Thomas Aquinas College seeks for its students the true, the good, and the beautiful in all facets of life. The sacraments are always readily available. The community, infused by the Faith and united in a pursuit of wisdom, is nourished by activities that encourage spiritual, intellectual, and moral growth. And the campus, set in a glorious valley adjoining the Los Padres National Forest, provides a serene home for students in six single-sex residence halls, all designed with comfort and beauty in mind.
The slideshow to the right gives some sense of what a “typical” day is like for Thomas Aquinas College students, and the list below addresses some of the more practical questions regarding campus living.
- Residence Halls are all single-sex, and have been rated among the Top 20 College Dorms in the United States.
- Classes are limited to no more than three per day, and generally do not exceed 17 students. The average class size is 15.
- Meals are served three times daily in St. Joseph Commons and are fully inclusive with room and board. Snacks and refreshments are available at all times.
- Mass is offered four times daily in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, and confession is available before and after each Mass.
- The Chaplains live on campus, and will meet privately with students at any time for advice, confession, or spiritual direction.
- The Students all live on campus unless they are married. The College’s intellectual life is essentially bound up with its community life.
- Campus dress is more formal than that at a typical college or university. For classes, Mass, and weekday meals, slacks and collared shirts are required for men, as are skirts or dresses with semi-formal tops for women.
- The Rules of Residence are designed to foster good order and encourage habits appropriate to the pursuit of wisdom and true friendship.
- Intramural Sports such as flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and tennis are highly popular and take place throughout the year.
- Weekends are highlighted by dances and other community celebrations as well as plays, concerts, and other organized events. Students often take trips to the beach, local restaurants and movies, and worthy cultural attractions in Los Angeles (70 miles away). They also hike and backpack in the Los Padres National Forest, which abuts the campus.
- Work-study jobs of 13 hours a week are required for all students receiving financial aid.
- St. Bernardine of Siena Library houses approximately 65,000 books and recordings. It is open for faculty and students’ use on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Internet access and public computers are available in the student mailroom and library. Access to Thomas Aquinas e-mail accounts is provided in every residence hall.
- The Career Advisement Office aids students in planning careers, gaining entrance to graduate and professional schools, and networking with alumni.
- Kitchenette facilities are available in every residence hall, as are laundry machines — which operate free of charge — and exercise equipment.
- Minor medical care is offered by a part-time, on-campus nurse. The College also provides students with free transportation to doctor’s appointments during daily scheduled courier trips. Nearby Santa Paula Hospital has resources for emergency and major medical treatment
Slideshow: a “typical” weekday in the life of a Thomas Aquinas College student ...
Breakfast is served in St. Joseph Commons from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Morning classes usually begin with math …
or natural science.
Most students attend one of the four Masses offered daily, especially at 11:30 a.m.
At lunch students will often dine with their tutors …
… or take their meals outside.
Afternoon classes typically consist of philosophy or theology.
Followed by recreation …
a latté in the Dumb Ox Coffee Shop …
… or a trip to the fine-arts studio.
Students may use this time for studying …
… or, for those receiving financial aid, to tend to their work-study duties.
Dinner is served nightly at 5:30 in St. Joseph Commons.
Seminars take place during the evening, once a week for underclassmen and twice for juniors and seniors.
St. Bernadine of Siena Library is a popular spot for nighttime studying.
Students return to their residence halls by 11:00 p.m.
“In our classroom discussions, we are responsible for our own education. We have to get our hands dirty, to figure out the material, to let it become part of us and make us better people. That is real learning.”
– Isabella Hsu (’18)
Redondo Beach, California