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On the afternoon of Sunday, October 14, Thomas Aquinas College hosted a concert featuring Italian tenor Luciano Lamonarca in St. Cecilia Hall

On Friday night, groups of about 20 Thomas Aquinas College students from all classes gathered in classrooms across the campus for the All-College Seminar.

Alumni, parents of current students, and their families from throughout Southern California converged on campus Saturday for Alumni and Parent Day.

On Columbus Day, a 25-year old statue of the holiday’s namesake found a new home on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College.

​Early this year David Trull (’13) took three months from his career as a financial-services professional to serve as a volunteer for a Peruvian nonprofit that aids the poor.

Three New Tutors, Vice President, and Facilities Manager

This past weekend, retired tutor Dr. Carol Day and the College’s resident assistant, Jeannette Richard (’17), led a campout at the Sage Hill campground in Santa Barbara.

“The college I attend is admittedly not your average college …”

The American Council of College Trustees and Alumni has released its annual report on the curricular strength of American institutions of higher learning.

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles paid a visit to St. Thérèse Hall. 

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles report the wonderful news that they have welcomed Maggie Conklin (’17) as a new postulant.

This past weekend, the sophomores hosted an informal dance for members of the Freshman Class.

Bishop Daly’s Matriculation remarks from Convocation 2018

The National Catholic Register has selected Thomas Aquinas College as one of only 38 faithfully Catholic colleges and universities in its Catholic Identity College Guide 2018.

College Factual, a statistics-based guide, has ranked Thomas Aquinas College as No. 8 in the United States on its list of the 1,510 “Best Colleges for the Money.”

A group of Thomas Aquinas College students explored the natural beauty surrounding campus this past weekend with a backpacking trip to Topatopa Bluff.

On September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, a group of students conducted a Rosary procession around the campus.

Friends and alumni of Thomas Aquinas College recently gathered in the Windy City for a seminar and planning meeting, followed the next day by a Mass and barbeque.

Mark Holtzman of West Coast Aerial Photography took some photos of the campus, which the company has graciously shared with the College.

Faith on View has ranked the College on its list of “Top Christian Colleges.”

Thomas Aquinas College has climbed 15 spots in the annual U.S. News and World Report college ranking.

A feature story in the New York Times describes the efforts of Beau Braden, D.O. (’00) to establish a hospital in his impoverished, rural community.

New property, new building, photos, college guides & more!

On Friday night the College hosted the inaugural concert of this year’s St. Vincent DePaul Lecture and Concert Series.

Juniors welcomed members of the Class of 2022 on Saturday night with a dance on the St. Gladys Patio.

For nearly 40 years, the College has operated on a 131-acre property. By God’s grace, the size of that property has now expanded more than six-fold.

Thomas Aquinas College has climbed 15 spots in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report college rankings, from No. 58 to No. 43 among national liberal arts college.

“The Church should immediately call for the end of hearing confessions face to face in ‘reconciliation rooms.’”

CNBC has named its “Top 10 Colleges for Financial Aid” and, for the second straight year, Thomas Aquinas College has made the list.

Alumna writer Sophia (Mason ’09) Feingold observes that the latest news of scandal in the Church has revived old arguments against priestly celibacy.

 This past weekend Seniors welcomed the new Freshman Class with a trip to the beach and a dance.

Thomas Aquinas College has earned a spot among the nation’s top scools,“based on what they are doing for the country,” according to Washington Monthly.

“In spite of all this,” writes the Rev. Mr. Andrew De Silva (’03) of the Church’s ongoing abuse scandal,  “I still feel called by God. Am I naive?”

Last Saturday members of the College community gathered on the athletic fields for the annual All-College Picnic.

Homily from the Mass of St. Cecilia, Dedication of St. Cecilia Hall

is Excellency visited the College’s Santa Paula, California, campus to impart his blessing on the recently completed St. Cecilia Lecture and Concert Hall.

President Michael F. McLean has recommended His Excellency’s letter to members of the Thomas Aquinas College community.

Some 135 students, hailing from 5 countries and 31 states, matriculated as freshmen at Thomas Aquinas College — the Class of 2022.

Remarks from the Matriculation Ceremony, Convocation Day 2018

New England update, alumni news, photos & more

Rev. Derek Remus (’11), the College’s newest — and 72nd! — alumnus priest.

Thomas Aquinas College provides one of the best undergraduate educations in the country, according to The Princeton Review.

Alumna author Suzie Andres (’87) has described the “inestimable grace” of having recently been with the family of her late classmate Jon B. Syren (’87).

This academic year students will attend lectures from some of the nation’s most distinguished scholars through the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series.

As the High School Summer Program wound its way to an end, another group of students gathered for an altogether different sort of instruction.

In honor of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jessica Pipes (’16) has written a wonderful tribute in the National Catholic Register.

Angelus features an article about an American physician and philosopher who wrote presciently about contraception: Dr. Herbert Ratner, a friend of the College

In gratitude for the financial aid program that makes their education possible, a few students have put together a video to thank the College’s benefactors.

The High School Summer Program students were up early this morning to bid their friends a fond farewell. 

The 2018 High School Summer Program has come to an end!

With the completion of today’s classes, we have just about reached the end of the 2016 High School Summer Program!

When asked in what ways his Thomas Aquinas College education helped prepared him for his new job, Mr. Layne offered a heartfelt, expansive response …

We have reached the point in the High School Summer Program when people begin to speak of “lasts.”

If students were tired after a busy Wednesday night, that didn’t slow them down at this morning’s class …

Recap and photos from Wednesday afternoon at the 2018 High School Summer Program

Now on to their third day of Euclid, the Summer Program students are becoming ever more comfortable with the “Father of Geometry.”

“In college, we read a lot of amazing books, from science experiments to tragic plays to Sacred Scripture …”

To escape the heat after yesterday’s Summer Program Quad Run, students quickly found their way to the campus ponds for “watermelon water polo” …

A new but already beloved Thomas Aquinas College tradition, the Quad Run was inspired by a classic scene from Chariots of Fire …

Any jitters that the high school students may have had going into this morning’s class were for naught. 

Recap, with many photos, from Monday at the High School Summer Program

Students returned to the classroom this morning, where they worked out Euclid’s definitions, common notions, and postulates in lively discussions.

After Sunday Mass, students loaded into three coach buses for a day of adventure.

Following volleyball, dinner, and the nightly Rosary, the 2018 Summer Program students headed over to St. Cecilia Hall for a tremendous open-mic night!

After lunch, students assembled for the 2018 High School Summer Program volleyball tournament.

Students woke up early Saturday morning and headed down to Malibu to hike the 5.2-mile Chumash Tail.

Dance class, the Shakespeare Revue, Stations of the Cross, and sing-along  by the Guadalupe Fountain.

Text and audio of address at 2018 West Coast Alumni Association Dinner

The Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association held its largest-ever West Coast Dinner earlier this month, as more than 220 alumni returned to the Santa Paula, California, campus.

In today’s classes.Students considered various arguments for the existence of God.

Students take in some of Los Angeles’ cultural attractions …

Thursday morning found the students discussing a reading from Christian existentialist Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling …

Sports, Art & Beauty, prayer, dance class, and more!

Conversations from Tuesday carried over into breakfast this morning, as students discussed Genesis and how the Summer Program has shaped their college discernment.

Tuesday afternoon’s recreation session was much like Monday’s, with a few additions …

At this morning’s class, the students of the 2018 High School Great Books Program discussed Sophocles’ Antigone

We have an avalanche of photos from Monday afternoon and evening to share!

The first day of classes is now complete, and the Summer Program students are playing various sports on the campus athletic fields.

Monday began with breakfast in St. Joseph Commons, after which students made their way over to St. Cecilia Hall for the Academic Orientation.

“Being in Rome has been awe-inspiring,” writes Edward Seeley (’16), a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

After students arrived and settled in on Monday afternoon, parents attended an orientation meeting and campus tour, followed by the family barbeque …

The 2018 Summer Great Books Program for High School Students is under way!

We very much look forward to welcoming some 140 students from 32 states and nine countries!

Please say a prayer for Damian Cooper, the 8-year-old son of College tutor Dr. Travis Cooper and his wife, Briena (Dunkel ’06).

College Governor R. James Wensley has sent in the following photo of 2018 Summer Prefect Meg Downes (’20), taken earlier this summer,

On Wednesday we began a three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program. Here is part 3.

Now that readers have had a chance to meet the prefects for the 2018 High School Summer Program, the College would like to introduce the program’s counselors.

Yesterday we began a three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program. Here is part 2.

“This weekend’s Summer Seminar series at Thomas Aquinas College featured a talk on the temple in Holy Scripture by Bishop Robert Barron.”

The prefects for this year’s program — all students and recent graduates of Thomas Aquinas College — cannot wait to get to meet this year’s attendees.

In the final week of Thomas Aquinas College’s 2018 fiscal year, friends of the College rallied to raise more than $300,000 for student financial aid.

Sr. Maria Battista of the Lamb of God (Maria Forshaw ’07), made her final vows at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 9. 

The first of this year’s Summer Seminars took place this past Saturday, featuring as its guest speaker Dr. Peter Kreeft, the renowned apologist and professor of philosophy.

Earlier this month more than 100 search-and-rescue volunteers — joined by two helicopters and rescue dogs — gathered on campus their annual meeting.

The College has recently received a complete, albeit unpolished, video of the Thomas Aquinas College Choir’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience this past spring:

Audio, with close captioning, of a lecture from the first 2018 Summer Seminar

Please say a prayer for Deacon Derek Remus (’11), who, by God’s grace, will be ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 29.

A slideshow of recently taken photos from Thomas Aquinas College’s property in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Although it is summer, the members of the teaching faculty have kept busy these last five weeks, as they do each year, in the College’s Tutor Summer Program.

On his official blog, His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, recounts his recent meeting with TAC President Michael F. McLean.

Local members of the President’s Council came to campus to learn from Landscape Supervisor Dave Gaston about how he keeps the grounds so beautiful.

U.S. News & World Report has named the College to it its annual list of the “10 Universities Where the Most Alumni Donate.”

Two members of the College’s Board of Governors have agreed to match all gifts made to the College in the final days of Fiscal Year — up to $150,00 total!

Over the course of the last academic year, a group of enterprising Thomas Aquinas College students established an on-campus Business Club.

With the 2018 High School Summer Program less than a month away, we thought we would take a moment to introduce this year’s students to their tutors.