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Aquinas College

Grand Rapids , MI

Aquinas College


Aquinas College, a Catholic Liberal Arts College, Offers Over 60 Majors

Aquinas College is located on a beautiful 117-acre campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the state's second-largest city. Aquinas, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Enrollment exceeds 2,300 students.

At Aquinas, students discover many unique majors such as community leadership, data analytics, sport management, nursing, physics, geography and environmental studies, conductive education, theatre for social change, and sustainable business. In total, students can choose from over 60 majors, including the more traditional programs in art, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, economics, education, engineering, English, psychology, business, math, and communication.

Overseas Travel and Service-Learning Opportunities Complement the Top-Notch Placement Rate

Of course, not all-learning takes place in the classrooms. Students travel overseas to countries such as Germany, England, France, Spain, Ireland, Costa Rica, Italy, and Japan. They also are involved in the many and varied service-learning opportunities in places like Honduras, Mexico, Appalachia, New York, Maine, Mississippi, and Alabama. Students at Aquinas also believe in giving back to the community in which they live.

With over 95 percent of Aquinas students landing a job or attending graduate schools after earning their degrees, it is evident an Aquinas education makes all the difference in the world to its students.

The Beautiful Aquinas Campus Provides Access to a Cool City

The campus is a former country estate, complete with an English-style manor and carriage house. Because of the campus's ponds, creeks, terrace gardens, and 90 species of trees, the school has been called Michigan's "most beautiful small college."

Grand Rapids is a city nearing completion of a $10 billion building boom, and Aquinas students are discovering the real reasons it's a "Cool City." Between a $55 million Art Museum, the world's largest art competition, ArtPrize, the non-stop entertainment of the annual LaughFest, the Van Andel Arena for sporting events and concerts, and the continuing development of the Medical Mile, it's easy to see why many Aquinas students choose to never leave the city.

Faculty Members and College Facilities Serve as Rich Resources for Aquinas Students

Aquinas College has committed the resources of both faculty and facilities to ready its students for a successful and rewarding future.

Faculty members at Aquinas are both teachers and scholars. The education they provide challenges students to think critically and instills a passion for learning that is second to none. The core curriculum was designed to give students the critical foundation needed to be successful in an ever-changing world.

The Grace Hauenstein Library serves as a "beacon for learning" and has been hailed as "a facility for the future." The college's $7-million Performing Arts Center is home to those students who wish to hone their theatrical skills, and also provides entertainment to the student body, alumni, and the broader community. Furthermore, the $11.5 million Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center serves as a catalyst for the college's athletic programs, dance teams and pep band. 

It's an exciting time to be involved in STEM & Health Sciences at Aquinas College! Aquinas is expanding their facilities to keep pace with its growing programs and they are currently undergoing a major $32 million renovation and expansion project.

Four-Year Guarantee: Aquinas College's Graduation Promise

Aquinas College guarantees that students will graduate in four years or the College will waive any additional tuition expense for up to one additional year for outstanding coursework required to graduate (if qualifying conditions are met).

Scholarship Awards Make Private Education More Affordable

Scholarship awards are available to students who not only excel academically, but who are leaders, volunteers, activists, and athletes. Aquinas awarded over $6.5 million in scholarships to students last year. As a result, a private education at Aquinas College can be more affordable than many students think. Ninety-nine percent of Aquinas students receive some form of financial aid.

Location & Contact

Address 1700 Fulton Street E.
Grand Rapids, MI  49506-1801
United States
Contact Ms. Rebecca Roberts
Admissions Office Applications Specialist
Phone: 616-632-2900
Fax: 616-732-4469

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 610 567 548
ACT Composite 26

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 7.08%
Black or African American 3.68%
White or Caucasian 69.38%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.56%
Asian 1.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.07%
Two or more races 2.22%
Other 12.01%


Male (41.19%)
Female (58.81%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 51%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, St. Thomas Aquinas Celebration Week and Refresh Yourself

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Community Senate Programming Board, The Saint (newspaper), Insignis Honors Group, Community Action Volunteers of Aquinas (CAVA) and Residence Hall Association

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Checkmark Checkmark
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Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
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Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark Checkmark
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

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Baseball No No No
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Bowling No Checkmark Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark Checkmark
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 88
Part-time - 140
Male - 123
Female - 110