Catholic Guide Praises College for
“impressive intellectual rigor” and
“commitment to orthodox Catholicism”
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.
In its review of the College, The Newman Guide says: “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,” says 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.”
TheNewmanGuide.com 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.
Posted October 9, 2013
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