USA Today and the statistics website College Factual have ranked Thomas Aquinas College as No. 12 of 1,223 schools nationwide on their list of the country’s Best Colleges for the Money.
“Thomas Aquinas College’s emphasis on high quality education, combined with its overall low net price, delivers students a great value for the money,” the publications observe. Overall, the new rankings place the College in the top 15 percent of American colleges and universities and No. 20 out of 82 schools on their list of Best California Colleges.
The rankings highlight that the student-loan default rate among Thomas Aquinas College alumni is 0.0 percent (compared to the national average of 13.7 percent), and that average total debt after four years is less than half the national average of nearly $35,000. The College has a policy of capping the amount students borrow at $18,000, in an effort to make repayment more manageable for its alumni. USA Today and College Factual additionally note the College’s student-faculty ratio of 11:1, compared to the national average of 15:1, and its high retention rate of 84 percent, compared to the national average of 77 percent.
“It is heartening to see the College recognized on a national level both for keeping costs low and for providing an outstanding education,” says Jon Daly, the College’s director of admissions. Adds President Michael F. McLean, “We are happy to see these new rankings offered by USA Today, based on data collected by College Factual. It is interesting to see how well they compare with others of their kind. I believe these rankings are further evidence that prospective students and their parents can be confident that Thomas Aquinas College provides an excellent academic program at a very affordable price.”
Visit College Factual to view a database of colleges and their rankings, both by state and nationally, and to explore in depth the many factors that contribute to those rankings. Further information can also be found on USA Today College.