St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $29,950 | $29,950
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $17,100
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
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Students Discover Themselves

St. Thomas Aquinas College is a vibrant, student-centered institution located in the New York City Metropolitan area. Founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill as a teaching college, they have grown to a 60-acre campus, providing a safe, welcoming place to study more than 100 majors, minors and specializations in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and the School of Education. Yet it's just 15 miles north of New York City, giving students quick access to learning, cultural, internship and career opportunities in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

From the day students arrive, St. Thomas Aquinas College will celebrate their strengths, their talents, and their individuality. The College offers: a choice of leading-edge academic programs, hands-on learning, NCAA Division II athletics, and an array of student clubs where students can explore their interests, meet friends, and make connections. When students graduate, they'll possess the tools and skills needed to succeed in any career they choose. The college's goal is to help students become the best version of themselves possible.

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 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 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 sTEM and design fields have access to the latest technical equipment, including 3D printers in the Innovation Center. Future teachers gain hands-on knowledge of lesson planning with SMART technology. The Bloomberg Professional Laboratory provides students with the same platform for news, data, analytics, and research used by the world's leading corporations and organizations. The Laboratory offers real-world training and experience, whether students are studying business or a program in the arts & sciences.

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. 

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. 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.

Get Involved

Involvement at STAC takes many forms for resident and commuter students. 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. 

The College currently has 18 NCAA Division II sports including men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, men's golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons) and women's basketball, cross-country, women's field hockey, women's lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons). Club sports (including ice hockey, volleyball, bowling and cheerleading) and intramurals are also popular. They are adding new sports for Fall 2018: Sprint Football, Women's Bowling, Women's Triathlon, and E-Sports. Interested applicants can learn more at

Students 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, and sightseeing excursions. The city is theirs to explore!

Ready to Launch

Career Development serves as 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 through internships and virtual career fairs, etiquette seminars, resume building workshops, and mock interviews. The 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. The College provides the tools students need 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.


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, business, 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, make positive connections and serve their communities. 

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 70% 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.

This Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship Program is designed for students with strong academic abilities and a desire to gain work experience each semester that can be related to their academic pursuits. The Program is designed to provide work experience opportunities with a mentor for each of five semesters. Students are required to complete a total of 40 hours each semester in order to gain the experience needed for preparation for career development or graduate school. An Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship supplements an already strong academic scholarship that pushes the total award to approximately 60% of the student's total tuition costs over four years. 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

Location & Contact

125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976

Mr.Samantha Bazile

Director of Admissions

Phone: 845-398-4104
Fax: 845-398-4114

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Modern Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Art Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Therapeutic Recreation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,953
    • Accepted1,546
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled1,721
    • Female Applicants1,065
    • Females Accepted833
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants888
    • Males Accepted713
    • Male Acceptance Rate80%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $30
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.00
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 20 17 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,950
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,950
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$800
    • Room and board *$12,750
    • Room only *$6,880
    • * 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$17,100
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$16,016
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$20,300
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,800
    • Average Grant Aid:$12,375
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$10,815
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:96%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 38%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 16%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,721
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino19.7%
    • Black or African American8.31%
    • White or Caucasian57.87%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.06%
    • Asian3.43%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.17%
    • Two or more races2.32%
    • Unknown or International Student5.93%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.21% representing 14 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students20% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Spartan Volunteers, Campus Activities Board, WSTK campus radio, Bowling Club, Laetare Players
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division II and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes Yes
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Lacrosse No Yes No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No Yes Yes
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Volleyball Yes Yes Yes


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty162
    • Full-time Percentage38%
    • Part-time Percentage62%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 1,191 students to 95 faculty



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