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
Apply Online:
Address: 1700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1801
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,600
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 59%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,254 (78% 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: $33,854
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,854
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $23,413

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Aquinas College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Aquinas College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 81
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 167
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 7
Theology and Religious Vocations 12
Visual and Performing Arts 21
Grand total 29110

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $33,854
Out-of-state $33,854
Books and supplies $930

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,794
Out-of-state $10,794

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 332 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 332 100% $23,413
Student loan aid 207 62% $7,530

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,394 88% $20,794
Federal student loans 812 51% $6,183

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,883 743 1,140
Percent admitted 100% 65% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 14% 16% 13%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 1,600
Undergraduate enrollment 1,456
Graduate enrollment 144

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 Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*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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