Thomas Aquinas College will celebrate their strengths, their talents, and their individuality. The college will encourage students to push past the limits and strive for great things. And the college will give students opportunities to learn and grow in mind, body, and soul: a choice of leading-edge academic programs, exciting field experiences, NCAA Division II athletics, and an array of student clubs where students can explore their creativity, meet friends, and embrace St. Thomas Aquinas College's team spirit. Here students can be who they are in a place where everyone knows their names.

When students graduate, they'll possess the tools and skills they'll need to succeed in any career they choose. The college's goal is to help students become the best version of themselves possible.

Founded in 1952, St. Thomas Aquinas College is a premier liberal arts institution located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, with easy access to New York City. A St. Thomas Aquinas student will have access to career and internship opportunities, and to the world's best cultural attractions, entertainment, and shopping.

Get Relevant

Combining academic rigor with experiential training, St. Thomas Aquinas College will prepare students to excel in high-profile fields, from business to education, and specialized subfields, such as accounting, forensic science, graphic design, sports management, and social media.

The college is continually evolving its programs of study and recruiting new scholars to its faculty so it can best prepare students to think outside the box, communicate with conviction, and give back to society in meaningful ways.

St. Thomas Aquinas College offers over 100 majors, minors, specializations and dual degree programs on both the graduate and undergraduate level across 3 schools (Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education).

Smart Learning

The St. Thomas Aquinas College campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and study centers to facilitate learning. Those pursuing careers in media can learn in an actual television studio at the communications center. Students in scientific fields have access to the latest technical equipment, such as a DNA sequencer in Costello Hall. Future teachers gain hands-on knowledge of lesson planning with SMART technology.

At STAC, a personalized education builds upon students' strengths and talents. St. Thomas Aquinas College makes that possible through small class sizes and educators who are deeply committed to getting to know their students' unique needs. The faculty members work side by side with students to help those students grow intellectually and apply that knowledge to problem-solve in the real world. The faculty members of St. Thomas Aquinas College will get to know students personally, provide helpful advice, and guide them in making the most of their years here.

Experience It

By linking academic programs to the real world, St. Thomas Aquinas College offers valuable opportunities to enrich students' educations through hands-on experiences. This means students will enter the workforce with practical and marketable skills.

St. Thomas Aquinas College students are presenting scholarly research at international conferences; forensic science majors are interning with law enforcement to investigate crimes; biology students are conducting hypothesis-driven research in state-of-the-art labs; and future educators are working with faculty members to enrich science education through digital literacy and 3D gaming.

In addition to exploring career possibilities, life-shaping experiences like these will enrich students' college years, making them more attractive job candidates, and helping you to become the best versions of themselves.

Come Home

St. Thomas Aquinas College welcomes residents and commuters alike, ensuring a superior education and all of the comforts of a home away from home. If students choose to live on campus, they will feel right at home in the townhouse-style residence complexes, where they can meet friends for coffee in the dining hall, or enjoy some downtime outdoors at the annual Springfest and Oktoberfest.

On campus, life is good. Students will have plenty of opportunities to have fun and make friends just steps outside their doors. Residents and commuters also take advantage of the close proximity to New York City by venturing out together on weekends. Students can expand their cultural horizons and enjoy a wide range of entertainment -- professional sports games, Broadway plays, concerts, museums, galleries, fine dining, and sightseeing excursions. The city is there to explore!

Get Involved

Involvement at STAC takes many forms. Students might join the student government, act in a play, write for the school newspaper, give campus tours, or host their own radio shows. Volunteer and community service activities are essential to the college's mission and to the students. Spartan Volunteers host fundraisers for local nonprofits, collect books for underprivileged inner-city schools, and give food and clothing to New York City's homeless during the popular monthly Midnight Run. Other students opt to take an alternative spring break to build homes in Nicaragua. These are just a few examples of how students are reaching out to those in need.

The college has 16 NCAA Division II sports including men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, men¿s golf, soccer, tennis, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons) and women's basketball, cross-country, women¿s lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons). Club sports (including ice hockey, bowling and cheerleading) and intramurals are also popular. Interested applicants can learn more at www.stacathletics.com.

Ready to Launch

Career Services is a resource students can tap right from their freshman year to prepare for their futures and, more practically, to successfully enter the competitive workforce when they graduate.

From internships and virtual career fairs, to etiquette seminars, resume building workshops, and mock interviews, through the Career Network around the nation and alumni visits to campus, St. Thomas Aquinas College pairs alumni with students in a collegial and relaxed setting for a real-world perspective on life in the field. Often these relationships lead to internship and employment opportunities, channels for sound professional advice, and everlasting friendships. Ideally, the college hopes that alumni will inspire the students professionally, academically, and philanthropically.

St. Thomas Aquinas College puts the tools at students' fingertips to build their confidence and become polished job candidates. Whatever careers they choose, students will be prepared to enter tomorrow's workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Visit www.stac.edu/careerservices to learn more.

Alumni

To see the value of a St. Thomas Aquinas College education, interested applicants can look no further than the alumni who are pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, law, and education, and achieving success in careers across a wide range of industries.

St. Thomas Aquinas College's alumni include CEOs of international corporations, financial analysts at leading investment firms, social media experts, and award-winning journalists. They are teachers educating new generations, doctors who heal the sick, lawyers and politicians working to ensure justice, and performers who are entertaining audiences across the nation. In so many diverse professional paths, graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas College are applying their education to achieve their personal best, reach out to others, and make the world a better place. St. Thomas Aquinas College knows that new students can do it, too.

Scholarships and Special Programs

Scholarships from many different sources, including academics, community service, athletics and more, are available to students. All completed applications are reviewed for eligibility.

The Honors program provides a full tuition scholarship for qualified students. The program is designed to provide a highly challenging academic program for students of superior academic ability and features a study abroad program at Oxford University.

Pathways is a comprehensive, structured support program serving selected St. Thomas Aquinas College students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. A summer program is required. Interested students must apply to both the college and Pathways program.

Students can study abroad and expand their global breadth and understanding, just like many STAC students who have traveled to France, Spain, Italy, and other countries all over the world.

Financial Aid

St. Thomas Aquinas College partners with students and families to help make a private college education affordable. Complete the Net Price Calculator profile to see just how affordable a STAC education is. St. Thomas Aquinas College accepts students regardless of their finances and works to create a financial aid package that makes sense. Learn more at www.stac.edu/financialaid.

St. Thomas Aquinas College helps students achieve their personal best by offering a variety of scholarships, grants and a fast-track, 3 year bachelor's degree program. For more specifics on this program, visit www.stac.edu/3yr.


Majors & Degrees


Degrees Offered
Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Post-Master&Apos;S, And Postbachelor&Apos;S Certificates
Majors
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Finance; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsjournalism; Mass Communication/Mediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicesinformation Science/Studieseducationeducation; Elementary Education; Kindergarten/Preschool Education; Secondary Education; Special Educationengineeringengineering Scienceenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsmodern Languages; Romance Languages; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsart Therapy; Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology; Pre-Medical Studieshistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administrationliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitieshumanities; Liberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsapplied Mathematics; Mathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesnatural Sciencesparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiesparks, Recreation And Leisure; Sport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Religious Studiespsychologypsychologysocial Sciencessocial Sciencesvisual And Performing Artsart; Commercial And Advertising Art; Fine/Studio Arts

Admissions


Freshman
Admission: 1,723 applied; 1,338 admitted; 270 enrolled

Test Scores:

Applying
Options: electronic application, early decision, early action, deferred entrance
Application fee: $30
Required: high school transcript, minimum 2 GPA
Required for some: 3 letters of recommendation
Recommended: essay or personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Early decision: 12/1
Notification: 10/1 (freshmen), 1/15 (early decision), 1/15 (early action), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body


Undergraduate Student Population
1,796 Undergraduate Students, 53% Women, 47% Men, 6% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
6% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 15% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 9% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
1% Representing 10 Other Countries
Housing Info
33% Live On Campus

Campus Life


Options
Men-Only, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Activities
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Spartan Volunteers, Campus Activities Board, WSTK Campus Radio, Bowling Club, Laetare Players, National Fraternities
Most popular organizations
Spartan Volunteers, Campus Activities Board, WSTK Campus Radio, Bowling Club, Laetare Players
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Double Majors, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Air Force (C)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Engineering With George Washington University, Manhattan College; Social Work With New York University School Of Social Work; Physical Therapy With New York Medical Collegeschool Calendar: Semesters

Athletics


Athletics
Member:NCAA, Naiadivision:All NCAA Division II

Faculty


Faculty
Total: 143Full-Time: 44% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 14 :1

Financial Aid


Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$38,120 includes full-time tuition ($25,840), mandatory fees ($1000), and room and board ($11,280). Part-time tuition: $825 per credit
Room and board:college room only: $6090. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,1,166 applied for aid, 953 were judged to have need, 166 had their need fully met. 150 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1615)
In 2012,193 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:36%
Average financial aid package:$20,600
Average need-based loan:$4800
Average need-based gift aid:$18,940
Average non-need-based aid:$8760
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$28,750


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