Students Say

Students at Thomas Aquinas College relish attending a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.” With a “strong Catholic identity” and “rigorous curriculum,” TAC offers a “holistic education” that’s “demanding on every level.” The college promotes a “Great Books education,” which really forces its undergrads to “read and think critically.” All classes are seminar-based, a method many students here feel “better facilitates learning.” Importantly, the “Catholic/small-college setting creates an atmosphere of trust and faith that makes it easier to study, to live, and to grow at school.”

Overview

Applicants
185
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

68%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 710
SAT Math
560 - 640
SAT Writing
590 - 690
ACT Composite
24 - 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Students at Thomas Aquinas College relish attending a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.” With a “strong Catholic identity” and “rigorous curriculum,” TAC offers a “holistic education” that’s “demanding on every level.” The college promotes a “Great Books education,” which really forces its undergrads to “read and think critically.” All classes are seminar-based, a method many students here feel “better facilitates learning.” Importantly, the “Catholic/small-college setting creates an atmosphere of trust and faith that makes it easier to study, to live, and to grow at school.” Unlike other colleges, “there aren’t any majors at Thomas Aquinas.” Students simply graduate with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Class time is solely “devoted to discussion of the [reading] material assigned” with professors (or tutors as they are known) facilitating said discussion. Undergrads happily report that professors are “more than happy to continue the discussion outside class and are always ready to help their students.” Moreover, they’re “welcoming” and “easy to talk to,” and all seem to “have a passion for intellectual formation.” As one content senior succinctly states, “The professors are great and lead you to truth without forcing it on you.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
37
with Terminal Degree
30

33
Men
4
Women
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Matthew Kelsey
Gibbs and Dunn, Partner

David O’Reilly
Founder and Owner of Owen Roe Winery in Washington state

Pia de Solenni, Ph.D.
Ethicist/Moral Theologian, winner of the Pontifical Prize of the Academies

Fr. John Berg
Worldwide Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Sam Shaneyfelt
Commander of the 35th Operations Group at Misawa Air Base in Misawa, Japan

Laura Berquist
Founder and Director of Mother of Divine Grace Distance Learning School

John Mortensen
Winner of the 2010 Pontifical Prize of the Academies

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Bang For Your Buck

The school avoids tacking on fees at every turn, and instead sets out a very straightforward financial plan: tuition runs $24,500, and since all students must live on campus (unless married), room and board is a non-negotiable additional $7,950. Beyond that, students need only pay for books (about $50 a year, or cheaper if found online, which is easily done) and pocket money. Admissions here are need-blind, there is no application fee, and though students and their parents are expected to contribute the maximum amount possible, there is plenty of financial aid to cover the rest. Students may request a preliminary estimate for how much aid they would receive should they gain acceptance here.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,178

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,755

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,753

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,263

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,524

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,500
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$50

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,698
Transportation for Commuters
$1,134

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Undergrads at TAC might, in some respects, appear "homogenous." Indeed, the vast majority of students "are Catholic," "devoted to learning and their faith," and politically "conservative." That being said, a senior assures us, "Any student with any interest can usually find a group that shares his or her passion." Importantly; many agree that their peers are "very kind and inclu­ sive" as well as "joyful and inviting." One junior elaborates saying, "You walk down the hallways and sidewalks and are personally greeted by freshmen and seniors alike." An overwhelming number of undergrads here declare their fel­ low students "intellectually curious" and "somewhat obsessed with philoso­ phy." Indeed, the typical student "is a thinker [who] will never hesitate to get in[to] a philosophical argument." Naturally, people here are "committed to the academic life," and most students study "very hard." They're "focused [and] mature" and make a point of "corning prepared to class." As one honest and insightful senior admits, "Most [students] would probably be considered a bit geeky elsewhere." But perhaps this student sums up his TAC peers the best, "You get all different kinds of people here-but one thing they have in com­ mon is a desire to search for the truth."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
378
Out of State
57%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

49% female
51% male
57% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

TAC inspires and encourages a contemplative life, and students spend a large portion of their time in "an intellectual discussion." That being said, even TAC undergrads need to kick back every now and again. On this active campus, intramural sports are quite popular, and "running, hiking, basketball, soccer, and football are major pastimes on campus." Further, "four times a year there is a formal dance hosted by one of the classes." As one enthusiastic sophomore explains, "I waltz, swing, lindy hop, tango, salsa, rumba, contra dance, polka, Virginia reel, and do other dances. People on this campus actually learn and know how to dance well." Students here also know how to make their own fun. As one freshman shares, there are "spontaneous student pranks, such as the day the freshmen men all wore blue while the freshmen women wore pink (officially titled 'Trip Out the Tutors Tuesday')." Additionally; "once or twice a semester, the school arranges field trips to the Getty Center, Villa, operas, art galleries, science museums, and other points of interest in the wider LA area." It's also quite common for students to "leave campus for the weekend for fun activities either to Ventura Beach (thirty minutes), Santa Barbara (one hour), or Ojai (twenty minutes)."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

75% participate in intramural sports


Student Services

Health

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
No

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
8

Average Number of PC's per Lab
2.5

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
No

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
87%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CDWG

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jonathan P. Daly
Director of Admissions

Address
Thomas Aquinas College
10000 Ojai Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Phone
800-634-9797

Email
admissions@thomasaquinas.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St. Joseph Commons
The Dumb Ox Coffee Shop
Dorm Commons
St. Bernardine Library
Student Lounge

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ventura Beach/City of Ventura
Los Padres National Forest
Santa Barbara's State Street
Garman's Santa Paula
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Rabalais' Coffee, Bakery and Bistro Walt Disney Concert Hall Getty Museum Magic Mountain LA Dodgers Stadium

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:30am -5:00pm
800-634-9797

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
As requested, by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@thomasaquinas.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-3 weeknights recommended.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ventura County Airporter, RoadRunner Shuttle service, College Courier, Amtrak, Greyhound. Oxnard (OXR) closest airport. LAX most popular. Burbank and Santa Barbara also closer, but shuttle services are more limited.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Via U.S. Highway 101: From the north or south, take US-101 toward Ventura, exit California Highway 126 East toward Santa Paula. Travel east on CA-126 for about 12 miles, then take the 10th Street exit in Santa Paula. Turn left onto 10th Street. At the fourth traffic signal (the cross-street is Santa Paula St.), bear slightly to the right; at this point 10th Street becomes Ojai Rd./CA-150. You are approximately five miles from the campus. Watch for the entrance to Thomas Aquinas College on the right-hand side of the road. Via Interstate 5: From the north or south, take I-5 toward Santa Clarita, exit California Highway 126 West toward Ventura. Travel west on CA-126 for about 28 miles, then take the 10th Street exit in Santa Paula. Turn right onto 10th Street. At the fourth traffic signal (the cross-street is Santa Paula St.), bear slightly to the right; at this point 10th Street becomes Ojai Rd./CA-150. You are approximately five miles from the campus. Watch for the entrance to Thomas Aquinas College on the right-hand side of the road.

Local Accommodations
Santa Paula: Ocean Gateway Inn, Santa Paula Inn Ojai: Ojai Valley Inn, Casa Ojai, Capri Motel
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Key Stats

185
Applicants
378
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists