SANTA PAULA, Calif.—According to The Princeton Review, Thomas Aquinas College is "one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education" and "one of only eight new schools receiving the Best 366 designation" out of more than 3,500 institutions across the country. The New York-based company known for its test-prep courses, books and other education services has selected the Catholic, 4-year, co-educational college for inclusion in its forthcoming edition of its popular annual "best colleges" guidebook. Titled The Best 366 Colleges: 2008 Edition (Random House / Princeton Review Books, $21.95 paperback), the guide will be available in bookstores in late August 2007.
Said Robert Franek, Vice President for Publishing, The Princeton Review, "Only about 10% of the colleges in America are in this book. It is our flagship guide to 'the crème of the crop' institutions for undergraduates. We chose them as our 'best' based on several criteria including: our regard for their academic programs and other offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the opinions of students, parents and educators we talk to and survey….Each one is an outstanding institution…."
Said President Thomas E. Dillon, "We at Thomas Aquinas College are delighted to be recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best undergraduate institutions. This is yet another indication that it is indeed possible for a Catholic institution of higher learning to achieve academic excellence while maintaining its fidelity to the teaching Church."