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U.S. News Ranks TAC No. 2 Nationwide
for Alumni Satisfaction, 2018-19

Posted: January 17, 2019

Cover of US. News' Find the Best Colleges for You!U.S. News & World Report has named Thomas Aquinas College to it its annual list of the 10 Universities Where the Most Alumni Donate, based on a survey of 1,106 colleges and universities. The College, which has jockeyed for the #1 position with Princeton University for years, fell just .2 percent short of that distinction this time, but still claimed the second-highest alumni-giving rate in the United States — and the highest among all national liberal arts colleges.

As part of its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report measures the percentage of alumni who contribute to their alma maters, so as to gauge graduates’ satisfaction with the education they have received. The rankings are based on the two-year average alumni-giving percentage for the years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Thomas Aquinas College is one of only two Catholic institutions to make the Top 10 rankings, the only one from the Western United States, and the only one founded in the last half-century.

“We are deeply grateful to our alumni for their generous support,” says Vice President for Development Paul O’Reilly. “Not only do alumni gifts help to cover the College’s $15 million annual financial aid and operating costs, but they also attract the support of philanthropic foundations, which view alumni giving as a measure of the college’s institutional strength.”

The College’s 58.9 percent alumni-giving rate is nearly five times greater than the previously published national average of 11.6 percent. It is also more than nine percentage points higher than the average among those schools with the Top 10 highest rates (49.75 percent).

“Our graduates donate to their alma mater out of gratitude,” says Aaron Dunkel, the College’s alumni-relations coordinator. “Most alumni received need-based financial assistance during their tenure as students, and they see their giving as an expression of gratitude for the formation they have received and a way to pay forward the generosity that once was bestowed upon them.”

Adds Mr. Dunkel, “There is no stronger endorsement for the work of the College than the loyalty, generosity, and gratitude of those who know our unique program of Catholic liberal education best — our alumni.”

Thomas Cavanaugh (’18) -- quote 2

“My time here has really refined the way I think, read, and understand. It has allowed me to think about things more critically and logically.”

– Thomas Cavanaugh (’18)

Larkspur, California

“Thomas Aquinas College is one of the premiere liberal arts colleges in the country and the pride and joy of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region.”

– Most Rev. Robert E. Barron

Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles