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Thomas Aquinas College Recommended By Catholic College Guide

October 9, 2013
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Thomas Aquinas College Recommended By Catholic College Guide



SANTA PAULA, CA—Oct 9—Thomas Aquinas College is one of only 22 colleges nationwide recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in its latest edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which was published on October 7.

The Newman Guide says of the four-year, co-educational college: “Founded in 1971, Thomas Aquinas College was the first in a wave of new Catholic colleges born from the crisis of Catholic identity in American Catholic higher education. Although TAC’s success has encouraged the emergence of other faithful Catholic colleges, including some that share its emphasis on the Great Books, TAC still has the distinction of being the only Catholic college in America that teaches exclusively from these classic works of Western civilization…. [It has] an impressive intellectual rigor that is matched by a commitment to orthodox Catholicism.”

Says Director of Admission, Jon Daly, “We are grateful for the Cardinal Newman Society’s work in sifting through the sea of information available on Catholic institutions of higher education. Though their recommended colleges all share a commitment to Catholic orthodoxy, they differ significantly in terms of curriculum, teaching method, student body size, and other factors. It is, therefore, very helpful to prospective students and parents alike to have this reliable guide that highlights the distinctive characteristics of each of these schools.”

Dean Brian Kelly adds, “Since its inception, Thomas Aquinas College has sought to offer an excellent education that is fully faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We are delighted that the Cardinal Newman Society takes note of both aspects of our unique program in this new edition of its college guide.”

Published since 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 28 colleges, universities and online programs in the United States and abroad for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Primary sections include in-depth information on academics, spiritual life, residence life, and student activities.

“Because every Catholic college is unique, families need more than simple checklists or government-collected data to make decisions,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Whereas most other guides rely on the same data, The Newman Guide digs deeper and draws upon our 20 years of promoting and defending faithful Catholic education.” website offers all of the content contained in The Newman Guide and more than 400 pages of additional material about the recommended colleges. New for the 2014 edition is a news feed of recent stories about each college and updates to each recommended college’s photos, videos and social media links.

Thomas Aquinas College is also ranked highly by secular college guides published by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s. To learn more about Thomas Aquinas College, visit

About Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college with a fully-integrated curriculum composed of the Great Books, the seminal works in the major disciplines by the great thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. There are no textbooks, no lectures and no electives. Instead, under the guidance of faculty members and using only the Discussion Method of dialogue in classes of no more than 20, students read and discuss the original works of authors such as Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, the American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, and of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. 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.

About the Cardinal Newman Society

Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization supported by individuals, businesses and foundations. To schedule an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, contact Adam Wilson at 703-367-0333, ext. 102 or