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TAC, California, Named Among State’s Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Posted: February 2, 2021

The Best Value Schools guide has ranked Thomas Aquinas College’s West Coast campus as one of the 15 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in California in 2021.

“Thomas Aquinas College delivers a curriculum that is fully integrated, ordered to wisdom, and Great Books-based,” the guide’s editors note. “Students learn through a discussion method where a small class gathers around a table with a faculty tutor who acts as their guide as they discuss and learn together. There are no lectures, no regurgitation of faculty members’ insights; instead students discuss, provide arguments, rebuttal, and defend their arguments. This innovative learning pattern produces critical thinkers that can communicate their arguments.”

The online guide, which rates schools according to various criteria of importance to prospective students, based its latest rankings on a combination of faculty-to-student ratios, tuition expenses, and graduation rates. “Those with lower faculty-to-student ratios tend to provide more personalized instruction and mentoring,” the guide explains, whereas “institutions with a lower tuition might yield students with lower debt and greater satisfaction with their investment,” and higher graduation rates show that students believe that “their investment was worth completing.”

In addition to being names a Best Value School, Thomas Aquinas College has received high marks in the most recent editions of all the top annual college guides, both Catholic and secular, including The Princeton ReviewU.S. NewsKiplinger, and the Cardinal Newman Society.