Thomas Aquinas College

Overview of Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College can be found in Santa Paula, CA (a rural area). One of the defining characteristics of the school is its status as a Roman Catholic school. Thomas Aquinas College is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Bachelor's degree is the highest degree at the school.

Areas of Study

Thomas Aquinas College has a tighter focus on specific areas of study than most colleges its size. The most common majors at the school are in liberal arts.

Thomas Aquinas College Selectivity

Thomas Aquinas College does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 600 or lower in 2007-2008 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 550 to 638, but ranged both higher and lower.


Classes at Thomas Aquinas College are less crowded than at many schools. A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at Thomas Aquinas College are well-paid.

Student Body

In 2007-2008, 360 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life

Thomas Aquinas College has a residential or campus feel. Student dorms or apartments are common at the school. Thomas Aquinas College offers students meal plans.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Thomas Aquinas College has a single mission: the liberal education of students according to their natural powers of reason illuminated by the light of the Catholic Faith. This mission is the end by which all means are judged û from customs of community life to curricular decisions and faculty appointments, to building design and forms of governance. +++ To accomplish its mission, the College has a single, substantially unvarying program with no majors, minors, or electives. It consists in an integrated and orderly study of the liberal arts and sciences, beginning with the fundamental arts of the trivium and quadrivium, proceeding through the natural and political sciences, and culminating in theology. The College achieves its mission chiefly through reflective consideration of seminal questions raised in classical texts. These texts û often referred to as the ôGreat Booksö û are selected by the faculty under the guidance of the Catholic tradition. In accordance with this tradition, the works of St. Thomas Aquinas occupy a preeminent position in the CollegeÆs curriculum. +++ Classes are seminars and tutorials: groups of fifteen to twenty students discussing the readings under the guidance of a faculty member. A laboratory program provides students laboratory experience in addition to the reading of primary texts. Tutorials, seminars, and laboratories are complemented by a lecture and concert series. This offers students an opportunity to witness and discuss the scholarly and artistic works of the wider community. +++ The CollegeÆs educational principles and curriculum arise from an intellectual tradition which does not fluctuate with the vicissitudes of time, founded as it is in a perennial wisdom by which the truth and merit of new insights and discoveries may be best understood. The College aims to sustain the natural wonder of students, to develop their intellectual virtues, and to help them satisfy their desire to know things noble and worth knowing."

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Contacting Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College
10000 N Ojai Rd
Santa Paula , CA 93060
General Phone: (805) 525-4417

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Thomas Aquinas College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts80liberal arts and sciences

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree801

Thomas Aquinas College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Thomas Aquinas College had a total enrollment of 360 students (427 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 0%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 46%
20-21 37%
22-24 10%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
40-49 0%

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

(International Students)11%
West Virginia1%
New York1%
New Mexico1%

Thomas Aquinas College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %

Thomas Aquinas College Room and Board (2007)

Thomas Aquinas College offers campus housing for 398 of its 427 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Paula, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Thomas Aquinas College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal600718
SAT Math550638
SAT Writing600678
ACT Verbal2630
ACT Math2527
ACT Composite2628

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Thomas Aquinas College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,400
Room and board $ 6,950
Books and supplies $ 450
Other expenses $ 3,045

Financial Aid:
Thomas Aquinas College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2358000)

Thomas Aquinas College Faculty

Thomas Aquinas College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track90
Non-tenured and not on tenure track10

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year27$86,9272*
All faculty totalacademic year27$86,9272*

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

Thomas Aquinas College Degree Programs (2007)

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

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