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Princeton Review 2019 Gives Thomas Aquinas College High Ratings for Academics, Financial Aid & Quality of Life

August 7, 2017
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SANTA PAULA, CAAugust 7— Thomas Aquinas College provides one of the best undergraduate educations in the country, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the 4-year, Catholic college in the 2019 edition of its annual guide, The Best 384 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the publication, The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. Thomas Aquinas College is one of only three Catholic schools recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society to make The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” list.

Among the ratings for Thomas Aquinas College are scores of 96 for academics, 94 for quality of life, and 99 for financial aid. Members of the college’s teaching faculty, likewise, earned scores of 98 for being both “interesting” and “accessible.” (In this scoring system, 99 is the best possible score.)

The Princeton Review also named Thomas Aquinas College as one of just 10 schools nationwide — and the only Catholic institution — on its Financial Aid Honor Roll.

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author. “We highly recommend each one.”

In its profile of Thomas Aquinas College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from the College’s students. Among their comments:

  • Thomas Aquinas College is a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.”
  • The college has “a strong Catholic identity” and “a rigorous curriculum,” which teaches students to “read and think critically.”
  • The use of the Discussion Method in classrooms “better facilitates learning.”
  • The college offers a “holistic education” that is “demanding on every level,” in “an atmosphere of trust and faith that makes it easier to study, to live, and to grow.”
  • Members of the teaching faculty “have a passion for intellectual formation,” are “always ready to help their students,” and “lead you to truth without forcing it on you.”
  • “You get all different kinds of people here — but one thing they have in common is a desire to search for the truth.”

The guide also reports 62 ranking lists of “Top 20” colleges in various categories, based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 138,000 students nationwide. Topics range from students’ assessments of their professors to opinions about the quality of financial aid and campus food. Among the “Top 20” ranking lists on which Thomas Aquinas College appears are:

  • #3 — Most  Religious  Students   
  • #10 — Great  Financial  Aid  
  • #17 — Best  Classroom  Experience

Finally, in a “Survey Says” sidebar in the guide’s profile of the college, The Princeton Review lists some sentiments that were frequently expressed by Thomas Aquinas College students. The list includes:

  • Students  are  happy
  • Classroom  facilities  are  great
  • Class  discussions  encouraged
  • Great  financial  aid
  • No  one  cheats
  • Students  are  friendly
  • Diverse  student  types  interact  on  campus
  • Students  are  very  religious
  • Dorms  are  like  palaces

“We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide,” says the college’s president, Dr. Michael F. McLean. “Of particular note are the high scores we received for our academic and financial aid programs, and for our students’ ‘quality of life.’ Our goal has always been to provide the best education at the most affordable price, and The Princeton Review profile offers some strong evidence that we are succeeding.”

About Thomas Aquinas College

A four-year, co-educational institution, Thomas Aquinas College has developed over the past 46 years a solid reputation for academic excellence in the United States and abroad and is highly ranked by organizations such as The Princeton Review, U. S. News, and Kiplinger. At Thomas Aquinas College all students acquire a broad and fully integrated liberal education. The College offers one, four-year, classical curriculum that spans the major arts and sciences. Instead of reading textbooks, students read the original works of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization — the Great Books — in all the major disciplines: mathematics, natural science, literature, philosophy, and theology. The academic life of the college is conducted under the light of the Catholic faith and flourishes within a close-knit community, supported by a vibrant spiritual life. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves serving as lawyers, doctors, business owners, priests, military service men and women, educators, journalists and college presidents. For additional information, visit


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