SANTA PAULA, CA—September 13, 2011— In the newly released 2012 edition of its Best Colleges guide, U.S. News & World Report places Thomas Aquinas College in the uppermost tier of all American liberal arts colleges. The guide further praises the college for the generosity of its financial aid program, listing it in the Top 40 “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, and ranking it among the top national liberal arts colleges for the “Least Debt” carried by graduates.
“It is good to see we have maintained our high rankings in the U.S. News college guide,” says Director of Admissions Jon Daly. “That the guide singles out Thomas Aquinas College for both academics and financial aid confirms that this college is a truly viable option for students seeking an excellent education at an affordable price — especially during this economically challenging time.”
The College has received high marks in the newest editions of all the top annual college guides, both Catholic and secular, including the Princeton Review, the Association of College Trustees and Alumni, the National Catholic Register, About.com, Forbes, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Still, Mr. Daly is careful not to place too much stock in any guide, which at best can only capture a glimpse of the intellectual, spiritual, and social life at Thomas Aquinas College. “As pleased as we are with our rankings, one cannot quantify the great good that is accomplished in the minds and souls of our students through our rigorous academic curriculum and its fidelity to the teaching Church. We strongly encourage students who want to learn about what we do here to come and visit the campus or to participate in our summer high school program.” For further information please visit the school’s website at: www.thomasaquinas.edu .
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college with a fully-integrated curriculum composed of the Great Books, the seminal works in the major disciplines by the great thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. There are no textbooks, no lectures and no electives. Instead, under the guidance of faculty members and using only the Socratic method of dialogue in classes of no more than 20, students read and discuss the original works of authors such as Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, the American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, and of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves serving as lawyers, doctors, business owners, priests, military service men and women, educators, journalists and college presidents.
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