Aquinas College

Aquinas College

Aquinas College was founded in 1886 by Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, and is also known as AQ. It is a private college of liberal arts education and is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The campus of the college is spread across an area of more than 105 acres. AQ awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Majors are offered in over 55 varied areas of study. The college arranges a number of international programs in countries including Germany, France, Japan, and Ireland. AQ provides degree programs for continuing education and off-campus programs are also organized.

AQ is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The college athletic teams are nicknamed as the Saints and they participate in sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. The college athletics department also organizes intramural sports.

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Contacting Aquinas

Aquinas College
1607 Robinson Rd SE
Grand Rapids , MI 49506-1799
General Phone: (616) 632-8900

Aquinas Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching154education, special ed, education of learning disabled, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social science teaching, social studies teaching ...
Business and Management94business management, business administration, accounting, accounting and finance, business communications, international business, MIS, business and related services
Liberal Arts87German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services, economics, geography, ...
Religion and Philosophy20philosophy, religion, religious music
Science20biology, chemistry
Media19communication studies, communication and journalism
Therapy and Counseling10psychology
Art Studies8art studies, arts management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Music4music performance
Fine Arts1art history and criticism
Family and Social Work1community organization
Drama and Performing Arts1stagecraft
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Aquinas in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree31149
Master's degree1282
Associate's degree52

Aquinas Student Body

In 2007-2008, Aquinas had a total enrollment of 2,107 students (1,744 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 31%
20-21 25%
22-24 14%
25-29 8%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Aquinas Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

Aquinas Room and Board (2007)

Aquinas offers campus housing for 864 of its 1,744 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Grand Rapids, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Aquinas Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Aquinas Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,150
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,150
Room and board $ 6,680
Room charge $ 3,084
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,596
Books and supplies $ 767
Other expenses $ 1,495

Financial Aid:
Aquinas participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 223900)

Aquinas Faculty

Aquinas has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1013
Non-tenured and not on tenure track22

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$55,2275$53,259
Associate professoracademic year18$47,54717$47,285
Assistant professoracademic year13$42,46521$41,600
All faculty totalacademic year46$48,61543$45,204

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Aquinas Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Baseball Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Track Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports285987

Aquinas Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Corporate Communications
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Music Performance, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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