Aquinas College

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School Overview

Aquinas College is a relatively small, privately owned and operated, liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that is affiliated with the Catholic Church. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Aquinas among the “Best Regional Universities in the Midwest”.

The education, culture and beliefs of Aquinas College are rooted in Catholic Dominican tradition but the institution provides students of all faiths and backgrounds with a secular liberal arts education that focuses on leadership, career preparation and service to others. One of the main goals of Aquinas is to foster within its students a lifelong commitment to the pursuit of truth and a dedication to the common good of mankind.

Aquinas has an average annual enrollment of roughly 2,000 students and offers undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees in over 60 areas of study, as well as a large selection of Master’s degrees. The college is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Comission of the North Central Association. A large percentage of Aquinas graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees and just over ninety percent of premed students are accepted to medical school. In addition to the programs offered at its Grand Rapids campus, Aquinas offers several study abroad programs. Most recently, Aquinas added a study abroad program in Rome, Italy.

General Information

Admission Office

1607 Robinson Road Southeast

Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

(616) 632-2900

(800) 678-9593

Fax: (616) 732-4469

Contact: Angela Schlosser-Bacon

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1607 Robinson Road SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

(616) 632-8900

Total undergrads: 1,872

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 456

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,872

Graduate enrollment: 287


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 76%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts Management B
Music – General Performance A
Theatre Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business Communications B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Sustainable business B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B
Education of Learning Disabled B
English Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Japanese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious/Sacred Music B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Aquinas College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(616) 632-8900
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,764
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):59%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,488 (84% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$30,062
Out-of-state Tuition:$30,062
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$20,768

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Aquinas College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Aquinas College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services81
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics4
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies4
Philosophy and Religious Studies3
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences7
Theology and Religious Vocations12
Visual and Performing Arts21
Grand total2849

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Aquinas College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$890

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid368100%
Grant or scholarship aid368100%$20,768
Student loan aid24466%$7,001

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,63191%$17,271
Federal student loans1,05259%$6,520

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Aquinas College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Aquinas College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants1,7065751,131
Percent admitted100%89%92%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%20%16%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Aquinas College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,764
Undergraduate enrollment1,654
Graduate enrollment110

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Aquinas College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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